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Retreat - A Look Inside

Are you thinking of attending our Winter Retreat? Want a glimpse into what it's all about?

Have you been to Retreat before and just want to take a stroll down memory lane?

Either way, this video is for you! Enjoy!

Lesson Hebrews 12 & 13

A Thought to Consider 11-22-10

Hebrews 2:14-15 "Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death - that is, the devil - and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death."
We are free because of the precious blood of Jesus. Have you ever considered the fact that you are now set free from the power of evil in your life? So many times we don't live in that freedom.
Think about it for a minute........Do you feel free? Do you actually live in the truth that we have victory over sin and death?
I find my identity in so many things......wife, mom, friend, neighbor, teacher, clothes washer, skilled shopper, housekeeper, the list goes on.......But first and foremost my identity is found in Christ!! I am a daughter of the King. I am defined completely by Him because He died, a perfect sacrifice, to free me from the sin of the past, present and future. There is power in the blood of Jesus to free you and me...completely. Sin has lost its power and death has lost its sting. We should be living in the freedom that He died to provide. I will ask you again, do you feel free? This week as we are busy preparing meals, traveling, and visiting with family may we be first grateful for the freedom we have because of Him. May we then choose to live in it!!
Grateful & Free, Joanne

Retreat 2011

Retreat 2011

"Ready, Set... Now What?"
(Hebrews 12:1-4)

January 7-9, 2011

Dayspring Retreat Center in Ellenton, Florida

Special Musical Appearance by BELOVED!

Cottage accommodations (semi-private) - $200 **
Dorm accommodations $150** (linens not provided)

For more info or to register, contact Joanne at joanne181@me.com

**All prices include buffet style meals (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast)

There's no better way to start a new year.
Come as you are.
He so desires to spend this time with you.

"...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith." Hebrews 12:1-2

Listen to the Lesson - Hebrews 7

A Thought to Consider 10-26-10

I returned on Monday from a cruise that I took with some of my girlfriends. A "cruise for chics" to be exact. We left Thursday evening and enjoyed time with each other, meeting new friends, laughing, relaxing and eating(more than I care to discuss). It was a much needed time of rest for me personally, but I found myself by Sunday anxious to be home. I missed my family and the comfort of what is most dear to me.
As I spent time with the Lord yesterday I sensed His Spirit asking me if I long for Him like that? Am I so comfortable and enjoy this life so much that I don't look forward with anxious anticipation for my heavenly home? I should be "homesick" for heaven. After all, this place is not our home. O Lord, forgive me for setting my eyes on what is earthly and temporary, finding value and placing priority on the things of this world. Thank you Jesus for your Word that says, "Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6: 19-21
Help me Holy Spirit to set my heart on things above and to be obedient to this command. For He tells us in Revelation 22:20, "Yes, I am coming soon." May my heart be filled with an honest yearning and may I respond like John, "Come, Lord Jesus."
Looking forward to His Coming, Joanne

A Thought to Consider 10-18-10

As I prepare for this week's lesson on Hebrews 6, my mind is still full and constantly considering the truth of Hebrews 5:8 "Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered,"
I keep asking myself.....If Christ learned obedience through his suffering, how much more can I learn obedience through my suffering?
The Holy Spirit completely opened my perspective of "suffering" over the past couple of weeks. I always associated suffering with pain, crisis, tragedy, something big and it is all of those things. But I believe that God showed me that simply in my human sin nature, I suffer everyday. I need to stop waiting for the BIG crisis and realize that He is giving me opportunity everyday to learn obedience. If I learn how to embrace those "daily sufferings," how much more I would resemble Jesus! Life isn't easy. Suffering is hard. But I rejoice in the fact that I have a great high priest, Jesus the Son of God, who has gone through the heavens and sits upon His Throne of Grace. An ever-present help in time of need. A great high priest that is able to sympathize with my every weakness. THEREFORE, I will cling tenaciously to the faith I profess and I will purpose to learn obedience in all my suffering.
So Grateful to Be His, Joanne

A Thought to Consider 10-4-10

Do you ever just long for the day when your calendar is free? There is no where you need to be or nothing you need to do. Those days seem to be available to me less and less. As I studied Hebrews 4 this week, my eyes and heart were opened to the rest that God offers. Not necessarily a time of inactivity, but a spiritual rest, a peace that surpasses understanding. Instead of waiting for that day when I have nothing on my calendar, God is offering me a rest today in my daily routine. As I read a John MacArthur commentary he described God's rest as spiritual, not physical. God's basic promise is to give us spiritual rest, spiritual blessing. He goes on to say that some of God's most faithful, rest-filled believers are the busiest, the hardest working, and sometimes even the most afflicted people imaginable. Yet they are in God's rest. A rest found through salvation and a rest found through faithful submission.
So I have been challenged to diligently seek God's rest this week on a daily, moment by moment basis and I have found Him and the rest He provides even in the midst of an absolutely crazy schedule. I challenge you to do the same. Then let me know what you find.......His grace is sufficient for you!!
Love, Joanne

A Thought to Consider....9-27-10

As I begin this week I can't help but be humbled and amazed by my omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, eternal and immutable God!!
As Sunday arrived, I found myself physically exhausted. The previous week had been full, my husband had been out of town for 8 days, and it was all catching up with me. How aware I was of my weak and weary human body.
I set out Sunday evening for High School Discipleship at 630pm not sure if I could lead a small group discussion. My brain was too tired and I just couldn't focus. I should have been praying, but I didn't even know what to pray. Ever feel like that? As I walked into the leader meeting, thinking we were on time, we were actually 15 minutes late. UGH.....the lies started.....you should have stayed home.....this is going to be a great night. As we broke into groups to pray for the kids that night, the three women in my group just looked at me and immediately asked if I was okay. I briefly shared that I was exhausted and I know this isn't about me and I'm not complaining and I will be okay:) We closed our eyes to pray and I was immediately lifted up before God. I could feel the Holy Spirit ministering to my Spirit and heart as I was prayed for. My body was delivered from that "exhausted" feeling and God was carrying me through the night.
Once in small group He continued to reveal Himself to me and I was overcome with gratitude and awesome wonder as the Junior Girls and I read Isaiah 40:28 "Do you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth, He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak." He was speaking directly to me......Joanne, don't you know? Don't you remember what you have heard about me?
If you find yourself weary, exhausted and at the end of your rope......listen for your God is asking, "Don't you know? Remember what I have told you. I am Lord, Creator of all things, I reign over heaven and earth and I will carry you and be your strength. My eyes are always on you. I never sleep or grow tired."
You know He is God......now let Him be God!!
Love, Joanne

Thought to Consider 9-19-10

I have been very convicted this past week that as we study the Bible we are reading the very words of God, that they are spoken to and for me. I have prayed that I not rush through them or see them as a story to be simply read and enjoyed. Or words that I can pick and choose what "fits" my life best.
As I opened my God Calling devotional this morning the scripture reference was John 15:11 "These things have I spoken unto you.....that your joy might be full." Yet again God is reminding me that His Truths have been spoken to give me an overflowing joy! That by obeying them in my daily life, He promises a fullness of joy. As I prayed and reflected on this specific devotional, I wanted to share my journal entry: Your desire for me Lord is joy - full and complete joy - overflowing with joy. O Lord, I want my life to be characterized by joy. Your very Word, spoken to me, is meant to give me joy that is full. I don't just want that for myself, but You want that for me. The very purpose of your Word is that through my obedience of your Word in my daily life I would have fullness of joy. O Lord may I and every woman studying Hebrews find the joy, your joy, full joy, in and through the Word you have spoken.
Much Love and Blessing as you read the very spoken Word of God,

Listen to the Lesson - Hebrews Chapter 1

Listen below to Joanne's teaching recap of Hebrews Chapter 1

A Thought to Consider....

As I have been studying the first chapter of Hebrews, I have been convicted by the first two verses. You know how I love verbs......as I read there was a simple truth....."God spoke" and "God has spoken." God speaks to us today. Am I really listening? By nature, I am not the best listener. My mind is busy, I am a multi-tasker and I find myself half-listening many times. It makes me ask myself, "Am I listening to God like that...half-way?" We spend much of our day hearing, but are we really listening? There is a difference between listening and really hearing.
Many times in the Gospels Jesus cried out, "He who has ears, let him hear." (Matt 11:15, 13:9, 43)
This statement suggests that it takes more than physical ears to hear the voice of God. Our human ears hear many sounds, but there is a deeper kind of listening that results in spiritual understanding. May we seek God's will and search His Word listening for what He has for each of us and may our hearts be receptive and transformed by His message. May we stop and listen completely, not half-way or when it is convenient.
I am praying for you today. Be encouraged as you study WHO CHRIST IS!
Love, Joanne

Hebrews Intro

Below, please find the audio recording of our first day back to Bible study! Joanne gives a brief intro of the study beginning about 20 minutes into the recording.

The first 20 minutes or so are general announcements and descriptions of several facets of our study. For questions, please either leave a comment below or email us at womanintheword@gmail.com!

Statement of Beliefs

To follow is Women in the Word's statement of Beliefs, with Scripture for your reference:

Statements of Belief

We believe that God is the sovereign Lord of the universe and the Creator of all life, and that all created things exist for His pleasure and purpose to bring Him glory.
(1Cor 8:6, Col 1:16, Rev 4:11)

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who became flesh and made his dwelling among us. Jesus lived a sinless life and was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He bore the punishment we deserved so we can be pure, blameless and righteous before God. He overcame death so that we can live. Jesus Christ is the only way to God the Father. All who believe in Him as their personal Lord and Savior shall not die but have eternal life.
(John 1:12-14, 3:16-17, 14:6,
1Peter 2:22, Romans 3:22-26)

We believe that we each have a responsibility to share the Gospel and live sacrificially being transformed by the renewing of our minds though His Word and the grace given to us.
(Matt 28:19-20, Romans 12:1-2)

We believe that Jesus reigns in Heaven preparing a place for us and he will return for us as a bridegroom claims his bride. For this reason, we are on guard and alert to purpose to live “this day” in preparation for “that day.”
(John 14:2-3, Heb 10:23-25, 37-39, 2Peter 3:11-14)

Special Events

Check back often for special events happening soon!

We have semi-annual garage sales, special events, service opportunities happening all the time!

This page will be updated as events are confirmed on our calendar!

Fall 2011 Calendar

For a larger look, just click on the image below!

Bible Studies List

Check back often as we work to compile a complete list of Bible studies we have completed.

Fall 2011 (current) - Ephesians
Spring 2011 - Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow
Fall 2010 - Hebrews
Spring 2010 - Esther (Beth Moore)
Fall 2009
Spring 2009
Fall 2008
Spring 2008

But God Application

To print or see image of the But God Application more clearly, please click on the image.

Fall 2010

Fall Bible studies start back up soon! Beginning Wednesday, September 8 at 9:30 a.m., Joanne will be teaching from the book of Hebrews.

The book of Hebrews emphasizes the superiority of our sympathetic, grace-giving Savior, Jesus Christ. Because of this, we can and should draw near to Him in worship, live by faith, persevere to the end, and live a life of love.

You can attend Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or Thursday evenings from 6:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Wednesday morning study offers childcare from ages Newborn through preK and a homeschool room for children K5 through 12th grade.

You can register for the Fall session of Women in the Word by either visiting www.clearwatercommunity.orgor sending a message to our Bible study at womanintheword@gmail.com

Winter Retreat 2011

Retreat 2011
“Ready, Set......Now What?"
Hebrews 12:1-4
January 7-9, 2011
DaySpring Retreat Center in Ellenton, Florida

Special Musical Appearance by BELOVED!!

Cottage accommodations (semi-private) - $220
Dorm accommodations - $150 (linens not provided)
For more info or to register contact Joanne Tittle

**All prices include buffet style meals (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast)

There’s no better way to start a new year.
Come as you are.
He so desires to spend this time with you.

“...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith…Hebrews 12:1-2

Listen to the Lesson (Having a Mary Spirit Chapter 15 "Wearing Jesus" and Chapter 16 "Step by Step")

Listen to the Lesson (Having a Mary Spirit Chapter 14 Speaking Love)

Listen to the Lesson (Having a Mary Spirit Chapter 13 The Flesh Woman Diet)

Listen to the Lesson (Having a Mary Spirit Chapter 12 Broken and Blessed)

Listen to the Lesson (Having a Mary Spirit Chapter 11 Rooting Out Bitterness)

Listen to the Lesson (Having a Mary Spirit - Chapter 10 Fearless Beauty)

Listen to the Lesson (Having a Mary Spirit - Chapter 9 Guarding the Wellspring)

Listen to the Lesson - Having a Mary Spirit (Chapter 8 Mind Control)

Listen to the Lesson - Having a Mary Spirit (Chapter 6 Dying to Live)

Joanne teaches on Chapter Six "Dying to Live". (The actual audio on this lesson is a bit shorter than the others. During this week of study, members of the class participated in a visual exercise that was not included in the audio recording.)

Listen to the Lesson - Having a Mary Spirit (Chapter 5 "Fault Lines")

Joanne teaches on chapter 5 (Fault Lines) of the book "Having a Mary Spirit" by Joanna Weaver

Listen to the Lesson - "Having a Mary Spirit" Chapter 4 (Spirit Check)

Joanne teaches on Chapter 4 "Spirit Check" in the book "Having a Mary Spirit" by Joanna Weaver.

Having a Mary Spirit - Chapter 3 (Twisted Sisters)

Joanne's teaching on Chapter 3 of the book "Having a Mary Spirit" by Joanna Weaver

Having a Mary Spirit - Chapters 1 (A Mary Spirit) and 2 (Change Me, Lord)

Listen to the recap of Lesson 1, Joanne discusses chapters 1 and 2 of the book, "Having a Mary Spirit" by Joanna Weaver.

Having A Mary Spirit - Intro

This is the audio from Week 1, or the introduction to the Bible study, "Having A Mary Spirit" (Joanna Weaver).

Teaching by Joanne Tittle

Retreat Recap - A Message from Joanne

Good Morning Sisters!!!!

I find myself home this Monday morning so filled with the Lord that I am overflowing!! I am overwhelmed by what the Lord accomplished this weekend. I find myself just singing out to Him no matter what I am doing, raising my hands in praise and thanksgiving. The words, "And I give all myself to You." just keep resonating in my heart.

As I sit at my computer, I am so touched at the love and care of our Lord. His Presence in each of us. My eyes just fill with tears as I picture each of your faces as we met together. He truly went before us and prepared our hearts for His plans, His purposes, His Will, His HOPE!

From the moment I stepped my foot on those grounds I knew God was there and the Hope I have is that He is with me until the end of the age......with us always!! Take heart for He has overcome the world. That is the God that lives IN you. Never to leave you or forsake you, but to sustain you always for He is the God of Hope.

I want to share a devotion I read this morning. Read it as though it is Jesus speaking to you(my additions are in parenthesis).....

"Cry unto Me, and I will hear you and bless you. Use My unlimited stores (of hope) for your needs and those of others. Seek My wonderful truths and you shall find. There may come times when you sit in silence, when it seems as if you were left alone. Then, I command you to remember I have spoken to you, as I spoke at Emmaus (Retreat).......At the moment you are pilgrims and need only your daily marching orders, and strength and guidance for the day."
(God Calling by A. J. Russell)

Trust His Word Ladies, lean on it heavily, helpless and dependent, but NEVER hopeless!!

I don't know what each of you returned home to. Maybe your soul was knocked right over and some of that hope spilled out. Maybe your soul was turned upside down and emptied.....now close your eyes and remember the visual when Tami kept knocking over the glass and spilling water out and filling it back up, spilling water out and filling it back up and not just to the top, but to overflowing!! That is how God intends for you to live regardless of the circumstance.

My prayer for you is Romans 15:13......"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Amen (So Be it!). Live today Hopefully Ever After!!

In His Love and Hope,

Retreat 2010 "Hopefully Ever After"

Retreat 2010 is here!

"Hopefully Ever After"

January 8 - 10 we will share in a time of reflection, study, fellowship, and FUN as Women in the Word presents it's annual women's retreat at DaySpring Retreat Center.

If you are planning to attend and have not received emails about directions, what to pack, etc... please email us at womanintheword@gmail.com for all the pertinent information!

Be looking for pictures to come from our weekend together.

And if you can't make it to retreat, we'll see you on January 13 when the Spring Session of Bible study begins again.

Spring Session

You're Invited to...

Come share in fellowship, prayer, praise & worship, and growing closer to our Lord Jesus Christ through the study of His Word.

Clearwater Community Church Education Building
2897 Belcher Road in Dunedin

Spring 2010 Session

Wednesday Mornings:
Starting 1/13/10
“Esther: It’s Tough Being A Woman”
by Beth Moore (DVD series)

Thursday Evenings: 6:45pm-8:30pm Starting 1/14/10

“Having a Mary Spirit” by Joanna Weaver

Led by Joanne Tittle

Tuesday Evenings: 7:00pm-8:30pm Starting 1/12/10

Continuation of Beth Moore Esther Study

**Wednesday Mornings: infant/preschool childcare is provided, as well as a homeschool room for homeschool families.

**Pre-register at www.clearwatercommunity.org or contact us through our blog at womanintheword@blogspot.com. Workbooks are ordered for all those who pre-register.