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Sharon has encouraged and challenged her fellow Christ Covenant School mothers/teachers with devotions throughout the year as a part of her ministry to women and children.
Meditation on Psalm 23
by Sharon Leaman
The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.
Because you are my protector and nurturer, you know my needs and wants. You know me better than I know myself. You understand my heart in ways that are hidden from me. You know what is ahead. You know what is past. You are my guide. I am safe with you and you are my companion. Because there is safety with you, keep me from desiring other paths, other fields, other guides. I have everything I need with you. You will supply all that I need.
You make me lie down in green pastures; you lead me beside the still waters. You restore my soul.
Thank you that you know my need for rest. The rest you provide is beautiful, it is quiet, it is sweet-smelling. The rest you provide engages all my senses. It is completely what I need to reach my soul. It is soul penetrating. And you lead me there. I will trust you will provide that safe, quiet field for me so my soul will find rest this summer. Surround me with beautiful things. Help me to see that the quiet and serenity is from your hand, not from a lack of companionship and loneliness. I am a part of the flock you take with you to the place of rest. Help me to remain in the flock during this time of soft rest and restoration and not be isolated — thinking that that is where peace and quiet will abound.
You lead me in paths of righteousness for your name sake.
The place of rest is on the path of righteousness. Rest is part of your sanctification of me. Rested sheep bring glory to your name. Keep me from thinking that “doing” your will is about only work, but that “doing” includes rest. Could it be that my rested and quieted soul brings your name more glory than my weary one? Help me to enter your rest FOR YOUR NAME SAKE, not for mine. Glorify yourself through this time of rest. Keep me from thinking it is mine to have instead of mine to reflect your goodness and gentleness.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou are with me. Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
I know that in my quiet times, my alone times, I often am plagued by loneliness and doubts. These are my shadows. I question whether my weariness comes from being on a wrong path, or working too hard. I think that if I were doing your will, then I would not need rest and it would be fulfilling without rest. Many are the self-doubts and defeatisms. I feel inadequate. Help me to see that YOU have led me to this rest. You have given me safe pastures to think these thoughts, but then to be restored in rest and truth. Help me to see that the rest and the quiet are gifts from you, not times of shame or broken dreams and insufficiencies. These are my valleys. Do valleys of death come within restful times? Do I sense fear more during rest? Maybe. But thou are with me.
You prepare a table for me, before my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows.
In the midst of these doubts and fears, you mock my faceless enemies by providing for me. In this rest, you are strong for me. You are my home-cooked meal at the family table. You have prepared a place for me at the family table. You are my home. You praise me with words of belonging –that I am a part of your world. You accept me because it is your table to offer. Outside the dining room, the war wages on. I see your healed wounds. Here, with you, I am safe and satisfied. You favor me from those outside your table. I am a favorite, daughter and friend.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
As I follow after you, mercy and goodness will follow me. Can this be? But it is not because of my ability to follow. It is because you have cleared the path, you have provided the way and where you are these things are. My efforts to follow you, and even rest with you, will be empty by being my own shepherd or trying to find my own rest. Thank you that you say I will dwell with you forever. That part is finished and cannot be taken from me. Thank you for that assurance and confidence. Help me rest and dwell, and restore me for your name sake.
About Sharon: Sharon is the wife of Bruce Leaman, and mother to four beautiful children, Daniel, Emilee, Kathryn and Nathan. She has been a covenant member of New Life for 23 years. She serves as a teacher in Christ Covenant School and Pioneer Girls. She loves to think, sing, and love on her family. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Memorial Service for Mildred “Mike” Mitrega, Barb Plating’s mother – May 30th at 10am
Help us bless Barb’s family and friends with help with the memorial service reception and dinner later at the Plating’s home. Gretchen Trump and Brenda Deaconson are coordinating; sign up HERE if you are able to help with food, set up or clean up.
By Design Women’s Sunday School Class: April – June
This Sunday we’ll be looking at Chapter 6 of By Design by Susan Hunt with Krystal Dowell. We meet in Room 100 at 9am – come join us! Haven’t been yet or missed a couple of weeks? We’d love to see you! No requirement to read. Men are meeting in the Fireside Room.
Girls’ Summer Study – Sundays in June and July (except Father’s Day) – begins June 1st
“…our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace”
Thank you to those women who have signed up already as lesson leaders and hostesses! We can still use a couple more ladies to step up. Would you be willing to hostess or lead a session? Have a great service idea in mind? Would you like to lead worship songs for a session (thanks, Brooke Lopes for last year!)? Let Heather know or Sign Up HERE There is a $12 girls’ journal book (for this summer and next) that we’ll need to order so please RSVP to Heather by this Sunday if your daughter will be attending.
Summer Women’s Bible Studies:
Check out the books before/after Sunday School class and see what you might like to try
- Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:30am beginning June 3rd led by Karen Melnick and Heather O’Hara
Child care available. Books are available in the office for $13 – RSVP to Christine firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Please read through Chapter 1 for our first session!
- War of Words: Getting to the Heart of your Communication Struggles by Paul David Tripp
Thursday evenings 7-8:30pm beginning June 5th led by Barb Plating and Phyllis DiBella
Books ($12.50) and discussion guide ($2.50) are available in the office – RSVP to Christine email@example.com
Hand Me Downs
Sharon Leaman has some gently worn hand-me-downs for children. Sizes include: summer/winter girls 4-5T and summer/winter boys 4-5T. Also, there are women’s clothes size 6-8 winter and some summer. If anyone is interested, contact her to set up a time to go through them.
Summer is a great time to fold bulletins – older children are out of school and can contribute to the worship service! Do you have a couple hours on a Friday afternoon you can spare? Sign up HERE to fold bulletins after 1pm some Friday. Takes about 2 hours (faster if you bring a friend!) Questions? Ask Pam in the office.
Do you have information you’d like passed to the women of the church, activities or studies you’d like to see? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
in His grace,
the Women’s Ministry Committee
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