Archive for March, 2012

On the Way Home

Next week is the last week of our “James: Mercy Triumphs” Women’s Bible Study.  It has, once again, been enriching & challenging in some many wonderful ways!  If you have a moment, let us know your thoughts on this study as we greatly value & desire your input.

Our “doing” activities have also felt life-giving to me.  James has really pushed us to think & act more practically & so I hope you will be able to continue to incorporate this into your life rhythms.  This week, we want to look back at what we have done & maybe see something(s) we didn’t do.  This is your opportunity to “make up” an activity that you maybe missed or would simply like to do again.

Here is a quick recap of our “doing” activities throughout the study:

Week 1: To actively show Christ’s love to those around us by bringing items for Winnipeg Harvest.  (Please note: we have already brought our donations to Wpg Harvest, but please feel free to drop them off there yourself or at any of the drop off locations they may have.)

Week 2: Encourage one of your pastor’s or leaders.  Perhaps with a note of encouragement, a meal, etc…

Week 3: Reach out to someone around you who is facing difficult circumstances, discouragement, loneliness, or simply someone who could use help – a neighbor, a new Mom, an elderly friend – let’s be a practical help to someone around us.

Week 4: Find a way to build up & encourage someone around our Bible Study table.  Write a note, send an email, call…

Week 5: To consider your words – think through some situations where you might choose to hold your tongue or how you might choose words of life rather than words of destruction.  Consider those closest to you – your parents, your husband, your kids, your room-mate, your colleague and move out there.

Week 6: To gather books & school supplies for Cathy Loeppky’s Kindergarten/Grade 1 classroom in the inner city.  See the previous post titled “Bless the Children” for a list of ideas.

I also want to encourage you to keep the women in your table group in prayer throughout this week.  In the homework portion of our last week, James emphasized the importance & power of prayer.

“Is anyone among you in trouble?  Let them pray.  Is anyone happy?  Let them sing songs of praise.  Is anyone among you sick?  Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.”
James 5:13-15a (NIV)
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful & effective.”
James 5:16b (NIV) 

Blessings to each of you!
Val

March 6, 2012 at 10:49 am Leave a comment


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