Sunday, April 17, 2011

Meals Needed

Good evening ladies,

I am happy to announce that Carter David Woods was born on April 13th weighing in at 9 lbs 6 oz!  Fred and Sierra are overjoyed at this precious gift of a son.

We would like to serve them by setting up a meal schedule to help them out as they adjust and get settled.  The dates needed are: April 19, 21, 23, 25, 27.  
If you can deliver a meal to the Woods' please reply to me as soon as possible and I will get you the address and other info.  (It doesn't have to be home cooked, you can get take-out as well.)
They live near Clovis/ Alluvial area.

Thank you ahead of time for stepping up and serving the needs of others within the fire family!

Jessi Silva

Friday, April 15, 2011

Coffee Date Canceled

Hi Girls,

Our coffee date for the 16th is canceled.  I am not able to get the childcare.  But we are still on for the play date at Sierra's on the 28th.  Please let me know if you can come!  We may be working on a project while there.... as soon as I work out the details with Sierra I'll let you know!  Hoping to see you ladies soon.
Have a blessed week,

Sunday, April 10, 2011

4/8/11 Meeting Follow Up


Just wanted to give an update of the prayer meeting on the 8th.  We went over some awesome scripture to cover in prayer and I wanted to share some of that with you....

"It is the Lord your God you must follow, and Him you must revere.  Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him."  Deuteronomy 13:4  (Following Him in reverence, obedience, and service.  What perfect instruction!)

"to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."   Ephesians 4:12-13

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."  1 Peter 5:6-7 (loved the part about "in due time"!  The Lord will lift this group up in His timing, and will do with it what He wants, not what we want.)

With this change of structure in the meetings, we have changed a couple of other things.  We will have a regular meeting day every month, instead of the date always changing.  It will be the 1st Tuesday of every month.  So the next meeting is May 3rd at 6:30.  Also, we are no longer meeting at the conference room in Station 17.  It will be at Mimi's in Riverpark.  We will just get a private booth to where we can get dessert, coffee, whatever we like and just have a more warm, intimate setting.  Please let me know if you may be coming to the meeting, just so I know to look for you and that we have a large enough booth.  Really looking forward to the change in setting, and just spending time in scripture, prayer, and casual fellowship.

Ladies Coffee Date: Saturday the 16th, at 9:00.  Meeting at Starbucks at Willow/ Nees.  Please let me know if you can make it!!

Play Date: Thursday, April 28th at 11:30 at the home of Sierra Woods.  Please let me know if you need address/ directions.

Hoping to see you ladies soon, may you have a blessed week!

To God Be The Glory,
Jessi Silva

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Next Meeting.... and Future Meetings

Dear Firefighters Wives For Christ,

While spending three refreshing days up at Hume Lake for the Firefighters For Christ International Event and the Firefighters Retreat, completely distraction free, the Lord revealed something wonderful to me in regards to Firefighters Wives For Christ, through John and Jane White.  For those of you who don't know, FFC came into being in the early 70s when two firemen, one of them named John White, met together for an hour of prayer each morning at a fire station in Los Angeles.  In June 1978, FFC became an international, incorporated, non-profit organization.  It's mission is to encourage firefighters everywhere to live their lives for Christ.  John White describes this mission: "Our mission and our purpose is to encourage firefighters to live their lives for Jesus Christ,” White explained. “That encompasses a pretty large field, but there are three types of firefighters [to whom we minister].  One is the person that has never before invited Jesus into his heart, so we encourage him to do that,” he added. “The second is a guy that maybe drives a bus for the Billy Graham crusade and goes to church with his wife, but when he gets to the station, he’s just intimidated by the guys he works with and nobody really knows that he’s like an undercover agent or a closet Christian. … So we just want to encourage that guy to be the man God has called him to be. And then the third guy is the guy that is living fully for the Lord, and we just want him to go more for it.”  
I feel as though our purpose is similar.... to encourage wives of firefighters in the Lord, to build each other up, to support, serve, grow and be bold women of God.  However, what I caught this weekend when hearing John speak and then speaking individually with Jane (one of the most loving and faithful servants of the Lord I have ever known), is that it began with prayer.  And only prayer.  Of course I have prayed over FWFC, yet that hasn't been the focused commitment that it needs to be. 

So, the next meeting is this Friday, the 8th.  And it will be a prayer meeting, as with future meetings.  Whoever can make it, we will simply come together to pray over FWFC.  That is the only way this group will grow and flourish.  Is through the power of prayer and the Holy Spirit at work.  It won't grow just by a study or a structured program.  I am so revived in my hope for FWFC.  And bursting with excitement to see what the Lord is going to do.  If you want to be any part of this... to see first hand how God will work through prayer, please join us- all you have to do is show up.  It will be somewhat brief.  We will still schedule a coffee time and play date.  However the focus will be on prayer.  

Thank you to all who have been on this journey with us so far, I look forward to seeing you Friday night.
P.S.  Just a neat thing to check out: the FFC website (for Fresno chapter)- we have made the front page ladies, let's just show up and watch God move!

To God Be The Glory,
Jessi Silva
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him" 
1 John 5:14-15

Friday, March 18, 2011

Next Monthly Meeting

Next monthly meeting: April 8th at Station 17, 7:00pm.  Hoping to see many of you there!  Sorry again for the cancellation of March's meeting.

For the 8th, we need someone to bring a snack, someone else to bring a drink, and someone else to bring their testimony.  Please be sure to email me back and let me know if you can make it and if you can help out with one of the above things.  Thanks so much ladies, really looking forward to seeing you all again!

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

Monday, March 7, 2011

Meeting Canceled

Emailing you to let you know I need to cancel tomorrow night's meeting.  I have not been able to complete the things I wanted to have done because I have been so sick off and on.  I am sorry if this has messed up anyone's schedules.  I will most likely email tomorrow with a rescheduled date.

On another note, if you have not yet committed Firefighters Wives For Christ to prayer, I ask that you do.  And if you have prayed, please continue to do so.  The Lord did not burden me with this group without a purpose.  Even though I am not quite certain of His purpose, and what He wants to accomplish with this group, I know He's led it this far and He will reveal His plan.  And I can't wait for that.  I want as many as of you as possible to be a part of that.  A part of something that's bigger than ourselves.  Something that is going to bring about change... changed attitudes, changed hearts, changed lives.  And not for our glory, but for His.

So I challenge you, not just to be praying, but to put your faith in action.  Take the time to invest in fellowship with other believers and time with the Lord.  Seek His face, His will, His voice.  He is always in communication with you.  To find Him and hear His voice you must seek Him.  Anything you desire more than Him is an idol.  Yes, an idol.  Let Him be your constant pursuit instead of some other goal.  If that goal fits into His plans, He will help you accomplish it.  If not, He will gently change your heart's desire to align your will with His.  Pursue Him first and foremost, and the rest of your life will fall into place, piece by piece.  Take that promise of His to heart.  "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33
"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Update on Sierra

Just wanted to give you an update on Sierra Woods.  She received the flowers and was very thankful as it brightened her day.  She will be having surgery on Wednesday.  Please continue to pray for the Lord's encouragement- that she would feel His presence daily, for the support Fred needs as he holds things together at home, and for a smooth procedure and recovery.  We are hopeful she will be home late next week.  
Thank you to all those who have been praying, Sierra is greatly appreciative.

"Your word is a lamp for my feet, 
   a light on my path." 
Psalm 119:105