One of the things I am praying for in 2011 is that more women would have compassion for each other. Every woman has a story. Every woman has a testimony. But a testimony is a result of something that has been finished. A race that has been completed. I’m talking about those women that are right now "smack dab" in the middle of their story. Women that are dealing with depression. Dealing with fear and anxiety of the unknown. Maybe they don’t look right or fit our standard of beauty. Maybe their dealing with poverty or divorce. We don’t know but we have to open our hearts with compassion. To give them the love of Christ through us. We have to reach the lost in this world. I wholeheartedly believe that. But we also need to reach the Christian woman that is lost in her own world.
I love what Steve Furtick talks about in his book Sun Stand Still and how he writes about praying scripture. Do you know how powerful that is! Praying scripture is like eating Lucky Charms…you only want the marshmallows. It’s like eating the meat without drinking the milk. Scripture is so powerful when you speak it over your circumstance.
Maybe you’re reading this right now and saying this is me. I’m dealing with depression and not looking forward to 2011. Maybe you’re reading this and having financial difficulty or marriage problems. I’m telling you open that Bible, but before you do that, ask God to show you scriptures that will help you in your circumstance. It’s not reading a Psalm, a Proverb or reading a whole chapter of Luke. It’s finding scripture that feeds your spirit.
I John 4:4 – Greater is He that is in me than he who is in the world.
Psalm 23:4 - Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Deuteronomy 31:8 – He will never leave you nor forsake you.
These are just some of the incredible verses He gives us to remind me and you that He understands and hasn’t forgotten about you.
Maybe you’re reading this and it hits a cord with you. Maybe you judged another women for their appearance (let’s get honest; us women tend to do that from time to time). Maybe they were dirty or smelled and you didn’t want to be around them. Maybe on the outside she looked ok with her smile and laughter yet was hurting because she and her husband are having problems yet we took it as it must not be that bad since she’s smiling. Or maybe we saw a mom at Target with her 3 young children looking like she was about to just burst in tears and we just kept on pushing our cart thinking eventually she’ll figure out how to manage. Then this post is for you. I pray that this year, 2011, we become women that are bolder in Christ. Women that offer help and hope to other women-these women. Because it might be us that God puts in their life to bring them back to finish their story.