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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)

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Fall 2011 Calendar

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Bible Studies List

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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

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