As a wife, mother, and grandmother, I take seriously those opportunities God affords to serve my family. I strongly agree with Martha Peace who writes “God’s will for every Christian wife is that her most important ministry be to her husband (Genesis 2:18).” Aside from my husband and family, I am best able to serve God by lovingly serving my sisters in Christ. Once I flip the calendar to July, it signals preparation for fall. This year is no different so I’m sharing what’s on the horizon. I will also give you a few updates.
Primarily, I will be serving the women in my church by leading two groups. The Sunday evening class will meet at 5:00. Christian Theology for Women: Doctrine of the Word of God systematically lays the foundation for all doctrines that will follow. Having worked through many of the core doctrines in past years, and having seen the growth in the women who’ve applied them, has fueled my excitement for what is ahead. This study begins with a class overview on August 22 and will meet weekly beginning September 12th, after Labor Day. A second class, Knowing the Bible: Philippians I, is a 6:00 Wednesday evening Bible study. Participants will pair up for a short time of basic inductive study of each week’s passage. A large group time of in-depth study: background, setting, expository teaching with application will follow. This study begins with a class overview on August 25th and will meet weekly.
Pray for me. That I might be ever mindful to lead these women prayerfully with humility, excitement, and expectation. I encourage all Christian women to routinely study the Bible in community and to work together in thinking through, understanding, and applying the core doctrines of the Christian faith. John Piper writes in his book Think “If thinking has the reputation of being only emotionless logic, all will be in vain. God did not give us minds as ends in themselves. The mind provides the kindling for the fires of the heart.” You can learn more here. It’s important that we, as the Church, engage in ongoing discipleship for growth and maturity. “If you want to get more out of the Bible avail yourself to your church’s formal teaching ministries in addition to the Sunday sermon.” writes Jeremy Kimble. Consider this blog post your invitation to join us. Also, I’ve begun forming private Facebook groups so if you are on social media and would like to be added, you will want to let me know.
In a few words of reflection on discipleship, I will let you know that I enjoyed the seminar Women and God this summer. Women gathered around my dining room table for study and discussion of the scriptures addressing some timely women’s issues. Our study was followed by conversation over lunch. I hope to host seminars in the future but most often, discipleship is in the times we meet as Christ’s church.
By the grace of God, the work of biblical counseling continues to flourish. By walking alongside women in their times of adversity, my counseling provides foundational tools for coping and growing. God is good to allow me to be an instrument as his Holy Spirit provides help and hope. Additionally, I teach women to assess their long-term goals and values. You can learn more here.
Over the past year, mentoring has taken on a new flavor as I’ve added to those younger women under my wing. God has richly blessed in this area and it is with great care and appreciation I continue to pray with, talk with, teach, and train these few faithful women to further serve their families and the church. Our Christian fellowship (one with another) is a treasure to me and frankly, it is a privilege to be a small part of each one of their lives. You can learn more here. I believe you will begin to see some names and faces as I offer opportunities for these ladies to come alongside me in various ways. I most certainly want to nurture those gifts, talents, and desires God has given them.
Discipleship, counseling, and mentoring require Bible study, reading, and planning. I never cease to be amazed at how the Spirit weaves together my personal prep time, spiritual growth and insight for living, while serving the local church and community. Please know that I am available to answer any questions about the upcoming theology class, Bible study, or biblical counseling. And for all these things, may God himself receive honor and glory to the fullest.
Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Col 1:28–29). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
I’m aware that much of what I’ve written in this post pertains to my personal agenda. Many times, we get distracted and confused because we lose sight of the overarching agenda of our lives. In closing, I’m sharing my life’s roadmap that is penned in the back of my Bible. I hope this post (and especially these scriptures) serves as an encouragement to you.
- 2 Timothy Chapter One
- Titus Chapter Two
- Ephesians 4:15-16
- Acts 1:8
- Matthew 28:18-20
- Colossians 1:28