As I see it … Karen Bryce

In quietness and confidence shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:15 (NKJV)

When asked to write my reflection on this topic I wondered why they would ask me to do this. There are so many women I have met in the Lutheran Women family whom I admire tremendously. They are all out there serving their sisters in Christ with love and passion.

Most of my working life I worked with my husband in a retail and service business, and this gave me an insight into what is required to be successful in a competitive business. We needed to be honest in our dealings with the public and have good respect within our small community.

My involvement in Lutheran Women began 50 years ago when my son was a baby and my church women asked me along to a special celebration. Attending monthly Lutheran Women gatherings has been an important part of my life. Very few of my friends outside my church and Lutheran Women of Queensland (LWQ) family are Christian.

My growth in Lutheran Women led me to being asked to be Vice President of LWQ. I accepted this position with the confidence that our loving Lord would uphold me when I placed my concerns with him. This six-year term as Vice President led to an eight-year term as President.

I am now treasurer for our LWQ Zone. This is taking me back to the backbone of our organisation. I can see that some of my “go ahead” ideas from my time as President do not always fit in with small fellowships. There are so many of our members who are unable to use computers and smart phones. There is a need to embrace the electronic era and, and at the same time, respect and provide for our members who do not have these facilities.

Having to cancel retreats and conventions is devastating for the organisers. The women put a lot of work into the preparation and look forward to hosting their sisters. We look now to hosting smaller rallies within our zones. Being with our sisters is an essential part of our wellbeing. We have been given a tremendous gift – the ability to encourage and uplift other people and make them feel good about themselves.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18(NRSV)

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