About the Course that accompanies these videos:
Discovering our Dignity, a year long course available Fall 2014, gives us modern-day advice from women of the Bible.
Ancient wisdom, sage advice, sorrowful failures and woundedness…
In Discovering our Dignity, we learn that women of the Old and New Testament were sometimes as flawed and broken as we can be. Yet, the power of God worked in their lives.
Through their stories recorded in Scripture, they reach out to touch our “present” in a tender, honest and loving way –woman to woman.
We all want to be women of dignity and purpose. No one sets out to be insecure, aimless or insignificant. But we live in a culture that places value on many things that are out of our control. Beauty, money, fame, and power are celebrated, yet each one of them can be illusive. Could it be that we’re looking for dignity and purpose in the wrong places? Join us as we explore what God has to say about where our dignity should come from. In the words of St. Catherine of Siena, “if we are who we should be... we will set the world ablaze!" Let’s take some time to hear from the One who created us. He’ll point us to the pursuits that will help us experience lives of lasting purpose and dignity.
Have you ever played the “if only…” game? “If only I had more money, more time, a better marriage, sweeter children, a thinner body…THEN I would be happy, or content, or fulfilled.” In our search to satisfy our longings, could it be that we have looked in the wrong places? Join us as we look at the Old Testament characters, Leah and Rachel. They both knew what would make them happy, and it meant a change in their circumstances. How we relate! When will we all learn that comparison and discontentment never makes things better? Our circumstances don’t need to change; our perspectives do. Let’s discover how dignity, security, and fulfillment will come when we allow God to redirect our focus.
- DOD CC3 Abigail: Going it Alone 26 mins
There are many reasons that we can feel we are “going it alone”. We may be married, but feel that sometimes the loneliest place to be is within that relationship. We may be carrying burdens that need sharing, but no one is helping. We may feel isolated in circumstances that discourage us. Whatever the reason, there is hope. Join us as we learn from Abigail, a woman married to a fool, who learned where to go and what to do when it all depended on her. She found wisdom, strength, and nourishment for her soul that is available to us today. You, like Abigail, may be facing a trying time. Remember, underneath you are God’s strong arms. You can thrive in desperate places with God by your side.
Do you long to live a life full of meaning and purpose? Do you ever wonder why you were created? Do you ever struggle with your worth - your value? Day after day, our world sends us messages that our worth lies in what we look like and what we own. God looks at us differently. He has a purpose for each one of us - a reason He created us. Join us as we learn from Queen Esther, a woman who recognized “her moment” - her unique opportunity to make a difference in her generation. Let’s discover our dignity as we see the miraculous ways that God can use a woman to change the world.
Each day presents a woman with countless demands on her time. The needs women encounter daily can seem never-ending, and often exhaustion results from trying to meet them all. Finding the balance between preventing burn out while still caring about “the world out there” is difficult. How do we serve when our work goes unnoticed? How do we serve when the needs are never ending? How can we prevent burn-out? Join us as we look at Martha, a woman who served, but struggled to do it with the right spirit. She experienced a turn around, and that change can take place in our lives, as well. Her encounter with Jesus Christ made all the difference.
Do you ever wake up, and feel so knotted up inside that you dread the day ahead? We can feel this way for all sorts of reasons - too much to do in too little time, unresolved relationship conflicts that drain us of our joy, worries over money, guilt over past mistakes, illnesses that sap our hope…Wouldn’t it be great if God would untie those knots in our hearts so that we could face each day with enthusiasm and a spring in our step? Join us as we learn from the example of the Blessed Mother, Mary. Her obedience untied the knot that keeps us from true freedom. That freedom is available to us today.