Fall Into Him

by Jennifer Balkey

Women’s Ministry enjoyed an energizing, delicious, and uplifting Taste & See event October 29th. Around 80 women gathered in the Fellowship Hall with festive appetizers and desserts as they met new women and used God’s Word to pray with one another. We were also able to welcome Kelly Knapp (wife of Henry Knapp, Hebron’s new Co-Pastor beginning in January) into Women’s Ministry at Hebron. Women were very receptive to mixing things up as they were divided into smaller groups then encouraged to meet women that they didn’t know very well. Women were then given a “prompt” to discuss with one another as well as a take home gift with specific Scriptures to be used to pray for one another in various circumstances.

Our Women’s Ministry motto, Anchored & Reaching Out, was at the center of the theme, “FALL Into Him.” When we think about the word “fall” many things may come to mind (typically more negative than positive), such as: unintentional, accidental, injury, uncontrollable etc. But consider falling as something to do positively and purposefully. Have you ever heard of a trust fall? This is when a group of people line up behind you with their arms out to catch you as you cross your arms over your chest and FALL backwards into their arms. You are TRUSTING they are going to catch you. I can think of other words that describe an intentional fall - planned, assured, trustworthy, strong, safe, and dependable. Wouldn’t you agree that God embodies all of these descriptions? God is the Planner. He is the Creator. He always keeps His promises. He is STRENGTH. He is so safe. We can absolutely depend on Him! I don’t know about you, but I can say with confidence that I would feel more comfortable FALLING into Him than falling into my bed. (Side note: I love my bed. It is SO hard for me to get up in the morning.)

What are some practical ways that we can fall into Jesus’ arms? We can run to Him with our cares and troubles to affirm or correct us. Why go find a Band-Aid for your problem when you can freely consult with the Great Physician, the One who created you and knows everything about you? During our Fall Gathering we focused on going to God’s Word when praying for others as Psalm 119:103 says, “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” Hebrews 4:12(a) says, “For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword…” When you are feeling weak, at a loss for words, or know you need to pray, but just don’t know where to start... what better way than with His own Word?!? His Word is ALIVE!

There is no need to feel intimidated or fearful when you come before God in prayer when you are armed with His living Word. There is no reason to shy away from praying with someone, when God has provided all the words you need. Trust Him. FALL into Him. What better way to ANCHOR yourself in Him and His Word than to use His Word to REACH OUT to others.

“Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God… that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,” Ephesians 6: 17(b), 19