In the morning it is stressful to get ready to leave the house for school and your job. After your working hours you need to quickly drop by at the grocery store, pick up the kids, fix a meal, clean up, go to a meeting or the gym, come home, take a shower, read your Bible scripture for the day and then finally get into bed an hour later then you’ve planned. Recognizable?
In today’s world it is mostly women who are victims of abuse, trafficking, rapes. Women have less rights, are often not allowed to speak their mind. They are seen as less valuable and sometimes have to completely cover themselves. She Rises is a movement that aims to empower and encourage women. Why would we want to do that? Because it’s Gods vision.
There was this boy who went to school every day. When he arrived he would start with watering the plants, bringing the teachers a cup of coffee or tea, he would clean the yard and throw out the garbage. He would clean out the dishwasher and refill the copy machine when it ran out of paper. At the end of the schoolyear he didn’t pass to the next grade…. Why not? He always attended school and he did good things, right? Yes he did, but it wasn’t his job to do these things. It wasn’t the reason he had to go to school.
Can you think of a moment in your day, week or life in which you felt content? What was it like? What were the circumstances?
Some people always seem full of passion and fire for God. Their enthusiasm can fill up a room, when they talk about God the room lightens up. People who are always abundant in praising, loud in singing and convincing in their believe. I remember a quote which says “Let me burn like a flame untamed”. A beautiful statement, isn’t that something to aim for? A fire that can’t be stopped, a constant enthusiasm and a burning passion for Jesus everyday of our lives.
Imagine: You are walking in the mall when you see someone from church, the person passes you but doesn’t greet you. The radars in your head start to work, “Is she angry with me?”, “Did I say something wrong the other day?” You start filling in your own story, your mind takes a walk with you and often it is in the negative realm. Do you recognize this?
The Bible tells us that children are a blessing and gift to parents and they truly are. But even though it is the truth, it doesn’t mean it always feels that way. It can seem like it when you look on social media, when you see al the happy pictures of perfect families. It looks that way when I enter the living room of one of my friends. It is always neat and clean and organized. Her kids are polite and always seem to behave well. How glad it made me to hear about her struggles with her son. Not glad for her of course, but glad it’s not just me who is having struggles with this whole parenting thing. I think Christians all over the world encounter the same difficulties in parenting.
I love to teach about Gods word, so the children in my class know their teachers favorite subject: Religion. And last week we talked about the great commision Jesus gave His disciples and how He tells them they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on them. And they will be His witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Matthew 28:19, Acts 1:8). We talked about how amazing it is that without the internet, airplanes and television, the gospel was spread and nowadays there are over 2 billion Christians. So these disciples did a pretty good job in sharing the good news. We talked about how important it is to share your faith with others, it can literally change peoples lives.
In my last blog I wrote “Sometimes God can call you to do something out of your comfort-zone, something you don’t feel like doing or something you can’t even imagine seeing yourself do. You might even wonder if God didn’t mistake you for someone else when He called you for this task.” Well today I would like to get back on that. Because I wondered, if your recognize questioning yourself, where do these doubts come from?
‘Where God guides, He provides.’
Maybe you’ve heard this verse before, it’s in Isaiah 58:11, I don’t know what your association with this line is. First I always thought about material things. For example if God calls you to be a missionary God will provide for your income (well, I’ve been a missionary and that is what He does) but I think it enhances more than the materials needs.