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Cathy Sifuentez
Christy Reynolds

Central Sisters Write

Vol. 7 Issue 1
January 2009

Published monthly by the Women’s Ministry at Central Church of Christ, Amarillo, TX

It is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. Philippians 2:13 NIV


“No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins, otherwise the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wishes for new; for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’” This is a parable of Jesus cited in Luke 5:36-39 NAS.

While I can sew and I have made a few patches and although the limit of my knowledge regarding winemaking is limited to touring a winery at Branson, Missouri, I can grasp the applications made regarding relationship. Patches require matching fabric in a multitude of ways, including color, texture, and strength, or age in Bible times. Wineskins, too, must be “age appropriate.” Both the wine and the skin have many chemical interactions in their close connection. These are realistic examples of creating balance in relationships.

As social beings, human interaction occurs “24-7.” Who can escape it? Jesus occasionally sought a secluded place to secure rest. As a general rule, people need eight hours of sleep to thrive. Following health guidelines can work wonders for insuring a pleasant disposition; however, when deprived of ideal circumstances, disciples can choose to maintain balance. Attitude selection occurs as constantly as human interaction, and even when overcome with exhaustion, Jesus chose to serve the need of those He encountered rather than to protect or to indulge rest.

Women often experience constant demand on their resources, whether time, energy, or attention. Mothers of young children must often sacrifice privacy in attending personal needs. The simple accommodation of a closed door arouses a sense of emotional rejection for a toddler while mischievous older children capitalize on the opportunity of moms being temporarily immobile and defenseless (amusingly, husbands seem to perceive and achieve both). A woman is challenged in every waking moment to administer a loving disposition for every need she encounters. She is the queen of relationships, for her reign requires sensitive monitoring, in both variety and scope, of subtlest clues in every interaction, every bond of her realm.

Blessed by the Creator, women come with a lifetime warranty. Should any woman temporarily malfunction, restore power with an appreciative smile, word, or embrace. Regular maintenance recommended.

—Becky Throgmorton


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