Pursuing God's Purpose and Promises For Women
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Greetings!

Welcome to Promise Helpers' March 2021 newsletter.

Spring is upon us! One of the most beautiful times of the year because we can see new growth in nature, green grass, wildflowers blooming; a sense of renewal both physically and spiritually. Are you excited? We will never forget Snowmageddon. Thank goodness that is in the past! Now we can look forward to brighter days and warmer temperatures. But what about your present, your now? What can you say about that? Is life going as well as you would like or expect? Whatever the case, are you praising the Lord throughout your present? Are you continuing to make 2021 the Year of Praise to the Lord? We love hearing from you, so feel free to click either the "Prayer" button or Facebook link below to tell us all the ways you are praising Him.

If at any time you need prayer, please contact Promise Helpers by clicking the "Prayer" button below or visiting our Facebook page to leave a message. We have mighty Prayer Warriors ready to stand in the gap on your behalf.
 
Overview for our March newsletter:

  • Registration for Pursuit 3.21: Hidden Treasures
  • Article "Past, Present, Future" by Debra Joyce
  • Music Video "Such An Awesome God" by Maverick City
  • 3 Ways To Quiet Your Mind So You Can Hear From God
  • What's Happening in Your Area?
  • Our Contact Information
We are down to the count for our spring retreat, Pursuit 3.21: Hidden Treasures! Have you registered to attend? We are expecting the Lord to do His incredible work throughout the weekend, and you do not want to miss out. The registration fee can be paid when you arrive on Friday, March 26th, so there is no reason to keep procrastinating with registration. Join us as we learn what hidden treasures are all about. Click the "Register Now" button below and plan to join us the last weekend of March 2021 as we find the hidden treasures in each of us.

It is not too late to join our 40-Day time of prayer and fasting for the retreat. Our prayer and fast will end on the Friday of retreat. Be a part of this portion of preparing for the weekend by bathing and covering the retreat in prayer. The enemy is looking for ways to be a hinderance in any way he can. It is a spiritual battle that is fought with prayer and the Word.

You can also be a blessing to Promise Helpers and other ladies who cannot financially afford to attend but would like to. Promise Helpers has many opportunities for you to be blessed and be a blessing by providing full or partial scholarships. Promise Helpers is a 501c(3) non-profit organization, so all donations are tax deductible. If you would like to be a part in changing the lives of ladies, click the "Donate" link below and you will be directed to Promise Helpers' PayPal page. Select "Retreats" for scholarship donations.


March 26th-28th, 2021
Glen Lake Retreat Center
1102 NE Barnard St.
Glen Rose, TX 76043

$135 includes all meals and lodging
Past, Present, and Future
by Debra Joyce
Greetings dear friends!!

Here we are just days away from celebrating Easter!! Can you believe it? The past year, 2020, has definitely brought about lots of changes, losses, challenges, and opportunities to move forward in a new normal; one we may recognize or not even begin to understand. 2021 has been a major roller coaster ride so far. What is happening to the world around us? It seems to have been another year of extremes.
HOLD ON!

‘Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day after day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working in us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things that are not seen. For the things that are seen are temporary. But the things which are not seen are eternal.“ 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18. This is truth!

Friends, we all know the devil is a LIAR! The past is the past. GONE! There is NO way to change the past. Yet, he wants to remind us of our losses, sins, sorrows, failures, shame and disappointments. It’s his trick to keep us looking back, instead of looking up and forward. We must let it go in order to be in the present. In the present we can be learning, healing, listening, growing into the woman God has created us to be. Preparing for those GOD moments and purposes He has planned for us. Lord willing, the choices we make in the present will affect our future the way HE intended. Yes! There is HOPE for each day. “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6: 8

This is the time of year we prepare to celebrate the greatest event known to mankind: The death, burial and RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD!! THE TRUTH! The ONLY reason for Easter is the salvation and eternal life given to us by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on that cross. The CHOICE Jesus made to follow the Father’s plan all the way to his death on the cross is the rest of the story. If He had made a different choice at any point, where would we be
today??

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek” Hebrews 6:19 NIV

Jesus is our Mediator, our Intercessor, our Savior. He is the ransom for our souls. He died on the cross for you and for me. My hope and my anchor will now and forever be Jesus. If your hope is in anything or anyone other than JESUS, then my friends, you are sadly mistaken and will lose hope.

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. “ Acts 4:12 NIV

HE, JESUS, should be our all, our everything, folks…just sayin'. Make this the day you CHOOSE HIM as your Lord and Savior. Talk with him, repent and receive HIM into your heart!

“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, Jesus Christ, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life to save us from our sins. “ John 3:16. NIV

“In our lives we have both battles and blessings. CHOOSE to allow GOD to fight your battles so that you can enjoy His blessings.”
Marilyn Waller

Blessings of JOY,

Debra Joyce
Music Video "Such An Awesome God"
by Maryanne J. George - Maverick City 

Click the circled triangle to play
3 Ways To Quiet Your Mind So You Can Hear From God

Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am God." The word "still" in this verse is a verb. Funny enough, stillness is something we DO. It is a practice, something that takes effort and intentionality on our part.

Stillness is the activity of letting go, relaxing, letting down your guard, relinquishing control, and sitting with all the shortcomings and undone things in your life.

In short, you could define stillness as doing NOTHING. Pssstt... did you realize there's a verb for doing nothing? Yes, my friend, there is such a thing and it's called being "still".

Now let's look at how we can work this discipline into the rhythm of our lives.

*Make it a daily discipline
  1. Choose a time and place for practicing stillness every day. Stillness is best done in solitude so be sure your time and place are secluded.
  2. Set a timer for ten minutes.
  3. Physically be still in your quiet place.
  4. Quiet and still your mind.
  5. Sit with your disappointments. Feel the reality of your limitations, letdowns, and everything that's undone. It really is okay!
  6. Offer this time to the Lord in faith. Tell Him you wish to deliberately acknowledge His sovereignty and control over your life. Invite Him to reveal Himself to you in the stillness and give Him the floor.
  7. Wait for the Lord. Don't go into your time with an agenda. Simply sit before Him. If worries and thoughts take your mind down a rabbit trail, simply tell yourself (gently!) this is not the time for that and again invite the Lord to speak.

*Practice a true Sabbath each week
  1. Don't schedule any work-related activities
  2. Completely unplug (yes, it is possible)
  3. Plan ahead for meals
  4. Attend worship
  5. Limit activities that are just for "pleasing yourself" (it's okay to be inactive!)
  6. Feed your soul with extra time in God's Word
  7. Take a nap!

*Take a monthly personal retreat
I've found it helpful to find stillness by planning downtimes throughout the year. Most of the time, I do these at home, so don't feel you have to get away to take a retreat! This is a time set aside for reflection, evaluation, and prayer. I use this as a time to NOTICE... what I'm feeling, how I may be disconnected with God or others, to my physical surroundings, to nature, to life.

Here are some ideas for holding a personal retreat.
  1.  Plan for at least 4 hours (up to 24 hours) of solitude and quiet.
  2.  Unplug!
  3. Take a journal. Pay attention to your internal state. Jot down what you discover. Do the same with your externals.
  4. Have a plan for reading (the Bible and/or other materials

By working stillness into your day, week, and year, you'll not only find more white space in your mind and heart, but also live in light of God's character and presence in your life. You'll be more quick to notice how He shows up in your life. You'll experience a deeper intimacy with Him as you rely on His strength and trust in His sovereignty.
What's Happening In Your Area
Clyde  
No activities at this time
      
Cross Plains
Tuesday mornings Bible study 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Tuesday evenings Bible study 6:30-8:00 p.m.
At the home of Connie Kirkham
Contact Connie Kirkham
              

Hamilton 
No activities at this time
Contact Alicia Saldaña


Parker/ Wise /Tarrant Counties 
No activities at this time
Fort Worth
Contact Debbie Barber
Contact Us
Call us (325) 893-3777
Our mailing and physical addresses:

PO Box 1104
222 Archer St.
Clyde, TX 79510
Promise Helpers is a non-profit Christian ministry for women that seeks to help women experience the fullness of God’s purpose and promises for them. Our desire is to bring women to a place of personal wholeness so they can bring wholeness to their marriages, homes, families and communities. Promise Helpers is women ministering to women, reminding one another of the promises of God and encouraging one another to implement those promises into their daily lives. The foundation of Promise Helpers is prayer, for apart from Jesus Christ we can do nothing.