Christmastime is my favorite time of year. I’m sure it is for may be for many of you as well. Even though the days and nights are filled with business, there seems to be so much excitement and love in the air that it makes the chaos tolerable and even enjoyable.
The year was 1954. The U.S. Billboard Chart ranked “Little Things Mean a Lot” by Kitty Kallen the #1 song of the year! Laced with simple lyrics about little niceties and endearing smiles, this tune captured the essence of how significant the smallest of gestures can be to the person on the receiving end.
In today’s society however, we are hard-pressed to find people who value simplicity. We have become over-indulgent, materialistic, and self-gratifying. We long to flaunt our success and look impressive, having the finery and luxury that will cause others to envy. We are hurried and at times even frantic people, often going nowhere fast! Sadly, it is not “the little
things” that we value!
A large portion of my life has been spent battling insecurity. I spent years listening to the voices that told me I was unlovable. That I wasn’t enough, that I was too much; that I was dumb and ugly, too soft and not worthy. The list could go on and on. I was told so many times who I was by others that, after a while, I started to believe them.
“We all die the goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something that will.” (Chuck Palahniuk) We all experience grieving and loss in different ways, but have you stopped to think how people will grieve your loss? What impact are you leaving on the people you surround yourself with? Find your “why” and run with it. Be a game changer in this highly competitive world.
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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“And when He (Jesus) had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.’ And Simon answered, ‘Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word, I will let down the nets.”-Luke 5:4-5
Do you ever feel like you’re digging a perpetual hole? Toiling, sweating, giving everything and never being satisfied? Maybe it’s with your work. Maybe it’s in a relationship. Maybe it’s in your finances. Or maybe it’s a God-dream that you’re trying to make happen because He promised it to you?
“We toiled all night and took nothing…”
I can imagine you know exactly how that feels. To work so hard (sometimes even through the night) only to see you wasted time and didn’t get anywhere. It’s aggravating, isn’t? I like to imagine how Simon felt (or at least how I would have felt if I were him) in the moment when Jesus told him to go back out and fish. Maybe he was thinking, “Alright holy-rabbi-teacher-carpenter-dude who probably knows nothing about fishing. We’ll give it another try—but you’ll see!”
A glimpse of His glory
Yet in that moment, Simon Peter was granted the humbling experience of seeing God follow through in His seemingly illogical yet good instructions. He not only heard, but experienced that Jesus’ words are always true.
“And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking…But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees…” (v. 6, 8)
Jesus didn’t have to bless Simon Peter to the point of breaking—but He did. Jesus desired his
Seasons in life
There’s something terrifying and beautiful about “go” seasons; times in life when Jesus moves things quickly and things start to fall into place. I’m currently in a season of waiting for God to say “GO.” I know this because I’ve felt resistance when I’ve tried to make moves on my own. And I’ll admit, this is very different and difficult for me. I’ve always been someone who pushed open doors and just let God close the ones He didn’t want open. But now He’s saying, “Hanna, be patient, I’m going to open up this door Myself this time.”
Sometimes in life, there is resistance from the devil but you push forward because you’ve heard God’s instruction to do so. But other times, we try to go our own way and feel resistance because God hadn’t yet said to do so—and we toil for nothing. Anything done outside of the purpose of God’s Kingdom and eternity is pointles because anything outside of God’s Kingdom and eternity will fade away. He gives important tasks to be done in His timing and instruction.
A humbling experience
After that humbling experience, Simon Peter saw that Jesus was one to be trusted. So he dropped everything immediately and followed Christ. They didn’t take the fish with them. They didn’t try and say, “Lord, let us sell these fish you’ve blessed us with so we can use that money on our travels with you.” No. The Lord said go, so they immediately let go of everything and pursued Jesus. And that last part? That’s the key. Whether you’re in a season of movement and excitement or you’re in one full of waiting, rooting and asking questions; you still pursue Jesus. You drop everything—the blessing, the doubt, the excitement, the frustration—and pursue Jesus. Because we can find discontentment in any and every season of life if we aren’t passionately loving Him.
See the blessings in all seasons
Seasons of full nets or empty nets shouldn’t determine our mood and choices either—only Jesus should. I know I’m convicted of not letting Christ’s love dictate my emotions, choices, dreams and life-purpose. But when we surrender, worship, obey and love, He blesses us to the point of breaking. With His love in our hearts and His perspective in our minds, we can see that blessing in all seasons.
So let’s focus our eyes on Jesus—and see the blessing in every season given to us. Let’s wait, pray, love each other and chase the dreams God’s placed in our hearts. And let’s encourage other women to do the same.
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On October 3 rd of 1863, the late president Abraham Lincoln of America declared “Thanksgiving” a holiday in America. It is normally the 4 th Thursday of November. It was modeled after the New England colonist harvest feast. They were accustomed to regularly celebrating “Thanks Giving” days of prayer – thanking God for blessings such as military victory or end of a drought.