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What is God Thinking?
by Tracey Alexander Fischer
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28
There’s this guy named Joe–Straight-laced kid, best in his class, apple of his daddy’s eye. One day his brothers get fed up with living in his shadow and kidnap him. They dump him in a hole, while they figure out what to do with his body after they kill him. A change of heart (along with the extra change it’ll put in their pockets) leads them to sell him. So Joe ends up as a slave in a country where he doesn’t know the language, the culture, or the land. “What is God thinking?” is what I imagine him to be saying on a fairly regular basis. Then, an unfortunate encounter with the boss’s wife lands him in jail. Again, “What is God thinking?” Another series of events lands him a job with authority, second only to the man on top (and PS, the empire he’s helping to rule is one of the most distinguished in human history). “What is God thinking?” And now, coming full circle, the brothers that sold him into this mess are bowing before him, asking for his help. “What is God thinking?”.
Like Joe (or at least how I imagine him), I’ve found myself in a situation at work that I’d rather not be in and have questioned God continually, “What are you thinking? Why have you put me here to do this? What do you want from me?”
Simply answered, God wants my best (and my worst). He wants my all – heart, soul, mind, and strength. He wants me to be 110% a part of whatever it is He’s called me to do, whether I think it’s a good idea or not.
Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t come by this overnight. I’ve been struggling with this project at work for almost 8 months now. I’ve literally been physically ill over my involvement. (Can you say “stress fever?” I can.) It took my husband making the comparison to Joseph to finally bring about peace that God has me in this job, at this time, working this project for a reason. I couldn’t tell you exactly what that reason is, per se, but I can tell you that I have learned what it means to obey without sinning. After all, Egypt was certainly not a “Christian” government. It was “godly” in the sense that it was ruled by a man who thought he was one of many gods. But it certainly didn’t glorify our Yahweh. Joseph submitted himself to these people. He worked for their benefit, and he did it without sinning against God. Think about it like this: In a few hundred years, the Egyptians would seek the eradication of the Jews by forcing them to throw all their babies into the Nile. Joseph was officially working for the bad guys, and yet he did it without sinning. Wow!
All of this is to say: What’s going on in your life right now? I bet whatever you are doing, whatever funky situation you find yourself in, God is working it out for His Good Purpose. I hope you find some hope and peace in that. I do…now that I’ve had to learn it the hard way.
Women’s Breakfast, Saturday, May 18th at 9am in the Fireside Room
- Come, bring a friend and something to share
- We’ll be reflecting on what we learned at the retreat and how that has worked in our hearts. If you missed the retreat, please come and receive a taste!
- Next month’s breakfast will feature Tamra Corbeau and her teaching on “The Royal Wardrobe” on June 15th
Church Work Day, Saturday, May 18th after Breakfast
- Pleanty of lighter work – it’s not all for the men!
- Help make the church sparkle with some polish and paint
- Contact Craig and Sandy Cuddy if you are able to help so that they’ll have work ready for you
Women’s Ministry Committe Meeting, Saturday, May 18th at 10:30 in Room 219
Bridal Shower for Joy Taylor, Saturday, May 18th at 2pm in the Fireside Room
- RSVP to Connie Both by Friday, May 17th
- Joy is registered at Bed, Bath and Beyond
Women’s Bible Studies begin June 4th and 6th
- Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges, Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 beginning June 4th
- Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms our Daily Life by Elyse Fitzpatrick, Thurday evenings, 7-9 beginning June 6th
- Please RSVP to Christine Fulcrod and purchase your books from the office.
- Childcare available for both studies – let Christine know the number and ages – $33 for one child, $49.50 for 2 or more.
Preteen/Teen Summer Bible Study (rising 6th grade-age 14)
- Sunday afternoons in June and July (all except June 16, Father’s Day)
- Cost is $15 for the workbook
- Girls will go as a group to the homes of different women of the church for a hosted meal and program return for 6pm evening service.
- They’ll study the book Becoming a True Woman While I’m Trying to make it through Middle School by Susan Hunt.
- Various women of the church will lead the lessons and incorporate real service and ministry opportunities.
- Sign up your daughter or questions to Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org
Help with Orientation Dinner
Are you looking for a one-time opportunity to serve and meet some folks from church? Consider heping Chef Darren Perrotto with serving and cleanup for Orientation Dinner on June 1 at 6pm. It’s a great time and lots of fellowship! Let Darren know if you can help
Baby Bottle Campaign
- Be sure to pick up a bottle from the foyer to help support the ongoing ministry of the Fredericksburg Pregnancy Center. Take a bottle home, put it on your kitchen counter or dresser or car cup holder and collect your spare change in it. As you collect change please pray for the young women and teens that face unplanned pregnancies that they will choose life as an alternative to abortion. Your spare change will help these women receive the medical services and counseling support they need to make an informed decision regarding their pregnancy. Return your bottle to Krystal Dowell on Father’s Day.
Household Furniture and Items Needed
The Greenbergs are in need of some furniture and household items as they move into the modulars soon. If you can donate or lend any of the following for a while, please contact Tracy:
- small kitchen table (less than 53×36″)
- Couch, loveseat or chair – (from a no pet, non-smoking or scentfree home, severe allergies)
- side tables
- coffee table
- small dresser
- 2 sets of shower curtain hooks
- 2 clear shower curtain liners
- 2 doormats
- oven mitts
- giftcards to Walmart or Target for the little things
Meals for Greenberg’s Move
- When they get a move-in date, we’d like to bless the Greenbergs with some meals.
- Let Heather O’Hara know if you’d like to help, an online signup link will be posted on the FB page when they get a move in date.
We like to hear your stories! Share how the grace of Christ is working in your life. Consider allowing us to share your experience in our Women’s Minisry Updates. Contact Annie Jedick if you are willing to share. You never know who you might encourage by sharing how God’s Word has done a transforming work in your life.
Do not allow the cost of Bible Studies and child care prohibit you from participating in a discipleship opportunity. Contact Heather at email@example.com if you need scholarship assistance.
Another Found Item from Retreat
Did you leave a Stevia to Go small squirt bottle on the Coffee/Tea table at Blessings Lodge? Let Heather know!
May God open your eyes to His grace this week!