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Leaning on the Lord
by Annie Page
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”
Since the New Year I have been meditating on Proverbs 3. The line I keep repeating is verse 5: “do not lean on your own understanding.” Oh how many times do I lean on my own understanding in life instead of trusting in the Lord. But what is the remedy, how can I begin to turn from leaning on myself and trust in the Lord? One discipline is studying God’s Word so I may better understand His character and attributes.
The Women’s Bible Study this season has been going through the Westminster Confession of Faith. This has been a rich time in God’s Word, systematically learning the foundational truths of the faith. What a blessing and joy not only in fellowship, but also in studying rich, sound doctrine!
How does sound doctrine apply to life? How does it aid in “trust[ing] the Lord with all your heart and . . . not lean[ing] on your own understanding”? First it has magnified my view of Scripture as God’s final authority for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). In all circumstances I can turn to God’s Word for truth rather than rely on my narrow, limited understanding. Studying doctrine has also magnified my view of God. He is infinite, eternal and unchangeable (SC 4); He can do all things and His purpose can never be thwarted (Job 42:2).
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) I look forward with anticipation to all the Lord will continue to reveal through His marvelous Word.
About Annie: Annie is married to Parker and they have three young children: Ruth Louise, Sam and James. They have lived in Fredericksburg and been members of NLICC for the past 5 years, but still claim South Carolina as home. She enjoys reading, playing tennis and being outdoors. You may contact Annie at email@example.com.
Accepting Nominations for Women’s Ministry Training
Women’s Ministry Training is applicable to a woman in any season of life and has been a great encouragement to those of us who have gone through it. It is not necessary to serve on the Women’s Ministry Committee after completion of the training. Please let us know by March 9th if you would like to join us or if you know of a woman that you think should serve on the Committee. The training is a prerequisite to service on the Committee so we want to make sure that those ladies are encouraged to participate. Submit your nominations on the flyer in the bulletin or email to Kathryne Marple at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Retreat Meeting – TONIGHT – February 20th at 7pm
We’ll meet in the red conference room across from the kitchen. We’d love to have you join us!
Long Distance Baby Shower for Ann Park
Ann and Doug Park are expecting again! She is due on September 7th. Doug and Ann moved to Chicago at the end of this past year and are visiting churches in hopes to find a new church home. Since they are still in our church covenant family and we love them dearly, we prayed for them at the Baby Prayer Shower and want to send them a care package next month. Tracy Greenberg has a card to sign, or you may want to write your own letter of encouragement. Tracy will be getting a Target giftcard to celebrate the new baby. Please contact her if you would like to add to it. Tracy will be collecting through the Ladies’ Missions Brunch on March 8th.
Baby Shower for Amanda Oberlin on March 2nd from 2-4pm
Hosted by the Foundations Care Group at the Lorei’s home, 5215 Leavells Crossing Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22407. RSVP to Sarah Schroeder or Lucinda Lorei. Amanda is having a girl and is registered at Target and Amazon.
Missions Month Help
- Help with morning coffee treats for Missions Month HERE. Sign up to bring international cookies or pastries or your favorite treat one Sunday morning in March.
- Check for additional opportunities to help with Missions Month in the bulletin flyer.
Office Help Needed
- Christine in the office is looking for some help with archiving our church history. If you would be interested by sorting records and/or church pictures, please contact her at email@example.com or 540-786-4848.
- Please let Christine know if you would be interested in helping to update the Missions Bulletin Board on at least a monthly basis. We would like to keep our missionaries’ information available to the congregation as many of them take time to send newsletters and pictures. Also we like to highlight New Life trips and teams that are ministering on behalf of our congregation.
- 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 1 1/2 – 2 hours (faster if you bring a friend!) Questions? Ask Pam in the office.
Thank you to those women who have committed to writing a devotion or testimony for the Women’s Update in the coming weeks, they are encouragements to all of us! Keep them coming! Do you have a story of God’s faithfulness or of a lesson he has wrought in your heart that might encourage others? Share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have ministry needs or announcements that you’d like to get out? We’ll pass the word.
in His grace,
for the Women’s Ministry Committee
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