As Thanksgiving approaches, it's easy to sense a rise in tension!
The holiday season can seem ominously joyful ... many look forward to family gatherings, festive decorations, gifts, cleaning the house (okay, so nobody looks forward to that), but those same things bring a level of anxiety that drives us to a level of busyness that is just unhealthy. SO TODAY, I am praying for all who visit here to stop, take a breath and give yourself grace. You don't need to do everything that you require of yourself.
"Interrupt us, Lord!
Give us the need to go for a walk, turn off the electronic stuff or just sit in a chair and stare blankly into the air.
Enter that space Lord and beckon our thoughts to you. You are not a task master, so exactly what master is it that is exhausting us? Are we following the wrong leader?!
Interrupt us, Lord, and whisper as we allow a quiet enough mind to hear. Tell us who you are all over again.
Thank you, Amen"
We want to remind you that this wonderful place is here for you. If we are open, you are welcome here ... to talk, pray, hide from the busyness ... even wrap presents. Our goal is to communicate God's love and comfort to his daughters. Let us be one place that doesn't demand anything of you.
Another Girls Night Out is on the calendar for Dec. 14. Contact Stacy for details firstname.lastname@example.org
As always (except Thanksgiving morning!) Thursday mornings the office is open at 7:30am for prayer. Join us, or let us know how to pray for you. (great coffee!)
Our Christmas letter will be going out in a few weeks. Please go to the mailing list link on our site and make sure we have your correct street address. ALSO, if you have had a good experience at Faithful Hearts and could write up 3 or 4 sentences of testimony that would encourage others, PLEASE take a minute right now and write! Send it to Jan. Thanks.
In closing, imagine a God who created the seasons with all of their freshness, color and brilliance! How can we help but praise such genius!
If you've never visited Faithful Hearts or been to a gathering of Faithful Hearts women, consider showing up for the next Girls Night Out, December 14. Contact Stacy Sherman for details. (Or you'll find directions on the calendar)
*Thursdays 7:30pm, surviving divorce/separation, drop-ins welcome. contact Bonnie email@example.com
*Fridays 6pm, Spouse recovery group a confidential and safe haven for any wife whose husband is involved in sexual sin including pornography. To register, contact Marsha Fisher at (919) 800-7501 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (www.porntopurity.com. )
*Alzheimer's Care Givers support, Contact Karen Banning 919-302-1605
* "Unscripted" is a fellowship of women who have been widowed but who refuse to live life alone or defeated. Call Brigitte 919.465.1531
*Information on Cheri McDonald's yoga classes at email@example.com (I am hearing that Cheri is a wonderful teacher! Consider this as a way to stay un-stressed this holiday season)