Women’s Ministry Update – 12/21/13

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The Healing for a Broken Heart

by Sarah Boynton

“So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

‘The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.’ 

Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’”
(Luke 4:16-21)

The Scripture passage above has always been one of my favorites—I’ve always found it very powerful and beautiful. I’d like to share how God recently used this passage in a powerful way in my own life.

Just a year and a half ago, I found myself in a very unhealthy, toxic situation. I had taught third grade for five years in a local school district. Teaching was something I had always wanted to do as a young girl. With each increasing year, my job became more about filling data binders, going to meetings, and giving assessments than teaching. I had some very difficult students too—the last four years I had the LD students in my class and the last three the autism students as well. I always tried to rise to the occasion and help each student as much as I could; I would be at school 8 a.m. to 8 or 9 p.m., trying to find new approaches to help my sweet, troubled students learn a difficult concept. But as much as I tried, the more displeased the administration, the parents, and my coworkers seemed to become with me. I was baffled as to why this coworker wouldn’t speak to me for a week or why this administrator would be spreading rumors about me or why a parent would email the administrator to complain about me. I had never had this much trouble maintaining relationships with coworkers like with this job—my answer was to stay longer at work, take on more school projects, neglect family and friends, do whatever it takes to make these people like and accept me.

As my fifth year of teaching was ending and it was time to sign my new contract, I would attempt to sign it, but I just did not feel a peace about it. I decided to write my resignation without any job prospects lined up. And you would think this would have brought me some peace, but I spent most of the summer feeling embarrassed and depressed. I felt like I had my heart broken in front of 700 people. (not to be overdramatic, but yes, when I’m depressed, I am that overdramatic)

I grew up in a Christian home, attended a Christian school kindergarten through 12th grade, even attended a Christian college. I would never have said this aloud to anyone, but in my own mind, I would think that I arrived spiritually—I had nothing new to learn. For those many years I thought I was a good person, my heart was (and still is) really very wicked, manipulative, and conniving, as Jeremiah 17:9-10 states, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” How quickly I would jump at the chance to join school gossip and deride my coworkers; how quickly I would use people to my own advantage (even now at my new job, I find myself doing this). And when I was sincerely trying to be a good teacher and help my students, well…as Pastor Doug has preached in the past, even those need to be washed in the blood of Christ for our righteousness is filthy rags to God (Is. 64:6). From this whole experience, God exposed to me some major idols in my life, specifically pride and people pleasing. My wicked heart was so full of pride that it could not understand why everyone didn’t love me and realize how hard I worked.

My heart was broken, but not by my coworkers. It was broken because of my own sin and pride. But the good news is, Christ came to earth and fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy. He came to free me from that sin that entangles me, to heal me from my broken heart through His death on the cross. He’s given me joy this Christmas season through that special gift.

About Sarah:  Sarah enjoys reading, writing, going to the gym, and playing the piano in her spare time. She enjoys accompanying the youth choir and filling in for the adult choir. You can find her working at Target in Central Park or at one of the local library branches.

Current Announcements:

Sunday Evening’s Cantata, “Gloria” will be preceded by a selection of orchestral pieces beginning at 5:45pm.  The Cantata begins at 6pm.
Invite a friend, family member or neighbor for a beautiful evening of celebrating God with us.

NLICC hosting local Presbytery Meeting on January 11th – Help Needed!
The Session has asked us to provide breakfast and lunch for our presbytery leaders on Saturday, January 11th. In lieu of a Women’s Prayer Breakfast in January we ask that you pray about preparing food or helping to serve our leaders while they meet together. We’ll also need volunteers to set out each of the meals and clean up. CLICK HERE  to sign up for food and help.  Contact Christine Fulcrod or Brenda Deaconson if you have any questions.

Women’s Prayer Breakfasts will resume in February at 9am on the 2nd Saturday of the month this year (a change from the 3rd Saturday).

Resolve to join us! Women’s Bible Studies begin in January

  • How People Change, led by Pam Lopes beginning Monday evenings at 7pm on January 13th
    (minimum 4 participants required, please RSVP soon!)
    Sign up with Pam at pam@nlicc.org
  • The Westminster Confession of Faith, led by Christine Fulcrod resuming Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30am on January 14th (child care available)
    Sign up with Christine at nlicspotsy@aol.com

Praying that you find time to spend these last days of Advent in quiet time with your Savior in the midst of preparations, celebrations and travel or company.

in His grace,
Heather O’Hara
for the Women’s Ministry Committee

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