Archive | February 2012

Women’s Ministries Retreat – Devotional #2


First Grade

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Joshua 1:5b NIV

 

The LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life.

Psalm121:7 NIV

 

Remember First Grade? First Grade after half-day kindergarten is a big deal.

 

I’ll never forget walking into Mrs. Altridge’s first grade classroom while holding my mother’s hand. Seeing all the desks lined up, the big chalkboard, and the teacher’s desk at the front of the room, I was scared to death. I immediately asked my mother if she would be there when I got out. She assured me that she would and went out the classroom door into the hall. In my six-year-old mind, I thought my mother was going to stand in the hall outside the classroom door and guard me all day.

 

When Mrs. Altridge lined us all up to walk to the restroom down the hall together, and I went out the door, I burst into tears. My mother wasn’t there when I got out! My kind teacher came over and wrapped me in her arms and asked me through all my boo-hoos what was wrong. I kept saying, “My mom said she’d be here when I got out!” My teacher assured me that, after school, my mom would be there to pick me up.

 

How comforting it is to know that God, through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, is constantly on guard and will never leave us or forsake us.

 

We can know that Christ is not down the hall—or even outside the classroom door. He is right beside us and will never leave us or forsake us!

 

The Sweet Monday devotional is written by Kim Newlen, Founder and President  www.SweetMonday.org We are blessed to have Kim Newlen as one of guests for our upcoming Women’s Ministries Retreat April 20-22, 2012.  We will be highlighted devotionals from our guests from now until the retreat.  Keep checking back!

Women’s Ministries Retreat – Devotional #1


Grace on the Interstate

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–
and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works,
so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV

I can certainly boast in Christ, but I can’t boast about my driving. There are times my foot on the pedal wants to go as fast as my heart on the highway. And lipstick should definitely not be applied while driving! On the drive home on a busy part of the Interstate here in Virginia, I almost missed my exit. I did what you are not supposed to do; I slowed down in the middle lane, almost stopping to get over to the right lane–dumb! It was definitely the wrong thing to do, but the precious driver behind me responded with grace and slowed down so I could get over. When he passed, I waved a “Thank you,” and he waved a “That’s OK,” and my heart could have floated right to heaven. My eyes actually welled up with tears. That simple act of grace caused me to worship and thank God for His amazing grace–undeserved, unsolicited, and free. God is like that man in the car every second of every day. Jesus gives us total access to God. He just doesn’t squeeze us in but opens up the way by His death on the cross and by His miraculous resurrection. The next time you’re out on the road, thank God for His grace.

The Sweet Monday devotional is written by Kim Newlen, Founder and President  www.SweetMonday.org
We are blessed to have Kim Newlen as one of guests for our upcoming Women’s Ministries Retreat April 20-22, 2012.  We will be highlighted devotionals from our guests from now until the retreat.  Keep checking back!

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Misplaced Buttons


Several months ago I found a button in the bottom of the washing machine while doing laundry.  I was busy preparing for our next road trip and really did not have time to deal with the misplaced button at that moment.    Knowing that I would eventually need the button, I placed it inside a plastic container in my laundry room with the good intention of sewing it back on my blouse as soon as I returned from my travels. Well, I’m sure you know where good intentions lead us!

The button brought back fond memories for me as I pulled it from the bottom of the washer.  As a child we had an old cookie tin filled with buttons; every type of button imaginable.  The button tin provided hours of entertainment for me on rainy days.  Sifting through the button tin was like going on a treasure hunt. I always loved finding the decorative, ornate buttons; particularly the ones with diamonds.

In recent days I found myself again in a whirlwind of activity as I was preparing my home for guests.   As I pulled a food storage container from the shelf in the wash room, much to my surprise, I found the button tucked away inside!  I had been so busy that I had totally forgotten about that button.

The button reminded me of how easy it can be to tuck away personal or spiritual issues in our lives that we feel we don’t have the time or emotional energy to deal with at that moment.  And, if we were honest with ourselves, sometimes we might even keep ourselves busy to avoid dealing with some of our personal or spiritual issues. But, like the button, they always have a way of resurfacing at the most inappropriate moments.

Is it time for you to slow down a bit and took care of those buttons that keep popping up when least expected?

I love the quote, “Look around you and be distressed, look within you and be depressed, look to Jesus and be at rest.”  Rest for your soul will come when you…

“Cast the whole of your care (all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all) on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”    I Peter 5:7 AMP

Written by: Major Susie Erickson, Assistant Secretary of Women’s Ministries