Summer is Here!

With summer comes lots of celebratory activities from graduations to weddings to church picnics. All fun stuff, and though we don’t want to miss a moment of it, it sure does seem far to easy to stay busy all summer. Which makes the summer go by far too quickly.

Before summer escapes, take time to consider that it’s okay to not go to every, single event. It’s okay to stop and just be once in a while too. Often, actually.

“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

Right now, with summer just beginning, take a minute to schedule time to just be. Time to sit on the deck and feel the summer breeze. Time to go for a walk. Time to lay in a hammock in the shade. Time to just know that God is God no matter what’s going on in your life.

Be Encouraged!

There are moments in life when I just want to give up. On what? Trying to stay positive. Making progress. Being healthy. Being encouraging. And of course, anything that is overwhelming to me, which in these moments is almost everything.

These seasons make me feel drained and spent. They cloud any hope, and I seem to only be able to see selfishness and meanness flourishing. If I let them, these times start pulling me back toward the pit of depression.

To fight the battle, I have to immediately go to God’s word. I have to let him speak to my heart and override the negativity seeking to drown me. If you’re feeling discouraged, I recommend you do the same. In fact, even if you’re not feeling discouraged today, get God’s word in you anyway. It’s the only way I’ve ever found to keep this world from overtaking my thinking.

Here are some verses to help get you (and me) get started on the climb out of discouragement:

Psalm 34:17-19: When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Psalm 55:22: Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Isaiah 40:31: but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 42:16: And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.

Matthew 11:28: Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Galatians 6:9: And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Philippians 4:19: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 1:6-9: In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Be encouraged!

Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars for these Ladies events coming up in 2018.

Sunday, July 15th — Ladies Kayaking

September 28th-30th — Ladies Retreat at Bear Lake Bible Camp

Details on each event will be provided as the event nears. You can also ask Diane Borst for details.

Gratitude is Good for You

Recently, Pastor Ivan Stubbs talked about how people who are the least anxious – or who aren’t really anxious much at all – have three habits in common.

  1. Gratitude
  2. Forgiveness
  3. Positivity

While we probably all sense what he’s saying is true, many of us still struggle with incorporating these attitudes into our daily lives. Take gratitude for example. Stress and negativity and discouragement seem to regularly work against any attempts to have gratitude, don’t they?

Consider that not only does gratitude change your outlook in just about every way, it’s also physically good for you. Dr. Andrew Weil in Gratitude is Good for Your Health says…

“Research suggests… that expressing and experiencing gratitude isn’t just good manners, it actually confers positive health effects including decreased levels of depression, anxiety, envy, job-related stress and burnout as well as increases in life satisfaction, vitality, hope, and optimism.”

Sign me up for all of those benefits. How about you? And they come just by having a habit of gratitude.

As with any habit, one of gratitude will take time to establish and will be built on small steps taken gradually over time. Consider these tips for getting started:

  1. Name 3 things you’re thankful for when you wake up in the morning.
  2. Express gratitude before every meal.
  3. Say what you’re thankful for in that day as you lie in bed before you fall asleep.

Simple? Yes, for sure. Easy? Not always. Yet, by just taking these small steps, a habit of gratitude will begin to grow. Before you know it, you’ll realize that you’re anxiety has decreased and satisfaction with life increased.

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

Mother’s Day Luncheon THIS SATURDAY

When: Saturday, May 12th @ 1:00 PM

Where? Craftsman Chop House in Portage

Details: Bring a gift to exchange to help celebrate Mother’s Day ($10 max ).

Contact: Let Diane know if you’re coming but haven’t signed up.

Mother’s Day Luncheon

When: Saturday, May 12th @ 1:00 PM

Where? Craftsman Chop House in Portage

Details: Bring a gift to exchange to help celebrate Mother’s Day ($10 max ). Also, there’s  a sign-up sheet in the church foyer to help reserve a table.

Contact: See Diane Borst with any questions.

Ladies Mother’s Day Lunch Out

When: Saturday, May 12th @ 1:00 PM

Where? Craftsman Chop House in Portage

Details: Bring a gift to exchange to help celebrate Mother’s Day ($10 max ). Also, there’s  a sign-up sheet in the church foyer to help reserve a table.

Contact: See Diane Borst with any questions.

5 Bible Verses for the Exhausted Woman

Exhausted? Who isn’t at some point. Fortunately, God will minister to you right in that exhaustion. Nothing has to change for you except to let Him speak to your heart through His Word.

“For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.'” (Isaiah 41:13)

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” (Psalm 119:114)

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

Exhausted may be what you’re feeling right now, but it’s not who you are.

Receive God’s help. Learn from Jesus. Boast in weaknesses. Hope in God’s word. Refuse to quit.