“Leading Lady”

I wrote a skit a few years ago titled, “Bad Girls of the Bible” and showcased some women in the Bible who were really not that different than many modern day women and young girls. They struggled with insecurities, trust issues, self-doubt and rejection.

When you read the story of the woman at the well in John 4 and begin to consider why she was promiscuous, more than likely it was the low value that she placed on herself, coupled with her low self-esteem. Her actions were probably an attempt to gain attention by any means necessary. The men loved her and the women hated her. I’ve often heard young women say that they don’t have female friends for a number of reasons, which is sad because they don’t realize how important it is to have a good friend or two for encouragement on this journey through life. Having someone pray with you, pray for you and to have your back can make a positive difference in your life, so before you count out the next woman, give her a chance. A beautiful, lifelong friendship may develop if you open your heart to receive her.

Take action now: Meditate on Proverbs 27:10: Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away (New International Version)

Embrace this truth: Friendships are like oxygen. They are a necessity!

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“Launch Out into the Deep”

My youngest grandson was born in October 2007, but when my daughter was pregnant with him, the doctor warned that he would likely be born with severe physical and mental defects. The doctor suggested terminating the pregnancy to spare the child from a lifetime of suffering. While waiting for the test results of my daughter’s amniocentesis, I prayed that regardless of any defects he was born with, that he would know how much he was loved.

God answered our prayers. The test results came back ‘normal’ and he has been a tremendous blessing to our family. It’s during times of uncertainty that your prayer urgency shifts from ‘shallow’ prayers to getting on your face before the Lord and crying out from the deep pits of your soul—to get God’s attention. We’re living in the of chaos: terrorist threats, economic uncertainty and a pulling away from the principles of the Bible. We can’t buckle and became faint-hearted. We have to get on our face before God and intercede for one another.

Take action now: Meditate on Psalms 37:25 I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. (New Revised Standard Version)

Embrace this truth: Victory is yours!