It's time again for Show & Tell. Kelli, from There Is No Place Like Home, is our lovely hostess, so make your way over to her site and check out the other participants. Better yet... find something to share and add your name to the list.
I'd like to share two things with you today. One is the item pictured below and the second is my thoughts on a certain subject.
I won this lovely [fake] pumpkin at a bunko game a couple of weeks ago. I had the most wins of the group and therefor, won the top prize. As you can see, it has a Bible verse on it. I like it a lot and to be honest, it's one of very few fall decorations I put out this year.
The bunko group, the night I won this great prize, was a group of women from my [small] church. It was a women's ministry function and we all had a great time. We ate, we laughed, we rolled those dice with a vengence, and we ate some more. It was a great night. It made me reflect on the function and benefits of a women's ministry.
I used to be heavily involved in the women's ministry at my previous church, even heading it up for a while. I remember a woman once telling me that she did not see the need or importance of such a ministry. She claimed that she just didn't have the time or desire to spend with other women. I was flabbergasted. She was a woman and a mom of young kids, and she didn't see what this kind of ministry could do for her!? I just could not understand her way of thinking.
I then started working with the youth ministry in the church and I slowly stopped going to events and Bible studies the women's ministry offered. I had other priorities and realized I would rather spend time with teenagers than adult women. I could then relate to why this woman said what she did and where she was coming from. But I think we were both wrong.
Although we, as women, go through different phases in our lives and our priorities shift around, I feel that there is great benefit to being a part of a women's ministry. Having other women know you gives you the opportunity to be ministered to - and we all need this from time to time (if not all the time). But women's ministry isn't all about be ministered to. It's also about ministering to others.
Whatever phase of life you're in, you have something to offer other women. Whether it's a piece of advice from your own experience, a word of encouragement, an offer to help in some way, or even just a smile - you have something to offer. You may be in a place where you don't really feel this way. But let me tell you, if you make the effort and have the desire, God will use you in some way. I've seen it over and over again, and it's a beautiful thing.
If you're involved in a women's ministry in any way, I say YAY! and thank you. If you're not, I'd encourage you to do so. Even if it's in a small way. I think you will find that you are the one that will be truly blessed.
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