By Jill Rady
This was unfamiliar ground. I felt though that it was a safe place with the woman who invited me to join this group. There was no reason to include me except for her kindness, and perhaps a wisdom of which I was unaware.
I had children at home so a social day with adults was a welcome one. I was an at home mom and far from family with my young husband. I didn’t have birthdays, and baptisms and dinners and other family occasions to enjoy more than our annual visit or two. We found family in our new church and became members as we learned about what it means to be a follower of Christ. I was new in this role as well.
And that was why we gathered together. Following Christ and ministry to women. I could learn something about making a difference to women around me through this group. So my ears were open and my eyes wide as I observed how this is done.
Coffee was offered. Introductions and chatting moved into a scripture reading and some group business. I wanted this sisterhood. I needed someplace to belong. I was grateful for this chance. And I believed that God had opened this door.
We finally moved to close in prayer. I was given a slip of paper expressing a prayer need within our organization. “If you are not comfortable praying out loud”, we were told “just please read what is on the slip of paper.”
I don’t recall the need any longer. It was the trust from this group that made this first chance to pray out loud stick in my mind, and my journey had begun.
I have since that day considered a proper posture for prayer; a prayer closet; journaling my prayer life; including all of the corrected steps to approaching the Throne of Grace; being specific in prayer; praise and thanksgiving in relation to prayer and more. All has made me aware of the challenges we face in our approach to God. We work so hard to bring meaning to this conversation and relationship with Him. If my effort would be feeble, if my words would not be eloquent, if my hopes and dreams were shattered and left me speechless, this one thing would remain. My Heavenly Father has adopted a prayer posture for me. Psalm 116:2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
His ear is turned in my direction. Inclined to hear every word directed toward Him from a heart full of trust. This is a safe place. Always a safe place with my Father.
WMF DAY 2017
We are looking forward to WMF Day 2017 which will be held at AFLC Headquarters and Schools on June 13, 2017. We have several women included in our program for the day sharing their various talents and abilities with us. Throughout the day we will be visited by a fictitious woman from history past, Fraline (Gretchen) von Krueger. Her purpose for being with us is to give us a glimpse as to what it might have been like to live through the time when nine nuns escaped from a convent with the help of Martin Luther, one of whom became Luther’s wife, Katharina von Bora.
Agenda WMF day, June 13, 2017
8:45 a.m. Welcome – National WMF president and local representative
Devotions –Joan Culler
Praise and Worship – Ambassadors
Workshop: “The Heart of the Matter” – Hope Unverzagt
Offering: Missionaries update
Workshop: “The Creative Classroom”- Marsha Johnson
Stretch, door prizes
Memorial Service – Beverly Enderlein
Housekeeping and announcements
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch
Dorm room open to tours
1:00 p.m. Choir Performance – Anne Presteng
Workshop: “Discipleship-a task or a lifestyle?” – Šárka Klusová
3:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tour of AFLC President’s home
There will be a designated area for making greeting cards or tags.
Wednesday morning 7:00 a.m.
Speaker: Barbara Long
Wednesday evening 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Gracia Burnham
If you have not registered for WMF Day please do so as soon as possible. At this point, you may or may not be able to partake in the WMF noon meal as the count has already been turned in.
By Dawn Johnson
The Bible is a book about GOD. Proof is found in Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning GOD…” This confirms in my mind that this life is not about “ME” as the world would like me to think. So often we think we are good enough as we are and can do well with what life gives us. But without God we are nothing. As I was pondering this idea the verse Philippians 4:8 came to mind “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (ESV) Think of this verse in this way:
Finally, brothers, whatever is
if there is
any excellence—GOD IS
anything worthy of praise—GOD IS
THINK about these things!
THINK about GOD! THINK about who HE IS! Desire to be in His Word to get to know Him and in getting to KNOW HIM we are able to know who we are.
By Peggy Berglund
The aroma of ethnic food wafted through the cabin on a “no food offered” flight we were on recently. The evidence of food on board created feelings of hunger for at least some of us. After the owners of the food enjoyed their delicacies the lids were put back on the food containers and not taken off again until just before the end of the flight, when again we were made aware of the enticing meal they had carried on the plane.
A Facebook friend of mine makes several trips a year to Haiti from her home in Florida. While there she cares for the homeless elderly as well as young needy children. She posted a picture of herself cuddling a small child. “You are a vessel carrying His love”, was my comment to that picture displaying her tender care, to which she replied “As we all are. Some people just forget to take the lid off.”
Jesus put it this way in Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. “ In other words, He’s telling us to “take the lid off”. In II Corinthians 2:14 we have a picture of the aroma that draws people to find their spiritual hunger fulfilled in Him. John 13:34 tells us we are to be a vessel of His love “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
So how do we do it? Am I able to be that aroma that draws others to want more of Jesus, or be that light that causes someone to want to praise God? Am I capable of loving others unconditionally as Jesus loves me? Not on my own – I can’t. I think the answer to that dilemma may be found in Romans 5:5 “…God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us”. That’s the only way we can be who He called us to be.
My friend is right – if we take “the lid” off and open our lives to let the Lord fill us, we can then keep “the lid” off so His love will flow out to others, as Jesus tells us in John 7:38,39 “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this He meant the Spirit whom those who believed in Him were later to receive.”
By JoyAnn Dahl
If you have ever watched a pole vaulting event, you might be shocked to learn that the participant runs on the average 60 feet with a 12 foot pole in an attempt to launch (or hurl) themselves as high as they can over a bar and landing (falling) safely in a mat on the opposite side. Recently my youngest son, Cristian, after several years of dreaming and working on refining his vaulting skills, was able to set a new Thief River Falls, Minnesota, High School record for track and field in the event of pole vaulting. The last Thief River Falls school record was set in 1996, approximately 21 years ago by another young man attempting to reach the same altitude. We were all clearly ecstatic to see him complete this challenge of vaulting almost 13 feet successfully! This was definitely a highlight in his school career, and a high point, quite literally and figuratively! However, a few days after he set the school record, he had an incident that occurred when his brand new pole snapped in half as he was vaulting mid-air during a competition. The fiberglass pole break resulted in a deep laceration across his hand with 12 stitches from the outside of his hand to the inner palm, with one stitch in his elbow for good measure. After a quick and frantic trip to the ER, we were very thankful he wasn’t leaving with more severe injuries. A few days later, with a hand wrap, pain meds, and determination, Cristian agreed to assist with the pole vaulting competition at a middle school track and field meet, as a vaulting referee. The accident clearly was a low point in his vaulting days, however, he is hoping for complete healing in his hand and many more days of clear sailing to come! This example reminds me of the truth that no matter if we are in the highs or the lows of life, God is there with us, watching, providing, healing, protecting, and giving us daily encouragement to continue on. Psalm 46:11 says, “The Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress.“ This verse is true for all of us, even in the highest highs and the lowest lows, not just those who pole vault in life! God is with us each day, helping us reach the highest bars in life and landing safely on the other side.
PLEASE register for WMF Day by June 3rd in order to get in on the WMF meals. Please email, phone or fill out the registration form found here. Then mail to Deb Benson, 39694 SD Hwy 44, Armour SD 57313, phone number 605-724-2532 or [email protected], so that it arrives before June 3rd. Please register ASAP. On WMF Day payment is required by cash or a check.
WMF DAY CHOIR There will be a Women’s Choir conducted by Ann Presteng on WMF Day. The choir will practice during lunch and will perform in the afternoon. Choir members should go to the front of the line at lunch. If you would like to be a part of this choir you can contact Anne Presteng, 6838 147th Ave NE, Grafton ND 58237, her phone is 701-352-0911 or 701-520-3138 for directions to obtain the music ahead of time. All are welcome to join the choir even if you do not receive the music ahead of time.
Tours available on WMF Day will include the newly refurbished Women’s Dorm rooms and the AFLC President’s Home at specified times of the day.
There will be a station set up for making greeting cards on WMF Day. Thank you to Barb Strand for organizing this activity.