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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – March 5, 2020

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – March 5, 2020

Speechless by Jodie Montgomery


There are so many topics bombarding my thoughts these days that I really have no idea what to say or where to start. Thoughts swirling include what’s for dinner, why such a number gap between church membership and actual attendees, the role of women in the church, the inconvenience of parking for elderly and families with little children at big facilities, the value of perseverance, the weariness of parenting or loving in general, shame, freedom, an election year, what makes a group encouraging, leadership pipelines, real disciple making, elderly care, materialism, hypnosis for turkeys, whether to try sugar cookie decorating ever again, great jobs for those desiring jobs, the best Mexican food, how to drop twenty pounds while still eating, friendships, comparisons, contentment, angst, what to do for mom’s 80th, how to help others…


Romans 8:22-23  For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.


I need to regroup. I need to listen.


Sometimes I do not pay attention when I study God’s Word or listen to a sermon. I go through the motions. I just get the lessons done. I miss a lot. I almost missed a big point in my Bible Study workbook last week. Thankfully another group member redirected my thoughts. I was reminded that when Israel camped around the tabernacle of God, if they focused on God in their midst instead of on the nations around them, they witnessed His presence. They experienced the glory of God. When they turned their face from God and to the nations, there was fear, comparison, and a clamoring to be known themselves. They lost the ability to unite and rest. The voice of God diminished. God was still there, but they lived as if His presence was irrelevant.


I think walking with God is life. God is faithful to reveal Himself and to hear our cries for wisdom, strength, hope, and deliverance. In the chaos, there can be peace if I orient myself to His presence. I wait and listen.