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by Annie Jedick
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven, give good gifts to those who ask Him!”
Many of us long for things we don’t have, whether it be a spouse, a child, friends, a more reliable car, a bigger house or any other item on our must have list. These desires can become discouraging especially when we have spent so much time praying for them. We can feel like we are not good enough or that God must have forgotten us. But the reality is that God promises to give us good gifts if we ask Him. Therefore if we ask Him with a right heart, and we do not receive, it is because it’s not the best for us at that moment in time. When we ask, he’s not going to give us something bad in place of what we desire, but he may give us something better. That doesn’t mean that we should stop asking, because the better may be developing faith and perseverance in us as we continue to ask and wait. However, it does mean that we should be content and trust that God does have our best interest at heart even if we cannot see his eternal purposes at the moment.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
I moved to Fredericksburg 6 years ago to teach at H.H. Poole Middle School in Stafford. Currently I am teaching Math, but I have taught several other subjects including Language Arts, History, Bible, and even P.E. Before moving here I taught in Christian schools. I came to New Life in Christ 3 years ago through my roommate Debra Smith. Here at New Life, I’ve been involved with the Young Adult group, Women’s Ministry, and the Baseball Ministry. Some of my interests include reading, running, playing frisbee, art, and cooking.
Church Picnic Tomorrow, Sunday, July 21st after morning service
- Beverages and condiments provided
- bring your own meat and buns and a side dish to share
VBS Starts Monday!
- Bring in any food items tomorrow that you have signed up for, mark them clearly with VBS
- Register any of your children that have not been preregistered already
- Pray for the hearts of our children, staff and adult and teen volunteers
Join us in prayer
- Today at the Women’s Breakfast we prayed for the ministries of NLICC and their leaders
- We read together Laurie Burrow’s piece from the July Newsletter and Pastor Sean’s “Weekender” from two weeks ago and prayed that as individuals and a congregation we would respond to His call to serve.
- Join us in prayer for the coming Fall opportunities in ministry and pray specifically how He might be calling you.
Helpful, Smiling Faces Needed
Have you ever considered being a Greeter? One of the first introductions to our church is often from one of our greeters. They provide a first impression and set the tone for an initial visit to the church. Greeters welcome visitors to the church, share general welcome information and show them where Sunday School classes, the Nursery and church offices are. Although we are all called to welcome the stranger in our midst, we are always in need of Greeters. Contact Gail Reed if you are interested in learning more about joining the Greeting team.
Love our Little Ones
Christ Covenant School (CCS) is looking for those who would be interested in helping care for our infants and toddlers while their mothers teach class mornings from 8:30-12:30. CCS, a discipleship ministry of New Life functioning as a homeschool co-op, meets Mondays and Wednesdays during the traditional school year. We are looking for those who would be willing to help out once or twice a month, or week, or more frequently. If you would like to help care for the youngest of our covenant children, please contact Barb Plating.
in His grace,
for the Women’s Ministry Committee