We will be having Bible Study this Thursday night at the home of Dave and Christi Clarke. Hope you will be able to join us
Bible Study September 18, 2011
We will be having Bible study this Thursday, Sept 22 at 7 p.m.
It will be at the Shedals.
If you are still in need of a book, please let us know right away! We are placing an order and hoping to get it by Thursday.
This study is open to all the ladies of Bethel. Looking forward to learning much and growing together.
Park Play Date September 10, 2011
We will be having a park play date this Tuesday, Sept 13 at Molasses Creek Park (off of 663 after the turnpike enternce). We will be there from 9:30-11:30. Please check the blog/your e-mail in case of rainy weather.
This Year with Moms and Tots August 19, 2011
Here is the 2011-2012 Moms and Tots schedule – specific locations will come out as we proceed. Please contact us if you will be participating in our Bible study and would be willing to host an evening.
Sept 13 – Park Play Date
Sept 22 – Bible Study ch 1-2
Oct 1 – Farm Day
Oct 20 – Bible Study ch 3-4
Nov 1 – Play Date
Nov 17 – Bible Study ch 5-6
Dec 6 – Play Date
Dec 15 – Bible Study ch 7-8 and Cookie Exchange
Jan 10 – Play Date
Jan 19 – Bible Study ch 9-10
Feb 7 – Play Date
Feb 23 – Bible Study ch 11-12
Mar 15 – Bible Study ch 13-14
Mar 31 – Spring Party
April 13-14 – Mom’s Weekend AWay
April 24 – Play Date
May 12 – New 2 You Sale
May 24 – Bible Study ch 15-17
Change in Plans August 18, 2011
Because of the weather both today and the last week or so, we have changed our Moms Pool Party into a game night. It will be at the Shedal Home at 7 p.m.
Bring your favorite game and snack to share.
Growing Joy August 13, 2011
As I studied joy, it couldn’t have come at a better time. I have been tired and weary of dealing with some of the everyday things we face as mothers and wives. As I was exhorted by a friend this morning to do what I know I need to do and pray and trust God to complete the rest, I needed this reminder of where joy comes from and that I can have it despite how I feel.
First let me remind you that joy and happiness are two different things. Happiness comes from the circumstances around us and can very easily disappear. Joy comes from God, and while we at times allow it to disappear from our life, it can be a constant companion despite circumstances.
Where does joy come from? As I was doing this study two specific passages jumped out at me. The first is John 15:11. It says, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” Christ clearly points that the previous teaching in this passage is where joy comes from and not just partially, but completely. So all we have to do is look at the previous teaching in verses 1-10. Christ is speaking about abiding in Christ. With out being deeply connected to Christ, we will not have the joy He promises we can. The second passage that stuck out to me was Psalm 16:11. It says, “In thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” While this is more specifically talking about literally being in God’s presence in heaven, I think it can also be applied to being in His presence on earth too.
So what do we do to be joyful? Two things, first abide in God’s presence, spend time with Him consistently.
Next focus on God and not the circumstances around us. I can’t help but think of the joy we’ve seen some Godly women have despite trials and circumstances. The freshest in my mind and my heart is Alyssa Stolvoort. I had the privilege of having her when I did my practicum in college, and then again as one of my students. She was also one of the counselors I worked with at Hidden Meadows and a precious friend I got to spend time with. When the seizures started to happen while she was at Clearwater, I had spent time talking with Alyssa on the phone and our conversations went all the way up until the last stages of her cancer. Alyssa had a joy that reached beyond human comprehension. It was noticed by all those around her. It came from focusing on God and His promises for her.
For me, I try to consistently build my biography of God. How do you focus on God and abide in Him? Would love for you to share your ideas on how you stay joy filled.