Cresset Tea {Connections & Conversation}

We had a delightful time at our Cresset Tea!

Women's Ministry Tea Party

There were dainty teacups and delicious food.

We made eye contact during our conversations in this emoji free zone!

It was powerful to hear laughter and see the smiles throughout the room.

Tea Party

Especially at the photo booth with all of the props!

We were intentional to Give Thanks.

We are Thankful!

We are Sisters in Christ.

We are Daughters of the King.

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Cresset Tea – Saturday, 11/7/2015 at 10am

Grandmothers, Mothers, Wives, Sisters, Women and girls – you are invited to our Cresset Tea {Daughters of the King} on November 7th at 10am. Please click on the image below to RSVP! If you have any questions, please email us at cressetwomen@gmail.com. Thank you!

Cresset Tea

 

Simulcast Participants – Purchase Audacious by August 31st!

If you are planning to attend the Beth Moore Living Proof Live Simulcast at Cresset Baptist Church on September 12, 2015 at 10:30am – 5:15pm then you can purchase Beth Moore’s new book – Audacious if you order by August 31st!  See below and if you have any questions – please email us at cressetwomen@gmail.com.  Thank you!

PURCHASE BETH MOORE’S NEW BOOK AUDACIOUS BY AUGUST 31! (Optional!)

audacious

Thirty years in the making, Audacious is a deep dive into the message that has compelled Beth Moore to serve women around the globe.  Glancing over the years of ministry behind her and strengthening her resolve to the call before her, she came to the realization that her vision for women was incomplete.  It lacked something they were aching for.  Something Jesus was longing for.  Beth identifies that missing link by digging through Scripture, unearthing life experiences, and spotlighting a turning point with the capacity to infuse any life with holy passion and purpose.  What was missing?  Well, let’s just say, it’s audacious and it’s for all of us.  And it’s the path to the life you were born to live.

Publication date is November 1st, but Audacious is available as an exclusive pre-release for purchase by simulcast participants.  

Please note that the book is not required for participation! Purchase is optional. One book per participant. Pre-pay by August 31 to reserve your copy to pick up at the Simulcast. You will also have the option to order on the day of the event, and we can notify you when it arrives.  

Click here to purchase prior to August 31st:  Audacious $15

Register for the *FREE* Beth Moore Simulcast 2015 here!!

Click here to register:  Beth Moore Simulcast 2015 (Durham, NC) This event is FREE.  (Lunch is not included, but we will break for lunch and there are several restaurant options nearby!) Dress in layers, or bring a sweater just in case! LPL-simulcast-850x315 The Living Proof Live Simulcast with Beth Moore kicks off on Saturday, September 12 at 10:30 am and ends at 5:15 pm. Doors open at 10:00 am.   Enjoy one full day of music and worship (Travis Cottrell), sessions led by Beth Moore, and opportunities for fellowship with other women from the Triangle.

***Register prior to August 25th and get a free listening guide!*** 
 Click here to join the EVENT on Facebook for updates and invite your friends:  Facebook event – Beth Moore Simulcast Feel free to email us with any questions at cressetwomen@gmail.com.  

PURCHASE BETH MOORE’S NEW BOOK AUDACIOUS BY AUGUST 31!  (Optional!)

audacious

Thirty years in the making, Audacious is a deep dive into the message that has compelled Beth Moore to serve women around the globe.  Glancing over the years of ministry behind her and strengthening her resolve to the call before her, she came to the realization that her vision for women was incomplete.  It lacked something they were aching for.  Something Jesus was longing for.  Beth identifies that missing link by digging through Scripture, unearthing life experiences, and spotlighting a turning point with the capacity to infuse any life with holy passion and purpose.  What was missing?  Well, let’s just say, it’s audacious and it’s for all of us.  And it’s the path to the life you were born to live.

Publication date is November 1st, but Audacious is available as an exclusive pre-release for purchase by simulcast participants.  

Please note that the book is not required for participation! Purchase is optional. One book per participant. Pre-pay by August 31 to reserve your copy to pick up at the Simulcast. You will also have the option to order on the day of the event, and we can notify you when it arrives.  

Click here to purchase prior to August 31st:  Audacious $15

Cresset Baptist Church:

3707 Garrett Rd. Durham, NC 27707 email: cressetwomen@gmail.com

Encourage Me.

Encourage Me.

Can you imagine a room full of people who wore shirts that said “Encourage Me”?  Every person would have a smile on their face, but each shirt would have fine print that would help you to see why encouragement is needed.  Perhaps, their marriage is in shambles. Or, maybe their kids are struggling.  Whatever it is, when you say “How are you?”, they smile and say, “I’m fine!  I hope you are!”  But, the words on their shirt tell you a different story. You stop and take the time to speak encouraging words to them. You look them in the eye as you speak, and maybe even give them a hug. With just a few words and a simple gesture you encourage them and they are strengthened. They walk up to the next person, and now you see them speaking kind words to that person, and someone taps you on the shoulder and hugs you.

A chain reaction of overflowing encouragement occurs. The domino effect of tears and smiles can be heard as people speak the words they wear. They share their hurts. They hold each other up. They stand together, united in purpose.

I want to be in that room. Who wouldn’t want to be in that room?? How can we be in that room?

Simply remember the shirt! Let it remind you to be an encouragement to others.

We all need to be encouraged.  We can all sincerely reach out to each other in love and be encouraging. How? What do we say? What can I do?

In our current Bible Study – “The Power of A Woman’s Words” by Sharon Jaynes, we reviewed two questions last week and shared our responses on what we would like for others to say or do to encourage us!

We are sharing them here so we can all have ideas, ways, and words to say to encourage one another!  Let’s put them to use!  Let’s remember the shirt that says “Encourage Me.”

Question 1 (pg 67)  Things I would like a friend to do to encourage me: 

  • text, email, call
  • pray for/with me
  • bring me cookies/treats
  • remember my birthday
  • invite me to lunch
  • give me a genuine compliment
  • spend time with me
  • offer practical help (watch my kids for a few hours etc)
  • invite me to your home
  • call me on my house phone
  • let me know when I have encouraged you
  • give me tokens of love (homemade gift etc)
  • don’t judge me or be overbearing
  • offer to be a support buddy
  • let me speak in confidence
  • send me a bible verse that touched you recently
  • listen – be a good listener
  • trust me with your stuff, tell me your stuff
  • go for a walk with me
  • make me feel needed
  • get yogurt or coffee together
  • let me know when you see Jesus in me
  • Don’t diminish or dismiss my pain or difficulty

Question 2 (pg 67) Words I would love to hear from a friend:  

  • Let me know if you ever need to talk
  • You have made great progress!
  • You are not alone
  • You are not a failure
  • You are special
  • You are not the only person going through this.
  • Thank you for being honest.
  • Thank you for being a sister to me.
  • Thank you for helping me to grow in Christ.
  • I want to help any way I can
  • I see your uniqueness
  • I admire you for standing up for that!
  • Let’s talk about it.
  • I really admire you
  • Your present is not your future
  • It won’t always be this way.
  • It will get better!
  • You did a great job!
  • I believe you
  • I believe in you
  • You are brave, strong and courageous
  • Speak truth and scripture to me
  • I am proud of you
  • You can do it!
  • You are going to make it!
  • Don’t give up.  Keep going.
  • You are loved
  • Great job!
  • I see a lot of growth in you.
  • I see that this is really difficult for you.
  • Jesus is crazy about you!
  • You are His favorite
  • God is going to use you!
  • You look great
  • You’ve lost weight
  • I like your hair cut
  • I notice you

We took the time to openly share and really think about what helps to encourage us.  We discovered that by encouraging others we are encouraged as well!

What about you?

What would you add to these lists?  What do you do to encourage others?  How have others encouraged you?

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 

1 Thessalonians 5:11 

Words are Powerful.

The Power of A Woman's Words

Last night we started our new Bible Study  –  The Power of A Woman’s Words by Sharon Jaynes.  Before we played the video, I shared how I have become more aware of my words simply because I knew we were starting this Bible Study.  Specifically, I feel like I want to guard my tongue when it comes to my children. I gave an example where just the day before my youngest had burst into tears saying I called him a bad name! All I said was, “Come on!  You are as slow as molasses!” as I was trying to get him to hurry and get ready for school.

I quickly tried to apologize.  “I’m sorry! It’s just an expression. I didn’t mean anything by it. Molasses is just like pancake syrup only thicker and it takes longer to pour.  I’m not calling you molasses.”

It didn’t matter what I said to my child to explain it away.  The words were already spoken.  Even though I never meant to cause him any harm, his feelings were hurt. I felt horrible.

I shared that example at the beginning of the class, and after watching the video I really wanted to guard my tongue with everyone, but especially with my kids!  She shared a story in the video about how a young boy’s life had changed simply because a teacher had encouraged him along the way.  The teacher used her words to build him up, as he had lost his mother and had a difficult childhood.  It was powerful and it made all of us think not only about how to guard our tongues, but how important it is to speak life into the tender heart of a child.  It made me want to be intentional to encourage all children.

After the video, we shared some of our own experiences with the power of words.  Someone shared how a teacher once spoke one negative sentence to her, and it made her give up pursuing that gift. Another shared how one teacher took the time to encourage and it had such a powerful impact.  Our words are powerful, and we are looking forward to learning more about how we can use our words for good and not harm.

It turns out my little boy had colored me a picture at church while I was watching the video. He left it on my table by my bed. I am framing it. I want to remember. What a precious reminder.  Thank you Jesus!

Be Careful To Say Good Words

Be careful to say good words. James 3:2-12

Ladies, we would love for you to join us for this Bible Study!  We meet on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm, and there are activities for children and youth as well!  This week we are doing lesson 1:  The Power We Possess  (God’s Incredible Gift).  Homework will be pages 5-23 in the book ::  The Power of A Woman’s Words (Workbook and Study Guide) by Sharon Jaynes!

Next week we will study Lesson 2:  A Woman’s Amazing Potential / The Power of a Woman’s Words to Her Children. Homework pages 25-43

Future lessons will include:

Lesson 3:  The Power of a Woman’s Words to Her Husband and to Her Friends. Homework pages 45-68

Lesson 4:  The Power of a Woman’s Words to Fellow Believers and to the World. Homework pages 69-92

Lesson 5:  The Power of a Woman’s Words to God/The Promise of Power/The Product of Practice Homework pages 93-131

Lesson 6:  The Potency of Silence / The Passport to Refreshing the Soul.  Homework pages 133-159.

We are so excited about this study and look forward to studying God’s Word together!  We hope you will join us!

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Titus 2 Women (T2W) Gathering

TiTUS 2:1, 3-5, 7-8 MSG  A God-Filled Life

Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine… Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior…But mostly, show them all this by doing it yourself, incorruptible in your teaching, your words solid and sane. Then anyone who is dead set against us, when he finds nothing weird or misguided, might eventually come around.

This morning we had our first T2W gathering, and we all learned a lot about connecting and mentoring.   After enjoying some delicious food, we all watched this short clip from PropelWomen.org on mentoring:

Mentoring – Propel Women

After the video, we opened up our hearts and shared with each other.  This is what we learned today:

Titus 2 Women (Mentoring) –  What is it??  It’s simply a reminder to be intentional to connect with other women and to let God lead.  You can connect with a few or with many.  We are all designed to connect.

Connect :: Grow :: Respond 

We can connect by sharing with each other, encouraging each other, and praying for each other.  We should be intentional to point one another to Christ.  Mentoring is an overflow of His love.  In order to pour out, we each have to be filled.  This isn’t a gas station where you are either the nozzle pouring out or the tank taking in – it is more like a waterfall letting His spirit constantly flow through each of us.

One of the first things we should recognize is that walking alongside a sister in Christ is Holy Ground.  Susie Larson shares this in her book The Uncommon Woman on page 78, “As I have suffered from the pain that has both come at me and come from me, I’ve come to realize something very important:  Christ’s work in all of us is sacred.  Your process, my process, messy as it is sometimes, is holy ground.”

She goes on to say on page 79, “Greater still is that when we stand shoulder to shoulder with our arms linked, the enemy will have a hard time knowing where I end and you begin.  Then, suddenly, my victory becomes your victory.  My fruit becomes your fruit.  And when we stand together, Christ commands a blessing.”

Titus 2 Women #T2W

With mentoring, there is no cookie-cuter, step by step way to do it.  You simply let the Holy Spirit guide you and obey.  Here are just a few personal examples we shared today on very practical ways to reach out and connect with each other:

  1. Ask for prayer.  Share your struggle.  I am really struggling with _________.  Can you please pray with me? Keep in mind when someone is willing to share with you, they just need you to listen and care.  Let them share in confidence and then pray and point them to Christ.  Pray for them to see His perspective.  There is nothing we can offer like the gift of prayer.
  2. Invite them to join you for Bible Study or small group. Help them to plug-in.  Make them feel welcome.  Encourage them.  Ask them questions.  Listen.
  3. Take a walk with a friend.  Let them talk.  Be a good listener.  Let them cry, or laugh.  Sometimes just being there matters, and being heard makes a difference!
  4. Feed someone who is hungry or needs fellowship.  Open up your home and share His love through hospitality.  Be an example of His love for others.
  5. Prayer is key!  Pray for the Lord to lead you.  Pray for Him to guide you and equip you. Pray with others, and be sure to ask others to pray with you.  Be specific and be bold with your prayers.  Pray with confidence:  This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (1 John 5:14 NIV)
  6. Trust God as He brings others into your life.  Trust Him to equip you and to fill you with His love and allow His love to overflow to others. Trust Him to give you patience and discernment.

This adventure together is exhilarating!  When you think about it, you are basically sharing your testimony of HIS faithfulness and we overcome by the word of our testimony!  We can overcome and help others by sharing our own journey with the Lord.  When you are vulnerable and willing, God honors it because it connects His love with others and gives them the Hope of Christ!

None of us have it figured out.  None of us have arrived, or have it all together!  But we do have our Lord Jesus Christ and we have each other.  Let’s journey together as sisters in Christ and grow in our relationship with Jesus!

So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.  2 Peter 1:5-8 MSG