Nov. 14, 2006

8 Jewels in a womans crown

1. Count pain as your friend. It is an opportunity to experience the power and majesty of God in ways you could never experience Him in the mundane of life.
'Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.'
Romans 8:17


2. Don't just sit there when darkness falls. Move. I mean that literally. Take whatever action you can to tap into the mind of God and get His wisdom on your circumstances.

3. Commit to a long arduous journey, knowing joy comes in the morning
(Acts 20:17-38).

4. Do not be detoured by anyone (husbands, children, friends, _________etc...) or anything (gossip, unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, pride, disillusionment, insecurities, offense, fear, anxiety_________etc...) from the goal of knowing intimately the heart of God. You are responsible for your relationship with God. When you stand before Him, you cannot blame what you did not do on anyone else.

5. Renew your mind by reflecting upon the character of God. He owes you no explanations but welcomes your questions and doubts. Focus on what you know about Him, and search out the things you don't. He is so vast, we could spend eternity learning about Him.
(Ephesians 3:11-21).

6. Refresh your hope by reclaiming the precious promises God has made to you
(Psalm 44:22).

7. Do not be discouraged by those who should be able to help you but don't.This includes your husbands, ladies! God is our supply. In Him and Him alone can we put our trust. We have access the greatest helper of all.

8. Refuse to let go of your biblical worldview and ?
Trust that God does all things well.
He does NOT make mistakes. He will not leave you or forsake you. He has already paid the price & given you the victory!
This is the power YOU have in Jesus!
So, Women of God!! Be encouraged! Cling to the hope you have in Him and live the life you were destined for...one of power, courage, strength, destiny & purpose!!

He is enough!!

EXCEPT the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it
Psalm 127:1

As a woman & a wife, there are many things that I've struggled with. Knowing my identity in Christ as a believer, knowing God's call on my life as woman, a wife, a leader & a kingdom builder.
I had to reevaluate how I was building in many of these areas. The one main thing that God wants to deal with in all women is there tendency to let their emotions rule them. We are emotional human beings, as God designed us to be. We are nurturers, comforters, fighters & victors, but I know that often I will let my emotions dictate how I will or will not respond in a situation. Heather L. spoke about this subject one time and it stuck with me

'The Holy Spirit speaks
to your spirit which speaks
to your soul which dictates
to your body on how you will respond.'

The thing is, that only happens if your spirit is the one getting fed and not your soul.
Our souls are vessels of emotion. If we give them the rulership over our lives, we become severely imbalanced & miserable, because we can't keep our emotions in check. We lash out, cry for hours, manipulate our husbands & slip out of relationship with our Savior.
We MUST get our food from God's love letter to us

'The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever.
The ordinances of the LORD are sure
and altogether righteous.
They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.
By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.'
Psalm 19:7-11

All we could ever need is found in His Word.
Instruction, Comfort, Restoration, Wisdom, Strength, Hope & Life
We needn't look anywhere else!

Still Coming....The Power of a Woman!!!