December 2021

Refining Faith
by Katie DellaCroce

Betrayal. I have walked through it more times than I ever thought I would with relationships in business, friends, church, and family. Jesus said, "In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33). With each experience of tested trust, my first response is never, “Yes! I’m excited to see what God grows because of this!” But growth is what happens every time.
When there is a Judas in life it stings to learn the inner circle is not as it seems. There is the pain of what was done and the pain of the damaged or lost relationship. With each encounter, there is also an invitation to turn from bitterness toward forgiveness and expand faith with the Lord.
This summer my daughter attended camp and soon after she arrived home, she saw concern and sadness across my face as I was processing an issue and how I should handle what was troubling me. She approached in such a tender way and quoted Scripture that was chosen as her camp verse. It was no coincidence. She memorized it and said it was important to remember that when hard things come and we don’t understand why, we can still rest our minds by trusting the Lord. She said sometimes we want the Lord to take things away, but in our weakness is when His power is magnified (2 Cor. 12:8-9). She also said when we are struggling and can’t seem to do anything about it, pray and trust that the Lord is working for us. Tears fell as my focus moved away from the troubles in front of me to receive the fresh Word from the Lord through my daughter.
When things and people are removed from our lives, there is always a choice of behavior. I can choose to be stuck in the pain or to trust that the Lord is purposefully turning over the soil of my life to bring something new.
Reflect & Respond
  • John 16:33 and Matthew 5:44
    Have you ever experienced betrayal? How did it impact your trust?
  • Romans 12:17-19
    Do you choose to battle pain with Scripture or your anger?
  • Romans 5: 3-5
    What good and better things have come into your life because of a painful situation?
  • Daniel 9:9
    Can you think of someone you need to forgive?
Meet this month's contributor: Katie DellaCroce

Katie is a mother of 3 and wife to John DellaCroce. She has led children’s ministry, women’s ministry and discipleship. She writes devotionals for her family in her free time. She can be found reading, dreaming up the next travel adventure or working in her backyard garden. Her favorite thing is freshly baked bread and a cup of coffee.

Spring Studies

Women's small groups are starting soon in Fayetteville. Join us as we grow closer to God and connect with other women:

Encountering God by Kelly Minter
Tuesdays | Feb 1-Apr 26, 2022 | 9-11 AM | Fellowship Fayetteville | Discover approachable ways to practice spiritual disciplines like prayer, study, worship, and rest, providing peace as you walk closer with Jesus.

”End Times Prophecy” by Cathi Cody
Tuesdays | Jan 18- May 3, 2022 | 9-11 AM | Fellowship Fayetteville | Become familiar with prophecies in the Bible that deal with the times yet to come, from Genesis to Revelation. **Requires intensive reading and homework from the participant.  **Limited to 48 participants.

Jesus and Women by Kristi McLelland
Tuesdays | Feb 1 - Apr 26, 2022 | 6:30-8 PM | Fellowship Fayetteville | Take a thoughtful look at Jesus’ interactions with women in the Bible that will fuel your worship of the Living God.

Kid's Time is available during women's studies. For more information or to register CLICK HERE.

Bell Ringers Needed

Each year Fellowship Fayetteville commits to provide Salvation Army bell ringers at our local Sam's Club near our campus on Hwy 112. Members of our church body will be filling the 9 one-hour spots for each Saturday through December 18, between 10:00 am and 7:00 pm. Spots are still available! Grab your family, girlfriends, or women's small group, dress in your favorite fun holiday attire, and join in the fun while serving a great cause!
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