The “Loved Beyond Measure” Project

Tis the season of GIVING (and yes, receiving). My Christmas wish for Woven Women is to encourage the precious hearts at The Courage House with the message that they are LOVED BEYOND MEASURE! The Courage House is a temporary home for rehabilitating women with drug and alcohol addictions. Many of these gals have attended our Woven events over the years. If you have met them, you know just how beautifully broken they are. We come alongside them once a month through our Gifted Hands ministry--by providing materials and leading them through a hands-on creative project, as we love on them and pray for them. This Christmas Woven will bless The Courage House women with a tote bag filled with basic needs that we often take for granted. Woven has purchased 24 lovely jute Tote Bags with the words: Loved Beyond Measure with John 3:16 as well as a small felted zip bag with a 7 day devotional. WE NEED YOUR HELP Below is a list of what we need to fill them. If you are interested in purchasing items, just drop them off at Newark Naz, 200 S Williams St. If you attend our Sunday services, just label your donation WOVEN and leave it at the Information Desk.  If you prefer, you may donate towards our purchases (click OTHER and label [...]

By | 2016-12-15T15:37:50+00:00 December 2nd, 2015|, , |0 Comments

Finding the Merry in Christmas

Looking for some Merry in your Christmas? Have your HO-HO-HO's turned to BAH-HUM-BUGS? We find the Merry in Christmas by peering into the face of Christ. Ah! the cherub innocence of a newborn babe! December 19, 2008, I witnessed the birth of my first grandson. What a glory to behold! Nothing could compare to this Technicolor experience. As one who is squeamish at the sight of blood, I knew early in life that I would never be a nurse or doctor. Yet, watching this babe emerge from my one and only child was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. The artist within was entranced by the color of it all: the white of the umbilical cord, the blue of the veins, the red of the blood. It magnified the miracle! The miracle of birth brought new wonder to my world. The miracle of the Child of Christmas was amplified in my heart. As I sang the Angels' songs, my heart rejoiced in depths I'd never known. "Joy to the world, the Lord is come!" I had just experienced great joy as a new grandmother. I wanted to proclaim it to the world! "O come, let us adore Him!" Peering into that baby's face was a far [...]

By | 2016-12-15T15:37:57+00:00 December 25th, 2014|, , , , , |0 Comments

Holy Week: Love Is the Greatest

  "And now these three remain:  faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13   "AND NOW!"... This subtle, yet dramatic conclusion to the legendary chapter of love brings us to our destination of Holy Week. Today, we still grieve the bloodied, empty cross. Tomorrow, we celebrate the empty tomb, the resurrection of Jesus Christ! This trio of virtues will not only prepare us as we await Christ's return, they will accompany us there. Hope keeps us focused on God and His promises. It's not dreamy imaginings or wishful thinking. Hope is solid confidence in the Lord. Faith is hope in action. Faith is our belief in Christ. Faith reaches fulfillment when we enter our heavenly home, when we see Him face-to-face. "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Heb 11:1NLT)." Jesus said, "Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these... (John 14:12NLT)." "The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Gal. 5:6b NLT)."  Love is our motivation. Love is the greatest of virtues; the greatest commandment. Love will last forever; it is the governing and uniting [...]

By | 2016-12-15T15:38:35+00:00 April 19th, 2014|, , |1 Comment

Holy Week: Love Unveiled

"Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete,  but then I will know everything completely,  just as God now knows me completely." ~1 Corinthians 13:12NLT It makes me laugh to read the first line of this verse. I'm picturing that first-thing-in-the-morning glance in the mirror. More puzzling than pretty! That must be why I tend to avoid the mirror until I've had a cup of tea and time with Jesus. Then I'm up for the challenge of a new day in this not-so-new body.   I love this image of the bride's mirrored reflection through her veil. It vividly illustrates the veil imagery in scripture. Moses wore a veil after meeting with God on Mount Sinai, because the glory of God radiated from his face. He covered it so that the Israelites would remain faithful even though the radiance faded away.   In the temple there was a veil, or curtain that set apart a section called The Holy of Holies, where only the priests were allowed to enter. They were the only ones who could come before the Almighty God on behalf of the people.   And, on this memorable day in history which we call Good Friday, the veil is significant [...]

By | 2016-12-15T15:38:37+00:00 April 18th, 2014|, , |4 Comments

Holy Week: The Law of Love

  "If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing." ~I Corinthians 13:2  As we enter Holy Week, our thoughts are drawn to the plight of Jesus. He was and is The One, the long-awaited Messiah. He was the fulfillment of prophecy and He was prophetic. He understood all of God's secret plans. In fact, He was God's secret plan. He possessed all knowledge. He had faith that could move mountains. He had all of these gifts and abilities. But it was His love that changed lives. It was His love that got Him in trouble. It was His love that led Him to the cross. Throughout the ministry of Jesus, we see hecklers in every crowd: the Pharisees. It was their religious position, or disposition, to protect and enforce the law of the Jews. They were religious to a fault. They were legalistic to a fault. They imposed so many rules and regulations that the people became slaves of the law. They tried to impose their laws upon The One who came to fulfill the law. Jesus refuted the [...]

By | 2016-12-15T15:38:43+00:00 April 15th, 2014|, , |2 Comments

Love Is Our Legacy

"But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part..."    ~1 Corinthians 13:8b-9NIV Planning. Preparing. Predicting.Ever feel like you spend more time in the future than you do in the present?   I know I do. As a visionary leader, much of my time is spent looking ahead. Promoting the next event. Planning months, even a year in advance. Preparing the next lesson I will teach, the next message I will speak, the new paintings I will market. Predicting the outcome so I will know how to prepare. I'm guessing most of you live in the future too. Whether it's predicting, forecasting, marketing, event-planning, networking, learning, educating...we are compelled to keep one foot in the future for the sake of success. What happens when we come to the end of our lives and that one foot in the future becomes the metaphorical "one foot in the grave"? Planning and preparing take on a whole new spin. Things that seem so important when we're young and active are no longer pertinent.   Two years ago, I walked this journey with my [...]

By | 2016-12-15T15:38:52+00:00 March 25th, 2014||0 Comments

Love Does Not…

"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth."_______________1 Corinthians 13:6 When I read this simple verse, my mind goes in the gutter. I think of our current-day dilemma of sexual immorality: premarital sex, extramarital affairs, out-of-control lust, sexual abuse, rape, incest. Completing the package are all the underlying lies, schemes, deceit, and just plain untruths. After all, we have to come up with a good cover for our sin. I'm guessing that's where Paul's mind was going when he wrote this verse. If we flip back a few pages to Chapters 5-6, we read his concerns about sexual immorality. This is a small portion of his advice, "Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body (6:18-20)." I believe this advice to honor God with our body is not just about being sexually pure with our sexual body parts (yes, I DID say that!). Our entire body: our eyes, [...]

By | 2016-12-15T15:39:09+00:00 February 25th, 2014|, |0 Comments

Love Is Not…

"Love...does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs." I Corinthians 13:4b-5 We hear the statistics. Fifty percent of marriages made in America end in divorce. Did you know that over fifty percent of those divorces are couples who married before the age of twenty-four? Marriage should come with a warning label: Maturity Required!  And, I'm not bashing on youngsters here. There are just as many immature who are over-the-age-of-twenty-four. Tying the love knot of marriage seems the perfect test tube for triggering all that "Love is NOT".  We soon discover whether -- or not -- we were ready for this level of commitment. God is so good to provide us a checklist! Gives us a good reason to read scripture, right?  Look at this list of what LOVE IS NOT.. envious or jealous boasting proud rude self-seeking or selfish angry keeping track of all the "wrongs" These seven points are so vital to the success of a relationship. The person who possesses these LOVE NOTS is really demonstrating one thing: They are Number One in their world. You and God are less important. Let's not begin by pointing a finger [...]

By | 2016-12-15T15:39:19+00:00 February 13th, 2014|, |0 Comments