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.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Did you ever stop and think about the similarities between the Wizard of Oz story and Christian discipleship? Look, – an unfulfilled farm girl is looking for happiness in the glitz and glamour of the carnival.

She’s on a path to disaster when her world is turned upside down (literally). She lands safely, but in a strange new world.

In this new life she finds a community of people willing to help her on her walk. She finds the way is made perfectly clear to her.

She finds an advocate in the good witch. Someone who helps her fight evil. Because evil does pursue her but can’t overpower her.

Hmm…

Isn’t that what Christian discipleship is all about? Sometimes God turns our world upside down to keep us from disaster. He offers us a new life in him. If we choose the new life, we have the Church, our community, to help us.

The way made clear to us. Jesus said “I am the Way.”

An advocate in the Holy Spirit, and victory over evil in Christ’s death.

Have you set out on the path of discipleship?

Or are you still in Kansas?

Strap on those ruby slippers and start skipping!

Scripture Verses:

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.”

John 14:16-17

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you.

Galatians 2:20

Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Has God ever shaken your world to get your attention?
  2. What do you think it means to be a disciple? Do you consider yourself a disciple?
  3. What keeps you from following Jesus more closely?
  4. What do you think it means when Jesus says “I am the Way?”
  5. What is your reaction when you hear the promise that we have a new life in Christ? Does that excite you, scare you, confuse you?

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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.