Monday, December 8, 2014

December, 2014

Merry Christmas, lovely ladies!

The birth of our Lord Jesus is an amazing event to celebrate!  God the Father gave up His precious only son, giving Him to the likes of us to provide what not one of us deserves.  Can you imagine the feeling of sending your beloved child to a place where only a few would welcome him, knowing he would be mistreated and brutally killed?  Can you comprehend the love behind a sacrifice like that?

The very least we can do this Christmas season is slow down enough to focus on The Light that we're celebrating.  He's done SO much for us--let's not forget about Him in the hustle and bustle and expectations and stress and family issues and . . . anything else that might distract us from Him.

While you're here, check out Julie O.'s interview with Dee Hurtle and my Christmas devotional called The Light, Our Light.  If you're new to the SGC Women's blog, there are a few years' worth of articles in the tabs above and in the archives on the right side of this page.  Enjoy!

You are Loved,
Laurie Ness, Editor

Monday, November 3, 2014

November, 2014


Hi, lovely ladies!

Welcome to a brand new season of SGC Women's blog, where our mission is to encourage ladies of all ages to choose joy during the cold months of fall and winter.  Whether you're new here or have been reading for years, we are glad you're here!  This ministry began years ago as a printed publication for the women of Sugar Grove Church, in Goshen, Indiana, and morphed into this blog, available to women all over the world.  Our main purpose has remained the same, though:  To provide you with encouragement until spring arrives.

This month, you won't want to miss Julie O.'s interview with Rolonda Graber in the Life Stories column.  My encouragement from the Word, "The Passive Gossiper," can be found in the At His Feet column.  For information on women's events and Bible studies, please check out the SGC website!

Can you take a moment to encourage each other by telling us one thing you're thankful for this month?  Just comment below. :)

You are loved,
Laurie Ness, Editor



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 2014


Well, we made it through the long, long winter, didn't we?  Spring hasn't "sprung" completely, but we can probably safely say we are past the days of snow and cold every day.

This is the most wonderful time of the year, when we celebrate our risen Savior, who brought us hope eternal with the most deeply sacrificial act anyone has ever done for anyone else.  And He did this knowing that He didn't deserve to die and that we could never deserve His gift.  That's the purest love possible.  He loves us!

He loves you!

This is the last edition of WoW Connect! for this season.  Be sure to catch Julie's interview with Joyce Miller in the Life Stories column and my devotional, When He Called Her Name, in the At His Feet column.  Over on the right side of this page, there are archived articles on various topics if you care to peruse. :)

Enjoy your spring and summer, which I'm sure we all will appreciate a little more this year, and, Lord willing, we will see you back here in the fall!

You are loved,
Laurie Ness, Editor

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March, 2014


Oh, ladies, we're almost there!  It's March!  Surely we'll be seeing signs of spring before long.  All winter long, I've kept thinking about Laura Ingalls Wilder's book, The Long Winter, and realizing how we really don't have it all that bad!

So, let's enjoy our warm drinks and fireplaces and moonlit snow and snuggly blankets a little longer, thanking the One who provided them for us.

While you're here, be sure to check out Julie's interview with Jayme Yoder and this month's devotional, A Dust Bunny and a Star.  Click on the Archives at the right of this page for articles on various topics.

Enjoy, sisters!

You are loved,
Laurie Ness, Editor


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February, 2014



Well, it's been quite a winter so far, hasn't it?  It's easy to feel like we're "done" with winter and wonder where spring is.  But I've been telling myself lately that God is not done with winter yet, and He's in charge!  We don't know or understand all that He is doing through this long, rather harsh winter.  We just feel the cold, experience the cumbersomeness of bundling up every time we need to go out, and dread the driving on slick roads.  But there's an entire realm we have little knowledge of, where God is working and doing unimaginable things even through this season we find so easy to complain about.

Maybe . . . maybe we could choose to look at the beauty of the pure whiteness around us, reminding us of how clean our Jesus has made our hearts when we could do NOTHING to clean ourselves.  Maybe we can appreciate the silent nights, where no cricket or frog will drown out the stillness and we can quiet our hearts and listen to what the Spirit is trying to say to us.  Maybe we can sit by the fire or by a heating vent and surrender our hearts, minds, bodies, attitudes, future . . . our EVERYTHING . . . to the Father.

Maybe we can encourage each other to choose JOY!  :)

Maybe we should.

In the meantime, wrap your hands around a warm, delicious mug of something and read Julie's interview with Karen Marvel and my devotional, The Key of Self-Control.  For many other good reads, click on the archived columns on the right side of this page.

Spring is coming!  It is!  Let's wait for it with eager anticipation while living our lives fully right now. :)

You are loved,
Laurie Ness
Editor

Sunday, January 5, 2014

January, 2014



Happy New Year, lovely ladies!  The snow is swirling frantically outside my window, and I can't help hoping you're all inside, too, sipping tea or reading a good book. :)  Now we start the longest part of winter, but it doesn't have to be dreary.  We at WoW Connect! want to encourage you to hang on to the hope of spring, which always follows winter, even as you live fully in the present moment.  God has a good reason for the now, happy or sad, and is using it for our good and His glory!  Draw close to Him, my friends!  Read His Word, talk to Him, and take quiet moments to listen.

Julie's interview for this month was with the delightful Marie Schrock--be sure to check it out in the Life Stories column!  My devotional, What We All Need, is a pretty quick read, but hopefully offers some biblical encouragement for this month and every month.  You can find that in the At His Feet column.  The archived columns at the right side of this page offer articles for different interests and issues.

Stay warm, inside and out! :)

You are loved,
Laurie Ness
Editor

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December 2013


Merry Christmas, women of worth!  Happy Birthday to the One who gives you worth.  You are precious to Him!

Let's choose not to stress ourselves out so much that we "don't have time" to celebrate Jesus.  Let's help direct the attention of those around us to Jesus instead of selfish greed.  He brings so much more genuine satisfaction than any material thing ever could!

This month, Julie Overholt brings us an interview with Sarah Smith in our Life Stories column.  My devotional, His Favorite Birthday Present, is in the At His Feet column.  Check out the other tabs above for upcoming events, or read archived articles about fitness, motherhood, great books, and other topics by clicking on the archives on the right side of this page.

Have a beautiful Christmas season, ladies!

You are loved,
Laurie Ness
Editor