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.

Ladies Bible Study

Present Over Perfect

Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

5-Week Study on Mondays starting April 9th — 6pm @ Diane Borst’s Home

You can purchase the study guide from Lillian the night of the first study for $10.

Ladies Bible Study – Present Over Perfect

In this five session video Bible study, Shauna Niequist invites you on a journey that changed her life. She will walk a path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning of your worth.

Shauna will help you begin leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection. She offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.

Sessions include: 1) Pain Points; 2) The Roles We Play; 3) Yes And No; 4) Unflashy, Unspectacular, Good; and 5) Living the Love.

Study is on Mondays at 6PM beginning March 9th. Location is Diane Borst’s home. Please sign-up in the foyer. Books will be available for $10 on the first night of the study.