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Listen to the Lesson - Ephesians Lesson 13 & 14

Listen as Joanne teaches on Ephesians 6:10-24 and a summary review of the study!
And be sure to sign up now for our new session, beginning January 18th (or 19th if you attend Thursday evenings). We'll be studying the book of Joshua!

Listen to the Lesson - Ephesians Lesson 11

Listen to Joanne teach on Ephesians Chapter 5, verses 21-33

Listen to the Lesson - Ephesians Lesson 10

Listen to Joanne teach on Chapter 10 (Ephesians 5:1-20) below:

Garage Sale Success

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Garage Sale, held the first weekend of November. It was a HUGE success, raising almost $1300.00 toward ministry needs (including retreat and the "But God" fund).

A special thanks to everyone who participated by donating items, pricing items, setting up for the sale, working the sale, cleaning up after it was done, or shopping & inviting friends to shop!

This garage sale was truly a team effort - we are SO grateful to God for your participation! Thanks!

Listen to the Lesson - Ephesians Lesson 9

Listen to Joanne teaching on Lesson 9 (Ephesians 4:17-32)

Listen to the Lesson - Ephesians Lesson 8

Listen to the teaching on Lesson 8 - Ephesians 4:1-16...

Listen to the Lesson - Ephesians Lesson 7

Listen to Joanne's teaching of Lesson 7 - Ephesians 3:14-21:


Listen to the Lesson - Ephesians Lesson 6

Listen to Lesson 6 (Ephesians 3:1-13) below:

Listen to the Lesson - Ephesians Lesson 5

Listen below to week 5 in our study of Ephesians (covering Eph 2: 11-22).

(Joanne refers to the song, "It Is Well With My Soul" during her teaching... and we've included a little video below the audio recording. Although we couldn't find Selah's version online, we hope you enjoy this one, sung by Chris Rice)




Listen to the Lesson - Ephesians Lesson 4

To listen to this week's lesson, please click directly on the player below (Ephesians 2:1-10). And scroll down for a copy of the chart Joanne used during her teaching of Lesson 3 (recorded on September 28th). Click the chart's image to view it larger.




Listen to the Lesson - Ephesians Lesson 3

Did you miss the lesson this week? Just want to hear it again? You've come to the right place! Click on the play button below to hear Joanne teaching on Ephesians, Lesson 3 (Ephesians 1:15-23).

Listen to the Lesson - Ephesians Lessons 1 & 2

Listen to Lessons 1 & 2 of Ephesians (Eph 1:1-2; 3-14) by clicking the Play button on the player below!

Fall 2011 - Ephesians

Our Fall Bible study begins Wednesday, September 7th at 9:30 a.m., with an evening session being offered Thursday nights starting at 6:45 p.m. (beginning September 8th). We couldn't be more thrilled to begin studying the book of Ephesians together this semester.

Below, you will find the flyer with information about our Fall Bible study on the book of Ephesians. To view a larger image of the flyer, you can click directly on it. On most computers, the image will appear on a separate screen with a magnifying glass that will allow you to enlarge the image to read/print. You're welcome to print from this page and bring your registration with you to Bible study!

Also, make sure you scroll down to the post just below this one to see a special message from Bible study teacher Joanne Tittle.

A Message from Joanne

Sweet Sisters,

As our summers are behind us and fall is quickly approaching, we are preparing to begin our 12th year of Women in the Word Bible Study.

I am excited to announce that we will be studying the Book of Ephesians this session. I have been amazed how God has been working in the lives and hearts of the women at Women in the Word and can't wait to see what He has for each of us as we study His Word together.

Ephesians is a letter written by Paul to the church in Ephesus as well as other early churches. As I have read Ephesians this summer, this book was definitely written for us as well. Ephesians puts our problems and our entire lives in the context of eternity.

I would encourage you to read through Ephesians over the next few weeks and I know you will be excited to begin studying this rich, life-transforming, Spirit-inspired Word of God.

The Servant Leader Team and I are praying for you. The specific information regarding the fall study is posted on the blog. Invite your friends! See you soon!!

Grateful to Be His,
Joanne

FALL STUDY TO BEGIN

On Wednesday, September 7, the new semester of Bible study at Women in the Word will begin.

We meet Wed mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 am at Clearwater Community Church.

This Fall, we are studying Ephesians.

Stay tuned for many exciting details to come in the next few days!

Thoughts to Encourage

What a blessed morning as we gathered together to experience a "Consider Jesus" Walk. Precious time spent with the Lord in praise and worship, quiet, prayer, confession, journaling, reflecting on His Word, remembering the Cross, and taking communion. It was truly better than any study or teaching I could have compiled. What a joy and privilege to gather together as Sisters in Christ honoring and exalting our Savior.
May we remember the costly, painful sacrifice of Jesus as we approach Easter Sunday. May we also celebrate His victory over death, remembering Him until He comes again. As we consider Jesus, take time to consider ALL of Him.......the beauty and the pain in His Offering.
Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty!!!! With voices, hands and lives lifted high may we shout with joy, "Our Redeemer Lives!"
With a Humble Heart, Joanne

Thoughts to Encourage

When I opened my email Wednesday evening, one of the servant leaders had sent me the definition of "perturbed" which read as follows: to disturb or disquiet greatly in mind; agitate. What a perfect description of my mindset from the weekend! I have to be honest, the temptation to return to that perturbed mindset remained with me through the week. I had to literally fight against it and only through Christ was I able to respond to a very similar situation this Friday in an entirely different way!! God is good and so faithful. It certainly wasn't that I had no desire in my flesh to be perturbed, but I chose differently through His Spirit. May we be women who choose Christ.....a mindset fixed on things above. Spend time with God each day this week, in His Word and Presence. Oh what truths you will find and the Truth will set you free!!
In His Love, Joanne

I want to share some encouragement from LouAnn, one of our Women on the Wall:

Good afternoon, Ladies,
It was good to back in the midst of all the wonderful ladies who attend WIW. What a blessing you are to me.
Joanne's message resounded with so many of us. As I sat in the back and watched the body language, saw the nods and smiles and heard the comments of the girls on each side of me, I think many of us could relate to what Joanne was talking about. It was good to be reminded of that one sentence in our study "I am content with what I know. I am not perturbed by what I don't know." What "if only" perturbs you? Are you like me and sometimes find yourself picking up the past and bringing it to now? If you are, it was good to be reminded that when we do that we lose sight of the faithfulness of God. Only God knows our "what ifs and if onlys" and that is enough for me. I trust Him with my life.
Joanne reminded us to remain in God's word, not just on Wednesday; not just on Sunday; but everyday. The word of God daily vaccinates us against the "what if and if only" disease. Stop being perturbed about what you don't know, but trust your heavenly father with what He does know.
See you all next week and may God bless your time with him this week.
Love and prayers,
Lou Ann

Garage Sale!!

Women in the Word
Garage Sale

When : Friday, April 15th & Saturday, April 16th
Time: 7am-1pm
Where: 120 Brookside Court Palm Harbor 34683

From CCC take Belcher Rd. north to Tampa
Rd. Turn left onto Tampa Rd.
Go about one mile.
Go through the light at Omaha/CR 1.
Make a right onto Brookside Court
Norma’s house is on the left - #120.

Host: Norma Waldthausen
727-785-7139 (home)
norma_waldt@yahoo.com

Items can be donated any day during the week of April 11th-14th.
Items can be left anytime by the front door.
If any other drop off arrangements need to be made, contact Norma.

We need your stuff!! Please support WIW by donating.
All money raised will go towards the “But God Fund.”

**Please price all your items!

Thoughts to Encourage

I just returned home from Wednesday morning study and wrote these thoughts after I taught large group. My heart was so full and I want to share.......As we sang and worshipped Him I felt a battle going on in my mind. "You shouldn't teach this. The women will not receive it well. Don't go "there."" I cast those lies and doubts on Him and taught knowing that this was HIS message. I want to take each of your faces in my hands and tell you, "God is good. He loves you like crazy. It is not too late to trust in Him completely. As long as we have breathe in our bodies and a will to submit, we can start afresh with Christ." There is NO condemnation in Christ!!
This topic of FAITH is so much more than we say we believe. It needs to be the foundation of our lives - Obedience to His Word. We need to press on toward the goal to win the prize in Christ Jesus, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. This is a New Day and we need to live it for That Day!!
I cannot as teacher of this Bible Study ignore some of the tough stuff. My flesh says not to be "Debbie Downer" and keep things light, but my Spirit says tell the Truth and the Truth will set them free! We talked about That Day and I cringe at the thought that any woman who attended this Bible Study would say, "Hey God, I sat at WIW for years and never heard this." The Truth is going forward and it isn't always easy. The narrow way is costly and hard.
Romans 15:13 comes to mind, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." See, joy and peace are found in believing, trusting, in faith which is proven true through obedience. O what joy, peace and contentment come from obedience!!
As I sat in the sanctuary my eyes were drawn to a canvas at the front of the sanctuary and in capital letters it read, "AWAKEN OUR HEARTS."
To God be the Glory. May we evaluate our faith and live in preparation of That Day when we stand before our Savior. Don't haste.....He is coming soon.
In Awe of His Amazing Love, Joanne

Thoughts to Encourage

Another powerful lesson this week!! I pray God is stirring each of your hearts as we seek to know Him through our obedience. I wanted to share some encouragement that I received from some of the ladies within Women in the Word.......

From LouAnn, a Woman on the Wall within Women in the Word:
I have been carrying our lesson for this week around in my heart. God has so richly blessed America and us as individuals when we compare ourselves with the rest of the world. It is so good to be reminded of that fact when the world reminds us every minute that enough is not enough.
Many years ago, I attended a retreat and the title was "Enough for need, but not for greed". We were asked to list such things as how many televisions do you have, radios, sets of dishes, pairs of shoes, watches, on and on and on (you can fill in the blanks) and then were shown a film clip of different parts of the world and the poverty that exists including in the USA. It was very convicting. We are blessed to be a blessing.
May God richly bless your week as he molds us and makes us into the person He wants us to be.

From Tina, a Woman on the Wall within Women in the Word:
Malachi 3:3 "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."
This verse puzzled some women in a Bible Study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.
That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: 'He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.' She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames it would be destroyed. The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, 'How do you know when the silver is fully refined?'
He smiled at her and answered, 'Oh, that's easy--when I see my image in it.'
If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

May we allow God's refining fire to transform our hearts. He is wooing us, pursuing us, choosing us. What will you do with this Jesus? Who/what is your Master? What are you running after?
Much love and prayer, Joanne

Thoughts to Encourage

As I sit at my computer, I can hear a bee buzzing outside my window. The Lord quickly brought to mind what happened this Wednesday.......while teaching Bible Study a very large wasp quietly and almost effortlessly flew directly before me and landed on my notes. Nothing too perilous or dangerous, but distracting none the less. I lifted up my Bible, squashed that bee, cast him to the floor, and continued teaching. Isn't that just like the enemy? Flies swiftly and many times quietly into our lives to cause a distraction, just enough to take our eyes off Jesus, loose our train of thought and "freak out." Next time, do what I did: hold up the Word of God, squash the evil one, and cast him aside keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus the author and perfecter of your faith!!

Again I am so blessed and encouraged by the women who share their hearts and stories with me. I want to share two with you:

From LouAnn, a Woman on the Wall within Women in the Word (that's a tongue twister!):
God has provided us with His Word that enables us to do what we might think is impossible. What a gracious, loving Father we have. Our time together is such a blessing. May God's presence be real to you in unbelievable ways as we serve Him.

From Jenny, a Servant Leader within Women in the Word:
The past week of study was very meaningful for me. God really revealed to me how discontent I am with so many roles I have right now. I don't complain out loud, but good grief has He been hearing an earful (since He hears my silent murmurings)! Leaves me at a place of total surrender today. Because in my own power, I CANNOT change my heart. I've tried. I know God's working like this in many lives and just wanted to encourage you today by letting you know what He's been doing with me.

Words cannot express how in awe I am of our Lord!! I find my mind and heart full of His goodness and constant examples of Him working in me and those around me. I frequently smile and shake my head at His amazing provisions. May we all have praise on our lips today as we accept with thanksgiving our assigned portion, walk the line that He has marked out for us and sacrifice our hearts to Him.
Living in the Shadow of His Forgiveness, Joanne


Thoughts to Encourage

As we completed Chapter 5 (Content with (my) Relationships) in the "Calm My Anxious Heart" study, I know God is calling us to overcome. We need to be women who don't just hear a "moving" message and leave with a warm feeling inside, but instead be women called to act when confronted with the truth of God's Word. I know that we are being drawn by God to our own personal times of transformation, growth and victory. I was witness to it today!!
Matthew 11:28-30 repeated over and over in my heart as I watched woman after woman come forward and sacrifice their hearts to God laying them open at the Cross. I will not forget the image of each heart sacrificially laid bare before Him. As tears stung my eyes, I knew that God was pleased, delighted and singing over each of us. I can still hear Him.........
"28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. (I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.) 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet for your souls.) 30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good - not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne." Amplified
May this be our prayer each day and may we accept the overwhelming promise of rest through Christ. Remember to measure all by the Cross sacrificing our hearts moment by moment to our Blessed Controller!!




In His Love, Joanne


Listen to Calm My Anxious Heart Session 5

Thoughts to Encourage

As we have completed four chapters of the Calm My Anxious Heart study, I have seen God working miracles in the hearts and lives of women!! Hearts being physically healed.....hearts being spiritually transformed.....heart attitudes being changed, all through the power of God as we obey and surrender our lives, our minds, our wills, and our hearts to Him. The power of prayer has been evident within our group as well. I see women trusting more and more in God, turning first to prayer, believing and trusting in His answers.
I receive many emails and texts from women participating in the study as they share their story and offer encouragement as they continue on their own journey. I felt led today to share a couple of them:

From Michelle, servant leader within Women in the Word:
"...you are reprogramming a very carnal, fleshly, worldly mind to think as God thinks. Impossible? No! Difficult? Yes! But God is on your side. He is the BEST "computer programmer" around." (Joyce Meyer, "Woman to Woman")
Michelle's response - I think of my walk with Christ over the past 4 years and how true this is. The more and more I walk with him, the less and less sin has control over my life. At the beginning of my walk, I remember feeling that I just couldn't do this anymore! It was easier and more fun in my sinful nature. I lived 32 years that way....I can't expect it to be perfect in 4 years. I've come a long way and can't wait to see how much more I can grow in Him who is my programmer!!

From Helen, servant leader within Women in the Word:
It is so great to share our lives and encourage each other as we walk so many of the same or similar roads. The following are some of the lyrics to "Holy Spirit Have Your Way" by Leeland that really touched me this morning: "...so I'll run to you, surrender all...lay down my life...pick up my cross...what joy to give my life to you...Holy Spirit have your way with me...more of You and less of me...more of You overflowing."
This is so my desire - more of Him and less of me, to let go and allow Him to penetrate my life and lead without taking my pen back, allowing Him to write my story. I am praying that this is not only our desire, but that we act on it, each day. Let's encourage each other to do just that. Imagine what next month will be like if all of us make this choice and act on it!!


God's Word is powerful. His Spirit is beyond comprehension. As we yield and surrender to Him, lives are being transformed. The hearts of Michelle and Helen are just two examples of that! His desire is to make all of us brand new.......forgiven, beloved, hidden in Christ, made in the image of the maker of life. That is you, that is me!! May our reply to Him be a resounding, "YES, LORD!!" as we hold loosely to the things of this world and cling tightly to the one who can sustain us!! O Lord, show us YOUR GLORY!!

"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
Believing that YOU can do all things He calls you to do in and through His strength!!!!
Lovingly and prayerfully, Joanne




Winter Retreat... THE VIDEO!

Want to see what it's all about?

View the below video for a sneak peek into our annual Winter Retreat and see what you don't want to miss in 2012~

(and thanks again to Kathy for creating this amazing video glimpse into "Ready, Set, Now What?".... Awesome job!!)

Untitled from mom2drew on Vimeo.