AAC Women's Blog

A Thankful Heart in an Entitled World

As I get older I find that I battle a sense of entitlement. Entitlement that says, “I have worked hard all my life, I deserve to take it easy and let others deal with it.”

But you don’t have to be older to feel entitled.

“I make so much more money, therefore I should have the respect of my peers.”

“I arrived here first, so I should have first pick.”

“I deserve an apology. I have my rights!”

Sound familiar?

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Christmas is Coming…Are You Ready? Some Suggested Readings

What is Advent and why would a few books about Advent help me this Christmas season?

Advent is traditionally known as the period of four Sundays and four weeks before Christmas and means “Coming” in Latin. You know, as in Christmas is coming- I better get the gifts, bake the cookies, deck the halls, and …why am I doing all this? With this type of “Advent” I need more than four weeks! It helps my perspective when I remind myself that my hospitality mentor and Christmas décor muse Martha Stewart did end up in jail for something that may or may not have been related to Christmas preparations.

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Calling All Writers!

Our blog has been up and running officially since February 2019! Our writing team comes from various backgrounds and circumstances, so hopefully we can speak into a broad range of topics that affect the women at AAC.

Some of you have asked if we would take contributions from you as well. The answer is “yes!”

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Connecting Women for Kingdom Impact

We all want to make a difference in this world, but sometimes we feel so small and insignificant. Here at AAC we want to encourage women that you were indeed created to make an impact.

I want to introduce you to Lori Loux: She is a wife, mother, daughter, friend, neighbor, and she attends AAC. Lori recently joined the AAC staff part time as an administrative assistant with Global Connections.

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BIBLICAL HELP: Christian Blog Sites

Sometimes it is hard to know where to start when it comes to reading the Bible. Sometimes we have questions.

As a women's ministry team, we want to update and add to our resource tab with helpful tools to help you grow in your faith.

We already have a short list of books for those wanting to read about what it means to be a Godly woman. Here are some blog sites our Adult Ministry team wants to recommend...

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Meet Becca: Our Women's Ministry Resident

Did you know AAC has a Residency Program? We have four graduate students in a two year Ministry Master’s Program and Rebecca Bronson is our Women’s Ministry Resident.

Becca (as she is known) arrived August 2018.

Originally from Appleton, she attended UW Oshkosh to study Secondary Education intending to teach middle and high school students English.

What happened to change her mind?

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Grumpiness or Gratitude

What do we do with circumstances or people that legitimately cause us frustration, anger and sadness? We can’t go around putting on a happy face and pretend everything is ok. Grumpiness can’t be stuffed! (I personally think that would make a good bumper sticker.)

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Mommy Wars

An important part of Women’s Ministries is helping women be the moms God has called them to be. I can’t even begin to tell you how controversial that gets.

It has nothing to do with “predestination or free choice”. It is not even a “feminist issue”. Instead I have noticed the irony that one of the most loving and life-giving roles a woman can have also has the ability to drag her into some of the most potentially vicious, isolating and divisive conflicts. Yes, I am talking about the “Mommy Wars”.

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Meet Marion

We have many godly older women at our church that have encouraging faith-filled stories to share with us. This is the testimony of Marion Koepke as we interviewed her about her life. May it inspire you as it has me.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES FOR YOU AS A WIFE AND MOM IN THE 1960’S?

I was married to a successful businessman in November 1959 and we had 3 children. During the 1960’s most women did not work outside the home unless they were divorced or single, so I stayed at home with my children. Don was gone a lot for business and I was left to raise the children practically by myself. Not only that, but the business world proved to be a big temptation for Don and he became an alcoholic.

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I Love to Read

I love to read. I tend to have a few books vying for my attention at any given time. I think the books we read reveal a lot about our passions, dreams and personalities.

I realize not everyone likes to read, but when it comes to ministry it is rather important to keep up on our reading so we can stay fresh, informed and motivated as we seek to minister to the people we are called to.

Having said that, I thought it would be interesting to get the top three books that have impacted some of our ministry staff. What are they passionate about? What books have influenced their faith and ministry? What would they recommend?

I received a lot of great information and I came back wanting to read everything on the list! So many books…so little time…

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50 Shades

So What’s the Big Deal about 50 Shades?

It’s one of the most popular book series among women and the movie seems just as popular. Some people are saying it is harmless sexual fantasy to encourage intimacy and ultimately healing, while others are saying it promotes violence, abuse and pornography.

As a woman desiring to be a Christ follower, what should my response be?

I believe God designed sex to be enjoyed in marriage and that you can be both godly and sensual but do we know what a healthy, sexual relationship looks like? Does 50 Shades hit the mark?

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Lysa Terkeurst: A Response

Some of you are familiar with Lysa Terkeurst and Proverbs 31 Ministries. For those of you who do not recognize her name or the ministry, we have used a few of the materials from both Lysa and Proverbs 31 in our Bible Studies.

Lysa’s latest blog post reveals a very painful personal crisis in her life, namely a difficult divorce involving infidelity and substance abuse. There are always two sides to every story but she says she did all she could do to save her marriage.

It is important to be discerning with everyone. However, let’s remember that discernment requires humility and Scriptural support. Judgment usually involves legalism and pride.

While the Bible speaks strongly against divorce, because of the pain and brokenness it causes, it does allow divorce on a few Biblical grounds. Matthew 19:7-9 provides a Biblical reason for her divorce but doesn’t make this any easier.

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