Hello dear sisters and welcome to the last week of our study. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for and now we begin to celebrate Christmas. Oh what a beautiful time of year it is! A time to remember and reflect on the coming of our Savior! I just began reading Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado. FaithGateway is doing a 4 week online study for Because of Bethlehem. Click here if you’re interested learning more.
What an awesome week of study this was. Our topics say it all, aim to be fruitful, aim to be welcoming, aim to be helpful, aim to leave a legacy, and aim to make a difference. I don’t know about you but I want to aim for all of those! Here are some quotes from the authors for each day.
Aim to be fruitful! “God gives us different gifts and callings. The gift of marriage is not given to every woman, nor is the gift of bearing children. It is not a given that every woman will marry, or that every married woman will be able to bear children, or that every woman ought to bear as many biological children as she possible can. What IS a given is that ALL women are called to be spiritually fruitful. The Lord wants all women – including single and childless women and women past childbearing age – to have a “household” and be the “joyful mother of children.”
Aim to be welcoming! “This world is a messy, chaotic place. But we have the privilege of creating a home environment that makes people long for heaven. Whether married or single, our goal as women is to create a place, physically and spiritually, that beckons and welcomes people “home.” A place that ministers to their needs – where they can find comfort, healing, rest, love, and a sense of belonging. A peaceful nurturing place here they can retreat to renew their hearts and be untroubled. A place that gives them a sense for how wonderful our eternal home will be.”
Aim to be helpful! “But we are never more like Jesus than when we are helping and serving others. And if a woman’s help results n God’s ultimate purposes being fulfilled, her work is vital, no matter how “small” the task may be.”
Aim to leave a legacy! “The biblical pattern for womanhood involves passing the baton of faith to the next generation. It requires that we first model what it means for women to be filled with the Spirit and to live in accordance with sound doctrine (Titus 2:1). It also requires that we proactively teach the upcoming generation what True Womanhood is all about, and how to live lives that reflect the gospel of Christ.”
Aim to make a difference! “We believe it is time for a different kind of a women’s movement – a quiet counter-cultural revolution of those who stand against the tide of culture and dare to delight in God’s design. Our prayer is that by the power of His Spirit, godly women will ward off the destruction of gender, sexuality, male-female relationships, morality, marriage, and family, and will use their influence to impact their communities for good and for godliness. Only God knows how great will be the ripple effect of that influence – for generations to come.”
Once you’ve completed the homework for this week click here to watch the True Woman 101 Week 8: Sisterhood is Powerful.
Come back on Wednesday for our Discussion Questions. You can share your thoughts and comments with us here, jot them down in your book during your quiet time or discuss them with another sister doing the study with you. Please let us know how we can pray for you throughout the study. Have a great week!
In His Love,
One Heart Ministry