Saturday Sisters

  The genesis of the      Saturday Sisters 

series was a Saturday ladies' conference at our church.  We had breakfast and lunch, with speakers and time to share among ourselves.  We arranged the chairs in circles to foster conversation with the signs on the back, telling briefly of Bible women.  Our meal tables had "table tents" with more detailed stories of the same women.

Some of the Saturday Sisters you will read here come from that conference. They may have been edited a bit since, or they may be identical.
  At least one was new for a Discipleship Walk which i worked.  While such "table tents" are not generally a part of the Walks, our leader liked the idea and made them a special part of this one.
  Still others will have been written new for this blog.  Some, if you come across them, may not even be women from the Bible, but women from other times and places, who lived out their faith as best they could.
  Or ARE living out their faith.  i don't know yet what direction this will take.

The Scroll at the Tables

  At the Satuday women's conference, each lady received a scroll at her place.  Here is an excerpt:
. . .   Did you ever think about (these women)  before?  Maybe some of them you never heard of before. 

. . .  In God's book, their stories are told briefly, in a few words to a few chapters, but they lived their lives in real time, just like you and i do.  They were born, they were little girls, they waited for their prince to come, they found out he wasn't so princely after all,  they gave birth - or didn't - they had their successes, their struggles and heartaches.  They died.

But we didn't bring you here to tell you we're all gonna die.  Yes, ladies, that is life "under the sun," as Solomon put it, but that isn't all there is.  We always want to know how something is going to turn out before we've hardly started it, but we just have to live through it to get there. 

What are you in the middle of?

  One of those Bible women has been through something similar.  One of your sisters right here has experienced something similar.  Maybe you're the one who's been there and come through.  Someone needs to hear your story.

  The book of Judges is a downward spiral of evildoing.  It begins after the death of Joshua.  Listen to the root of the problem:  "The people served the LORD as long as Joshua lived. . . .      All of the people of Joshua's time joined the members of their families who had already died.  Then those who were born after them grew up.  They didn't know the LORD.  They didn't know what He had done for Israel."  Judges 2:7a,10, NIrV

  Joshua and his peers saw God do mighty things.  But the ones who came after them didn't know about any of that, and things went from bad to worse in the land.  Of course this is a stern warning we need to teach our children Bible lessons, but more than that, those of us who have experienced God in our own lives need to tell that story too, to our children and to each other.

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  "How great is the love the Father has given us so freely! 

Now we can be called children of God.  And that's what we really are!  The world doesn't know us because it didn't know Him.  Dear friends, now we are children of God.  He still hasn't let us know what we will be.  But we will know that when Christ appears, we will be like Him.  We will see Him as He really is.  He is pure.  All who hope to be like Him make themselves pure."  I John 3:1-3

                      we have something more. . . . "

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