Women's Ministry

Love

Love.  A word we see a lot as we near Valentine's Day or any time we open the Bible.  I Corinthians 13 is a whole chapter about love. Judy, a friend from Texas, once told me a little girl in her Sunday school class said, “I love Jesus and Willie Nelson.”  Now Judy and I appreciate a good Willie Nelson song but something about that sentence just made us giggle.  Maybe the Greeks were onto something to have four separate words for love:  storge (natural affection as that between parents and children), philia (friendship), eros (romantic), and agape (God’s love toward man and our reflection of His love).

Like Mary, mother of Jesus, I watched my children grow and pondered all they taught me.  Here are a couple childhood examples from our nighttime routine of how my storge loves taught me about reflecting God’s agape love.  

One night I heard Amanda tell God, "I love You."  That was so revolutionary to me and I heard in my heart, "become like little children" (Matthew 18:3).  I realized how wonderful I felt when I heard my child tell me, "I love you". Why had I never thought about telling God I loved Him?  Would He not like to hear His child say, "I love You.”?  Thank you for teaching me Amanda.  I love you.  

Bill and I would lie down with each girl for one song of our favorite tape, Sleep Sound in Jesus by Michael Card.  When I would lie down with Amy she wanted me to face her.  If I would turn my head and face away from her to get more comfortable, Amy would put her sweet little hands on my cheeks and turn my face back toward her.  This time my heart heard, "the LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:26).  What a wonderful way to fall asleep - at peace with the One who loves you with an agape love that only wants your best.  Thank you for teaching me Amy.  I love you.

Ponderings

"But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart." Luke 2:19

Ponder: to weigh in the mind; to think about; reflect on; to think or consider, especially quietly, soberly and deeply.

Welcome to the Norway Women's Ministry Blog, "PONDERINGS". This blog is a new and exciting adventure for our ministry. We will begin by posting monthly and we hope to grow to weekly posts. I am so excited to read posts written by my fellow sisters. If you would like to write a post for this blog, please just let me know. I think this is going to be a great way for us to share things we have pondered from God's Word during our quiet times or Bible study and our time in prayer. 

I would like to ask you to cover this in your prayers. Pray that God will be glorified in every post. Pray that this will give our sisters an opportunity to share the things they have pondered or treasured up in their hearts. Pray that the words we share will bring encouragement to all. 

My pondering: One verse that I find I ponder on a lot is Philippians 4:8. I find great treasures in this verse.

"Finally, my brothers (sisters), whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."

I like how The Message puts it, "I'd say you'll do your best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious--the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse."

When I "4:8-it" with my mind, which means choosing to meditate on the things that Paul lists in this verse I find that the following things happen:

  •  Rejoicing in the Lord
  •  I am not anxious about things
  •  Praying about everything to God
  •  God's peace guards my heart and mind and surpasses all my understanding
  •  I can do all things through him who strengthens me
  •  Philippians 4:4-7,13

My dear sisters, God loves us and He wants us to know His joy and peace. Sometimes our lives can become burdened and we can lose our focus and our purpose. I pray that you will find strength and encouragement in choosing to practice the things Paul teaches us in these verses. I am confident of this - that He who has began a good work in each of us will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6). Let your joy and peace be found in God. You are loved by God!

Grace and Peace, Debbie