Friday, January 27, 2017
He's Got a Big Bark, But He's Very Friendly
Somehow "big angry dog with big bark but very friendly" sounds like an oxymoron to me! I think I've seen some folks like that recently. I'm not name-calling but a few days ago I blogged about "by their fruits you will know them".
The day after inauguration we witnessed a multitude of women marching the streets in Washington DC and around the country, and while, I would suggest, most were calmly expressing their support for women's rights (namely, pro-abortion and anti-Trump), the news highlighted those very angry, big-bark women who showed their "not so friendly side" -- most certainly not that of the woman in Proverbs 31:25, 26: "Strength and dignity are her clothing and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue."
Today there will be another group of women in Washington DC who will be Marching for Life. I applaud their efforts for speaking up for life. But, my post today is to say, "I'm for the girl friends". I have been a writer, teacher, and speaker to women since I was a young pastor's wife. I believe God specifically Master-designed each of us to fulfill their God-given purpose and destiny to speak up and speak out for women because we realize we are here on this earth, at this specific time and place for a purpose and destiny to fulfill. Our foremother, Queen Esther had a huge dilemma -- to speak up for what was right and see her people saved or quietly resign herself to "que sera sera -- what will be will be". Her Uncle Mordecai sent a message to her. Esther 4:14: "Indeed, if you are silent at this time, relief and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows but that you were brought to the kingdom FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS?"
Here's the deal -- we don't have to march (though we can), and we don't need a microphone or a platform to share the good news. We can be the "friendly", kind, gentle, loving AND, yet, determined, strong, fearless and warrior women who believe in ALL women AND men, who desire to make a difference in this world, in our workplaces, in our communities, our schools, our churches and our homes! We will be the ones who step up to adopt, to foster hurting and abandoned children, to get involved in agencies and organizations who campaign for life and against domestic violence, sex trafficking, and so many other very important women's rights issues.
Again, the Fruit of the Spirit is "love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." That sounds almost weak compared to those out-loud, mean-spirited and angry folks who blatantly defy "friendliness". Our world does need "behind the scenes prayer warriors", but if we are sensing God calling us, we need to pay close attention. If He is sending us, we need to go! And, when we go, I'm quite sure when we open our mouths, it will be with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness will open doors to bring healing and wholeness to many of our precious "girl friends". Women, EVERYWHERE, let's unite for being peace-makers, givers, lovers, and compassionate healers!
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It was just "puppy love" that brought my Honey and I together at the ages of 13 and 12. We eventually married at the "mature" ages of 18 and 17. And that's when our faith journey began. Over the years, we encountered many opportunities to stretch our faith, especially when our babies were very sick, when financial situations were out of control, and when our marriage relationship had some rocky periods.But we made it through those times by our strong faith and trust in God. But never was our faith more challenged, than when my 63 years "young" husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Cancer. Fortunately, the 44 years of marriage and faith-building experiences, caused us to "weather the storm", and still remain in peace and strong in our faith. This "peace that passed understanding" compelled me to blog and share the principles that caused our faith to be unwavering and continues to give me the joys of living large! I'm still here, so I'm not done!. I pray you will grow in your faith as you, not only read the blogs, but apply the principles to your own life -- for the good times, and especially for those times that seem so overwhelming.