As women we have so many demands placed on us... wife, mother, daughter, career woman, stay-at-home mom, friend... our lives are filled with daily duties and expectations from others that all too often, we don't take time to know who we really are and what we were really created to be. There's this place deep inside that longs for something or someone, and we end up trying to fill that hunger with anything that seems to satisfy it... at least for a time... and then it's back again.

Our husbands are clueless. They recognize that something's missing, and all they know is that no matter how hard they try, they can't fill that need...

 

Our families feel the pressure it creates, but they are consumed with fulfilling their own needs...

Our girlfriends can identify with the feeling, and every once in a while you meet a woman who not only knows what you're talking about, she completely identifies with that longing...

So, what is it?

Perhaps it's best described in the story of Martha and Mary.

These two sisters really loved Jesus and would often have Him and His disciples in their home.

Can you imagine having Jesus to dinner?

Everything would have to be perfect: the food... the house... the decorations... your outfit...

And when He finally arrived, Martha wasn't done making everything perfect.

She was still fussing with things in the kitchen...

But Mary just stopped everything and sat down at the feet of Jesus to listen...

And that's it.

That's the thing that's missing in our lives...

We're longing for Him... for Jesus.

We're longing for the time to just sit and listen...

We're longing for the time to Hear His Voice...

We're hungry to share His Presence, in the center of our homes and our lives, with our family, friends and loved ones... We just need more of Him!

So whether it's a weekly women's home group, or a lady's retreat... a fondue party, BBQ, or homeschool outing...at CCF our women take the time to make Jesus the Center... We just take the time to "Come Away, My Beloved" (from the Song of Solomon) and to drink deeply of His Presence.

And then, refreshed and renewed, we pour Him out to our husbands, our children, our family, our friends and our co-workers... and who we are and what He has called us to be and do becomes more focused, more balanced, and much more enjoyable!

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