BUSY! That word defined means “having a great deal to do” or “to keep occupied”. Just for a moment take a closer look at some of the synonyms: involved, absorbed, engrossed, immersed, preoccupied, distracted, diverted, concern; and on the list goes. This word BUSY is indicative of someone who is so wrapped up in an activity that they are given over to it. Busyness has captivated and consumed them to the point they may be missing something of even greater importance! Today’s lifestyle is fast-paced, hurried, and chaotic. The demands on our time and schedule are great. There is so much competing for our attention that priorities can often and easily become misaligned. Busyness can be evidenced all around us and in us. Busyness is a thief and a robber of our time, while cleverly disguising itself as productivity.
“I have nothing to wear!” are always my words when I have someplace to go. My clothes are stuffed in my closet, mind you, but I have not one thing to put on! Feel me? You’ve been there too and probably uttered these very words this morning!
“Do you consider yourself a bold woman of God? Are you a risk taker? Women wear a lot of hats inside and outside of the home-it is easy to get bogged down with the everyday rush. Take a moment today and think about what happened today. Did you live your life based on God’s Will? Did you carry yourself in a manner that is infectious to others?” Live a bold life for God, and all the other things will fall into place.”
“Our plates tend to get full quickly because we are trying to please everyone. We need to remember our own needs and the needs of the ones that are close to us. Sometimes we strive to fulfill the needs of others and overlook our own. Learning to say “No”, actually isn’t the end of the world.”
“Comparison is the thief of joy”
Comparison distorts our inner peace. It merges our attention towards our shortcomings while distracting us from what truly matters. It completely blocks our vision to see God’s perfect plan for our lives. But why? Why do we find the need to compare our life with that of someone else? Simple, because of our insecurities and fears. We compare because of our lack of self-worth.
During Moses’ first encounter with God (burning bush) in the desert, the Lord instructed him to go to Egypt to convince Pharaoh to free the people of Israel from slavery. Moses was horrified when God asked him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. According to Exodus 3:11″….Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
In other words, Moses was like, “Listen God, I don’t know if you know but I am not fit for this job.” Moses didn’t think he was good enough. Now, of course, God responded and said, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say” – Exodus 4:11-12
Basically, God is telling Moses here, and you and I today, that it’s only because of Him that we can do all things. “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord” Zechariah 4:6.
In conclusion, comparison prevents you to become the best version of yourself. Keep your focus on where God is leading you. Everyone’s walk in life is different. We all run in our own pace towards our purpose. Also, know who you are and Whose you are. You are the daughter of the Most High God; you are made in His image; you are chosen, holy, and loved; you are the head and not the tail; you are above and not beneath; you are clothed with strength and dignity and made for such a time as this. Don’t allow your joy to be stolen!
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There is so much we can learn from Mary, the Mother of Jesus. She is often in the background but when we see her in scripture, she makes bold impacts! For example, when you think of the first miracle of Jesus do you think of Mary? Probably not…but her role was vital! It was her faith and trust in Jesus that lead to the miracle! She gave Him the opportunity to step in and fix a problem and we can do the same thing in our lives, leading to miraculous results!
Have you ever compared yourself to any of the women in the Bible? Did you know 93 women were recorded for their spoken words and 49 of those women were named. So, if we finger through the Bible those numbers do not seem like that many compared to what we see women doing in today’s world. Keep in mind the majority of the women that were named were the women who showed some type of prominence and often stepped out of the ordinary according to Hebrew times.
Thanking the women who played a role in your life
May 12th is Mother’s Day and this day tends to draw me out of the ordinary circle of just celebrating only birth mothers. I find myself thinking of all the women who have played a role in my life and who have been a huge part in shaping me into the woman I am today. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Proverbs 31:28-29 says “Her children arise and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praises her. Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” What noble things have the women in your life done for you, or what noble things have you done for others? I think we, as women, get so caught up in our “checklists” that we lose track of time and miss out on opportunities to bless others. Or perhaps you tend to get wrapped up in the fact you do not get the praise you deserve, but let’s not let that interrupt your praise for others.
Women need to be encouraged and reminded of how wonderful they are. Do me a favor, remind one woman in your life today how wonderful she is.
The women we need in our corner
How about the Mary Magdalene’s of our lives? The women that often do not get the recognition they deserve because they are just always there. Those are the women that have been through the good, bad, and ugly with you. The women that have stuck by your side perhaps during their own conflictions, but never muttered a word. Those are the women we need in our corner!
Have you found yourself in a sticky situation or maybe just on the verge of making a bad decision? Did you have a Miriam who saved you from the consequences? Remember Miriam was Moses’ older sister who helped save him after being left in a basket by his mother to protect him from being killed. Did you tell your Miriam how thankful you were that she took the time to save you from the “what if”?
“She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.” Proverbs 31:25-26
Surround yourself with the Hannah’s who remain faithful and believe in YOU. Women need to be believed in, told they are brave, smart, and capable of accomplishing any dream that they have.
Celebrate all of the women who got your back
This Mother’s Day, I encourage you to celebrate ALL women who have birthed you, inspired you, loved you, supported you, encouraged you, believed in you, protected you, was patient with you, prayed for you, and last but not least always there for you. Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women, who have her back.”
To the women reading this, “Uncover your dreams and your passions, and share them with the world; your ideas, your voice, but most importantly your presence, because you are a gift to the world.”
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:2-3
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The story of Joshua, the walls of Jericho, the spies and the unshakable Rahab is one of my favorites in scripture. I have heard it told and read it a million times. If you are not familiar with it, please take time to read it (Joshua 6: 1-27).
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”Proverbs 31: 25
The future can be exciting as well as very intimidating. Whether it is looking into starting a new job, moving to another country, or trying to meet your goals in a certain time frame, it can make you feel small but simultaneously encouraging you to press through in order to reach your goal.
Strong and Courageous
Esther was a woman clothed in strength and dignity. She was the one chosen by God to save the Israelites from an ethnic cleansing that was about to take place. She was strong, courageous, and there was nothing that was going to stop her from standing against the edict of the king, even though she was well aware that she could have been killed in the process. You see, in those days, no man or woman were allowed step into the presence of the king without an invitation. However, even so, in all boldness she entered in and pleaded for her people, just like God instructed her to do. And guess what, she survived because the Lord was with her.
Uncertainty and Fear
The uncertainty of what could go wrong brings on fear that can either motivate us or paralyze us. Esther was uncertain of what was going to happen to her. Nevertheless, she did not allow fear to paralyze her. On the contrary, she allowed it to motivate her to step forward in all boldness. I can’t imagine how terrified Esther must have been the moment she appeared uninvited before the king. However, one thing I am certain of is that she knew God was with her and therefore confidently walked in such way to fulfill her purpose.
The future will always be exciting and intimidating, but
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord will fulfill His promises to Her”Luke 1:45
So whether you have the next five years of your life planned out or not, trust Him. His plan for your life is perfect and the good work he has started in you he shall complete. Your life is in His hand!
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Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.John 20:1 NIV
While reading this very familiar scripture during my quiet time, the words, “While it was still dark” jumped out at me. I have always seen this as a reference to the time. Well, not today… because you know God, He reveals His word in new ways all the time! From now on, these words have a new meaning for me altogether. These words do not simply represent the time of day but also the time in Mary’s life.