I am not a sports fanatic, and I am not an athlete. I don’t run, and I don’t understand why someone would want to run. However, every four years I enjoy watching the Olympics, cheering for America, and being a spectator of something that I know won’t happen for another four years. To me, watching the track and field events are the most stressful because at any moment a competitor can stumble, trip, or collide with other runners, and the event that they have practiced and trained for their entire lives can be lost in an instant. This summer during the 300-meter steeplechase event, Ethiopian runner Etenesh Diro got tangled up with a group of runners and her right shoe began to slip off. She knelt down for a few seconds and struggled to pull the shoe back on while one competitor after another passed her. Realizing she couldn’t waste any more time, she yanked her shoe off and tossed it aside, along with her sock a few steps later. She completed the rest of the race with her right foot barefooted, jumping over hurdles, running through the water, and sprinting down the track. It was so inspiring to see her determination and indomitable spirit. It almost made me want to put the popcorn down and go for a run….almost.
As I watched that race, I thought about how this was such a picture of Hebrews 12:1 – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…”
As soon as Etenesh Diro realized that she had a hindrance to running the race, she threw it off and then she persevered. She could have continued the race with the shoe half on and half off, continually distracted and stumbling along the track, or she could have sat down right there on the track and quit the race all together. She could have been known as the runner whose shoe came off, but instead, she was known as the runner who persevered and finished the race barefoot in front of a huge stadium booming with cheers and applause. It wasn’t her hindrance that defined her; it was her perseverance.
What is hindering you from running the race that God has called you to run? God has convicted me over the course of this summer that comfort is the hindrance that has bee
n keeping me from running the race the way that I should. When God called me into this new position as women’s ministry director, all I could think of was all of the reasons to say no…..and they all involved my comfort. I liked living in my comfort zone. I liked having my “own time”. I liked having my summers free. I liked to travel. Basically, I preferred to serve God out of ease and convenience. God showed me what a priority comfort had become in my life. My desire for ease was hindering me from serving God to the best of my abilities. God had a solution for that problem….He peeled my fingers off of my little idol of comfort, and He moved me so far out of my comfort zone that I don’t think I can even find my way back! And that is a good thing. I love that we have a God who loves us so much that He will reveal to us the idols of our hearts and also help us remove them.
I encourage you to ask God if there is anything in your life that is hindering you from running the race He has called you to run. The race is not just for some. It is not just for the young in age, or just for the single, or just for the mature Christian, or just for the retired. All believers are called to run the race and to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. The race doesn’t end until we cross the finish line and into the very presence of our Lord and get to behold Him face to face. Until then, we want to run the race well and bring glory to our Savior. Ann Little is one who has run the race well. I appreciate her faithful ministry to the women of our church, day in and day out. She has been single-heartedly sold out to Christ and an excellent example of humility, grace, and wisdom. And even though she is retiring, she is still running the race and faithfully serving God. I am incredibly honored to be the one that she is passing the baton to as she continues to run the race. I pray that I will run with endurance this new stretch of the track that God has called me to, and it is with great joy to get to run the race with all of you, my dear sisters in Christ.
For His glory,
Missions & You
Come to the Missions Women meeting on October 2
Meet some of our missionary women, learn about navigating cultures, hear about women traveling on short-term trips, and pray with us for our missionary women on the field.
You can make a world of difference!
Sunday, 1-3 pm (new meeting time!)
First floor classroom, the Annex (2121 Nottingham Drive, next to the Mill).
Women’s Ministry and Missions
is headed to Nicaragua on Oct. 15, 2016. We have a team of ten women who are excited about going to share their love for Christ and to serve.
We will hold a four-day conference in Leon.
Leon is the second largest city in Nicaragua and is only about eleven miles from the Pacific ocean.
This will be our fourth year going to Nicaragua. Those who have continued to go each year have made lasting relationships. It is so good to go back and see what God has done in the lives of the people and for the ministry of Chosen Children Ministries, who are our host. If you would like to know more about them go to Chosen Children Ministries .org
We will be teaching “Lies Women Believe”, Gospel Centered Life”, Servant-hood Leadership and arts and crafts.
Please be in prayer for these ladies as they prepare their lessons and that God would use them in a mighty way.
- Tamar Burr
- Connie Espino
- Patty Hutson
- Susan MacKenzie
- Ashley Mathis
- Lynn McGregor
- Teri Nalley
- Tracy Otto
- Sherry Sarvis
- Linda Clark
True or false?
Anxiety and depression is one of the church’s dirty little secrets.
__ True—in some churches.
__ False—in Denton Bible Church
How fortunate the body of believers at DBC are to have pastors, elders, and counselors who understand through personal experience or through the experience of loved ones that Christians can suffer with this. And they want to help all who have this debilitating problem.
It is tragic that so many suffer but are ashamed to get help because of the stigma that is attached to this diagnosis.
Anxiety disorders are highly treatable yet only about one third of those suffering receive treatment.
Possibly the reason is that the physical symptoms are so overwhelming that the person suffering seeks help for those symptoms—all the time praying that the doctor will find something that explains the shortness of breath, the heart racing, the headaches, the sweating, the vertigo or dizziness, the sleepless nights producing exhausting days or sleeping too much, the fear of crowds, bright lights or loud noises. These are but a few of the symptoms that keep us running to doctors looking for something—anything to explain what is happening to us.
And all the time, we keep this to ourselves. Not even our best friends know because we try to hide it. But, at this church we don’t have to hide it. There is a support group called Living Water where women come together twice a month and share their fears without shame and their victories through Jesus. We have seen some wonderful restorations and yet, some continue to struggle, but are learning to struggle well.
Maybe you are reading this article and have never experienced anxiety/depression but know of someone who is. You probably have no idea how to encourage this friend or family member.
Some general guidelines (from Relevant Magazine) may be of help.
- Don’t judge. Until you have struggled with anxiety and depression yourself, you may not have a true understanding of how serious it can be.
- Know that this struggle doesn’t make someone a bad Christian. Charles Spurgeon, in a sermon titled, “When the Preacher is Downcast,” said “Fits of depression come over the most of us. Cheerful as we may be, we must at intervals be cast down. The strong are not always vigorous, the wise not always ready, the brave not always courageous and the joyous not always happy.”
- Allow for help to be found in several ways. Depression is complex in nature and therefore needs a team approach. That can include therapy, medication, pastoral counseling, community engagement, exercise, diet, prayer and more.
- Counter the stigma. You can be a voice that cries out against the stigma that so many people in the Christian community experience because of their anxiety and depression. We don’t need to add to this stigma by shaming them over the use of medications that give them a better life.
Paul gives a wonderful exhortation in Philippians 4:49.
“Rejoice in the Lord always.”
“The Lord is near.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but…..present your requests to God.”
“And the peace of God…will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
What a great goal….Instead of worrying, present everything to God. It is an attainable goal but along the way, we will need help. For those of us who are experiencing a reprieve, Paul encourages us in his 2 nd letter to the Corinthians. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
And that is the goal of Living Water.
Carrie Powell and Joan Roberts
IMPACT Women’s Mentoring
Today I would like to reintroduce to you one of my trusted teammates within IMPACT…Cathie Hanna. Cathie has graciously accepted the position of ministry leader over IMPACT Women’s Mentoring. She is a woman after God’s own heart and shares my love and enjoyment in the friendships between women.
Cathie will assume leadership of IMPACT in September. Her teammates, Cheryl Guillory and Connie Cohn, will continue serving alongside her—just as they faithfully served alongside me. Cathie has been a valuable member of IMPACT for nine years now, active as a Mentor and also as part of our leadership team.
Blessings in Christ.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, Colossians 1:9-10
MOMS is Staring Back!
Join us September 6th in the Student Ministries Center room 105
Breakfast starts at 9am
Childcare available in the Children’s Learning Center
This year we will be doing a study on Proverbs: The Way of Wisdom from the online study shereadstruth.com
For more information contact Marla Carrico
MOMS at Night starts September 7th in Starting Point
For more information contact Terri Gallamore