Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Prayer Requested for Our Caribbean WOW Chapter

As some of you may be aware, Hurricane Maria slammed the Caribbean island of Dominica as a category 5 hurricane the night of September 18th.  The tiny island was ravaged with wind and rain. We know from national news reports that the hospital and prime minister's residence both sustained heavy damage.  These two buildings would have likely been the sturdiest of buildings on the island.

Our request for prayer is for the whole island, but more specifically for our Caribbean ladies who are a part of the recently formed Caribbean Women of Worth.

First WOW meeting on Dominica



At this point, we have been unable to communicate with anyone on the island.  We do not know the condition of life and property.  Will you join us in prayer right now for our sisters on Dominica?

Please stay tuned to our facebook page for updates as they become available.  You can also donate to the relief effort at www.midwestphc.org.  Mark your gift for Hurricane Maria Relief, and 100% of your gift will benefit our WOW Caribbean sisters and their families.

Monday, September 18, 2017

grain

Agriculture, Bread, Cereal, Countryside


Lord, thank you for these days of "golden grain."
You bring forth bread from the earth. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bounty

Apple Basket, Apples In Basket, Fall
As the harvest begins, let us celebrate God's bounty of grace toward us. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

grandparents' day

Hands, Folded, Woman, Old, Finger


Work-worn hands bear testament to lovely blessings bestowed on others. 
Honor your grandparents today!

Happy Grandparents' Day 2017



Friday, September 8, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

labor day



And also that every man should eat and drink,
and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 3:13

Monday, August 28, 2017

school

Pencil, Notebook, Desk, School
Yes, it's time.
Fresh school supplies remind us that
our lives revolve around routine.
And, actually, that can be good.

Monday, August 21, 2017

produce

Tomatoes, Tomato, Vine, Red, Healthy
The earth is bursting forth
 with praise to its Creator!
Summer produce reminds us that He is good. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

plantations

Mansion, Alley, Oaks, Oak Trees
The place you long for isn't really of this earth
anyway. It's found in a land whose grass is greener and whose dwellings are richer by far than these plantations we strive for. 
- a Girl's Guide to the Perfect Home

Monday, August 7, 2017

daisy

Daisies, Spring, May, Picnic, Poznan
On this bright, summer day, O Lord, I lift my soul to You
like a daisy opening toward the glory of the sun. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

berries

Strawberry Drink, Fruit Tea, Ice
He refreshes us with Himself.
And all of life is sweeter because of it. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

travel

Car, Classic, Automobile, Transportation
Wherever your summer takes you.
Whatever you're traveling in.
However long it takes.
Do the trip with grace.

Monday, July 3, 2017

America

Relaxation, Patriotic, Boots, Flag
There is always a place for the Stars and Stripes
in our homes and in our hearts.
Happy Birthday, America!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Father's Day 2017

Wedding, Father, Daughter
A good father is a girl's first hero.
Our Heavenly Father will always fight for us
and shield us with His love. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Women at Risk



Sonja Vernon,
Dean of Women,
God’s Bible School and College

For the last 17 years, I have been blessed to work with young women, and one of the most important things I've learned during that time is that every young woman can teach me something.  I've also found that first impressions aren't always reliable and that behavior (good or bad) doesn't exist in a vacuum.  There are always reasons for the way we act and interact.  We all have a story, and some of those stories are painful, some are shocking, and some are hard to hear.

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in four girls will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old.  Did you read that closely?  That means that in a Sunday School class of twenty girls, it is likely that at least five of them have been sexually abused.  And before you say, "Surely that can't be true among our church children!", let me tell you that according to some research, the faith community may be even more vulnerable to abuse.  Another reason this rings true?  I've talked to the victims.  I have cried with them, prayed with them, and supported them through years of therapy.  I have held them as they wept, sat beside them as they huddled in the corner, listened to them cry out in rage and pain, spent hours with them in psych wards, walked with them through horror.  Trust me.  It happens.  The problem is real, and it's right under our noses, sitting in our church pews, visiting in our homes.  All around us are women who are carrying the heavy, crippling load of abuse, and often they carry it in silence.

So what do we do?  Can we make a difference?  Oh, yes!  A thousand times yes!  One of the most powerful avenues of healing that God uses to mend the broken is the community of believers, the body of Christ.  We are chosen to be His hands and feet, His listening ear, His loving heart.  And as such, He can and will empower us to be agents of His grace to those in need.  If you wish to be part of His healing work, below are a few practical tips (by no means an exhaustive list):

Cultivate the art of being a "safe" person.  What does it mean to be safe?  Keep confidences (unless there is a threat to safety).  Be trustworthy.  Actively listen without judgment.  Practice these skills with everyone!  If you become known as this kind of person, the opportunities to share love and a listening ear will appear at your doorstep.  Trust me.

Understand that trauma is very real and has deep, life-shattering effects.  The individual's ability to handle and process trauma will be affected by things like the length and duration of the abuse, who the abuser was (was it someone who should have been "safe" like a parent or close relative?), the response of those who found out about it (was the victim believed and were steps taken to stop the abuse?), whether or not professional help was received or available, and many other factors.  Their behavior may be confusing at times and maybe even inappropriate.  You will reap what others have sown into their life.  I've heard heartbreaking stories of girls who were told that "boys will be boys" and of children who reported the abuse but nothing was done.  Remember that trauma goes deep, and healing is slow.

Allow them to be open and honest - even when it gets messy.  Some things will be very hard to hear, and some may even be hard to believe.  Many trauma victims may engage in self-harm behaviors (like cutting) to help them deal with the pain.  Don't panic or overreact!  Understand that they are using it to cope.  Help them to find healthier ways to do so.  (Professional help may be necessary.)  Also understand that sexual abuse may open areas of sexual temptation and struggle for victims.  Don't further stigmatize or guilt them.  Lovingly guide them toward purity but do so with understanding and grace.  Listen with an open heart and mind.  Don't shut them down or dismiss them.  Listen.  Listen with love.  Listen to understand...not just to answer.

It's OK not to have easy answers.  In fact, knee jerk, spiritual platitudes, clichés and/or reasons "why" are usually very unhelpful and can be extremely damaging. They cut off communication.  You won't have all the answers.  Make peace with that!  Knowing this brings freedom and a deeper dependence on the Holy Spirit.

Love them.  Love them unconditionally - even when it's hard.  And it may be.  Love doesn't mean allowing them to take advantage of you.  Set reasonable boundaries and hold to them, but keep loving. Victims of abuse need to see consistent, unconditional love.  They need people who will believe in them, encourage them, pray for and with them, and hold them accountable.  Love is powerful!  Practice it!

Be ready to engage professional help when necessary.  Sometimes we in the church shy away from professional counseling.  However, we are quick to rush our children to the hospital if they have a broken limb or a cancerous growth.  Why not trust professionals in the area of mental health as well? Do your homework before recommending a counselor, but there are many licensed Christian counselors who are trained to walk abuse survivors through the healing process.

In conclusion, I hope we can see both the need that exists and the fact that we can do something!  However, in order to make a difference, we first must have a vital relationship with Jesus.  Without His Spirit, we will not have the discernment and wisdom necessary to do eternal work!  But when we cooperate with Him, we will have a beautiful opportunity to offer His grace to those in need.  May I issue a challenge?  You can’t afford to sit on the sidelines in a world of hurting people.  

Give them a voice, an ear, a heart.  
Give them yourself.  
Give them Jesus.



Monday, June 5, 2017

journey

If God is leading the journey,
He will provide flowers along the route.

Monday, May 29, 2017

mountains

Knowing a woman's heart is like scaling a mountain. . . the process is intense but the beauty of the discovery is magnificent.
We reflect the glory of our Creator when our feminine hearts are surrendered to Him. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

apple

There is no finer work of edible art than the apple, and His signature is in every luscious bite.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

portrait

Like a vintage portrait, God's grace in us is lovely through the years. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

eggs

Farm-fresh or store-bought,
God's provisions are fresh blessings. 


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Join us online or in Dayton at 10:30 a.m. TODAY for the annual IHC Women of Worth Rally!  This is the highlight of the year for Women of Worth, and we are excited to see how God is going to bless today's event.  Follow the link for livestream: Interchurch Holiness Convention.

Following the rally, would you please take time to give us your feedback?  Complete the survey at:
Women of Worth Feedback.

Thank you so much!

Friday, April 14, 2017

the Cross

"O wondrous Cross, our desires rest in thee. . ."  (John G. Elliott)

Monday, April 10, 2017

tulip


New blooms burst forth in vibrant life. The earth awakens at His call. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

rain


When in the rain, look for blessings strewn like leaves, on your path.

Monday, March 27, 2017

not forgotten






He  sees not only the sparrow fall, but also keeps track of every forgotten hatchling. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Hobe Sound Retreat

The Hobe Sound Bible Church Women of Worth meets five times a year to fellowship and have special activities. For our spring retreat we were privileged to have Lorena Glick minister to us. We met at the home of Tamara Alexander. She and her sister Karen Finney decorated beautifully to make the setting special. The women enjoyed supper on Friday evening and breakfast and lunch Saturday coordinated by Teri Bailey. Everyone contributed treats for in-between snacking.

At each session WOW Director Sharon Walker emceed. Sherilyn Bozone led us in singing. Then Mrs. Glick encouraged us to  remember we are all princesses of the King. She waltzed into the gathering on Saturday in her royal robe (literally). She led us into the presence of the King as she reminded us that we are all His daughters and precious to Him. She shared her struggle in surrendering to God when He did not choose to answer her prayers the way she had expected. But then she described that day which is coming when we will be in His presence and all our trials will be over forever. We were blessed and encouraged together in Him. Thank you, Lorena, for your special presentation!






Monday, March 20, 2017

puddles

Whatever your puddle, He can clean you off.  
Bring your mess to Him. 

Watts, Foot, North Sea, Wadden Sea, Mud



Sunday, March 12, 2017

winds

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot
 and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light,
and winter in the shade.   -      Charles Dickens

Reed, Autumn, Silver Grass, Nature, Pool


God has control of every wind, cold or warm, 
that blows into your life.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

winds


For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.
Psalm 107:25  NKJV


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Reaching Women in Coshocton Ohio!

To be brutally honest, the thought of starting a Women of Worth chapter has never been appealing to me. I have worked with ladies in my local church for years and I simply viewed it as another “activity” for church women. That is, until two and a half years ago at the Inter-Church  Holiness Convention.

I sat in a hotel room with several ladies talking about the Women of Worth service that morning when one of the ladies began sharing her joys of being a chapter leader in her community. She went on to share one of her frustrations was that most of her “church” ladies do not even attend her meetings. As a matter of fact, many of her ladies came from area churches and several of them did not attend church at all (at least not as of yet). That’s where she grabbed my attention. WOW! A ministry to reach the lost and use it as a gateway ministry to address (on a surface level) and meet the needs that women face in our community! Now that was exciting to me! That day, Carolyn McHugh, Laura McBride and I began to dream of seeing a Coshocton, Ohio Women of Worth.

Unfortunately, that dream spent over a year and a half on the back burner due to several circumstances.

But then God opened a door to have a consistent place for our meetings literally in the center of town. We had brochures professionally printed with the dates for the next year of our meetings and we also had a rummage sale which raised over a thousand dollars! Praise the Lord!

Our first meeting was a fall theme addressing the topic of “The Worth of a Woman” by Lorena Glick. She did a fantastic job connecting with the ladies from the community and area churches. At one point during the evening I looked at Lorena and said "I do not know over half of these ladies."  A number of the ladies are currently unchurched. I am so thankful for our honored guest, Jesus, and for the blessing of His presence in such an undeniable way. Each lady received a fall centerpiece and we enjoyed soup, salad, rolls, and dessert. Laura McBride conducted an ice-breaker game which was a hit!

Another month we had a Militant theme with the topic of “The Battle of the Mind,” our goal to help ladies identify combatant and destructive thinking and remind them where/who it comes from. There was a skit and a Biblical interactive power point by Rachael McCreery on that the subject. Our décor was graced with camouflage and “thought bubbles” filled with words describing battles/struggles we’ve all faced.  



I owe a special thank you for those who worked diligently behind the scenes that being my committee Carolyn McHugh, Dawn Layton, and Laura McBride.



We covet your prayers and desire that Jesus be glorified through though this ministry!
In Christ,

Rachael