Monthly Challenges by WCIC Greater Phoenix Area Sisters

October, 2013

Chosen as Examples for Christ by Elaine Pope

I came to Women’s Christians in Commerce (WCIC) because someone invited me. I stayed because I found encouragement, challenge, and acceptance. I found community! Christian community is distinct from all other forms of community because we are chosen, we are Christ’s and we are bound together by the Holy Spirit in love, acceptance, encouragement and our mission. Read more....

August, 2013

Trust in the Lord by Barb Ewing

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord. Those words are easy to say, but sometimes so hard to put into practice. For the past 30 years, I have worked as a Medical Sales Representative. As such, I am expected to be very self-motivated and driven to succeed. For many of those years I believed that it was totally up to me to “make things happen”. Read more....

July, 2013

The Challenge of Distraction: Unplugging from Technology and Plugging into “The WORD” by Rosie Castellanos

Each summer our family plans a camping trip to California to escape from the heat of “the Valley of the Sun”.  This year, however, we opted to forego the beach in order to support and celebrate the graduation of our youngest child from Gonzaga University. Now that the 100+ temperatures are here, I am searching for something else to look forward to in order to get through the endless summer heat.  My thoughts were drawn to reflect on the beauty of God’s creation and to seek restoration and refreshment in THE WORD.

I will now call to mind the works of the Lord, and will declare what I have seen. By the word of the Lord his works are made; and all his creatures do his will. How desirable are all his works, and how sparkling they are to see!   Sirach 42: 15, 23  Read more....

May, 2013

My Personal Experience with Grief by Lori Hawker

I hadn’t planned to write about grief, but since I have just experienced my first real loss of someone with whom I was very close I thought it would be helpful, to share my experience. Perhaps, writing about my feelings or my experiences will bring some insights to me, or may help me begin to bring some closure to my grief or by my sharing may help someone else.

Grief is often associated with the death of a loved one but may result from many situations of loss. When I first started writing this reflection, the loss of my father was still very new to me.  (We haven’t even had his memorial service yet).

I am not sure how I am supposed to be feeling. I suspect people are not sure if they should talk with me about my feelings or mentionthe loss.  I think they are afraid it will make me sad. I understand that, yet talking about him makes me both happy and sad. I don’t feel like it is real yet.  I think I am in denial.

After 5 weeks of helping to care for him, I kissed him goodbye and I returned home to my family. Five days later, he died. I went back for two more weeks to be with my Mom. Even though he wasn’t there, I could feel him there. I still feel him near, but at the same time I miss him terribly.  Read more....

April, 2013

Temptation, Resentment and LOVE by Lisa Townsend

I have heard it said, “God weighs human hearts and tests them to see what they are made of.”  I can honestly say my heart was weighed down with excess pounds of resentment. I carried it around for so long it started to feel like an old friend, a friend you are comfortable sharing life’s secrets with. After a time, this old friend becomes ordinary and easy to slip away with and all the emotions that accompany it; self-pity, anger, sadness, loneliness. The temptation to slip away is almost common place, familiar and an everyday occurrence.  If we are not aware of the battle surrounding us our “old friends” move into the backyard and take root.  Read more....

February - March, 2013

Too Busy to Pray? by Jennifer Ellis

Often times, we women are pulled in many directions.  We have jobs (either paid or non-paid,) family commitments, schedules and feel there is no time to pray.  There have been times in my life when I have felt too busy to pray, but then wondered why my life felt so chaotic. Read more...