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The Kind of Friend I Want To Be

No matter how much time has passed, the sting remains. It feels like rejection, and it’s hard not to take it personally. Is it me? Did I say or do something to make them not include me? Do they not like me anymore? Or am I just not a cool enough friend to be included?

I found myself wrestling with all-too-familiar feelings of:
Not being the first choice …
Not getting invited to the party …
Being the last to know someone’s big news …
Only getting called in a crisis and not getting called to celebrate …

In the middle of those emotions, I found myself remembering 1 John 2:20: “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.”

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5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know as Kids Go Back to School This Year”

As I talk with parents who are in the process of sending kids back to school, I consistently hear how overwhelmed families feel about returning to the classroom.

For some students, they haven’t been in the classroom since early 2020, and aren’t quite sure what “normal” should feel like anymore.

I encourage us, whether we have kids or not, to be praying for the students in our lives who are about to navigate back to school in a time of many “what ifs”.

In this season, may we be surrounding our children with prayer and Truth, like Phillipians 4:5-7: “The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

In addition to covering children in prayer and Truth, check out Shaunti Feldhahn’s “5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know as Kids Go Back to School This Year” to better understand how we can best support kids in this upcoming school year.

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Forgiveness: The Experience

As women of Christ, we are called to forgive those who hurt us. Reading about forgiveness in the Bible seems simple enough, but when faced with real situations where we need to extend it, forgiveness is TOUGH.

If you’ve ever struggled with forgiveness, join us Tuesday, August 24th for our Soul Food event- an evening of worshipping and hearing testimonies from women about how forgiveness has impacted their lives.

Jamie Boorum and Cristen Gregorius from Women’s Ministry share below some of their favorite memories of past Soul Food events and their excitement for August.

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Pleasing God, Not Them: Proverbs 31

“Just don’t worry what other people will think.”

Have you ever received that advice? I know I have!

If you’re anything like me, this advice, although usually given with great intent, can start to feel cliche because of the amount of times I’ve had to hear it due to some people-pleasing tendencies.

But what does God have to say about people-pleasing?

Karen Ehman from Proverbs 31 Ministries shares in her devotional, “Pleasing God, Not Them”, that as daughters of God, we may not always make choices that please others as we seek to do God’s will. Check out a section of her devotional below, or visit Proverbs 31 Ministries for the full devotional.

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Is This the Right Decision?: Proverbs 31

Are you in the midst of making a decision?

Perhaps you’re deciding whether to move, take that new job, start a relationship, or make that big purchase. Or, perhaps you’re simply deciding where to go for lunch or what to wear to work tomorrow.

Whether big or small, we’ve all experienced fear of making the wrong choice.

In her devotion “Is This the Right Decision?” from Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa TerKeurst says,

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Find Refreshment at Encounter 2021

Our AAC women’s retreat, Encounter, is coming up quick! This year, Encounter will be February 19th-21st at the beautiful Osthoff resort. It’s going to be a special weekend of deepening our relationship with the Lord, learning from our speaker, Whitney Capps, and growing closer to friends.

Still on the fence about attending? Don’t quite know what to expect? Curious about how Encounter might look different this year?

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Should Christians Meditate?

Have you ever heard the phrase “meditate on Scripture”? Maybe you’ve had a Pastor preach that we should “meditate on God’s word”.

But wait... isn’t meditation something that belongs to religions like Hinduism and Buddhism? Why then would a Pastor or devotional tell me to meditate?

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When You Wonder Where God Is In Your Suffering: Proverbs 31

We were heading home when the nurse called with news for my husband, Patrick. I was driving when he answered his cellphone. It was a quick exchange, but when I glanced over at him writing on a scrap of paper, I could see the word “cancer.”

It’s true that hearing the “C” word is like being punched in the stomach. I wanted to throw up. We both sat in silence.

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Resources for a Fresh Start

Our AAC Women’s resource page is designed to give you tools that will help you have a better concept of God, His Love, and His purposes for you as a woman. Included on this page are recommended Bibles, devotionals, books on marriage and parenting, online resources, and links to blogs from AAC writers. There are so many great resources available for you to explore!

This year, we hope you have your fall fresh start whether it’s during Bible study or through a new devotional or online resource. Fall this year looks different than before, but it can still be a season of new beginnings.

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What if My Quiet Times are Anything but Quiet?: Proverbs 31

Maybe we have a vision of a calm morning with a cup of coffee in one hand and a well-loved Bible in the other. Maybe this idealized quiet time includes soft worship music playing in the background while watching the sun slowly rise.

We tend to have these ideas of what our time with God should look like, but what happens when the sound of silence is replaced by the crying baby, the roommate’s Zoom call, “Mom, I’m hungry...”, or texts from work demanding attention?

Corrie Gerbatz of Proverbs 31 writes about finding God within the day-to-day moments that many of us view as distractions from “real” quiet time. She says...

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We Want to Hear From YOU

One thing I’ve learned through 2020 is to still be looking for reasons to celebrate and find joy. With that, we want to celebrate one year (plus!) of publishing articles for our AAC women’s community! It’s been a vibrant first year of covering topics from motherhood, minimalism, blended families, recaps of AAC events, and leaving a legacy. Our women’s ministry team also wants to extend a thank you to the core blogger team that consistently shares their hearts and God’s truth through their gift of writing. Thank you Becky, Rachel, Katie, Nicole, Indigo, Elizabeth, Mindy, and our many guest writers!

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Humble Yourself and Fast: God’s Unpleasant Gift for Lancing Pride: Desiring God

To be honest, I didn’t quite understand the purpose of fasting or what abstaining from food had to do with my spiritual growth.

Maybe you’re asking similar types of questions. Perhaps you’ve heard that fasting is something that Christians do, but don’t quite understand why. Or maybe you’ve never even heard of fasting before.

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Encounter 2020 Recap

Thank you to the over 500 women who attended Encounter: A Weekend for Women in February! While we know that Lisa-Jo Baker’s stories and encouragement in friendship are still fresh in your mind, we hope everything learned at Encounter helps cultivate friendships for years to come.

Here are a few reflections from women who attended Encounter 2020:

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In It Together

Alliance PM, Appleton Alliance’s young adult ministry, recently celebrated its third summer of being a community where young adults in the Fox Cities meet together, learn more about God, and create authentic friendships over coffee and smores. As the slogan states, Alliance PM is a place where young adults are “In It Together”.

Are you or someone you know interested in learning more about Alliance PM? Anna Anvelink and Andrea Pennings who help organize weekly Alliance PM events share their experiences and what a typical Alliance PM event is like.

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May Soul Food Recap

Sometimes it’s hard to talk about anxiety. Many of us attach feelings of shame and guilt to our anxiety, making it an uphill battle to let anyone into our struggle. Suzan Myhre, who spoke at the AAC women’s May soul food event, brought a new atmosphere to the discussion of anxiety saying, “this is, believe it or not, one of my favorite topics.”

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Encounter 2019

Our AAC Women’s Ministry staff hopes you had a refreshing weekend with your girlfriends at Encounter: A Weekend for Women! Speaker Sharon Jaynes explained that even though we have lies thrown at us daily, through Christ we can capture those thoughts and be reminded of our identity as God’s daughter. We hope you carry this truth with you into the hustle of everyday life. Check out some highlights and comments from Encounter 2019 below.

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Girl Wash Your Face: A Response From a Former Goal Digger

I could see the balloon archway ahead. Although my wobbly legs were begging for just a moment of rest, I had to push through the final moments. 13 miles down, and .1 left to go.

Months of early morning jogs, two pairs of running shoes, and countless strawberry banana shakes had led me to the finish line. As I crossed and had a bulky medal placed around my neck, I felt a rush of pride in all my hard work finally paying off. But the rush didn’t last long and was soon replaced with okay, what’s next? I was a goal digger. I was ready for something new to add to my accomplishment list.

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