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December 2013

Entrusted to be a woman

 

 

This is the first part of a lesson that I was able to share with the women at last years North-Eastern winter workshop in New York City. As I read through this lesson today I feel called higher, and see that I have some changes to make in order to further embrace my God given femininity, and  to truly be the woman I want to be for my husband. 
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July 10th 2010

Affordable Fashion! New Boots

I love being a thrifty wife! Recently I decided that I really wanted a nice pair of new black boots. A pair that I could dress up, or dress down with a pair of jeans.

I view shopping in consignment stores, a little like treasure hunting! You never know what the value of the item you find will be.

With that being said I found this perfect pair of new rsvp boots, they were in a second hand store, however they were still packaged and had the tags still on them.

They were marked in the consignment store for $20, however I only paid $10!
I researched the value online and found a similar pair by this brand for $99.
With that being said I basically paid $10 for a $100 pair of boots.

 

Marrieds Devotional

Every since October we (The Boston International Christian Church) have been having monthly marrieds devotionals. It has been an incredible time to strengthen our marriages as well as our relationships with other christian couples. We share a hearty meal together, and there have been some very inspiring lessons so far!

This months Marrieds Devo will be on Friday December 13th at Lynn Massachusetts. The lessons will be on having a “Serving Marriage”, a “converting marriage” and a “Child rearing Marriage!”

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Affordable Fashion: Outfit

I love shopping, however I don’t like to spend much! I will be posting some of my thrifty finds here in hopes that other women will pursue fashion for a fraction of the price!

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Dress & Belt: $22.00 (forever 21)

Boots: $12.00 (found thrifting)

Pearls: $ Pricless 😉 (3 year anniversary gift from Coltin last July)

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Total I spent: $34.00

Women's Day 2013

The Crippled Woman-Disabled but NOT defeated!

Luke 13:10-17 “On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.”

Can you imagine how difficult this woman’s life must have been?

 -Anyone ever pull a muscle in your neck or back, or just wake up achy.

-This woman was doubled over, for 18 years (6,570 days)

-When she walked her face was to the ground…stared at the dirt…

-I’m sure her condition was painful, but she did not let that stop her from going to where she knew she needed to go.

-Her face was constantly downcast, therefore she was unable to even look into another person’s eyes.

Her suffering could have tempted her to turn away from God…

She instead went after her relationship with JESUS! She was a woman who was earnestly seeking God, and this resulted in her being healed.

The title of todays lesson is: Disabled, but not defeated!

One definition of crippled is: anything that is impaired or flawed.

Because we are human each of us is flawed in one way or another. So we can all in one way or another relate to this woman.

Point #1 Identify your disability

-Bitterness…maybe you have unresolved hurts that you need to talk about and fully surrender to God. Is there anyone that you need to forgive?

-Fear… maybe you have fears that you need to face so that you can live by faith

-Maybe your disabling spirit is criticality or negativity-maybe its hard to appreciate the good, because your critical spirit has you focused on the negative

-A lack of openness- maybe your disabling spirit is keeping things in the dark

There are a lot of disabling spirits….

-Insecurity

-School challenges

-Financial challenges

-Marital challenges

-Loss

-Job Challenges or

-Maybe like this woman you understand how it feels to have serious health challenges.  Perhaps you’re a woman familiar with physical suffering…

For the women in this passage the answer was Jesus, and praising God. It the same for us, whatever the spirit that has us disabled today, Jesus is always the answer. We all experience the feelings of “being crippled” at different points in our lives…

Hosea 5:15 “Then I will return to my place, until they admit their guilt and seek my face –in their misery
they will earnestly seek me.”

  • We can glean from this passage that Jesus allows us to go through times of misery for a couple of reasons.
  1. So that we may earnestly seek his face.
  2. Admit our guilt. (admit that we have fallen short, and truly see our need for God)

2 Corinthians 12:7-11 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Like the crippled woman, Paul also suffered…

  • Thorn in his flesh, he pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away.
  • But God didn’t…
  • Blindness?
  • He said “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
  • Maybe the suffering in your life, is there as a means to get you to heaven.
  • Sometimes we need suffering in our lives so that we rely on God.

 Whether or not God removes the disabling spirit from your life. It’s a reliance on Jesus and, your faithfulness and your relationship with God that will pull you through.

Romans 8:28  “ And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

 In ALL things God works for the good of those who love him.

Group Exercise: Repeat after me- God is working for my good!

In my relationships:  “God is working for my good!”

Finances: “God is working for my good.”

In my exams: “God is working for my good”

Persecutions: “God is working for my good.”

At your new job: God is working for my good!

In my pain: “God is working for my good.”

-God is always teaching us something.  If we love God then despite the challenges we face we can trust that in All things God is working for our good!

Honestly in the midst of hardship I can find this very challenging!

However by being open and prayerful I believe than we can overcome anything! WE can trust that God has our best interest in mind.

It is also helpful to focus on the blessings God has given you!

Psalm 16:5-8 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
 surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

The boundary lines have fallen in pleasant places for each of us!

God has blessed each of our lives in incredible ways!

We must remember to count our blessings as each of us have so much that we need to thank God for.

Exercise: What are ten things you are thankful for?

Gratitude can help us defeat some disabling spirits.

Point #2 Defeating disabling spirits in the lives of your Sisters, and in the lives of the lost:

Luke 13:12  “When Jesus saw her, he called her forward…”

  • He called her forward. When is the last time you have done this?
  • Invite someone into your home.
  • Imitate Jesus’s heart
  • We need each other, if you think one of your sisters or a woman in the world (co-worker, classmate) may be having a hard time… Be like Jesus and initiate.
  • The woman did not ask Jesus for help, he offered.
  • He saw she needed it.
  • Look out for the needs of others.

Exercise: Write 3 names women you want to encourage (“call forward”) this week.

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

  • Pray for each other… Ask for prayer request. Something that bonds me with my friend Lana is that I find comfort knowing she prays for me. We need to imitate Lana, and pray continually for one another.
  • Confess sin to one another.

John 13:34-35   “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

We need to love like Jesus loved

  • Look for needs & help meet them.
  • Spend time together.
  • Command.

#3 More faith, more miracles: Matthew 13:58 “And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”

  • The opposite is true. Where there is great faith there are many miracles.
  • God is doing amazing things here in Boston!

(In just over a year the Boston Church has grown in membership by 213%)

  • We all have many large tasks before us, and in order for us to see many miracles in our lives and in the lives of others we need great faith!
  • Every woman here matters, and every one of you having faith is going to make a huge impact in the lives of other people.
  • Many women need to hear the gospel… We have a lot to do!

 How do we continuously grow in our faith, or get more faith?

Romans 10:17 “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”

Faith comes from hearing the word of God…

Have you been allowing yourself to truly hear the word of God each morning?  (Reading your bible daily)

-Your quiet time is a great source of building your faith!

-The good news email is a great source of building faith!

-Share with others what Jesus has done for you!

-Remember the ways he has worked in your life!

Conclusion: Let us be women who are able to identify disabling spirits in our lives and the lives of others. Let us be women who by prayer, love, and openness defeat these strongholds. Let us be women who strive to grow in our faith everyday so that we may continue to see miracles!

Handout: 

Women’s Midweek Worksheet: The Crippled Woman

Purpose of worksheet:  Please use this time as a time of openness and bonding. It is a time to reflect on the lesson as a sisterhood and to bond and deepen relationships. This is a great opportunity to learn one another’s strengths and struggles and to hold one another accountable to decisions made from the lesson.

Point #1: What disabling spirits are you battling:

This can be physically, Emotionally, or Spiritually

What physical, emotional, or spiritual challenges are you facing?

What Sister will you talk to, and pray with to help you overcome?

Are you allowing the “disabling spirits” in your life to make you bitter or better?

How are your daily quiet times with God going?

Point #2 Help your sisters defeat their disabling spirits:

What 3 Sisters will you encourage this week?  How? (call, write cards, find out their prayer needs, or serve,  cook for ect…)

Is there any sin that you need to get open with?

Point #3 Help the lost defeat their disabling spirits:

What women in your life are you reaching out to?

What are your faith goals for evangelism and personal fruitfulness?

How will you imitate Jesus by “calling someone forward” this week?

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Women’s Midweek Service: My Sister, My Friend

Every other wednesday evening at 7:30pm the women of the Boston International Christian Church gather for a time of prayer, fellowship and teaching from the word of God. At these services I have the privilege of teaching and sharing from the scriptures.  Most often God puts the lessons on my heart, I write them out, and then I share the message. Other times i’m inspired by another woman ministry leaders message, someone’s example of life and Godliness, first principles, a followup bible study, my quiet times, reading,  or a personal experience. I have decided to post old and new lessons I have taught at the BICC midweek services here for other women ministry leaders to use, or to offer feedback on. I hope you enjoy the newest additions to my blog!

The following is a lesson from 6 months to a year ago, I will post more recent ones soon.

Women’s Midweek Service

My Sister, My Friend

 

Opening Exercise: Describe how to build a relationship

  1. How do you become friends with a person?
  2. How do you develop a deeper friendship with another person?
  3. Do friendships just happen, or do they require effort?
  • A lot of people find it very hard to build great friendships, and often times’ people most commonly have acquaintances that they refer to as their friends.
  • I would love for us to grow in our friendships; we should not have acquaintances or shallow relationships in this room, but true deep meaningful relationships with one another.

Friendship defined:  a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.

  1. Attachment B. Feelings of affection C. Personal regard
  •  How many women in the Church do you feel an attachment to, feelings of affection for, or have a personal regard or concern for?
  •  How many women in your life are attached to you, show affection for you?

 Be a friend

Tonight I would like for us to examine some scriptures and really take to heart ways that we can grow in our friendships, and our love for one another.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8  4. Love is patient, love is kind. It 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. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

In this passage God teaches us what love is and what it is not:

He says it is:

  • Patient- Long suffering
  • Kind
  • Not envious
  • It does not boast
  • It is not proud
  • It is not rude
  • It is not self-seeking
  • It is not easily angered (frustrated, short tempered, annoyed)
  • It keeps no record of wrongs (We must be forgiving!) 
  • Rejoices with the truth
  • It always protects
  • Always Trust reliance on the integrity, strength, ability of a person or thing; confidence. We have confidence in each other.
  • Always hopes
  • Always perseveres (relationships can be challenging at times…keep trying!)
  • Love never fails

This word love, or in KJV is Charity- In the Greek is “agape.”

The words in your bible: affection, good will, love, benevolence, and brotherly love can all be translated to agape.

Again God defines for us what love is in this passage, and he never once says it’s a feeling. Agape love is a decision. We decide to be patient, we cannot be patient only when we feel like it.

Love is an action.

Love is a decision.

Love is not a feeling.

I like the first part of vs. 8  as it teaches us that “Love never fails.”

We often face situations, and sometimes we don’t know how to respond.

Here is how:

  • When your coworkers are in really bad moods: Love
  • When people exclude you: Love
  • When your husband is late: Love
  • When your kids are out of control: Love
  • When that person didn’t call you back: Love (call her again)
  • When someone lets you down: love
  • When you feel to tired to call the women your reaching out to: love

Love never fails.

How deeply are we to love?

John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

We are to love so much that we are willing to die for each other.

Far be it from us to forsake Gods command.

  • You say you are willing to love in this way….?
  • Are you willing to write someone a card?
  • Are you willing to serve?
  • Are you willing to text or call someone just to say, “hi”?
  • Are you willing to bring someone soup when they are sick?
  • Are you willing to pray for each other?

If you’re not able to love by demonstrating little acts of kindness, are we willing to obey Jesus’s command and his standard of love? His standard is being willing to die for each other. He loves us deeply.

I really believe that we can grow in the way that we love one another.

One another passages: We really need to obey these passages. Often times when sisters are challenged to encourage one another daily, or build deeper friendships we can make excuses: very commonly the excuse of “I don’t have time!!”

We must make time to love.

Hebrews 3:13 encourage one another daily.

Ephesians 5:19-20 Worship God God together. Praise God. Sing. Have quiet times together.

Colossians 1:28-29  Disciple one another. Council one another with the scriptures  (Have the heart to pull someone aside and tell them the truth in love)

Galatians 6:2 Help and support one another.

 James 5:17Pray earnestly for one another… ask for prayer requests!

Further instruction on friendship:

1 Thess. 5:12-14 Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

Are you a woman at peace in all of your relationships or are there any unresolved tensions?

Are you a woman who warns the idle?

A woman who encourages the timid? 

Are you a woman who helps the weak? 

This is what it looks like to be a friend the way God intended you to be.

Honesty, and a willingness to be vulnerable deepens friendship.

1 John 1:6-9

If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

True fellowship: Does anyone here want to have true fellowship, true friendship?

  • When we are open about our sin, our weaknesses and about how we are really doing we grow closer to one another and the blood of Jesus purifies us.

Please see the handout, and have great discussions tonight on how you personally can grow in your friendships. 

 

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