Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2
 

Author: Idlewild Women

Oh Brother! By Jodie Montgomery I have two brothers and no sisters. One of my brothers lives in DC and another in Jensen Beach, Florida. They both love the outdoors but that is where the similarity ends. One is an office executive, the other a police captain. One reads Forbes, the...

Sanctity of Life By Jodie Montgomery The tile looked distressed. I was laying on the kitchen floor, watching myself cry. I had nobly made it through the doctor appointment. I had gently and calmly put Samuel and Sarah down for naps after reading a few stories. I had walked into the kitchen to prepare...

Annual Checkups By Jodie Montgomery At the start of every year, I purpose to make and go to two doctor appointments: my gyn and a dermo skin check as I am a redhead in Florida. This isn’t my preferred way to start a year but I just know it is the...

Join our Idlewild Women’s Ministry for “Chit-Chat & Chocolate” on Sunday, January 21st in the Loft & Hall 2. Its only $5! It will be a time to connect with other women, hear about upcoming events in women’s ministry & bible studies being offered & more! It’s going to be such...

Personal News: Happy Anniversary to me! By Jodie Montgomery This week is my 35th wedding anniversary. I don’t know how this happened. I must believe in miracles as apparently I am one in more ways than one. Scott Montgomery is wonderful. I don’t say that enough. Note wonderful does not mean perfect....

Happy New Year! By Jodie Montgomery Lamentations 3:22-23 The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I love a New Year. Just the name is a reminder that change is possible; a fresh perspective is an option. This is where belief...

Preparing for Christmas by Reflecting on His Names Immanuel, God with us by Jodie Montgomery Isaiah 7 :14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. Matthew 1:23-24 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child...

Preparing for Christmas by reflecting on His names - I AM by Jodie Montgomery John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple. The...

Preparing for Christmas by Reflecting on His names -The Lord Jesus Christ, The Good Shepherd by Jodie Montgomery I have a small group meeting through Christmas and into January. We call ourselves a variety of names including: “Sheepish”, “The Dumb Sheep Group”, and “Lamb Ladies”… One member recommended a slogan for the group,...

Preparing for Christmas by reflecting on His Names -The Lord Jesus Christ, Mediator by Jodie Montgomery There is a great change that occurs from the Old to the New Testaments. All that the Old Testament anticipated in relation to our redemption happened! When Christ came, the shadows began to fall away,...

Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey Blog Day by Jodie Montgomery In ministry, a common question from many is “What is the will of God for me?” Usually this is asked in regards to whether one should take a certain job, break off a frustrating relationship, or move. Rarely is the question regarding the stance of...

The Holy Land Blogs by Jodie Montgomery Journey #13-Peace in Jerusalem Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.” There are so many more blogs that could be written about time in the Holy Land. I’m forcing this to be my last in the journey series. It...

The Holy Land Blogs Journey #12-The Women by Jodie Montgomery Prior to becoming a believer, I believed that Christianity held women back. I believed that a faith based on a society called “Patriarchal” would diminish the females. I was wrong. Teachers may warp the Gospel and add horrific philosophies to the Gospel message...

The Holy Land Blogs Journey #11-The Spice Shop by Jodie Montgomery The Food Network has transformed the worldview regarding the kitchen. It has also made celebrities out of many that simply like to eat well. I’m all for that-cooks as celebrities and eating well. In Nazareth, there is a celebrity spice...

The Holy Land Blogs Journey #10-Not Death Again by Jodie Montgomery This may be a bit controversial and to some overthinking what many just consider fun- all that to say- I don’t like Halloween. I’ve always viewed Halloween as celebrating death. I don’t think that is a big leap in thought...

The Holy Land Blogs Journey #9-A Middle Eastern, Arabic Christian Perspective by Jodie Montgomery   In Israel, I listened to the Arabic Christians that led us through the Holy Land. I was reliant on them keeping me safe. I appreciated their insights, deep love for God’s Word, and their humble submission to...

The Holy Land Blogs Journey #8-The Children by Jodie Montgomery I wasn’t going to write about the mission work experience in the Holy Land. I felt I would be sharing something a bit too personal and something about people I really don’t know that well based on only a week together. In particular,...

The Holy Land Blogs Journey #7-The West Bank Walls by Jodie Montgomery Micah 7:7 -11 But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I...

The Holy Land Blogs Journey #6-The Camel by Jodie Montgomery I took a camel ride with KC Newbill. That woman likes animals including camels. I have decided she is a bit crazy. Here is my side of the story. We were driving toward Jordan and the Mt of Temptation. The van driver pulled...

Scripting Moments is a workshop on Bible journaling. Each workshop will have a main theme and journaling technique. The cost is $5 to reserve a spot. The workshops are limited to 150 ladies. Daughters are welcome:-) Supply lists are emailed to those that register.e 3 2018  6:30-8:30 pm in Hall...

The Holy Land Blogs Journey #5-Little Lights and Family Style Meals by Jodie Montgomery Proverbs 15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it. When you travel long distances, you typically are a bit worn out upon arrival at your destination. There is also...

  Ode to Irma by Jodie Montgomery (Holy Land Journey Blogs back next week God willing!) I have a new appreciation of the lyrical literary works of Old Testament writers. Sometimes the chaos of life can only be expressed in poetry, songs, emotional outbursts, pure prose. The poetry of the Old Testament...

The Holy Land Blogs by Jodie Montgomery Journey #4-Home Town Rejection I spent a week in Nazareth. I went to show God’s love to children and their teachers at a Day Camp. I went in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I went to the place where Jesus experienced rejection by...

The Holy Land Blogs by Jodie Montgomery Journey #3-Imprisoned at St Peter Gallicantu (Caiaphas House) Life comes in layers. I mean this literally and in a deep meaningful metaphorical way. My fingertips are often numb trying to scratch through just the surface layers of life. In the Old City, Jerusalem, the layers...

The Holy Land Blogs by Jodie Montgomery Journey #2-Stone Homes I’ve always loved Christmas. I grew up knowing Christmas was a celebration of Jesus’ birth and surrounded by gorgeous nativity scenes. I can recount the Christmas story from Luke and Matthew. I watched Charlie Brown each December. I sing the carols about...

The Holy Land Blogs by Jodie Montgomery Journey #1-A Well I just got back from the Holy Land. Not the Holy Land experience in Orlando but the Holy Land in the Middle East, the land of the Bible, the land of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection. I was told this trip...

Women of Vocation (WOV) networking event: Sunday, October 21, 4:30-6 pm in the Fireside Room. Come and connect with women in your field (or desired field) whether you're an entrepreneur, a lawyer, a teacher, a musician or a stay-at-home mom. Register at www.idlewild.org/women. For more information contact 813.264.8791 or e-mail...

Summertime Just Got Hot by Jodie Montgomery I went swimsuit shopping. I have decided that this summer is simply too hot to go outside. I have decided that my hair really shouldn’t be exposed to chlorine. I have realized that people that cruise to Alaska for the summer do so to...

Christmas in July by Jodie Montgomery I tend to be a crazy decorator at Christmas. I love transforming our home into something totally different to celebrate God with us. I love unpacking boxes of memories, precious ornaments from family and friends, the nativity my grandmother made, the funny sweaters my mom...

On Children’s Books (Junie B. Jones and My Sassy Heart) and Summer Reading by Jodie Montgomery I’m not sure where my love for reading and writing originated. I’m thankful to enjoy literature as this is key to studying the Bible and to enjoying a lot of communication. I should probably thank...

Sexual Sin, Seriously by Jodie Montgomery Not too long ago, I got a prayer request from a young lady confessing a sexual sin and asking for prayer that she would be able to stop committing the sin. She believed that she was driven to continue in this sin due to loneliness....

My Son Samuel’s Kitchen by Jodie Montgomery I love visiting my children’s homes especially their kitchens. In their kitchens, I can be mommy without having to think about the next hundred meals. If there is a mess, it is technically their problem.  I get to see that they do have some...

Will there be cookies at VBS? by Jodie Montgomery I have repeatedly heard the statistics that most “conversions” occur when people are young and that Vacation Bible School (VBS) is the place where many profess Christ as Savior for their first time. This makes me pro-VBS. Salvation is life, abundant life. I’m...

Another sensational Scripting Moments this past Sunday. We were truly blessed by Sarah Bubar as she inspired us to combine watercolor AND scripting.  Check out her ETSY shop HERE! What a fun evening! Ladies, mark your calendars now for the next Scripting Moments coming up on Sunday, July...

Children and Empty-Nesting by Jodie Montgomery Mark 10:13-16 And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them.  But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the...

The Wedding by Jodie Montgomery I love reader feedback. It validates the author to have a reader.  I think I may even have two readers as my assistant Casey is in charge of posting the blogs (I assume she reads them prior to posting to preserve her and my jobs) and...

Best Laid Plans by Jodie Montgomery My days are past, my plans are torn apart, even the wishes of my heart. Job 17:11 I took such great care to cover so many details prior to my daughter’s wedding a few weeks ago but there were two things that happened that served to...

Women’s Ministry Compassion Project 2017 Thank you to the group of ladies that served on April 15, 2017 at the Baptist Children’s Home in Lakeland! We started out in our vans from Idlewild at 8 am to tour the beautiful compassion center at the children’s home and to work a couple...