Be Encouraged, Be United, Know Jesus
This guest post was written by Dana Lawrence, our Women’s Ministries Director, along with the input of several women who have benefitted greatly from the connection they’ve experienced in women’s ministries at Grace.
My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Jesus wants women to be encouraged. He wants us to be united in love. He wants us to have the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. But, most importantly, Jesus wants us to know Him! He wants to mold us to be more like Him.
I know I need as much help as possible to become more like Jesus. It is a lifelong, two-sided process of pruning to get rid of the “ugly stuff” in me that doesn’t reflect Jesus and at the same time, grow to reflect the true character of Jesus. I am so thankful that at Grace we have many opportunities for women to connect with other women, but, most importantly, to learn to connect with Jesus. Below are some thoughts from women who are connected to a women’s ministry here at Grace and how God has used it in their lives.
I love being a part of Women’s Ministry because I truly feel like I am seen and loved. Being a young woman, I have learned so much through being a part of multigenerational groups of women! I love learning about the Bible with women who are older and younger than me! I am continually caught off guard with the love that women show me, and I am so thankful for the women of our church.
Having the women in my group pray for me, call me, or send a quick text or email means a lot to me. I think of the times when I have struggled with family issues; the women bridged the gap for me and prayed for me when I didn’t feel like I could pray for myself.
I was pregnant with our twins last year while I was in Women’s Bible study. I felt the love and support of having other people pray for me and from having Christian women surround me. While studying the Bible, we bonded and cared and prayed for one another.
When I arrive to my discussion group at Bible study and the chairs are in a circle, I think of Exodus 17, where Moses needed his buddies to raise up his arms in battle. I’m grateful for sisters in Christ to help raise our arms. I think we do that for each other not only in prayer but in praise to Him. Because He has a plan in all of it. The encouragement from my Bible study women is an encouragement to keep walking through the hard times.
MOPS has been a wonderful place to connect with other young moms walking through similar experiences with toddlers. I appreciate the opportunity to hear devotions and learn more about Jesus, too.
— a young mom
I am excited for the new International Women’s Group that will begin in October. I have a heart for women around the world and look forward to coming together with them and sharing with each other.
— a woman at Grace
Grace women have been ministering to me in various forms since 2004 when my husband and I came back to Grace. I started attending a caregiver’s support group the first week I came and met women (and men) who were caring for a loved one. My husband had lung disease and a short life expectancy. In the fall, I took a Women’s Bible Study called When Life and Beliefs Collide, and these women were encouraging and compassionate. I’ve attended Women’s Bible Study ever since. I met my first close friend in that class and she has been my sounding board and supporter ever since. When my husband died, she was there for me and had the Bible study group bring food in and pray for me. Later, when I didn’t know what to do with myself, she invited me to be a part of Women of Grace Mission Fellowship and it helped me focus not on what I lost, but missions. Now I lead the widows/divorced/single women over 60 group and have found new ways to reach out with God’s love to bless others as I have been blessed at Grace.
Women’s Bible Study has provided excellent time in God’s Word along with wonderful relationships with other women. Even before Women’s Bible Study existed, I became involved with Women of Grace Missions Fellowship, where I learned about the prayer concerns of our global workers. What a privilege it has been to pray for the needs of those who witness for Christ around the world!
If you would like to find encouragement in heart, be united in love, and have the full riches of complete understanding while growing in your relationship with Christ, I would encourage you to consider joining one of the women’s ministries listed below. We look forward to seeing you, getting to know you, and helping you get to know Jesus!
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Dana Lawrence and her husband, Mark, moved to Columbus from Indiana and began attending Grace in 1991. They met and graduated from Hanover College, but are now Buckeye fans. Dana spent five years in sales and marketing for an international company before joining the Grace staff. After spending time serving in the Stewardship and GraceKIDS ministries, she is excited to serve as Director of Women’s Ministries to help women grow in their relationship with Jesus and each other. Dana and Mark have an adult daughter and a son in college. They enjoy spending time as a family traveling, all sports, and playing games.
Grace Polaris Church has several opportunities for women of all ages and stages of life to connect in meaningful interaction with each other and with the Word of God. Get more info here about MOPS, Women’s Bible Study, and Women of Grace Missions Fellowship.