Editor’s Desk

You’ll-be-over-this-soon Hope

Hello, Friends! We’re back to posting at ufcwomen.blog, sharing a Thanksgiving post with you on this day before the holiday. We pray that “the God of hope may fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Silence & Solitude Day Retreat

Women of UFC, intentionally break away from your busy life and spend time with the Heavenly Father before you get swept away by the rush of the holidays. Join us Saturday, November 19 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at UFC Emerald Campus for Be Still, a silence and solitude day retreat. This is a free event. Please register today to reserve your spot.

UFC Women This Summer

Happy Summer! The temperatures are finally reflecting the season! We hope you’re enjoying the sunshine, finding some shade and air conditioning, and spending time with friends and family. Today’s post includes our summer schedule for the women of UFC.

Rooted in God’s Word Together

We, the women’s ministry team at UFC gathered with intentionality this past weekend to plan and to pray for the year ahead. As we worked, we spent time in prayer for each other and for you, the women whom we dearly love and desire to see grow closer to God and to one another in the months ahead.

Sabbath Study to Begin

On Monday here at ufcwomen.blog, we will launch Embracing God’s Rest, a 5-week study on sabbath rest, the God-given break in our busy lives that is meant to refresh and to strengthen us to do His good work. This mostly online study will continue through Friday, February 12. It’s not too late to sign up. Click here for the registration link.

Rest in What Brings Life

In our final post in this week’s series Cultivating Deep Roots, we’re looking at rest to ready ourselves for our January-February study Embracing God’s Rest. Sign up before Monday for this study!

Count Blessings

Counting blessings isn’t just for the month of November when our country celebrates Thanksgiving. Today we ask you whether you’ll embrace the daily practice of naming the ways God is blessing you.

Choose Good Friends

Who are your three? Today we’re looking at the importance of close friends as we remain rooted in the Lord.

Meditate Day and Night

Join us today for the second part of the weeklong series Cultivating Deep Roots based on Psalm 1.

Cultivating Deep Roots

The UFC women’s ministry team talks much about equipping and encouraging women to be rooted in God’s Word, for the one who is established in the ways of Jesus will continue to bear much fruit even when the hard days come (Jeremiah 17:7-8). As we look back on a year of hardship, look forward to a year of hope, and prepare for our upcoming study Embracing God’s Rest, set to begin next Monday, January 11, we think it’s fitting to review how we cultivate deep roots in the way of Jesus. Psalm 1 provides a beautiful outline for how to do this, so beginning today and running through Friday, we will look at one aspect of this psalm each day.

2021: Anchored in Hope

Happy New Year, Friends! We pray that you are anchored in Jesus, our hope, for 2021.

A Year in Words

Six words tell the story of UFC Women’s year. Read to review God’s provision in 2020. Read to be encouraged that each of us has the gift of hope to carry us into 2021.

A Year in Numbers

2020 1 year like no other 52 weeks of doing life with Christ 366 sunrises offering fresh mercies 293 sunsets replaying life altered by a virus UFC Women kicked off the year with 1 social media post of 3 words: Courage, dear heart. God knew our need for the courage He provides.  14 days into … Continue reading A Year in Numbers

Editor’s Desk: A Peek into Fall

What a joy it is to wrap up our Summer in the Psalms study today with a look back and a look ahead. Join us at ufcwomen.blog for more on what’s ahead for UFC Women this fall.

Preaching the Truth to Myself

Researchers tell us that 70 to 80 percent of our thoughts are consistently negative or rooted in lies, which tells us it’s incredibly important to preach God’s truth to ourselves — and to each other, especially as we face the coming months that loom with uncertainty. In today’s post, Jaime Sherman shares a simple exercise for resetting one’s thoughts on what is true and encourages us to Trust the Father! Don’t miss her post and resources at ufcwomen.blog.

Rhythms of the Seasons

Jamie Harms shares from the Editor’s Desk today a bit about “Spiritual Rhythms” by Mark Buchanan and encourages us to read the book for our next backyard book club, which will be held on Thursday, August 13.

Editor’s Desk: Visible and Invisible

Jaime Sherman writes today from the Editor’s Desk at ufcwomen.blog:

For many years, I wore a beautiful, invisible mask that disguised the broken pieces of my heart. I slipped it on to keep others from seeing the real me, but when I hid behind the mask’s shiny exterior, I knew I was an imposter faking fine. My heart longed to be free, to never be masked again, for as I was learning, a life lived behind an invisible mask, no matter how attractive, is exhausting to maintain and ultimately extinguishes the joys of a life lived in community.

One day I slowly started peeling back the layers of the unseen mask that held me captive. I invited a few safe sisters into my story — into the messiness, the sorrows, and the joys — to pray with me through the challenges I faced. While the process wasn’t always comfortable, living unmasked became easier in the company of these sweet women.

As I reflect on what life looks like today in a world stricken by a sometimes-deadly virus, I know how easy it would be for me to revert and to hide my raw emotions under the physical masks we are now asked to wear when we cannot maintain a safe distance from others. When I don’t consistently see my friends face to face, and when I don’t ask them to pray with and for me, it seems easiest to say I’m weathering this rocky season “just fine.” But I know this pattern encourages the imposter in me, not joy and life..

Editor’s Desk: Masks, Mandates and the Gospel

From the Editor’s Desk at ufcwomen.blog, Jamie Harms reflects on the statewide mandates that indoor groups must now be limited to 10 people and masks must be worn in public places, including outside if social distancing is not possible. You won’t want to miss this short, simple post on the greatest mandate of all that Jesus gave in Matthew 22 and our response to the statewide mandates that face us today.

Editor’s Desk: Bible Buddies

Happy Fourth of July, Ladies! Thanks for pausing with us for a few minutes on this day of celebration. You’ll find Jamie Harms at the Editor’s Desk today at ufcwomen.blog as she encourages you to check in with your Bible buddy as you read through the Psalms this summer.

Editor’s Desk: Thankful for You

In today’s post from the Editor’s Desk, Jamie Harms shares how thankful she is for those who have rallied during this very different season to love and to support the women of UFC. Find the post at ufcwomen.blog.

Summer Reads and More

In Jamie Harms’ post today at ufcwomen.blog, read about our Backyard Book Club, a Thursday fellowship time at the Barn, and this week’s Psalms reading.

Writing in My Bible

In today’s post at ufcwomen.blog, women within our church community share snapshots of the pages of their Bibles. Some of the pictures show pages clear of pen and pencil marks. Other pictures display pages heavy with notes, while still others are covered with colorful artwork. We hope you’ll be encouraged that no right or wrong way exists for how to record God’s faithfulness and our growth in Him. For those of you who do enjoy writing in your Bibles or want to give it a try, you’ll find a list of some of Jaime Sherman’s favorite journaling Bible resources at the end of the post.

Image Bearers

A man was killed in our nation last week by the very people who were supposed to protect and defend him. In response, protests and riots have erupted in almost every major city as people cry out for justice and racial reconciliation. In the wake of this death and others in recent days, anger has swelled into action, some peaceful and some not. The call is for change and an end to oppression, and I keep asking myself how Christ followers should process events like these. How can we reflect God’s image to an angry and divided world? I am reminded that God’s justice is founded in the love of His law. (Click the link to read the full post from Jamie Harms.)

Editor’s Desk: The Gospel and Our Lives

In our Saturday series “A Note From the Editor’s Desk,” Jamie Harms shares her thoughts on how UFC Women can grow together in God’s Word this summer. Find the full post along with a Psalms reading schedule and other resources at ufcwomen.blog.