Ladies of LifePointe- Hem Holders

Hi! I am Deanna Trammell, and I am currently serving in Women’s Ministries as Director. I am married to Bryan, mom of 3 adult daughters, and Honey to three beautiful grandbaby girls! I am so excited to start on this journey. I have always been a part of this ministry, and for now, until God moves me somewhere else, I am blessed to lead this team! We have many exciting things planned. Keep checking our web page, Facebook, windows, and bulletins for what’s next!

I’m really looking forward to our faith adventure together!!!

Our Women’s Ministry Leadership Team include:
Gerorgeann Everett, Joyce Jenkins, Dreama Younger, Lori McNeill, Margaret Miller, Janice Hale & Crissy Fonseca

Good afternoon Hem Holders!

How is Grace treating you these days? I am finding the need to cling to HIS Grace with all my might!!!! I had a realization that stopped me in my tracks today…God feels about me the way I feel about my kids. Yes, He is in control- but others do not let Him control them! I am going through the phase of life of I can’t do anything to protect and fix my grown children’s situations. When people hurt them, I can’t take care of it. When others choices in life affect my children- I cannot fix it. I try not to sin in that anger, but sometimes I do. I cry…hard. This was the moment I realized how God’ heart breaks for His children. How He cries for us. How He longs for everyone to be in communion with Him so no one gets hurt. How He is relying on me to make a difference…

Today was Nora’s (my granddaughter) graduation from kindergarten. She is growing so fast. We were walking down the hallway towards her celebration when we looked down and saw the word kind. It was on a sticker and just lying there on the ground. I told Nora, I think that is a sign that God needs me to be kind even when I am upset. She was just in my office and said, Honey- you need to write about the kind sticker. Wow. I get it God…GRACE to everyone! How can I show that I am God’s child without kindness? I cannot! But through Christ- I can be angry, and not sin! I can have justice- but with mercy!!!!

My challenge to all of you today is to pray without ceasing. Look deep within your heart and fix the things with Jesus that need fixing. Fight fiercely with God’s grace and mercy for those you love. And… most of all…be kind.

Some scripture to focus on this week:
2 John 1:3
2 Peter 1:2
2 Timothy 1:9
Eph. 2:8
John 1:17
1Tim 1:14
Hebrews 4:16
1 Cor. 15:10
Psalm 85:10
2 Timothy 2:1
Romans 9:16

Grabbing on to His Hem tight this week!
Deanna
6/6/2022

Good morning, Hem Holders!

I was reading about Faith in Hebrews today. Sometimes I take my faith for granted…sometimes it is as natural as breathing for me. The naturalness of it has made it hard for me to understand others who struggle with their faith at times. Then- there are those times where I completely understand and am in the very depths of the faith struggle and barely breathing. There may be some of you who never struggle, never doubt, never feel alone.  Some of us don’t want to admit that our faith is weak in case it might be a reason for someone else to struggle. Many of us are afraid that if we have doubts, we are less than perfect Christians.

Currently, I have someone dear to me struggling with their faith. It is hard to walk beside and through this with them. I watch as the pain they are going through almost extinguishes the flame. I see glimmers of hope, and the fade of despair. Are any of you walking through this with someone? With yourself?

I have been walking with the Lord for a very long time. 54 years to be exact. During this adventure, I have explored mountain tops and valleys of my faith- hills and the beautiful peaceful meadows that keep me focused on the Lord. I have seen those I love devasted and through faith, lifted back up. I have experienced the dry desert of silence and aloneness and thought my faith would disappear like dust. One thing I know for certain, is that I do believe, and faith and I are in it for the long haul.

A friend of mine called my marriage a long-haul marriage- 38 years and counting. Yes, lots of miles in this marriage and similar in many ways to my faith walk. We are currently doing a book club on Redeeming Love. I really appreciate the author using real life to explain the book of Hosea, faith, and the enduring love that God has for us! Marriage, for me, is an example of how my walk with the Lord has been at times. Faith has held both together.

The Message has a way of saying things. I know it is not a translation, but sometimes, the way scripture is said just hits home. Hebrews 12:10ish-13 is a great example. Our faith is tested when we are sure that God has forgotten us or is not hearing us. Instead, God is growing us. Pay close attention to 12-13…our faith together is what keeps us long haulers going and helping others on their faith journey:

 God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out (Deanna adds- keep the faith, touch the hem). He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live? While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best (Deanna adds- BY FAITH) … At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off big-time (BY FAITH …), for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God.

12-13 So don’t sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it! (Deanna adds- be the hem holding women of FAITH we are meant to be)!

So, my hem holding friends- Let’s keep the faith. Let’s press on. Let’s enjoy the things God gives us in celebration of our faith! Because God is so gracious to us, we are HIS children! Always remember that. He is faithful- reach out and grab that hem…hold on for a while if you need to!

Remember you are loved by this falling at His feet, hem grabbing, never letting go woman who is blessed to call you friends.

Have a great week!
Faithfully Yours,
Deanna
5/23/2022

5/3/2022

Good morning, Hem Holders!

What is sending you to your knees in prayer this day? Week? Month? Year? For me it is aloneness. People are facing loneliness more than ever. Even if it seems they are surrounded by many to the outside, on the inside- they feel alone. Not only physically alone, but spiritually alone. I can’t imagine my life without the presence of my Lord and Savior Jesus. There are so many times that I just sit and think of how he loves me, and of all the times that he’s been there with me when I have felt the most alone. 

My friend Shannon sent this picture to me today. What a sweet blessing. I sure needed to know someone was thinking about me and to be reminded that my strength comes from the Lord! I was also reminded that I have many sweet friends who reach out and become Jesus with arms on when I need it!

Who needs a touch from Jesus today? Who is the Lord telling you to reach out and touch? A text? A card? A hug? Loneliness is a joy stealer and often times a lie of the devil to take our eyes off of what matters most. Look around. You are loved. Even if it seems like their is no one. Jesus is right there. Our wonderful group of Hem holding women are right here. 

Hebrews 11 talks about those gone on before us as a cloud of witnesses that surround us. We are not alone. We have each other.

In the 3rd book of John, John is writing to his friend who is a pastor, regarding missionaries. Isn’t that what we all are? To the world…each other? I thought these were good words to think on as we continue to learn how to be a close community of Christ serving women:

3John 1-7:

 The Pastor, to my good friend Gaius: How truly I love you! We’re the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health—that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul! I was most happy when some friends arrived and brought the news that you persist in following the way of Truth. Nothing could make me happier than getting reports that my children continue diligently in the way of Truth!  Dear friend, when you extend hospitality to Christian brothers and sisters, even when they are strangers, you make the faith visible. They’ve made a full report back to the church here, a message about your love. It’s good work you’re doing, helping these travelers on their way, hospitality worthy of God himself! 

And 3 John 1:13,14: I have a lot more things to tell you, but I’d rather not use pen and ink. I hope to be there soon in person and have a heart-to-heart talk.

Peace to you. The friends here say hello. Greet our friends there by name.

Did you catch the last? Greet our friends by name… love that! It is saying really know each other. My sweet friends, if you are feeling alone…reach out. And, if someone is brought to mind, reach out. Remember that you are loved by this one who is holding tight to the hem of Jesus’ garment…

Peace to you…your friend

Deanna

Hello Hem Holders!

I wrote this letter 2 years back after our pandemic retreat- that’s right…as we were driving home in the snow, the world was shutting down. I thought I would share this again, to remember how it was, and to look forward to the new normal we are experiencing now as we get ready for our next retreat, “Amazing Grace” in April. Let’s look back on March, 2020…

What in the world is a “Hem Holder” you ask? Such an odd name… but it describes how many of us are feeling right now. Things are not normal. Things are a bit scary. Things are unknown. Kids are home 24/7, and some of us can’t love on our grandbabies like we are used to. Some of us are financially insecure and don’t know when we will be told to go home and not work, while others are on the front lines of this pandemic helping when we ourselves don’t know what the future holds. And still others of us are in the vulnerable category and aren’t sure what we are really supposed to do. All of this could make us feel like we are holding on by a thread. At women’s retreat, our speaker Jana quoted this- “When you feel like you are holding on by a thread- make sure it’s the hem of His garment.” Well- I am personally clinging to that hem. How about you?

Mark 5:25-34 tells the story of the woman with the issue of blood. No one would touch her because this issue was considered unclean. What a timely story, especially now with our social distancing. We can’t hug, shake hands, or be in closeness together…physically. But like the woman, we CAN touch the hem of His garment when we read His word, spend time in prayer, and reach out to Him and each other.

Many of you don’t know that I have had anxiety disorder for many years. Being an extrovert, it may be hard to believe that I have stage fright, and at times, do not want to leave my house. I have worries and thoughts that I constantly have to give to the Lord. I pray scripture to sometimes even just do the things I need to do in a day. I am sharing this because if you are struggling with fear and anxiety, I want you to know that you are not alone. Psalm 91 seems to be the best passage of scripture for me right now. I even have “pandemic 2020” written in the margin of this Psalm. I heard a wonderful sermon the Sunday we came back from Women’s Retreat. Something the pastor of a small church in Yuba City said really has stuck with me. God has me. Period. If I am well, He has me. If I am sick, He holds me. If I die- He keeps me. I am His. Always.

So- I am a Hem Holder. A hanging by a thread, fearful, grateful, scared, God trusting hem holder. I have the words to Psalm 121 going through my head constantly. “I lift my eyes to the hills, from where does my help come from? My help it comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth…He will not let my foot be moved, He who keeps me will not slumber- behold who holds Israel, will neither slumber nor sleep.” My dear friends. He has us. Hold on to that hem…

Love to you –Deanna

As you read this, maybe for a second time, let me add- His Grace is AMAZING!