NLIC Women’s Update (10/13/16) | Encouragement (New Format!)

Theme for October: Encouragement
Heb. 10:24 “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…”

Scroll down to read a reflection on this verse by Amy Auker!


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Encouragement
By Amy Auker

When thinking through a devotional for this month, I struggled to put into words how I’ve been encouraged by being a part of this community.  I can’t count how many ladies who have stirred me to love and good works.  I thought I would share five examples of how women at New Life have encouraged me regarding different areas of my life.

1) Encouragement In Marriage (1 Peter 3:1)
There’s a woman who demonstrates respect in how she speaks to and of her husband.  I’ve been humbled, time after time, as I see her faithfully seek the counsel of her husband.  I’ve seen her work hard to foster an amicable relationship with her mother-in-law in order to honor her husband.  I’ve seen her cling to her fear of the Lord in the most trying of circumstances.  Strength and dignity are her clothing in her marriage.
 
2) Encouragement In Maintaining a Household (Proverbs 31:27-31)
There’s a woman who works tirelessly to maintain her home.  Sure, she is beyond faithful to the little details a home requires – dusting (my least favorite chore) – for example, goes a long way.  But, by accomplishing these ‘small details’, she has confidence and delight as she opens up her home throughout the week to others.  These ‘small details’  that she tends to with industry and humility speak to her understanding that everything she has is the Lord’s and her evident desire to glorify Him and serve him all days of her life.  She uses her home in order to be a cultivator of community.
 
3) Encouragement in Prayer (Matthew 6:6)
There’s a woman who faithfully covers others in prayer.  It could be the most ‘simple’ request, casually mentioned during bible study, or, it could be an extremely personal one that she lifts up to the Lord daily.  Not only does she faithfully pray for others in the quiet of her home, but, she often reaches out those same folks to let them know that they’re cared for and to even ask if there’s anything she can do to serve that individual.
 
4) Encouragement in Purity (Proverbs 4:23-24)
There’s a woman whose personal conviction to keep her heart with all vigilance challenges me.  She does so much to develop and maintain self-control.  She establishes clear and realistic boundaries (and somehow without becoming legalistic).  She maintains accountability with her husband and her friends.  She is quick to ask for forgiveness from the Lord and others.
 
5) Encouragement in Serving (Romans 12:9-13)
There’s a woman who is quick to step up and serve.  She’s so “quick” because, usually, she’s already anticipated the need.  I appreciate that she acknowledges that it’s hard for some to ask for help.  She often, as a result, offers to serve others in a specific way intentionally making it easier for that person to accept: “Let me watch your son during your next doctor’s visit.”  She expects nothing in return.  She demonstrates pure delight with each opportunity to serve, and, boy, does she serve in a varying capacity of ways.

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