Author: Susan Peters

Strength and Dignity

The theme Scripture for our Women’s Ministry is Proverbs 31:25, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” There is so much unrest in our world that can produce anxiety, feelings of being overwhelmed, and we can be more aware of how we are failing than where we are doing okay.

WE BELIEVE GOD WANTS MORE FOR US AS WOMEN.

God wants us to walk in His strength and be empowered by the dignity He puts on us.

WHAT IS STRENGTH?

Most of us do not feel very strong. We feel weak as a mom, as a friend or even as an employee. We can be so bombarded in our minds by the many ways we are not measuring up that it can be hard to hold on to peace and real joy. God says in Ephesians 6:10, “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” We believe God wants us to exchange our weakness for His strength. It is not the “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” strength, but an exchange that in our weakness, He has made us strong.

I love Philippians 4:13 particularly in the Amplified version, “I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]” We can do what we need to do in Jesus’ strength. We do not have to be weak and intimidated by the enemy.

WHAT IS DIGNITY?

Webster defines dignity as, “the quality or state of being worthy, honored or esteemed.” God not only wants to put strength on us as women, but He puts esteem, dignity and worth on us. We are a child of the King. We are His daughters that are valuable and beautiful, and display His glory in unique ways. Sometimes abuse, low self-esteem, poverty or past sins can make us feel unworthy and far from being a woman of dignity, but Jesus payed a high price for us to give Him our shame and sin and to receive the amazing dignity as women of God. The dignity God puts on us is not dependent on us, it’s about Him alone. We have to receive this truth and hold our head high as mighty women of God who are full of dignity.

CAN WE REALLY LAUGH AT THE DAYS TO COME?

Because God never changes, He is faithful, loving, kind, forgiving and works all things in our lives for good. We can look with positive expectation of good to our futures. Troubles will come in this life, but we can have the nearness of Jesus whether it is a good season or a rough one. He holds all things in His hands and this life is short compared to eternity where there will be no more sorrow or tears. Therefor we can laugh at the days to come because He is there and He is enough. Nothing catches Him by surprise.

This Friday and Saturday, November 10th – 11th Lisa Bevere, renown author and international speaker will be our guest speaker at our annual Women’s Conference. She believes in women and empowers them by weaving the practical with the profound truth of God’s Word. We are confident these encouraging messages will empower you to flourish as women of God. It is always such a powerful time when women of all ages come together to worship, pray and hear the Word of God. We would love to see you there! The cost is $35 and you can register here. Online registration closes Wednesday night.

By Susan Peters – Antioch Women’s Ministry and UnBound Director

Being an Advocate

Advocate defined means: a person who pleads for or on behalf of another; intercessor.

God has given us a wonderful ministry in UnBound, Antioch’s anti-human trafficking initiative, and we have been able to advocate for kids in desperate situations. Last week we were able to place a victim in a safe house to begin the process of healing and restoration. It was amazing to see so many people advocating on her behalf. There were dozens of phone calls, hours of driving and lots of prayers prayed by UnBound staff and volunteers. Now, this precious 16 year old arrived safely at an aftercare home that is equipped to meet her needs and begin her journey toward healing. This happened because the people of God were compelled by His compassion to advocate for her.

Our team often asks, “Where would she be if we were not here to advocate for her?” Like many others, she was in a place where she could not help herself. She did not have the resources or ability. It is an honor to be her advocate and be a part of God’s restoration in her life, but this is just like Jesus.

The Holy Spirit is our advocate.

We do not have to figure things out on our own; we have a helper, an advocate to help us.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever” John 14:16

— Some versions of this verse says “He will give you a helper.”

What do you need help with today?

God wants to help you. He did not design this life for you to have to figure things out by yourself. He longs to talk with you every day about what concerns you and give you his comfort, wisdom and help.

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

Again, God is telling us we can find help when we come to Him.

Where can you advocate for someone?

You were made to be an advocate and help others in need! You can do that in a variety of ways. Consider volunteering with UnBound, STARS, Grace House or Mercy House and advocate for God’s best in vulnerable people’s lives.

 

By Susan Peters, Adult Pastor and Unbound National Director

 

She Can Laugh

We had such an incredible time this past Friday night as we gathered together for our Women’s Night.

Listen to Susan’s message from Women’s Night.

Our women are vulnerable, overcomers and supportive of one another. We are looking forward to laughing at the days to come together – to getting our laugh back as we live fully alive in where Jesus has us today.

God desires that all women flourish and be built up so they can impact their world. As women, we wear many different hats depending on our circumstances and seasons of life. We are single, married, moms, teachers, taxi drivers (or it seems), caregivers, physicians, grandmothers, widows and so much more. One of my favorite scriptures in regard to women has always been:

“The Lord gives the word [of power]; the women who bear and publish [the news] are a great host.” Psalm 68:11 AMP

God is calling all His people to represent Him to the world, which so desperately needs to know His love. I believe there is a special impact women can make because we are nurturers by nature and our lives touch so many spheres of people. I am often asked, “How can I make a difference?” or, “Is what I am doing making a difference?”

 I have come to the conclusion that as we spend time with Jesus and grow in Him, He empowers us right where we are.

It is when we are fully aware of His presence and His ability to anoint our ordinary, that we do extraordinary things in Him. Most of our lives are packed full of the ordinary chores in life, but our God is extraordinary!

We are so excited for what God is stirring in the Antioch Women’s Ministry for this next year. We have fall, spring and summer corporate events planned as well as a variety of Bible studies, and the continuation of our gatherings offered to moms of young children and single moms.

There are lots of places to be involved and serve, so come and be a part of Antioch Women’s Ministry. Together we will be empowered by God to be the women He has called us to be.

Ask the Lord, “How would you have me serve and be a part of building up the women in our community?

By Susan Peters, Adult Pastor and Women’s Ministry