When the Lord placed the vision of Woven Together on my heart, I had no idea what to name this ministry. I have always had passion to share the gospel with my life, and the Lord gave me names of women He wanted on this team and that’s basically all the information I got other than I knew I was supposed to start in the beginning of 2017.
After meeting with the team, one of our team members, Faith, came up with the name Woven Together based out of Colossians 2:2, the Message version, which states…”I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery…”
In our culture today there is so much division, pain, and comparison through social media, that it is hard to remember how the body of Christ is truly meant to be Woven Together.
In Psalm 139:13, the author, David, writes on how we are made in Christ’s image. It states, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.” This shows how we were uniquely made, being woven together by the Creator of the Universe. I do not know what you have been told, but you were made with a specific purpose. You were not an accident. God knew exactly what He was doing when He made you and He has placed you exactly where you should be right now. You may not feel like your purpose is as big as someone else but that is a lie resulting from comparison. Each of us have a huge purpose. Do not settle to not live out your purpose when you were created by an extraordinary God.
Once we fully grasp that God created us to live on purpose, on mission, and loves us fully for who we are, then we can truly live at peace with one another being Woven Together in every aspect of our lives.
We recently had a lovely graphic designer named Renn Bopp, create our new logo design. It has a W with a vine branch lying underneath. The W stands for Woven, as a symbol of how we are Woven Together. The meaning behind the branch comes from different passages of scripture.
In John 15, Jesus describes himself as a vine, God as the Gardener, and us (His followers) as the vines. He goes on to explain how branches have to be cut back sometimes in order to grow more which can be compared to the hard times in our life. Sometimes we go through hard seasons which is likened to the pruning of the branches.
Jesus goes on to say how we remain in Him and as we abide in Him we grow in Him. When we remain in Him we are filled with His love. When we remain in Him we grow closer to Him and as a result grow to be more like Him. When we are growing in Him then we will be able to fully love others. We can only be Woven Together and live in true peace with one another if we are remaining in Jesus. It is hard to love people when we are not finding our source of love in Jesus.
We firmly believe we can not be Woven Together without the love of Christ covering us. We can not love others well without first finding love in Jesus. Jesus is the one who will forever be the Prince of Peace, the one who brings unity to every situation, and brings his children together to learn and grow from one another.
Our message is simply that every woman who comes across our blog will know how much they are loved by Jesus. That nothing will ever satisfy us as Jesus does. That we can be unified with one another because God created us on purpose for a purpose. We are worth so much because He sent his Son to die for us. Jesus lived a perfect life on this earth with the mission to save souls that were lost. He came for the sinners, the outcasts, the unloved, and chose to pursue them. He lived a life of no sin and chose to die on the cross for our sin so that we could have freedom and eternal life in Him.
We were given freedom in Him to have forgiveness for our sins and not to use our freedom as a way to continue to sin but to grow in His mercy and grace. Our identity is in Christ and what He has done for us. We are not the things that have happened to us or the things we have done. We are free to love because we are freely loved. We are free to put down our insecurities, look past one another flaws, love others no matter what is in their past, how they treat us, but instead love as Christ has loved us and that is what will make us truly Woven Together.
-Haley Martin, Founder of Woven Together
As always, the Woven Together team is here for you. If you would like to contact us for prayer, encouragement, advice, or just someone to talk to, you can reach us on our Facebook, Instagram ( @_woventogether) or Twitter ( @_woventogether). You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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