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Jesus is Her Priceless Pearl
Mary Anoints Jesus
John 12:1-8
(paraphrased)

"Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. Judas Iscariot said, "Why was this ointment not sold for 300 denarii and given to the poor?" He did not care about the poor but was a thief. Jesus said, "Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.""
Mary knew Jesus and understood his value in her life. Nothing and no one else even remotely compared to him. To put the expense of this perfume in perspective, it was about equivalent to over $30,000 today.

Others, like Judas, saw this as a waste. Jesus did not and neither should we. He told those watching in disgust to leave her alone. He wanted her to keep this sacrificial love, pure joy, and intense devotion for him especially as he was soon to be facing his death. He would not always be on earth. He's not here now. But he's alive and coming back. Are we seeking and yearning for him with this same affection?

In the words of John Piper, "Jesus wants you to waste your life like Mary wasted her perfume. For it is no true waste. It is true worship. A poured out life of love for Jesus that counts worldly gain as loss displays how precious he really is. It preaches to a bewildered, disdainful world that Christ is gain and the real waste is gaining the world's perfumes and losing one's soul in the process (Matthew 16:26)."

Jesus truly is our priceless pearl that matters more than any thing or any person we have or will have in this life. Is Jesus your priceless pearl?
Winning Women Spotlight
CHAUNTIEL SMITH

Chauntiel is soon to be an official graduate of Indiana Tech here in Fort Wayne. However, she is already pursuing her God-given dream of starting her own sports agency and being His light to the people she builds relationships with and works with. No matter what might try to hold her back, she is keeping her eyes on her future home with Jesus Christ in heaven. In the meantime, she is out to make a difference with the calling on her life. Right now, it's running Capture Sports Agency and helping men and women basketball players play overseas. It's a blessing for Winning Women to come alongside her and be a part of her journey as a female sports agent. To read more of her story, check out her blog below!
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Our blog is officially up and running! Be sure to check it out on our website. One post for coaches' wives is already up and then click below to read a blog by Chauntiel, "My Faith Journey as a Female, African American Sports Agent Starting an Agency."

Upcoming Events
Conference for High School and College Girls

April 8-9, 2016
Madison Park Church of God
6607 Providence Drive, Anderson, IN 46013
Registration only $25!
(not including overnight stay in hotel)

FCA Women in Sport Retreat

May 13-15, 2016
The Shores Resort and Spa
Daytona Beach, FL
Speaker: Eva Whittington Self
Worship Leader: Honey Swihart

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Reconciling the male and female relationship
WE'RE ASKING MEN IN SPORTS:
How can we, as females in sports, better come alongside you in your role that brings glory to God and works for the good of His kingdom on earth?


From a High School Football Coach:
It's difficult to talk to women who want to talk to me as a coach. I want them to know they are important to me, but they need to understand the timing at which they talk with me and how they talk with me is important. Discernment is key. I do not have enough time in the day to accomplish everything needed to be done but do my best while keeping my wife, family and their son or daughter first. They should guard their thoughts and speech when it is negative towards me or my decision making in front of their son or daughter. Pray for me as I lead these athletes. It is difficult knowing I have many young eyes looking up to me, and I desire to coach them to be the successful young men and women we all want them to be.

How eye-opening and helpful this is. For a mom talking to a coach of her son or daughter, timing and attitude is so important. There is a lot on a coach's plate, including his own family. He's planning, preparing, and on the road a lot during a sports season. Wait to approach him about an issue at the proper time whether in person, over the phone, or in writing.

A coach loves what he does if he's chosen to be a coach. He won't be perfect at it. He desires to do the best he knows to do even if it could be done better. Respect that position. Let him coach our sons and daughters. If we see an area we think he could improve on or should know about, and desire to try to help him be the best he can be, approach him with a humble and gentle attitude rather than as a coach ourselves.

Also, it is good for our sons and daughters to go through some tough experiences with their coach (or even teachers) as it teaches them how to handle tough situations that will come their way throughout life.
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