Giveaway: Add a new book to your library!

Do you love to read?  Did you add “reading more” or “getting inspired” to you list of goals for 2015?  Would you love to share a perspective-changing and faith-fortifying story with someone you love?

We are doing our very first Chets Women Blog Giveaway!!

This month, we are giving away Randy Alcorn’s work of fiction entitled Safely Home.  Check out the synopsis of this story (source: amazon.com) here:

“Is this the day I die? Li Quan asks himself this question daily, knowing that he might be killed for practicing his faith. American businessman Ben Fielding has no idea what his brilliant former college roommate is facing in China. He expects his old friend has fulfilled his dream of becoming a university professor. But when they are reunited in China after twenty years, both men are shocked at what they discover about each other. Thrown together in an hour of encroaching darkness, both must make choices that will determine not only the destinies of two men, but two families, two nations, and two worlds.”safelyhome

Here’s how you enter the giveaway: we’re going to start a conversation!  Comment below and tell us what you are reading right now, or if you’re on a reading break, the name of your favorite book.  Ladies who comment on this post will be entered to win. Double your entries by commenting on the Facebook thread, too!

We can’t wait to hear about what you are reading, so we can be inspired and add to our reading lists.  The winner will be announced Friday afternoon!  Thanks for participating!

Spring 2015 Bible Study Lineup

Who is ready for Bible Studies to begin?!  Coming off of the busy holiday season, you might be in need of some refreshment for your heart and mind.  Look no further than our awesome Spring 2015 lineup of Chets Women Bible Studies!  Details are available below to get you thinking and praying about where to join us.

  • Register at http://hodges.chetscreek.com/women/bible-studies
  • Classes are $15 each unless otherwise specified.  Free childcare is also available.  
  • Come visit us at the Chets Women table in the atrium for the next TWO Sundays (Jan 25th and Feb 1st) if you have any questions or if you’d like to thumb through any of the materials.

MONDAY NIGHTS – beginning Feb. 2, 7:00-9:00pm

How to Start a Discipleship Triad

6 weeks, book study                                                                                              

Leader: Leslie Layton

Jesus made disciples by pouring His life into a few men and women. Today, disciple-making is done when we intentionally walk alongside others in order to grow toward maturity in Christ. By gathering together in twos or threes to study the Bible and encourage one another, we follow Jesus’ example with his own disciples. This course helps you establish authentic relationships that are based upon the truth of God’s word and mutual accountability. The result is transformed lives.

Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break by Kelly Minter

7 weeks, workbook/DVD study                                                                                  

Leader: Ali Long

Nehemiah’s heart was so broken for those in need that he left the comfort of his Persian palace to help them. Are you ready to let God break your heart for a hurting and lost world and move you in compassion to be the hands and feet of Jesus?

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by John and Stasi Eldredge

6 weeks, workbook/DVD Study                                                                     

Leader: Denise Nelson

Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman are telling you of the life God created you to live. He offers to come now as the Hero of your story, to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman. A woman who is truly captivating.

 

TUESDAY MORNINGS – beginning Feb. 3, 9:30-11:30am

David: Seeking a Heart Like His by Beth Moore

11 weeks, workbook/DVD study                                                               

Leader: Reta Kae Denning

God will never give up on you. Explore how David’s life proves this promise to be true. In this examination of the man after God’s own heart, David will delight and disappoint you. You’ll want to be just like him at times and nothing like him at other times. If you’ve ever experienced doubts, temptations, losses, family problems, or personal inconsistencies this study is for you.

Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity  by Jen Hatmaker

5 weeks, workbook/DVD study                                                                    

Leader: Kelley Hastings

The American Dream and Christianity Aren’t the Same Thing! God is in the business of interrupting what we think our lives are about. Jen Hatmaker argues that we have missed the point, confusing Christianity with the American Dream and manipulating Scripture to say what we want it to say. Interrupted is about freedom from consumer-driven Christianity and getting back to the true faith, real life, real justice, real religion.

How to Start a Discipleship Triad  

6 weeks, workbook study                                                                                    

Leader: Leslie Layton

Jesus made disciples by pouring His life into a few men and women. Today, disciple-making is done when we intentionally walk alongside others in order to grow toward maturity in Christ. By gathering together in twos or threes to study the Bible and encourage one another, we follow Jesus’ example with his own disciples. This course helps you establish authentic relationships that are based upon the truth of God’s word and mutual accountability. The result is transformed lives.

The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman

6 weeks, book study                                                                                          

Leader: Diane Coelho 

Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages? This study guides you in identifying, understanding, and speaking your spouse’s primary love language—quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch. By understanding and strengthening your relationships, you can build a lasting, loving marriage together.

Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit the Spirit by Beth Moore

10 weeks, workbook/DVD study                                                                        

Leader: Eve Huntley

Join Beth Moore in living beyond yourself: exploring the fruit of the Spirit as presented in the book Galatians. Beth walks participants through each trial listed and encourages women to know the freedom of a Spirit-filled life. Through this study you’ll come to appreciate the supernatural aspects of the fruit and will learn that you cannot grow, learn, or produce the fruit on your own. By maintaining an intimate relationship with the Spirit of God, He develops the fruit of the Spirit resulting in living beyond yourself.

Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food  by Lysa Terkeurst

7 weeks, workbook/DVD study                                                                     

Leader: Dee McCollum

Made to Crave isn’t a how-to book or a diet plan. The truth is, it’s much more than that. It’s the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment needed to make it happen. Lysa Terkeurst taps into the desires God gave us to consume food without letting it consume us. She reminds readers that craving isn’t a bad thing, but we must remember that God wants us to crave more of Him, not food. This book is the necessary companion for you to use alongside whatever healthy lifestyle plan you choose.

Praying Moms

13 weeks (no cost)                                                                                        

Leader: Shauna Michaud

Praying Moms will lead moms (and grandmoms) in a weekly time in praying for their children. From toddler to texting, this is for moms of kids of any age. Using the Moms in Prayer Format, we focus on God’s attributes and Scriptures. We will include praying for our children’s schools, teachers, friends, and heart. It is a sweet time praying with other moms. No matter if you are a prayer warrior or just beginning, turn your worries over to God and experience the peace and power of this weekly time of prayer. Praying aloud is optional.

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS – beginning Feb. 4, 6:30-7:30pm

Keep It Shut: What to Say, When to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All by Karen Ehman

6 weeks, workbook/DVD study   (cost: $20)                                             

Leader: Christy Mobley

If you want to learn how to tackle the hard subjects of gossip and speaking the truth in love, and the power of your own words, all from Biblical standpoints, then this class is for you. Humorous look at how to handle what comes out of the mouth.

What S.H.A.P.E. Are You?

6 weeks (no cost)                                                                                              

Leader: Alisha Calhoun

Join us on a journey to uncover your God-given gifts, abilities, personality, and passions. We will also explore opportunities to put your God-given strengths into action, so you can experience greater joy and glorify God all the more.

Prayer Team Gathering

On-going (no cost)                                                                                             

Leader: Jill Darkatsh

Chets Women’s Prayer Team is meeting weekly to pray. That simple. We are zeroing in on taking aim; praying to bring change in our families, marriages, work places, and ministry. If you have a passion for prayer and love to connect with others; we need you!! Join us as we learn to depend upon Him in prayer. Bring your Bible and a heart to pray. All are welcome and praying aloud is optional.

 

SATURDAY MORNINGS– beginning Feb. 7, 7:00-9:00am

Praying Fit

On-going (no cost/donations accepted/childcare is not available)            

Leader: Melanie Ekholm

Join Chets women in a weekly prayer walk. There is something special about combining a brisk walk with friends and prayer. We will be praying to circle our bodies, heath and self-image while walking. Perfect for beginning walkers interested in getting fit physically and spiritually. Praying aloud is optional. Feeling strong and fit is just a bonus!! Open to women and girls of all ages and fitness levels.

Psalm 1 – Blessings and Warnings for the New Year

Psalms is a fascinating book. Not only is it one of the most widely read books by Christians, but it is commonly quoted by non-Christians as well. Psalms are scattered throughout the lyrics of some of our favorite songs, and are routinely recited at weddings and funerals.  Jesus himself frequently weaves words from Psalms into his teaching and dialogue. Each Psalm is a divinely inspired response from people to God, expressing a wide range of emotions. So, let me invite you to journey with me through one of the chapters to help us set our course for 2015.

Let’s start at the very beginning: Psalm ONE.

[1] Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

[2] but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

[3] He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

[4] The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

[5] Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

[6] for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. (Psalm 1 ESV)

Focus on Psalm 1:1 for a moment.  The book hits the ground running with some profound words.  Blessing (to be highly favored by divine grace) is presented with three warnings:

  1. Who are you listening to? The Psalm writer says a person is blessed when he or she does not walk “in the counsel of the wicked.” Stop and think. What counsel are you listening to that affects how you spend your day, your time, your resources? Say, Pinterest? Maybe Facebook? If you are like me, I am constantly having to shut off the voices of American consumerism. To reach revenue targets, businesses spend millions in advertising trying to bring discontentment to you and me in order to create interest in …body image …business success …possessions …achievements – fill in the blank.  Are your goals for 2015 shaped by these voices? Maybe its other unhealthy chatter you need to stop listening to. In either case, the writer of this Psalm is warning us to be mindful of the source of counsel that shapes our walk.
  2. Who are you surrounding yourself with?  The second warning immediately follows the first. The psalmist says, one is blessed when we do not “stand in the way of sinners.” The action of standing in the way is not like a basketball strategy to form a wall to block a shot. Instead, it means that one is following a path (or lifestyle) of poor behavior.  A friend of mine in life group often reminds her son, “Boy, you hang around dogs, you’ll get fleas.” Yes, who and what you surround yourself with affects your thoughts, emotions, decisions. I’m not saying to keep yourself in a holy bubble – we are to be light in a dark world. The Psalm writer is expressing the fact that saturating yourself in a repeated lifestyle that looks to glorify someone or something other than God leads to misery, not blessedness.
  3. What are you doing that needs to stop?  Look at the third warning…”nor sits in the seat of scoffers.” People who are sitting stay a while; they’re committed to their company.  To sit with scoffers (those who outright stand against God) is the end result of first listening to ungodly counsel.  You join someone who – by their own volition – chooses not to believe in God or the Bible. In addition, they ridicule those who do follow God. The Bible warns us to be careful who we abide with. Proverbs 13:20 says, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (ESV). Perhaps you are not sitting with scoffers, but maybe you are doing something to hinder your faith rather than to re-new it.

Take a minute to evaluate what are you listening to, who are you surrounding yourself with, and what are you doing that needs to change.

As you reflect, don’t think that I’m leaving you saddled with problems you weren’t thinking about a few minutes ago. Continue again to verse two. [Blessed is the man whose] “delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.”  Saturating your life with God’s Word brings refreshment, joy, strength, peace, and closeness with our Lord. Rather than the voices of the world shaping 2015, let’s meditate on God’s word together. How? Glad you asked.

Here are a few practical next steps for Chets Women:

  1. Participate in the If:Gathering – On March 6-7, watch powerful speakers and testimonies in the comfort of a family room setting with other Chets Women. We like to call it a stay-at-home retreat where you can grow closer to God with your LifeGroup ladies, friends, and/or ministry teams. This two-day event will lead and challenge us to grow and join God where He is moving in the lives of women all over the globe. Interested in hosting or want to learn more? Join us for a quick info meeting after church this Sunday on January 25th (room 219).
  2. Join a Bible Study – Studies kick off February 2nd and are offered on Monday nights, Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings (through Life U) – all with free childcare. Dive into a topic or a book of the bible with other women and be prepared to leave changed for the good. For a list of studies and to register, click here: http://hodges.chetscreek.com/women/bible-studies
  3. Join a weekly prayer gathering – Praying Fit, Praying Moms, and Prayer Team Gatherings are starting the first week of February. We are zeroing in and taking aim; praying to bring change in our families, marriages, workplaces, and ministry. If you have a passion for prayer and love to connect with others, we need you. Learn more: http://hodges.chetscreek.com/women/bible-studies
  4. Start a discipleship triad – Growing in your relationship with God takes commitment, but it also takes encouragement. When three women gather each week to dig into God’s word using discipleship tools, transformation takes place. To learn more visit http://chetscreek.com/women/transform/ or participate in the How to Start a Discipleship Triad class on Monday nights OR Tuesday mornings starting February 2nd and 3rd.

So, are you needing wise counsel or some spiritual friends to help you pay attention to God? Get involved in the many of the ways Chets Women “meditate on the law of the Lord.” We are praying for you…and we’ll save you a seat near the stream of living water.


{This post was written by Susan Freese. Susan is married to her college sweetheart, Brett, and they have two perpetually joyful little men. In 2006, she left her corporate career to answer the call to serve in the women’s ministry through Chets Creek Church. She also co-founded All In Ministries International to serve women across the world. Susan is passionate to see women know Christ and be changed by Him in a way that will change the world.}