Anchored Week 1 Recap

As our fall session of Family Nights (and Anchored) wind down, I wanted to remind you of the awesome truth that we have learned this semester (or tell you about what we learned if you weren’t able to attend and haven’t been listening to the podcast!) as we head into a busy season for everyone!

The very first week, we got to hear Kathy Drake’s heart for what this semester would look like and also a little of her testimony. The main take away? Are you abiding in Christ or biding your time?

Kathy shared some great definitions with us on what abiding is: it is maintaining unbroken relationship. Biding, on the other hand, is simply enduring or bearing, waiting for the next opportunity. Go read John 15-16 and 1 John 2-2 John 1 and highlight every instance that “abide” is used. Once saved, God preserves us and we persevere, we abide! 2 Peter 1:5 says “make every effort” to supply the things he lists out in the following verses to our faith. It is important to know that part of abiding is knowing- God calls us to love Him with all of our mind. Abiding is not just going to church every time the doors open. Abiding is not just reading some devotionals every day. It is so much more…

The fruit of abiding is of eternal value. It gives us the lifeline we need to get through the seasons of life we come to. The goal in abiding is not to be perfect. The goal is to persevere- consistency is a great attribute. If we could abide just by reading some devotional thoughts, everyone would do that- it’s easy! We have to be in God’s Word! But it’s hard and it costs us something- in the beginning, just time. But then, as God’s Word changes us, it will cost us cultural relevance (moral purity is the first thing that is listed in 2 Peter 1:5) and our “cool” card.

What is your testimony? Is it one of abiding in Christ or biding your time? What can you do today to start a new habit of abiding?Anchored reCap

Meet Me Monday :: Amy Reilly

Each Monday, we introduce you to a woman that is either on staff at one of our church campuses or is the wife of one of our pastors on our campuses. Meet Amy Reilly! Amy is married to Andrew, who is the High School Pastor at our Downtown Campus.

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1. It’s 9 pm and you have the house to yourself. What do you do? Watch HGTV or read a book.

2. Morning person or night owl?  Night Owl!

3. How do you take your coffee? Iced Coffee with milk and Sugar Free Vanilla

4. What’s on your nightstand? A wedding picture, a candle, and a Karen Kingsbury book

5. What’s your favorite smell? What smell do you hate? I love fall smells – makes a house feel like home! I hate super sweet fake bakery smells.

6. If you could only eat one nationality of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Does ice cream count? 

7. Have you always lived in Wichita Falls? Nope! I’m new to WF! We just moved here in May from Louisiana. I grew up in Shreveport, LA before going away to college in Baton Rouge at LSU. Andrew and I returned to Shreveport and lived there for 2 years as newlyweds before moving to WF!

8. What did you want to be when you were little? I wanted to be a wife and mommy. Lucky for me, that’s exactly what I get to do!

9. What’s your favorite hobby? I love to drive around and look at real estate. I also love to read and cook.

10. Tell us one funny or weird thing about you:  A funny thing about me is that one of my dearest friends in college was a lady I met in a maximum security prison during a ministry event! I would visit her twice a month and we would write back and forth. It was so fun and I was usually the only cheerful person at visitations!

Meet Me Monday :: Sarah Phillips

Each Monday, we introduce you to a woman that is either on staff at one of our church campuses or is the wife of one of our pastors on our campuses. Meet Sarah Phillips! Sarah is the Children’s Director at our West Campus at McNiel Junior High School.

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1. It’s 9 pm and you have the house to yourself. What do you do? Study for school or Bible Study.

2. Morning person or night owl?  Night Owl!

3. How do you take your coffee? Only Frappes

4. What’s on your nightstand? Bible Study, Bible, Textbook, Lamp.

5. What’s your favorite smell? What smell do you hate? Favorite smell-I LOVE fruity smells. Smell I hate-I hate the smell of a fresh hit skunk.

6. If you could only eat one nationality of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Chinese

7. Have you always lived in Wichita Falls? Nope! I’ve also lived in North Carolina and Virginia

8. What did you want to be when you were little? A missionary across seas

9. What’s your favorite hobby? Anything crafty

10. Tell us one funny or weird thing about you:  I really enjoy organizing things and making things look neat and tighty. If I am sitting in a messy room long enough I will start organizing.

Meet Me Monday :: Lexie Prater

Each Monday, we introduce you to a woman that is either on staff at one of our church campuses or is the wife of one of our pastors on our campuses. Meet Lexie Prater! Lexie’s husband, Ben, is the Pastor of Contemporary Worship Ministries.

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1. It’s 9 pm and you have the house to yourself. What do you do? Vacuum and get ready for bed.  Bath, wash my face off, brush my teeth, ect.

2. Morning person or night owl?  Morning, and I love a good big’ol breakfast!  Eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese hash browns, biscuits, jelly, orange juice (with pulp, over ice)

3. How do you take your coffee? Dark, two creams, one sugar…at the moment, not drinking coffee (I’m due November 16th!)

4. What’s on your nightstand? Phone charger, kleenex,  chapstick, oil diffuser, when I wake in the mornings-three or four no longer chilled gel face masks (must have to doze back to sleep after waking up for bathroom breaks all hours of the night.  They all start in the fridge)

5. What’s your favorite smell? What smell do you hate? Favorite smell-Bath&Bodyworks, Leaves. I also love the smell of clean bedding/sheets at bedtime! Smell I hate-The past 8 months my hate list has been long, but on the reg I hate cigarette smoke. -yuck.

6. If you could only eat one nationality of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Meh, I’m not good with repetition, that would get way too old to fast!  I like just about anything.  I don’t do leftovers well.  My favorite ‘meal’ would probably be a Thanksgiving meal with all the fix’ins!

7. Have you always lived in Wichita Falls? Basically yes.  Born at Wichita General which no longer exists, raised in Iowa Park.

8. What did you want to be when you were little? Mermaid, specifically Ariel.

9. What’s your favorite hobby? Bargain shopping, love finding treasures in resale shops and flea markets!

10. Tell us one funny or weird thing about you:  I vacuum (mini shop vac) my house nearly every day.  We have tile throughout the house.  Ben claims I wait until he is home and unwinding before I drag it out for my fix.  He hates the vacuum as much as our dogs do.

New Friday Blog Series

So Freebie Fridays- they may make their appearance again, but we want to switch gears for now. This blog’s purpose from the beginning was to serve as a connection between all that our ministry is and you- emphasis being on YOU! You guys have lots to offer, so we’re going to ask you to share.

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For November, we would like to hear what you have to share on all things Fall (now that it actually feels like Fall and not summer in October, right?) and Thanksgiving! Do you have a recipe that always gets fantastic reviews at the family table? A cheap or easy decorating tip? Maybe it’s a tradition that your family does or a lesson you’ve learned about being thankful. The possibilities are endless, so we want to hear from you.

To submit your idea, just email it to us at fbcwfwomen (at) gmail (dot) com. Please make sure that it’s yours to share and that you give credit where credit is due (if that pertains to your idea!) Also know that the submissions are subject to approval!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

In The Word Wednesday :: 2 Corinthians 12:10

Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10.

Well content with my weaknesses, insults, distresses, persecutions, difficulties- WELL CONTENT? Ouch. The Amplified version even says to “take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses.” The meaning behind “well content” is to think it GOOD, to CHOOSE;  The Message says to “take limitations in stride, with good cheer.”

There’s no great epiphany here- but just a better understanding offered when we really read and understand the Word, instead of just scanning over it. What are your weaknesses or distress are  you encountering? Anyone having any difficulties or insults thrown at them?

So, today, in my battles, big and small, I’m going to make the effort to be well content, even take them in stride with pleasure and good cheer, for the sake of Christ. I think a great first step to this is to make a habit of gratitude, to choose thankfulness over complaints. Everyone’s weaknesses and distresses look different. Mine currently is in the cutest little two and a half year old that refuses to nap in our new living situation; but I’m so thankful that my aunt and uncle opened up their house for the few months our lease didn’t cover before we move to Austin, and I’m sure thankful for that sweet little boy! Yours may be in the corporate world, with a sickness or illness, in caring for someone, in your marriage- sadly, in our world, difficulty is everywhere. But this is where we can choose to be different from the world- in being well content with our difficulties. Encourage one another today to do this! It’s not easy!

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Meet Me Monday :: Judy Addy

Each Monday, we introduce you to a woman that is either on staff at one of our church campuses or is the wife of one of our pastors on our campuses. Meet Judy Addy! Judy’s husband, Lowell, is the Minister of Business Administration.

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1. It’s 9 pm and you have the house to yourself. What do you do? Read a Christian historical romance book

2. Morning person or night owl?  Not sure when it changed but I am definitely now a morning person.  If it doesn’t get done by noon I sit down!

3. How do you take your coffee? Black coffee is my comfort food and Caramel Macchiato is dessert.

4. What’s on your nightstand? Lamp, clock, iPhone and latest novel

5. What’s your favorite smell? What smell do you hate? Favorite smell-Pumpkin or Apple spice, wood burning fireplace, ocean breeze. Smell I hate-Body odor, musty room, rotten eggs.

6. If you could only eat one nationality of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Southern cooked fresh vegetables and Gulf Coast Seafood

7. Have you always lived in Wichita Falls? As a PK (preachers kid) my childhood was Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and back to Alabama which I call home.

8. What did you want to be when you were little? My dream was to be a wife and mother but I was called  also to  be a teacher.

9. What’s your favorite hobby? I love to travel ( my bag is always packed ) ; I love spectator sports, especially college football (Roll Tide!) and baseball at all levels; I crochet; I collect nativities; and I read

10. Tell us one funny or weird thing about you:  I have watched Professional Baseball in 19 different stadiums!

In The Word Wednesday :: James 1:20

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Most of us are probably more familiar with the verse preceding the one I referenced in the title of this post. James 1:19 says “This you know, my beloved brethren (talking about the will of God bearing fruit). But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;” That’s the part that I think most people would be the familiar with.

Today I want to focus on something that I learned this week about the next verse, though. James 1:20 says, “for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.” I love studying the Word of God because it is living and active. Even if you’ve never read many or even some of the books of the Bible, in my mind, James is one of the books that is more popular because it is easy to read and very applicable to our lives. I have probably read this verse 100 times and on the hundred and first time I learned something new that I want to share with you.

For me, it pertains specifically to how I relate to my much younger siblings and how I parent my 2 1/2 year-old son. However, I think the truth rings just as true for any circumstance in life where anger can be involved.

One of the specific definitions listed for anger in Strong’s concordance is “anger exhibited in punishment.” My displays of anger to try to punish does not make the other person acceptable to God. And because training in righteousness is the goal of discipline, I’m basically wasting my time getting angry.

So the next time I find myself getting a little agitated, I am going to try to heed God’s Word of being slow to the anger and a quick listener. No matter how awesome my lecture is, man’s anger does not produce God’s righteousness. It is our job to understand and communicate God’s words, not to speak according to our own ideas. The commentary by Matthew Henry gave this quote by a Dr. Manton: “That if we were a swift to hear as we are ready to speak there would be less of wrath, and more of profit, in our meetings.”

Meet Me Monday :: Stasha Savage

Each Monday, we introduce you to a woman that is either on staff at one of our church campuses or is the wife of one of our pastors on our campuses. Meet Stasha Savage! Stasha is our Children’s Music Coordinator and her husband, Dean, is the Pastor of Worship Ministries.

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1. It’s 9 pm and you have the house to yourself. What do you do? Watch re-runs or a movie.

2. Morning person or night owl?  I HAVE to be a morning person because of my children’s schedules but I would never be a morning person by choice!

3. How do you take your coffee? Dark roast, cold, liquid creamer and Splenda.

4. What’s on your nightstand? Pictures of my kids, a lamp, my glasses case and my asthma inhaler.

5. What’s your favorite smell? What smell do you hate? Favorite smell-my parents house (especially when mom is cooking or baking!) or my kids as babies, right out of the tub. Smell I hate-too many to count but tomatoes come to mind.

6. If you could only eat one nationality of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Are desserts a particular nationality???

7. Have you always lived in Wichita Falls? I was born and raised in Huntsville, AL.  Got married and lived in 3 cities in TN. Came to TX 10 years ago for Dean to start work on his Doctorate.

8. What did you want to be when you were little? Marie Osmond

9. What’s your favorite hobby? Having fun with my family

10. Tell us one funny or weird thing about you:  I am the pickiest eater I know!