It was a full house at Marketplace Women's first Vital Connections Breakfast of 2019! The topic was "Costly Grace." After enjoying a delicious breakfast, the group had very inspiring discussions on the difference between cheap grace and costly grace. "In the face of fame, influence, we unconsciously abandon our Christian principles." Cheap Grace = Using grace to compromise our behavior or lower the standard of God. Costly Grace = To give my life to Christ is to give it away.
Marketplace Women gathered on Friday, December 7th for their 13th Annual Christmas Tea, an elegant evening of celebration, conversation and Christmas Cheer! With a table filled with delectable treats, a selection of heavenly teas and inspiring table talk based on Philippians 4:4, about how we can REJOICE in the Lord in all circumstances, the evening was a very special way to start the Christmas Holiday.
Marketplace Women started the day bright and early at their monthly Vital Connections Breakfast. Starting with prayer over the names on our Prayer Canvas, networking and a delicious breakfast, attendees moved into an inspiring and motivating discussion on Extraordinary Love and intentionally loving those who may be hard to love in the workplace. "We become in our lives what we do with our love!" (Bob Goff in Everybody Always)
Marketplace Women enjoyed a very thoughtful morning sharing and collaborating on the subject of what it means to be anchored in all parts of our lives. There are many challenges to staying anchored in the things of the Lord and to constantly distinguishing our roles from our selves. From "Leadership on the Line" - "There is a long term value of distinguishing role from self; roles end. We need anchors to keep us from being swept away by the distractions, the flood of information, the tensions and temptations."
Marketplace Women enjoyed a fun and relaxing evening of food, drink and inspired creativity at Tuesday’s Summer Gathering which officially kicked off the 2018-2019 season. The Ladies were introduced to this year’s theme of “Being Anchored” and overriding scripture, Hebrews 6:20, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” The highlight of the evening was a chance to create signs with inspiring messages and picture to keep or to give as gifts. The room was filled with great energy and great anticipation as to how God will use Marketplace Women in the Marketplace this coming year!
Marketplace Women gathered early morning for May's Vital Connection Breakfast and to collaborate around the topic of "Glorifying God in the Workplace." It was an inspirational morning of remembering how God uses each of us to touch others in our place of work and how important it is to keep our minds focused on what is really important during the work day.
Marketplace Women met bright and early for the April Vital Connections Breakfast for a collaborative session on what it takes to move from “Exhausted to Energized.” It was agreed that Exhaustion is NOT a status symbol and that it is important to heed warning signs. We must be intentional about taking care of self and making sure that we are living the way God created us to live…“connected to Him, energized by our daily activities and striving to be the very best we can!” – PropelWomen.org
Marketplace Women gathered this morning for our monthly Vital Connections Breakfast and a lively discussion on Workplace Conflict. Two of the main reasons for conflict are communication and emotion and as Christian women in the Marketplace, it is important for us to remember that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, authorities and spiritual forces of evil. (Ephesians 6:12) "Behind the biggest battles are the biggest blessings!"
At the February Vital Connections Breakfast, Marketplace Women dove into the subject of the differences between men and women. The lively group discussed pros and cons of the differences and how to best work together to build the kingdom of God. It was a fun morning of collaborating!
Marketplace Women started 2018 with the important topic of Human Business. Just because someone isn't on your path, doesn't mean they are lost," and it is important to remember that everyone has a story. Creating a human-centric business is good for business and an important part of building the kingdom!
KEY REMINDERS for us:
- Intentionally look for the story in others.
- Be in tune and adjust.
- Be a “grace giver”… (but to do that we must first fully receive God’s grace on ourselves)
Marketplace Women gathered on Friday, December 8th for their 12th Annual Christmas Tea, an elegant evening of celebration, conversation and Christmas Cheer! With a table filled with delectable treats, a selection of heavenly teas and inspiring table talk based on Ephesians 3:20, about what it means to believe BIG in what God can do, the evening was a very special way to start the Christmas Holiday.
Marketplace Women gathered bright and early for breakfast and a collaborative session on simplified approaches to our lives. While a filled schedule can give us a sense of purpose, we need to have a well-intended response to the world’s demands of self-sufficiency, individualism and performance. Discussions centered on the “multiplier” principle to our schedules (see video below), knowing our weak spots and steps we could take today to live more attentively to the voice of Jesus in our schedules. One resource we discussed was a personal confession like the one in the book "Prayers That Avail Much for Women" by Germaine Copeland. What a great way to start the month!