You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 NIV
In this passage are hidden jewels. First, it says we are the light of the world. Not that we might be but that we are the light. As a disciple or follower of Jesus we are light in a dark world. We are that city on a hill. Our actions and words should always point others to Jesus. Second, the life we have received through Jesus is to shine outwardly so others can see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven.
Sometimes our lights burn brightly and at times they may be dim. They burn the brightest when we stay connected to the source. We are different from the world and we have what they need. People need Jesus. They are searching and wanting something they cannot find in the darkness of this world. Light dispels darkness! By sharing Jesus, we share light and hope.
So, child of God, SHINE, SHINE, SHINE!
The WM Team
We sure have missed your faces and our times to come together for events. Please be sure to visit our Upcoming Events tab – we have some events in the works!
A Confident Heart Bible Study – Intro/Book Distribution – August 18th, Study begins August 25th
Girlfriends Night Out – September 11th
Craft Night – Paint & Praise – October 16th
Ornament Swap – December 12th
Stay tuned as events are subject to change due to the current conditions of COVID-19. Our desire is to offer events while following CDC guidelines and to provide a safe environment to fellowship.
The WM Team
HOPE. It is something we all want and need…yet so many don’t have it. I was counted among that number. I want to simply share how I have hope. Maybe right now you can relate. My life had ups and downs – things happened I just did not understand. Hurts, loss and disappointment. Even now things happen I don’t understand but I have hope. How? Through the love of the Cross. God reached down through His Son and told me, “I love you” and offered me life in Him. I came to realize things I did were wrong in God’s eyes and I needed Him. No matter how much wrong I had done He would welcome me just as I was into His family. That alone was mind blowing. I accepted God’s offer of love and forgiveness and now, even though things occur I don’t understand, I have hope and His Name is JESUS. Maybe you have questions. Maybe you want to know more. Please call 803-359-2681 and ask for Pastor Jeff, Pastor Mike or Pastor Matt. #hope
We had such a great time at our 2020 Ladies’ Brunch! Mrs. Jean Padgett shared a powerful message to us about cleaning all of the “junk” out of our attic (our spiritual attic!). And the food and fellowship were simply the best. Thank you to everyone who joined us.
You know everyone makes a big deal over the super bowl. Well the game of life is not once a year but each day. I want to give a shout out to all parents who are everyday trying to instill values into the lives of their children. It can be overwhelming at times and those who are single parents feel that even more. You start with a foundation and then you build on it everyday in some way that encourages them to respect others and themselves.
Building core life values ensuring the foundation is strong. Let’s face it we all need help to navigate this parenting race and take care of this wonderful new and precious life that has been entrusted to us.
Those parents who have a personal relationship with Jesus have Him in their corner and they can call on Him anytime and look to Him for guidance and wisdom and discernment. It is not easy. The world throws everything it can at them and you as you desire to bring them up in the right way. It takes perseverance and courage to stand against all the shouts of the world. You have one of the hardest and most rewarding positions.
On those days when you feel battle worn remember you can stand on truth and against evil and they will learn and stand also. Will there be times in your parenting that you get it wrong? Yes, but with God’s grace and strength you can stay the course and run the race. You are super stars!
The WM Team
We had another successful and fun ornament swap! Gale shared an amazing devotion with us about cleaning up our spiritual house and giving all of our scars and hurts to Jesus. We enjoyed so many yummy foods. And then we shared a ton of laughs during the ornament swap!
I am a princess. That’s right. And if you are a woman and a child of God, you are too. We are daughters of a King. The mightiest King of the mightiest Kingdom. And as such, how should we be living, behaving and serving?
Let’s think about it in the sense of royalty. A royal princess who takes her position and power seriously must do certain things. She first of all does everything in her power to serve her King – after all, it’s her father! She obeys him, honors him and serves to bring him praise and honor.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. ~ 1 Peter 2:9
She serves her people – her family and the people of her kingdom. She knows that she is a goodwill ambassador for her king and kingdom. She is to be a good role model for everyone to see. She serves; oh, she serves in so many ways. But her reach goes so much further. She has the ability to impact more than her kingdom. She can do things to serve the world. And the whole world is watching her. Some people of the world will focus on her good. Others will be holding her under a microscope just waiting for a moment to catch her when she fails. The paparazzi want to find that juicy story and tear her down. There will be people who will mock her, try to hurt her, try to ultimately tear her and her family apart. Yet she holds her head high for her people and the entire world to see. She will not give in. She will fight until the end to protect her kingdom. Why? Because she loves her father and she loves her people, especially her family.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. ~ 1 Peter 3:3-4
Now apply this to your life. What are you doing to honor your King? How are you serving your people? Are you a goodwill ambassador for the world to see? When the naysayers and Satan attack you, do you hold your ground and keep your head held high? Yes, we will make mistakes. Although we are royalty, we are still human. When we fall, when we fail, it’s how we respond that matters. Let the world see a humble servant’s heart that isn’t afraid to say “I was wrong,” and, “I’m sorry.” As princesses, we need to treat each other like the special women we truly are. Let’s not be doing things that will tear each other down or bring disgrace upon us. Let’s hold our heads high and encourage each other to be who we were meant to be.
The WM Team
Is your well empty? Is it just a sprinkle and not free flowing? Are you tired, not physically but spiritually? Not tired or weary of doing good but tired of stuff? You’ve been in the boxing ring so long with just short breaks you feel you are in the tenth round barely standing – and the enemy is poised with a right hook ready to land it on your jaw and down you go for the count. Ever been there? We all have! As a parched garden perks up and produces its fruit once it receives life giving water, so it is with our soul. If a farmer neglects his garden, it will dry up and the fruit withers. If we neglect the garden of our soul, then we become parched and there is nothing to offer our LORD and give to others.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? ~ Psalm 42:2
We can be doing good things – sitting with someone at the hospital, visiting someone who is ill or have lost a loved one, helping with a mission project. The list could go on but the answer to the tenth round no matter how we arrived there is to stop, call on Jesus, and drink! Maybe you have just been sipping from THE WELL and now you need an IV inserted to let it run into you.
When I was little I use to crawl up on my mama’s lap and lean back into her arms. Can you picture yourself crawling up into your heavenly Fathers lap, leaning back into his arms, and allowing Him to refresh you by breathing Him in? Sitting quietly with Him, confessing, and then life giving water being poured into you. You STAND firmly now in that tenth round and the enemy is sent on his way.
Father, how we thank you and are grateful that you are just a whisper away when we find ourselves in the tenth round. Thank you that you LORD are in that boxing ring with us. Just as the boxer must sometimes be reminded to pay attention to his everyday thoughts and ways, so it is with us. LORD we know no matter how we got to the tenth round YOU can take it and grow us so we can continue to produce fruit for You and Your kingdom. In the precious name of Jesus this is lifted to you. Amen!
The WM Team