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One Woman

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Today, in the middle of my busyness, my sister in Christ, Sue Nash gave me a surprise. She wrote a poem based on my post “Woman of Faith” series. It is been honor for me and this evening I would like to share this spiritual and inspirational poem to all of my lovely reader.  My sister Sue, Thank you very much for your kindness. Love you so much. 

One Woman

One woman obeyed
To bear a child in her mistress’ place.
Sarah dared to reconsider
For the son of promise, it wasn’t too late.

(Genesis 18:14)

One woman refused
To come before the king as he wished.
Esther dared to approach
For such a time as this.

(Esther 4:16)

One woman bragged
To the childless wife and teased.
Hannah dared to believe
For a son to dedicate as priest.

(1 Samuel 1:11)

One woman decided
To stay behind with those she knew.
Ruth dared to choose
For Naomi’s God to be hers, too.

(Ruth 1:16-17)

One woman rejoiced;
To have a child at her age was a thrill.
Her cousin Mary dared to receive,
“May your word to me be fulfilled.”

(Luke 1:38)

One woman complained
To serve their Guest all alone.
Her sister Mary dared to prioritize
For the one thing that mattered most.

(Luke 10:39-42)

One woman grieved
To see her Son crucified.
Mary Magdalene dared to declare
For His disciples to come see that He’s alive.

(Luke 24:9-10)

by Sue Nash/2013

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Woman of Faith (Lydia)

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This is the fifth post of “Woman of Faith” The last posts is based on the book of Esther and Sarah, The Canaanite woman, and Rahab. This time I collaborated with my friend Kimberly to write this post.  Today I had the opportunity to have breakfast with Kimberly and I tell her about my post “Woman of Faith” Then we decided to write together. For this post we chose Lydia.

And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us. (Acts: 16:13-15)

For both of us, figure of Lydia is an awesome example. Her faithful could be a wonderful testimony to every of us especially to the new Christian. We can learn something valuable from Lydia. Oftentimes after a person becomes a Christian they don’t know what to do next, or maybe they feel intimidated by other, more seasoned, Christians. A new Christian has a loss of inertia, a waning of energy.

But let’s we see Lydia. All of these matters not become a hindrance of her commitment as a new Christian. Wholeheartedly she immediately threw herself into the Kingdom of God. She provides and opens her door house, also open her heart to the weary and tortured Christians.

Her vehemence determination should to be notice. Act 16:15 mentioned: “She constrained us” it looks like there is no word “No” for an answer. She insists to taking part in the Kingdom of God work that was available to her. She does not sit around and wait for people who need her help or waiting until someone informed her that there is people who need her help. What did she do? She drowned herself into the first place of service that she could find.

She unites herself to the church ministry and then her house became the default place for worship and refuge for Christians. Even Paul and Silas came to her house. After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left. (Act 16:40).

My dear lovely blogger, there is something valuable of this story. Figure of Lydia, once again reminds us that to be active, plunge and actively involved in the ministry is do not need years of experience. Become the member of the Kingdom of Lord works just need openness of our heart. Like Lydia, she opens her heart wholeheartedly to serve God. God has opened Lydia’s heart through Paul’s message and she commit to serve God wholeheartedly, Come; now it’s our turn to get involved in God services with what we can do. Do not only sitting and waiting, to be active! Let’s we learn from Lydia’s determination and faithfulness who have longs to serve our God. If at this time we have not participated in the kingdom of God’s work starting from now let’s we thinking about what we can do.

Taking part in God’s work does not always have to be in the church. We could do the God ministry everywhere. We can do it all around us whether in our office, among our friends, our neighborhood, or even in our family. Discover our talents that we can use for God’s work. Find out where the fields of God services are available to us and which in accordance with our ability. Let’s we go to the place that God has provided, but not to the convenient and safe place as we would like. Amen.

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.(Luke 10:2)

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.(John 15:16)

Karina – Kimberly Gow – Young Christian Career Woman Fellowship

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God Said to Woman

God said to woman

When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being. When I created man, I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils. But you woman, I fashioned after I breathed the breath of life into man because your nostrils are too delicate. I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you.

Man was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with the creativity. From one bone I fashioned you. I chose the bone that protects his heart and his lungs and supports him, as you are meant to do. Around this one bone I shaped you. I modeled you.

I created you perfectly and beautifully. Your characteristics are as the rib, strong yet delicate and fragile. You provide protection for the most delicate organ in man, his heart. His heart is the center of his being; his lungs hold the breath of life. The rib cage will allow itself to be broken before it will allow damage to the heart. Support the man as the rib cage supports the body.

You were not taken from his feet, to be under him, nor were you taken from his head, to be above him. You were taken from his side, to stand beside him and be held close to his side. You are My perfect angel. You are My beautiful little girl. You have grown to be a splendid woman of excellence, and My eyes fill when I see the virtues in your heart. Your eyes – don’t change them. Your lips – how lovely when they part in prayer. Your nose, so perfect in form, your hands so gentle in touch. I’ve caressed your face in your deepest sleep; I’ve held your heart close to mine.

Of all that lives and breathes, you are the most like Me. Adam walked with Me in the cool of the day and yet he was lonely. He could not see Me or touch Me. He could only feel Me. So everything I wanted Adam to share and experience with Me, I fashioned in you: My holiness, My strength, My purity, My love, My protection and support. You are special because you are the extension of Me. Man represents My image, woman My emotions. Together you represent the totality of God.

So man – treat woman well. Love her, respect her, for she is fragile. In hurting her, you hurt Me. What you do to her, you do to Me. In crushing her, you only damage your own heart, the heart of your Father, and the heart of her Father. Woman, support man. In humility, show him the power of emotion I have given you. In gentle quietness show your strength. In love, show him that you are the rib that protects his inner self.

MS.Lowndes

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Woman of Faith (Esther)

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My dear readers, this evening I want to try post a devotional based on woman figure in the Bible .As we know there are so many great and beautiful woman figures in the bible. This idea came from my mother. Few days ago she said that it would be good if I post an article blog based on woman figure in the Bible. There are so many great lesson that we can get from them. And then she gave a title “Woman of Faith” to this post. I think this is a good idea and now I realizing my mother’s idea.

Esther. She is the first figure that I chose for this first post.

“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16)

The life of Esther is one of the most extraordinary in the entire Bible. A true-to-riches story, she was plucked out of obscurity, chosen to be queen, and then faced with one of the most difficult choices any ruler ever had to make. Esther was a Jewish, one of God’s chosen people, but her husband the king did not know it. With the king’s consent, a decree had gone out over all the land that every Jews was to be killed.

Esther was faced with a choice: She could either stand up for her and the God of her people, or save her own skin by remaining incognito. To stand up meant, not only the danger of revealing her ethnic identity, but also approaching the king unbidden… An offense punishable by death. But Esther made her choice decisively: “If I perish, I perish.”

My dear reader, are we ready to throw ourselves into the cause of God’s kingdom with that same abandon, with a willingness to do whatever it takes no matter what the personal cost? Although the name of God is nowhere mentioned in this book, the fingerprints of God are all over it. It was, of course, God who allowed Esther to become a queen at just the right time and who gave her favor in the sight of the king, empowering her to save His people.

Esther had to make her decision by faith, not knowing what the outcome would be. And there is a trail of martyrs through the centuries that attest to the fact that God does not always deliver from death those who stand in his name. But, like Esther, we must be willing to lay down our pride, and our concern for self-preservation, and be willing to serve our Lord no matter what the cost. Amen

Karina – Woman of Faith –

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The Power of Woman Prayer

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God wants to have an intimate relationship with each one of His children.  A woman praying to God is a form of communication where amazing things can happen.  Prayer brings us closer to God when we openly come to Him, when we let our guard down, and allow Him into our hearts.  Through prayer God can bring healing to the emotionally and physically weak, this is one way He can bless us.  Experiencing the power of prayer with a group of Christian women is also something that God wants for us.  Prayer is so important because this is our way of communicating to God and with any relationship without communication the relationship will become weak.

The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer. Psalm 6:9

Praying to God doesn’t mean we will always get what we want, let’s face it God is not a vending machine.  There are times that we might feel like God doesn’t hear or answer our prayers because the answer isn’t always what we think is best, or sometimes we don’t get an answer right away.  This is where faith, patience, and trusting God comes in, by believing that He knows best and that He will answer us at the perfect time.

The more we get to know someone the more comfortable we become around them.  Whether you have never prayed before or have been for years I encourage you to get to know God in a new way so you can become more comfortable around Him.  Reading the Bible is a great way to find out who God is and praying is a great way for God to reveal to you who you are.  If you don’t know where to start or what to pray just spend some time thanking Him for the blessing in your life

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6

The devotional was taken and summarized from Christianwomenrock.com

I use this devotional this morning in Prayer ministry of Young Christian Career Women Fellowship where this fellowship just for the first time was held. YCCWF was formed from longings of few young Christian women who have run a business in any field. My business friend, Kimberly Gow was initiating this prayer fellowship. I am grateful could be involve in this fellowship. We can share everything that becomes our problem and burden. We realized that in Business world sometime or even often are very hard and cruel. Therefore we hope that through this the fellowship we can encourage one to another and together our spiritual growth will become more and more well.

Karina

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Are you a Beauty Woman?

Inner-Beauty-image-bWe live in a society that places a high degree of importance on physical appearance. Television, movies, magazines and billboards all display attractive people. We see men and women (more women) running to plastic surgeons, having many different kinds of procedures done simply to enhance their appearance. Our society is obsessed with physical beauty, and many women are caught up in that obsession as well.

But should beauty really be that important for a woman? Is beauty something that a Christian woman should strive for? What makes a woman truly beautiful?

A woman can and should be beautiful—God designed her to be that way. Her skin, hair and other features were created to be soft and appealing, and her body was fashioned to be attractive and beautiful to men. A woman was designed to be attractive, and most women want to be beautiful. However, the physical side of beauty is just a small part of what makes a woman truly beautiful.

Our society places a high emphasis on the physical aspect of beauty and neglects the other elements that really make a woman totally beautiful. A beautiful woman is not just physically appealing; she is appealing in many different areas. Because our society so largely emphasizes the physical nature of beauty, I want to explore with you all of the areas that make up true beauty and bring out the missing dimension in beauty.

Outer beauty

A truly beautiful woman is physically appealing. Not all women are gifted with perfection of physical features, but fortunately, this is not the only prerequisite for beauty. Women tend to take a critical look at their individual features and flaws and feel this is what makes them attractive or not, whereas a man tends to look at the overall impression a woman creates. What a woman does with what she has is very important in making herself attractive. Physical beauty is really within the reach of any woman.

The most influential factor in a woman’s physical beauty is her health. When a woman is healthy, she has an attractive glow about her. Good health adds more color to the face and skin and helps produce more energy. A balanced, nutritious diet and exercise plan will help a woman to have this healthy glow. It will also help to keep excess weight off and produce a more attractive physique. When a woman is striving to follow the health laws she looks and feels more beautiful.

Another key factor of womanly beauty is looking feminine. A woman should look like a woman, not a man. A woman can achieve this through her dress and hairstyle.

The Bible says women’s hair should be longer than men’s. This doesn’t mean she has to wear it down to her ankles, but it should be long enough to differentiate her from a man. Most women enjoy choosing different hair styles and fixing their hair. A woman’s hairstyle and length can contribute to her attractiveness.

A physically attractive woman is also one who dresses modestly. Our society teaches women to flaunt their physical attributes by displaying scantily clad women on billboards, magazines and most other media outlets. Many women feel they must also dress this way to be considered attractive. This is not true. A fully clothed woman dressed in a modest, feminine way is very attractive. She is not only attractive, she gains honor and respect from those who see her. A woman’s body is designed to be attractive and arousing to men, and when a woman is revealing too much of herself in public, she is stirring up the wrong kind of feelings and will attract the wrong kind of attention. A truly beautiful woman aims for respect in the way she dresses.

Inner beauty

A beautiful woman is not only admired for her physical appearance; she is admired for her inner qualities as well. There are many inner qualities that make a woman beautiful, and to cover all of them would require a separate article. However, I want to focus on three important inner qualities a woman should possess to make herself truly beautiful.

A woman should be kind—she should be gracious. Proverbs 11:16tells us that a gracious woman retains honor. When you think of the women that you hold in high regard, they usually are ladies who are kind, gentle, thoughtful, unselfish, etc. They are the women that we look up to and remember. In Proverbs 31:26
, a virtuous woman is described as having the law of kindness on her tongue.

Bradley Gerstman, Christopher Pizzo and Rich Seldes, in the book What Men Want, write, “Women are astonished when we tell them what many professional men look for in a woman on the first date—besides chemistry, of course. Are you ready to hear what men hope to find in a woman they are dating for the first time? Men like women who are nice. Men are suckers for kindness and consideration. We love women who are affable, flexible, and easygoing. Most men cannot resist a sweet woman” (page 68). Women who are gracious and kind are attractive.

A woman should also have good judgment. In Proverbs 11:22, a lovely woman who lacks discretion is compared to a ring of gold in a swine’s snout. If a woman is physically attractive, but lacks discretion, it takes away from her beauty and value. Good judgment is needed in many areas of life such as moral issues, money matters, choices, decisions, dealing with others, work, etc. A woman who possesses good judgment is of great value because she can be trusted to do the right thing.

A woman should continue to grow and better her inner self. Proverbs 31 describes a woman who is competent and capable of doing many different things. A woman who continues to grow while developing her talents and abilities is a woman of value. She is one who is able to contribute to others through these abilities, and she will be of use to her family, Church, community, etc. A woman who is developing her potential is an attractive woman.

Beautiful to God

A truly beautiful woman is not only attractive on the outside and inside, she is also attractive to God. How a woman looks to God is more important than any other quality she possesses because one day her outer beauty will fade and her inner beauty will cease, but the beauty that God sees in her will be important when she stands before Him. Being beautiful to God should be top priority on every woman’s list. The Scriptures give us some clues as to what God finds attractive in women.

God values a quiet spirit in a woman. As 1 Peter 3:3-4  tells us, “Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” Does this mean that a woman should never say anything—that she should always be quiet? No, this is saying that a woman should not have an argumentative, contentious spirit. She should not be someone who is quick to argue and demand her way. She should be peaceable to others and respectful to her husband. There are several scriptures in the book of Proverbs that talk about women who are angry and contentious, and how difficult it is to live with them.

There is a certain attitude among some women that has its roots in the feminist movement and is still prevalent among certain segments of society. This attitude is a deep anger toward men. These women want to prove that they are just as good as their male counterparts, and that they don’t need them. Contrast this attitude to the gentle and quiet spirit that God values in women. A truly beautiful woman is not in competition with men—she understands the value and strengths that they possess and appreciates them. Women and men both possess certain qualities that are needed by one another. When a woman has a gentle and quiet spirit, she is attractive to others and to God.

A truly beautiful woman is not in competition with men—she understands the value and strengths that they possess and appreciates them. Women and men both possess certain qualities that are needed by one another.

God values a woman who is submissive. “Submissive” is not a popular word in our society today. Many people think of being submissive as being weak. Yet, God has commanded women who are married to submit themselves to their husband’s authority. This does not mean that a woman should never have an opinion or say in what takes place in the family. A wise husband will consult his wife on all important issues. A woman who submits herself to her husband is a woman that understands and is yielding to the government that God has established in the home (Ephesians 5: 22-32). It is not a sign of weakness when a woman submits to her husband, it is a sign of strength. It is a sign that she is in fact submitting herself to God and is obeying the commands that He has established. It is a sign of her faith in God. When a woman submits to her husband’s authority in marriage, she is beautiful to God.

God also values a woman who fears Him. When a woman is putting God first in her life and is striving to do what He has commanded, she is attractive to God. She should continue to deepen her relationship with Him and continue to grow spiritually. Proverbs 31: 30 reads, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”

Our society places a high value on the physical beauty of women, but it does not understand all of the elements that make a woman truly beautiful. If a woman possesses only the physical aspect of beauty without the inner and godly qualities, she is a hollow and empty shell.

It is within every woman’s reach to become the beautiful woman God intended her to be. She should be beautiful on the outside, beautiful on the inside and, most importantly, she should be beautiful to God.

 

This article sent by my best friend Kimiko, written by Nancy Morgan

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