(The Women's Group in my church: read here for more.)
I wasn't given a lesson manual or anything, the instruction was.. pray and think about what you feel the women in your congregation are in need of hearing.. ? Oh great...?
Turns out I had just picked up a book by Sheri Dew titled:
I was intrigued with the title when I saw it. The word Powerful especially. People strong enough to withstand the trials and troubles of this life. People able to make it through tragedies and worse. It made me think about powerful people I know, whose lives are filled with difficulties and how amazed I am at them.
The Author tells a story about how she was given a pass card to enter church buildings after the security had been increased. But she had not needed it very often since she was recognized around the grounds by security. There was an early meeting she was attending and found that the security guards were not there and a door was locked. She rang a buzzer and the person who answered said, "Sister Dew do you have your security card with you?" When she answered yes, he told her that the card would get her into all the doors.
Here's what she had to say:
The irony was unmistakable. For months I had carried with me a badge that had given me privileges I hadn't understood or, worse, taken advantage of. I had not understood that badge's power.Isn't that true of most of us? We have a power within us that is unmistakably given from on high. If you draw on that power you pretty much cannot fail.
Further in the same chapter of the book Ms. Dew points out 4 ways we can live up to this power given:
- God wants a powerful people. (Seems clear to me, if God wants it, it's gonna happen eh?)
- He gives His power to those who are faithful and who qualify. (I'm guessing she means if you live a cruel and mean life, even though God wants to bless you He cannot. It's that simple.)
- We therefore have a sacred obligation to seek after the power of God and then to use that power as He directs. (Again it's simple: ask and it shall be given. Gives me the feeling that God is ready and waiting to offer assistance, waiting for me to just ask.)
- When we have the power of God with us, nothing is impossible. (There's a popular phrase: Nothing is impossible for two people as long as one of them is the Lord.)
Here's a scripture she quotes:
And we ask thee, Holy Father, that thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that thy name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have charge over them.I like that. '...thine angels have charge over them.' Sorta like a mother's prayer over her children when they leave each day, huh?
Here's my take away lesson from thinking about all this.
I have set a goal to invite the spirit into my life each morning. To look around and find the small and simple ways that the Lord is trying to 'talk' to me. And to genuinely listen. Sort of like saying a simple prayer each morning:
Dear God, please help me to hear when the spirit whispers, and then to act on it!
As a side note... a week ago, we were about to pass thru an intersection where the light was green. When out of NOwhere a cop car with lights on but NO siren came flying from the side direction running the red light! I totally did not see it coming. I was able to screech to a stop and felt like I barely missed a complete T-bone nightmare? Who knows? Was I protected? I dunno. But the kids were just as upset by it as I was, and we all agreed... it was a really close call.
I think I'll stick to my simple daily prayer.