Strong Foundation With Deep Roots (Sammie Lee)
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” (Proverbs 31:26)
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)
The women’s luncheon was something that I was looking forward to because I’ve seen many new young sisters but haven’t had a chance to get to know them. I thought this luncheon would be a great opportunity to get to know them.
First, I was very impressed with the presentation of the whole luncheon. It was the perfect example of how wise women should present the best with a low budget. The food wasn’t from an extravagant fancy restaurant, but it showed thoughtfulness and it was well planned. It was an expression of how faithful and beautiful women can be without having to spend a lot of money on the outer appearance.
Secondly, although it wasn’t my first time doing the “Five Love Language” activity, I was surprised with the unexpected results. I came to realize that my love languages can change depending on the circumstances and the needs in my life. Becoming aware of my own love languages as well as other’s is very helpful when we want to connect with people because we want to speak other people's language to understand them. It was great to find that many women speak the same love languages as me. It would have been great if we had the opportunity to go deeper by engaging in small group discussion.
During the luncheon, I had great opportunity to connect with sisters who I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to. Due to time constraints, our connection and conversations were not too deep, but we were still able to share what’s happening in our lives. It helped me to understand what some of the younger sisters think and feel and what they were concerned with in their life. It helped me to realize how different and yet similar the older sisters and the younger sisters are. The Bible says that older women should train the younger women in the ways of the Lord and to honor Him. Often times, gatherings with more than three women could be the place where rumors and gossips are spread. However, the luncheon was very encouraging, uplifting, and positive. It was a wonderful spiritual environment.
Lastly I am very excited about the idea of pairing up the sisters to encourage and to support each other. I am looking forward to knowing my partner sister and connecting with her.
Women have a vital role in the church. Whether we are raising up godly children or supporting the men of faith in the church, or being servants of God, we all must have a foundation and be rooted in our faith. If the foundation is not strong and the root is rotten, then whatever building is built will be unstable. I’m so excited to see the future of our Bethel women’s ministry! I see it being deeply rooted in the love of Christ with a sturdy foundation of powerful prayer. I see that our strong roots will help us to become a giant tree that will help us to become a Christ-centered community that expands the Kingdom of God.
I pray that God will give all the women strength and wisdom so that we can establish a powerful women’s group in Bethel and that our church will be a place where we can safely share our concerns, get encouragement and support, and become sacrificial servants.