Saturday, September 15, 2012
I cried for the woman who
hasn't had a mother in 17years
I cried for the girl who lost her mother at 11 years
because of lies and fears
I cried for the gaping loneliness that
fills too much space in the heart
For the times when, even in noisome crowds
you can still feel oceans apart
For the piercing, aching soul
That wants God to come and make it whole
I cry for the truth that time does not heal all wounds
That some pain lingers so you can remain compassionately in tune
Like the ONE who is pierced
He's reminded of THE BRIDE
Jesus' pain is a reminder we're not yet at his side
I cried for the need to be broken again
to tenderize the heart
and give wisdom through the mend
for no one can love me
It's futile to expect agape
where there is no self-love
for the tragedies committed
by humanity upon humanity
for the "sake" of humanity
Then blamed on the Divinity
of the Trinity
Oh, this IS iniquity
And the only one celebrating the
murdering and the hating
is the prince of Flesh Baiting
And the one celebrating rage
and disillusion is the prince of
Because genocide didn't start
with death on a sidewalk but in the heart
of those who buy into the
paid-for advertised lies.
Someone will tell me
it is futile to cry
it is childish to cry
it is foolish to cry
I'd rather pluck out my eye
than to watch life pass by
and keep a DRY eye
or impassive lid
When I hear of women killing their babies
and treating their children like kids-
NO, they're not goats
They are the voice of the future
who don't get to vote
I cried, I cry, and
Feeling God's pain
like life giving blood
flowing through my own veins?
I still cry.
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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
I want to share with you that many did not publicly accept the challenge, but over 50 women were participating at any given time! This study will be left online, so if you want to recommend it to that Sister who just wants to push herself to go higher, it will still be available.
I would love your feedback on the challenge, what you learned, what God revealed to you while studying, and where you grew. Feel free to drop me a line here or on FB or Twitter, where yes, more young ladies were participating! I'd love to hear from you!
If you would like to join me for another Challenge, go to www.thenextgenerationleaders.blogspot.com
Beginning June 11th, we will kick off our S.A.L.T. Sessions (Spirit and Life Truths) with the Charity Challenge! Stay tuned for more and subscribe now to the blog to get the updates delivered to you!
I thank you for my precious Sisters in You, for every woman who took the challenge. I pray your abundant favor, grace, and increase on their lives, as they go out and make your name great in every sphere of influence they operate in. Keep them, continue to speak into them and reveal your intent and purposes for them beyond this study in Jesus Name, AMEN!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Shantae is worth far more than rubies.
11 Robert has full confidence in me
and lacks nothing of value.
12 I bring him good, not harm,
all the days of my life.
13 I selects household goods
14 I am like the merchant ships,
bringing my food from afar.
15 Shantae gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for those she oversees.
16 Shantae considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 I set about my work vigorously;
my arms are strong for my tasks.
18 I sees that my trading is profitable,
and my lamp does not go out at night.
19 In my hand I holds the reigns
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in the blood of Christ.
22 Shantae makes what her house needs for covering;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Robert is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 Shantae makes creative things and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with goods.
25 Shantae is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction and kindness is on her tongue.
27 Shantae watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Shantae's children, natural and spiritual arise and call her blessed;
Robert also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but Shantae surpasses them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but Shantae, who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor Shantae for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
"There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!"
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Reflect: One of the things that can put a smile on your face faster than anything else is a compliment. For the Virtuous Woman, "Thank You's & I Appreciate You" can vary. You may be too busy to hear the applause for being encumbered by many things or on the other hand you may be in a place in your life where it seems as if no one is noticing how much time, effort, and mindpower you put into running your office, your school, your household well. Rest assured God knows and he cares. As I reflect back on my years in teaching, one thing that has kept me encouraged is the letters, cards, and even the return of some of my most difficult students back to the classroom to say, "Thank You!" Whether you have natural children, adopted children, god-children, or like me, children who adopted YOU, someone notices the care and concern you show. So, My Sister, don't be weary in well-doing for you will reap if you do not faint. If you're married and it seems as though the praise has stopped flowing, talk with your spouse and communicate your feelings, and remember that praise flows both ways. If you're single, well, this is definitely a characteristic that you want to look for. The mate God has ordained for you may love you, flaws and all, but he will also point out and praise what is good about you. This is part of a healthy relationship. So, Sisters, take heart and continue the work that God has graced you for, making every effort to walk out a life that is worthy of praise!
Monday, June 4, 2012
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
- not working or in use: not working, operating, producing, or in use
- lazy and unwilling to work
- frivolous: frivolous and a waste of time
Sunday, June 3, 2012
26 She opened her mouth to wisdom; and the law of mercy is in her tongue. (She opened her mouth with wisdom; and the law of love, or of kindness, is upon her tongue.)
- binding or enforceable rule: a rule of conduct or procedure recognized by a community as binding or enforceable by authority
- a piece of legislation
Saturday, June 2, 2012
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
Friday, June 1, 2012
25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
If you're married, write down what your process of courtship was like for the next generation or your children. If you're single, think about what you want courtship to look like. How long will you court? Who would you want involved in the process to hold you accountable?
Thursday, May 31, 2012
25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
Find 31 verses on Joy or rejoicing! Begin to declare these over your days! Arm yourself with the weapon of praise today!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
She shall rejoice in time to come.
Write down who you think are the 31 Most Influential Women to you and why. If they are within reach today, let them know how much they have influenced you to be the woman you are today.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes. NIV
Write down your 31 all-time favorite songs that minister to you. Post one for us today if you have the time.
Monday, May 28, 2012
She advances the estimation and the respect in which her husband is held.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
She advances the estimation and the respect in which her husband is held. (Kiel & Deitlitzsch)
Just the above statements could send me on a preaching frenzy, but I will abstain! I know you are wondering about the topic. Advancing Manhood? I thought this was about Me? It is! As a Virtuous Woman, you ARE the lethal weapon. Ask any campaign manager. If the candidate's wife is promiscuous, volatile, unpredictable, lacking in self-control, addicted to any controlled substances, it almost always spells disaster. Contrary to popular belief, Men as well as Women are looking to marry well. Good character ranks right up there with a good credit score. Notice, the Virtuous Woman's spouse (not boo, homey, dog, boyfriend) is respected. He's not infamous. He sits among the politicians and lawmakers of the day, not with the criminals behind prison walls. I am by no means saying that incarcerated men can't change or are less. I know plenty of men who made mistakes, repented and turned from a life of crime and God is using them tremendously. The key word is turned. They no longer seek a life of crime, thuggism, or infamy, and as a Virtuous Woman, you shouldn't entertain men who do.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Reflect: If you are like me, you might have those days where you wake up, look in your closet and decide I'd rather be comfortable than fashionable. You might be an emotional stylist, dressing the way you feel, or simply a blue jeans and t-shirt or dresses only lady. Whatever your style, know that God sees us all as finely garbed in His sight. This Virtuous Woman wears only the best and is skilled at making the best for her household. What has God put in your hands to make the best of? For her it was linens and fabric. For you, it may be your love of gardening, your skill with computers, your expertise in the kitchen. Whatever it is today, know that God's hand is on it, and in it!
Friday, May 25, 2012
She is not afraid for her household when it snows,
for all in her household are doubly clothed. HCS
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet. NKJV
Thursday, May 24, 2012
A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She's quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
She spreadeth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
She stretches out her hand to the poor; yea, she reaches forth her hands to the needy. KJV
Sunday, May 20, 2012
She lays her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. KJV
Woman of Virtue, God is spinning a beautiful tapestry out of your life. He's spun in good times, hard times, times of pain, times of joy, times of disappointment, he's also woven in times of satisfaction and reward. The pattern of our lives may seem non-descript or undiscernable, but if we keep spinning, keep asking, seeking, and knocking, we will have the pleasure of seeing the garment of our lives as God intended in it's completed state. So, Virtuous Woman, I urge you, don't give up or give in for in due season, you will reap if you do not faint!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
She sees that she is making a good profit. Her lamp burns late at night. GWT
Friday, May 18, 2012
She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. ESV
Thursday, May 17, 2012
She girds her loins with strength, and strengthens her arms. (KJV)
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
She arms her waist with strength, and makes her arms strong. (World English Bible)
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
She puts on strength like a belt and goes to work with energy.
Monday, May 14, 2012
She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. NIV
She picks out a field and buys it. She plants a vineyard from the profits she has earned.GWT
Sunday, May 13, 2012
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. KJV
She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day's work for her servant girls. NLT
Saturday, May 12, 2012
She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. (ESV)
Key Word: Enterprising
What an awesome picture! I've heard the saying, "She's a brick house" but God calls us a fleet of merchant ships! You Woman of Virtue are praised today as an enterprising Woman, a woman who imports and exports the best for your house, who is willing to go the distance even for that which nourishes. With God as the Capatain of our ship, we can rest in the storms of life, we can enjoy the smooth sailing and allow him to guide us. Have you gotten on board in WorSHIP? In FellowSHIP? In RelationSHIP with God? We can make no positive, great exchange in this life that lasts without Jesus, the Captain of our Soul. In intimacy with Him, we can export the cares of this life, the weight of this world, and import his love, joy, peace, goodness, meekness, gentleness, self-control, and faith among other things. We can make an exchange today, and load ourselves with the daily benefits found in the presence of God. You, Woman of God are carrying precious cargo--YOU! You've got gifts, talents, abilities, and a personality specifically designed to bless this world. So, take the load off today, and load up on righteousness, peace, and joy in the presence of God. Only then can you truly unload your purpose.
Friday, May 11, 2012
She seeks wool, and flax, and works willingly with her hands. KJV
Key Words: Seeking, Willing, Working
Many times we associate Virtuous Woman with Paralyzed Woman. What do I mean? Many picture her as a picture perfect, unmoving trophy wife to be taken off the shelf and dusted for special occaisions. Not So! The PG31 Woman is seeking, willing, and working! She is seeking the materials she needs, she is willing to shape the materials, and she is willing to get her hands involved in the process. What about you? Are you seeking new ways to sharpen the skills God has given you? Are you willing to go the distance to sharpen those skills? Are you planning your work, and working your plan? What are you waiting on?
Thursday, May 10, 2012
She helps him and never harms him all the days of her life. (God's Word Translation)
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
When you have found someone
Who values the core of who you are
Who values the time you spend with them
Who values the experiences you share
Who values your tears and your smiles
Who values the knowledge and wisdom you impart
Who values the trust you gift to them
Who values the truth enough to never tell you a lie
Then never let go
For you have found true treasure
You have found a friend