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Our readings this week deal with a subject that the author refers to as Her Ministry. Notice how we focused on our duties as wives, mothers, and daughters of Christ before we approached this topic. So many times-even I am guilty of this- we validate our leaving the home in disarray to minister to others outside of our homes. We brush off our husband’s feelings of being ignored by uplifting our duties in our church, or with the youth of our local school. While these ministries are wonderful and so necessary in our lives, we must first make sure that all is well on the home front. We cannot effectively model to those put under our care if we are not first fulfilling our home and family duties.
The author’s reference to the Seven Sacred Pools in Hawaii was such an amazing visual for us to imagine the path that our spiritual lives were intended to take. We cannot fill the lives of others without allowing the pools of our family to overflow first!
You may spend much time wondering, like I do, how I am supposed to be a beacon of light to others. Who am I supposed to help, and what am I supposed to do to help them? This is where our prayer life comes into play. With a faithful heart, and listenening ears, God will tell us everything that we need. He will lead people to us that need shepherding and love. He will lend us the perfect words to speak, or the perfect silence to keep. He will move our hands to touch others hearts and will guide us to do what they so desperately need from us. We just have to learn to listen! We also have to practice giving-and giving fully. We have to never expect anything in return, ever ever ever ever. I repeat this, because too many practicing Christians don’t practice this. I know great people who think that I HAVE to scratch your back if you scratch mine, which is not the case. We have to remember that no one OWES us anything. If we give to them, we were compelled to do so by the Lord, and he frowns upon our incessant demands for repayment. Giving is not giving if we intend on later receiving-do not fool yourself into thinking that you are doing anyone a favor-you are only hurting yourself spiritually.
A huge dampener on lots of women’s ministry are obstacles like shyness-which the author addressed. I loved how she explained how women she knew took actual classes on public speaking to overcome this problem. I am all for finding solutions instead of excuses, and I know that the Lord can help us overcome anything! This is why we should all take this lesson to heart-we are never without help-nothing is ever impossible-there is always a way, we just have to find it!
Whether we find our day to day ministry through emails, letter writing, uplifting words through social media, phone calls, face to face interactions, modeling Christian lives to others through our own lives, or leading classes, groups or meetings, we are all seeking to help and uplift others some way and some how. Let us all remember to take this ministry from the Lord as one of the utmost importance. We are his people and we are called to love one another, help one another, and cherish one another. No one should ever feel alone, and we should take it as our goal to help everyone that we come in contact with that needs guidance. Whether they are right in our own families, or thousands of miles away!
1. Readings: Chapter 19 and 20 of our book (Pages 225-250): A Heart That Shows It Cares & A Heart That Encourages.
2. Activity: Sit down this week and write emails/or hand written letters to at least 3 people in your life that you feel need encouragement, an apology, affirmation, or just a little cheering up. Be genuine! Let the Lord speak wisdom through you, filling their hearts.
And while you’re at it, please water your plant too this week.
Verse for memorization: Luke 6:35
But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
(NKJ-New King James)
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The reasoning behind my choosing this verse is that this is the hard demand. Loving your family and friends is easy-ministering to them is easy. Loving your enemy is HARD. Loving those that have hurt us and shamed us is so very hard. We always must remember however, that it is God’s request that we do so. It will soften our hearts and make us Women of God. I had a young child tell me this weekend at our church’s high school retreat that you shouldn’t judge those that sin…differently than you. We all have sins in our hearts-and no one sin is greater than the other so who are we to without grace to those who are equal to us? Let us give thanks that God is not unforgiving like so many of us are, or we would be a nation unsaved. Condemned to the eternal death of the wicked and foolish since forgiveness would be out of reach.
Can you all believe that we only have a few weeks left to our study! I hope that you are all gaining wisdom through these lessons and come back each Monday eager to learn!
I am always available for questions, whether through email, or through the comments below. Happy studying!