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.

If I Had the Courage

My uncle Lee was one of those people who talked about God as if he were sitting right next to him. God was his constant companion.

This seemed a little strange to me at first. My idea of God was that he was up in heaven somewhere, busy with the really important stuff.

But my uncle Lee helped me see that wasn’t the case. I admired him for doing that. It left a lasting impression on me, probably helped me cultivate the deep faith I have now.

It took a lot of courage on his part. He risked sounding foolish because of his love for his God.

Hmm…

What would I say if I had that kind of courage and could get beyond the embarrassment? Here is what I would tell you:

I’d tell you about the time I went on a retreat and as I was pulling out of the driveway I actually said to God, “Come on, we’re going away for the weekend.” And I was really excited about it.

Or I’d tell you about the time I went golfing and my partner didn’t show up. It was a beautiful day so I decided to golf anyway, and I asked God to accompany me. I talked to him as I strolled the fairways and it felt great.

Ah, but I just can’t. It’s too embarrassing.

What would you tell me, if you had the courage?

Scripture Verses:

Acts 5:40-42
After recalling the apostles, they had them flogged, ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus, and dismissed them. So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Messiah, Jesus.

Matthew 28:20
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What would you tell us – if you had the courage?
  2. How has God revealed himself to you in your everyday life?
  3. Have you ever risked sounding foolish or suffered ridicule for God?
  4. Why is it so hard for us to share our revelations of God with others?
  5. Who do you know that witnesses their faith powerfully?

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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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