Thanking God for Girlfriends by Traci Rhoades

During this season of thankful reflection, I am pleased to focus in on the girlfriends God has given me. As a wife, as a new mom, as a woman seeking to please my Savior in all I say and do, I just love the women in my life. You see, there are things you can say to your girlfriends you would NEVER repeat to anyone else. I hear your “amen” out there.

In particular, how exciting when you find a friendship that moves beyond acquaintance to close companion to one you bear your soul to. While these kind of relationships take time and effort, I’m also discovering there is a great deal of divine intervention involved as well. God sees where we are mentally, emotionally and spiritually and He gives us Christian women to walk beside us. Maybe for a short time or sometimes, for a lifetime.

Please take a moment to reflect on those friendships you count as blessings. Thank God for His part in bringing you together. Call her, meet up with her or send her a note on Facebook! The miles between you and your friends don’t matter, the maker between you, however, is everything.

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

Give Thanks to the Lord by Traci Rhoades

I Chronicles 16:8-10 (NIV) Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

I've started a list in my Bible of scripture passages I also know as songs. Do you recognize this one? Doesn't it give your spirit an extra lift to hum the tune as you read the words? This passage also reminds me of a lesson God has been teaching me. Look back over the words (hum again if you want!) and note how many action verbs the author uses. "Give thanks, call, make known, sing, sing (again), tell, glory in and let our hearts rejoice." Our God does not do all the work so we can sit back and just be in awe of Him. A growing faith stays busy, not so much in service but in seeking our Savior. And telling others about what God is doing in us and through us becomes a direct response of this faith in action.

So, as we enter the season of Thanksgiving, examine your faith. Is it full of action verbs or do you need to seek Him a little more? Ephesians 3:18b promises us that, "together with all the saints, [we can] grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ." But it does take a little work on our part.

Because Lives Matter Women's RETREAT

WOMEN’SRETREAT December 4th, Friday 4:00 P.M.-5:30 P.M. Arrival 5:30P.M.-6:45P.M. Dinner (endless soup and salad/bar) 7P.M.-8P.M. Sue Cramer will be presenting the program on Rahab: Session 1 8P.M.-? Free time and sleep time December 5th Saturday 7:30 A.M.-8:45A.M. Breakfast (Margaret’s (Rise-N-Shine Special) 9A.M.-10A.M. Sue Cramer: session 2 10A.M. to 11A.M. Break 11A.M.-Noon Sue Cramer: Session 3 NOON-1P.M.LUNCH(chicken salad on croissants old fashioned macaroni and cheese
1P.M.-2P.M. Sue Cramer: Session 4
Because there is no cost we are asking for a commitment for this Retreat. There will be only 40 spaces available. Please do mark your calendar and make arrangements to attend if you sign up. Thank you!
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Wednesday morning Bible Study

With the holidays fast approaching, we as women want to take a closer look at Mary, who answered each request God made of her with total obedience. As the mother of our Messiah, Mary had much to learn about how God's ways are not our ways.
What: Bible Study using the book, "Unafraid" by Francine Rivers
Where: Home of Jaime Rogers
When: Starting December 2nd, every Wednesday from 9:30-11:15am
We hope you can join us! Childcare is provided. Please contact Traci Rhoades ( or 269-908-0992) or Jaime Rogers ( or 269-370-2779).