Thursday, December 4, 2008

Growing in Grace Women's Ministry

Y''s a coming!! Yes, Christmas is too, and I can't wait! I'll be posting Christmas thoughts and stories next week. No, I am referring to our Women's Ministry at our church!! Our big Gala to kick off the ministry is on Sunday afternoon! We've given each lady in the church handmade invitations--darling hot pink bookmarks with lime green fru-fru ribbon--that they can keep in their Bibles for ever and ever!

We are thinking outside the box on this one! The day that we handed out the bookmarks, our girls had the ministry moment during church. We all dressed in black with black sunglasses and lovely pink boas around our necks ( Hobby Lobby)! The sound guy played the theme from "Mission Impossible" as we carefully dragged a secret black box down the aisle! We looked over our shoulders--secret agent style--as we carried it to the front. I was in my element! When we got to the front of the church, we pulled items out of the box to see what our mission was. Each item represented a ministry--most of them new--that our church would offer to the women of our church and those in our community. Y'all, we pulled out overnight make-up bags (retreats), Karen Kingsbury books (book club), microphone (guest speakers), scrapbooks (scrapbooking), Bible (of course!Bible Studies). The last items that we took from the box were 2 Barbie's! Can you guess what that was??? Mentoring!! Pretty cool, huh? We are going to have a mentoring Bible Study in the fall! So many of our younger moms and wives are needing this!

Ok, maybe "Mission Impossible" was going a little over, got their attention! Our leadership team is working profusely via email--no time for meetings last week with it being Thanksgiving!--to get our ducks in a row! And God is GOOD...all the time! Things are falling into place, and I am having an absolute ball! He is in control, and we are praying that we will have a hedge of protection around us on Sunday from you**know**who! I ask you to please cover us in prayer the rest of the week, you darling sistas! God has orchestrated this entire ministry from step one! He placed it in my heart this summer during She Speaks. We are doing nothing unless it is from HIM. And, I can't wait to see the fruits of His labor of love. Thanks in advance for your prayers! I'll post about it and include pictures!

Many Blessings,


Shanita Waters said...

Hi Susan,

I felt your excitement in your post. I am so happy to hear that God is doing some new great things in your ministry. To God be the glory! I will definately pray that keeps you all covered in His love and grace and you carry out the assignments that He has for you. You ladies have some awesome things planned. I only wish I was closer so that I could take part but I will do what I can and that's pray that God expands your territory.


On Purpose said...

Can I just say that I couldn't even sit still in my chair as I read this post...because I am just that stinkin excited about it....woo-hoo you better believe this is totally awesome! I am praising God for you Susan right now..and the women of your team! I am praying and knowing that God is talking to some women and reaching into their hearts...I have such passion for this thing...oh girl...I am praying hard...expect Him to work and believe He will get all the glory--Yeah God!

Edie said...

You go girl! Praying that God's plans will not be twarted (as if they could, huh?).

Looking forward to the pictures!

Joyful said...

WOW - we sure could use you on our Women's Ministry team!!! Your enthusiasm and creativity is amazing! Wish I lived closer - I'd go!!!! ;o)

Praying all will go well and can't wait to hear about it next week!

Love ya,

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Sure wish I could be a part of that. I can't wait to hear more about how God is working. Jackie

Mari said...

WOW! That is absolutely fabulous! Sounds like y'all are going to be having a great time. You know I want all the details. Congrats on this accomplishment. God is so good isn't He!?

Pinkshoelady said...

God is so good!
I will be praying!

That mission is totaly possible!

Can't wait to hear more!

Yolanda said...

I can feel the excitment and anticipate with you a HIGH LEVEL OF EXPECTATON OF GOD'S SHOWING UP and SHOWING OFF!

I love that about Him, and I love seeing yourself open, to be His vessel.

Mission impossible...yes, without God. But with God, all things are possible.


AnooCre8ion said...

Hi Susan, I so feel your excitement. It is awesome to hear of your zeal for a move of God. I pray that your efforts pay of and each of you receive a fresh touch of God on your lives.


Kimberly said...

Oh, Susan! How I would have loved to have been there and to have seen that! :) What a great way to let the ladies know what to expect...which is an awesome time with the Lord!

Praying for you as your women's ministry grows! And knowing those women are so blessed that you are involved in it!

Blessings, sweet Susan!!!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Sounds awesome! I can just picture the moment. So glad for you all and your involvement in the process. I know God's hands are in it via yours. Thank you for being obedient and for blessing the women in your church.

peace to you this Advent season.


KelliGirl said...

What wonderful news! I can just picture the scene you described. Imagine what you could do if you weren't so shy?!!! ;-)

I know the women of your church are going to be blessed mightily through all that you and your team are doing. Praise God!


Chatty Kelly said...

It looks like you all will have great fun. I'm jealous - wishing I could be part of your ministry team! What fun.

I pray God will bless you and lead many woman to God through you.

Leebird said...

So excited for you!

Laura said...

Hey there! I'm so glad Lee introduced me to you on Facebook :)

You sound like a lady I need to get to know better! What a blast this ministry must be.

God must smile when He watches you and your ladies making plans!