A Woman Of Wisdom

As we read through proverbs it constantly pointed to wisdom and what it meant. To have a reverence of obedience expressed in a submissive spirit rather than as terrifying dread. The fear of the Lord is the beginning point of becoming a woman of wisdom.

Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

The woman who is wise will heed the warning to avoid being enticed to follow sinners. Am I being a woman who fears the Lord and heeds the warning signs that are in front of me? Do I choose to stay away from sin and those who practice it?

“Wisdom pleads with her hearers, begging them to follow her and learn how to take their knowledge about God and apply it to their lives in a practical and successful way. She sets forth her virtues and her rewards. She is incomparable, better than rubies; her instructions more precious than sliver and her knowledge exceeding the worth of choice gold. Excellent things from her lips lead to life, and her followers are blessed materially and spiritually.” –New King James Women’s Study Bible

Am I being that example of fearing the Lord and having that submissive spirit towards the Lord? Does every day I’m living point to God? Does His words come out of my mouth? Are my words encouraging or tearing down? Am I soft spoken and gentle or harsh and putting others down?

When others look at me do they see a wise woman who fears the Lord?

“Wisdom for the believer is a knowledge of God’s will that allows her to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. Wisdom is evident when a person leads a life that is marked by purity, peace, gentleness, a yielding spirit, mercy and Good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” –New King James Women’s Study Bible

Colossians 1:9-10, For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

So let our words and lives be pleasing to the Lord in all that we do and say, so that we may be filled with His knowledge, wisdom and spiritual understanding. By pleasing our Lord we will become fruitful and increase with His knowledge.

Cherie C.

Stop, Don’t Run Away

“When we do nothing for fear of being rejected, for fear we will not meet with success, we are missing what God has called us to do.” Greg Laurie

As women, we experience many fears about being rejected and being failures. We fear being rejected by love ones, job interviews and people in ministry. Sometimes fear overwhelms us when we take on a project that is not successful causing us to run away from seeking out new endeavors.

This fear of rejection and fear of failure prevents us from taking steps of faith. The enemy plants seeds of doubt such as “your teaching was bad,” “disciples others LOL,” “you are too young,” “you are too old” and on and on. Sometimes we just want to run away and hide.

Praise God, He has given us so many examples of Godly men and women who feared rejection and failure they ran away from God’s plans. But God didn’t reject them, He used them in a mighty way.

Look at Moses, he ran away after he took actions in his own hands, yet God used this stutter to liberate Israel from oppression; Jonah ran away from God’s calling, but God used a fish to bring Jonah back to his calling. How about Elijah, he ran fast for fear that Jezebel would take his life. Then there is Peter denying the Lord three times, yet he was used mightily. Sarah laughed when she heard she would have a child in her old age, yet she is in the Hall of Faith.

So are you feeling rejected, want to run away due to failure – stop, don’t miss out on what God has called you to do.

-Elsa D.

Run to Win the Race…

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When a runner prepares for a 5K, 10k, a half marathon or full marathon. There are things that the runners have to prepare with, such as having a well nourished diet, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep and of course having the right shoes, just to name a few things. During the race, runners have to replenish their electrolytes to run with endurance. They have to be determined, self controlled, discipline to train well that they may come to the finish line and complete the race that they trained for.

The Apostle Paul reminds us of the following, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize”. 1 Corinthians 9:24

We are often so busy, that we many times don’t make the time to run our spiritual marathon race with excitement or anticipation of getting the prize (crown of Life).

We to like runners must Train, and must make that training a daily part of our life. No athlete can win a race by training only one day a week; it takes day after day of dedicated effort to be able to stay the course and finish the race. Training for believers should include daily prayer and Bible study, as well as worship and fellowship. It isn’t something we can do one day a week and think that we will be able to finish the race. These things could be considered our spiritual electrolytes.

And interestingly, we will find that these things apply to every area of our daily lives, as well. These are a wonderful blueprint for success in anything we do. God wants His children to live victoriously, now and forever! Sisters let’s Run the race so as to win the crown of victory, and enjoy all the benefits and blessings God has for us along the way to enjoy!

Rose H.

To everything there is a season…

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens. Ecc 3:1

May and June are often times seen as seasons for celebrations. We have grads and dads, moms and weddings. So many starts of new hopes, dreams, aspirations and expectations. Simply take a scroll through any of your social media of choice and you are sure to see the smiling faces of graduates, brides and families. There are congratulations to new and seasoned parents. We see the happy rejoicing side of these seasons, transitions and happiness. I love a celebration as much as the next guy. We should rejoice accomplishments and give thanks for what God is doing in the lives of loved ones and yes, even our selves. But there is a side of this new chapter that we may be entering that is not as talked about, but just as and maybe even more important to pray and look for guidance.

When we close one chapter, a new one awaits us. So may expectations, yet so much unknown and fear that often is not spoken. Have I made the right choices and decisions? Did I prepare enough? Will I be successful? Can I handle my new role? Can I live up to my family’s expectations? For myself, graduating college, while one of the happiest times, was the first time I realized I was “grown up” and was supposed to embark on the road of adulthood. It was scary! Then there was that expectation of becoming a mother. Again, so joyous a time, and yet I began to doubt if I was ready for it. When my son was graduating high school, I feared the “semi-empty-nest”. Again, bitter sweet times.

This scripture (Ecc 3:1) reminds us of the seasons of our lives, that not all might not be seen as good. So powerful is this message, even secular songs have incorporated this verse into lyrics. The comfort for us as believers’ lies, then in (Romans 8:28) knowing that…”all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Furthermore, (Jeremiah 29:11)” for I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

So pray for those in your life that are going through changes and entering new seasons. Pray especially for those unspoken fears that the Lord continue to guide them and lead them that they may continue to seek Him, find comfort in Him and know that to everything, there is a season.