Pondering Grace: My Retreat—The Truth About Redemption

Four of my dear friends have been given the heart, inspiration, and opportunity to form a unique women’s ministry, and I’ve been so blessed to support them from behind the scenes. They partner with churches who have a women’s ministry in place, or want to start one, and offer one of the best teaching conferences I’ve experienced. The ministry is called Woven Truth. (FYI, the Woven gals’ site includes more information about them, plus a lovely little blog you might enjoy.)

One of the sweetest blessings I ever receive is to witness them joyfully doing what they do best: presenting beautiful, solid truth in a gentle, loving way. I really can’t say it any other way, and I know I’m still not doing the description justice. These ladies display radiant grace while telling stories—their personal stories beautifully woven into the bigger story: God’s story. I mentioned that I get to support the team from behind the scenes, so that means I’ve seen much of the material before it is presented. And yet, twice I have been pleasantly surprised by all that takes place in real life when I’ve had the chance to attend. There’s a gentle nudge or a “fresh wind,” that gentle breeze that floats by. I shouldn’t be surprised.

For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 CSB

Christianity is rooted firmly in one thing: life! What was dead has been made alive, as in resurrection. Jesus is alive, but was most assuredly dead on the cross. Catch that Hebrews boasts the Word of God is alive. Isn’t that interesting? The 66 canonical books of the Bible we know today written over a remarkable span of time thousands of years ago is considered to be living, effective, penetrating, and able to judge. These aren’t weak descriptive words in the least; each one is active and specific. Thankfully, the grace I find in this is that it is alive! It would be quite a chore to come to things over and over in a lifetime with nothing new to discover.

Thank you, Lord, that you and the Bible contain explorable depths we never quite reach the bottom of!

I don’t think it’s a leap to say good teaching based on the Word and in keeping with it should be reflective of those same active, specific descriptors. Don’t you think? It seems to me there might not be room for “Been there done that, but thanks.” Maybe we can’t even say, “I know what I need to know about __________” (fill in the blank). Maybe, just maybe, we should approach sound, reliable Bible teaching with a fresh, open mind. What do you think?

I’ll be working through some of the things that were turning over in my mind at the retreat this weekend, for sure. I just thought I’d begin with this little gem. I love learning, generally, and I hope I will always keep a teachable attitude the best I can.

Happy Monday to you! And thanks for reading along.

~Jennifer

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4 comments

    1. Thank you for your encouraging words!

      I feel the need to remind myself of two things fairly often: I am not the center of the universe, and I definitely do not know all there is to know. If I keep those two straight, I’m much better off, I think. 😉

  1. I was telling Sam the other day that I thought you might be a writer. Sure enough! I’ve probably been living under a rock somewhere. How long have you had your blog? I have heard great things about the Woven Ministry.

    1. *heh heh*
      Well, this blog is fairly new. I’ve had a couple others (a homeschooling/boy mom blog and a sort of Bible study blog). This one was the one I felt I was really *supposed* to have.

      Woven is a fantastic group of ladies! I love them deeply and would highly, highly, highly recommend them to women just about anywhere! 🙂

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