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October 2017

Fear Not - October 27, 2017

"Fear Not!"

This year’s retreat theme, “Called”, was based on Isaiah 43:1 and taken from a section of Scripture where God was reassuring His people about His redemptive plan for them. They were going through a period of grave difficulties, including captivity, and God was using these words to bring them comfort. He was building their confidence in His plans for their future, despite what they were going through at that moment.

Did you get the “at that moment” idea? 

What does that mean to you?

How does it resonate with what’s happening in your life today, in your current season?

I invite you to spend some time with the Lord on that thought this week. Sit still with Him and ask Him to reveal what He may be working out in your life “at this moment”.  Don’t rush the process; it could take several sittings to clearly hear God’s voice.

One of the many nuggets that Deborah shared with us over the retreat weekend, was how she came to understand that God was growing her to be more like Him through the wilderness places of her life. Many of us can share similar stories.

 He is ready to do the same in your life, if you let Him.

To the Israelites in the wilderness, He was providing comfort and confidence. He promises to do the same for us in our wilderness. He does have a redemptive plan for your life.   

Do you really believe that God calls you by name? That He knew you before you were born? 

And that He has a plan specifically for you? 

How may your life look differently if you are walking in the knowledge of those truths, if you believe that He is able to do more than we can ask or imagine?

Join us at our November Mugs & Muffins (November 11th, at 9:30 a.m.) as we continue the conversation with a panel of "Called” women who will share their experiences and take-aways from the truly amazing retreat weekend.

 

By: Yolande A. Knight - womensministry@arlingtonwoods.ca

 

Our Chris Tomlin's Christmas Concert ticket winner, and many of you will appreciate this "Fear Not" song that captures the essence of this week's post. Reflect on the lyrics.

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It's so easy to feel ill-equipped, unqualified and overly aware of our own deficiencies that we are afraid to step into our calling - whatever that may be. Knowing that God Himself has commissioned us into our calling should help us overcome any fears we may have. Today, thank God for His call on your life! Thanks for this post and thank you AWW for the "Called" Retreat. xo

Called by Name - October 13, 2017

"Called by Name" 

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine.” (Is 43:1b)

 

Called | Noun (Synonyms):  Named | Appointed | Chosen | Vocation | Life’s work | Mission | Purpose

a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action especially when accompanied by conviction of divine influence” (Merriam-Webster)

When we began this “Called” journey a while back, it seemed like the weekend retreat was way in the distant future, yet, here we are, October 13th!

Is God calling you by name to be here?

I hope that you are planning to attend. It’s not too late to get tickets online or at the door. Deborah is looking forward to meeting you and sharing what she believes God has laid on her heart for us this weekend. The team has prepared for you to have an amazing time in God’s presence. They truly believe that no time invested with God is wasted and that you will leave more empowered than when you came!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed the journey these past few weeks with our “called” blog posts. It was rather interesting that each post, written by a different woman, including Deborah, was so unique and shed a different light on the topic.

Did you catch that? I hope you noticed the uniqueness of each post. It is how we were each uniquely and marvelously created by God for different purposes – sometimes we can get too caught up in another person’s story, comparing our chapter one to their chapter fifteen. Or we think that we have to fit into a specific box and when we don’t, then we get discouraged.

This weekend is intended to remove some of those stressors and stereotypes that we’ve cultivated and help us to step into the woman that God has created each one of us to be.

Here’s one of the things Deborah has said in that regard, as she ministers to people:

“My desire is to invite people to look at the truth of their life story and find God as their author; to unlock the prison doors of religious thinking and “doing,” and walk into the wide-open spaces of living-passionately! - (Deborah Klassen)

Join us this weekend – October 13th & 14th and discover all that God has Called you to be!

 

Enjoy this rendition of the Carole King classic, “Natural Woman”, sung by Deborah from her “Veil of Love” CD.

By: Yolande A. Knight - womensministry@arlingtonwoods.ca

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