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Resources for a Fresh Start

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Like so many of the women I have talked with lately, fall is my most treasured season.

Yes, I love the changing colors, pulling my sweaters out of retirement, and cinnamon apple cider, but the best thing about fall is the feeling of a new beginning.

One of my favorite authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald, puts it best saying, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

A typical fall reset may look like sending kids back to the classroom, decluttering the house, and for our AAC women, starting Bible studies again.

We are so excited to welcome you back with studies on Zoom and in-person beginning the week of October 4th, but we also recognize that this is not a typical reset season for many of our AAC women.

For the college student trying to balance online classes and an unpredictable work schedule, we see you.

For the mom learning what it means to homeschool and work herself, we see you.

For any woman that is trying to make sense of an ever-changing “normal”, we see you.

We understand that this may not be a season when you are able to join us for Bible study, but we believe that this can still be a season of reset and growing closer to the Lord.

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.  

*Additionally, if you are unable to join study but need prayer, please contact our team at women@aac.church. We want to support you!

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Are You a Hammer or a Paintbrush?

I’m a huge advocate for drawing on God’s Word to train our kids. The Bible makes it clear: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16–17). Amen! The Bible is our source of wisdom—yes, by all means, let’s apply it to our children’s lives!

In doing so, though, we need to ensure we’re using Scripture not just to convict but also to equip and encourage. Think of it as the difference between a hammer and a paintbrush. One pounds holes in the wall; the other transforms it.

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Get Connected This Fall!

Walking by faith, we have carefully, prayerfully, and thoughtfully made our plans- the result being a different look for ministry and connection. It could be difficult, uncomfortable, and not "normal”. Instead of throwing up your hands in frustration or despair, we only ask that you give God an opportunity to see what He can do in your life during these unprecedented times in the most unusual ways. His purposes for you are unstoppable; His love unfathomable! Corona is not king... Jesus is LORD of all!

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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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Riptide

Sisters, when we take our focus off our own worries, we have the head-space and heart-space to think of others. While we have genuine and real concerns, many around the globe are struggling for their daily bread and for their very lives. In places hardest hit by the pandemic, our Alliance family is working to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people. One place that is close to my heart is the little country of Kosova. The Kosovar people have limited health care, a struggling economy, and the emotional stress of a prolonged and almost complete shutdown. More than ever, they need to know God loves them and to understand the eternal hope we have in Jesus Christ.

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