Firstfruits began with an idea: How could women’s needs to gather with other women, experience God’s love and go forth more centered on their own giftedness and purpose be met? Then the Holy Spirit stepped in and something powerful happened!
In the beginning … Firstfruits began as a vision for a women’s ministry whose purpose was to gather women to experience God’s love. And as a result, be transformed!

As word spread about this unique opportunity, other parishes became interested in hosting a Firstfruits gathering. It became apparent to the founders of Firstfruits that this “gathering” needed to be moveable. We became known as a moveable feast of spiritual opportunities for women.

Coincidences

For the most part I don’t think there are many real coincidences. Yeah, I suppose when you show up at a dinner with the same dress as the woman sitting next to you, that might be a coincidence – and an embarrassment I might add! But to me, things happen for a reason.

Take, for instance, the time I was at eight o’clock daily mass, a little anxious because I was going back for a repeat mammogram later that morning. There was a density.

I got on my knees and prayed for the Blessed Mother’s intercession. Just as I finished my prayer, a gentleman came up to me and handed me a bag and said, “I want you to have this.” I opened the bag and in it was an 8×10 picture of the Blessed Mother that he had gotten on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje.

Coincidence? I think not. What comfort that brought me…that whatever I faced later that day, I knew my prayer had been heard, and that was all the assurance I needed.

Hmm…

Do you ever wonder how God does that? How does he make it so that our lives perfectly intersect with those who have just what we need, and just when we need it? Or how do we provide just what someone else needs just when they need it?

Coincidence? I don’t think so.

God’s love and provision? You bet.

Scripture Verses:

Exodus 13:21-22
The Lord preceded them, in the daytime by means of a column of cloud to show them the way, and at night by means of a column of fire to give them light. Thus they could travel both day and night. Neither the column of cloud by day nor the column of fire by night ever left its place in front of the people.

Matthew 9:20-22
A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, “if only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you ever experienced God’s provision through what appeared to be a coincidence?
  2. Have you ever been God’s provision for someone else?
  3. Think of someone you know who is suffering right now. How could you bring God’s provision to them?
  4. Do you believe in coincidences?

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Joan Carey, Firstfruits executive director, is an author and speaker with a passion for helping women grow in their relationships with God. Her Ponder This book contains a series of modern day parables sure to get you thinking about and seeing our extraordinary God in our ordinary experiences. Joan invites you to use resources on this website for daily reflection in your journey to grow in God's loving care for you.
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