So, I am half way through teaching this Fall Semester, and I can hardly believe how fast the time has gone. I have been teaching “Without Rival” by Lisa Bevere to a committed group of women on Wednesday nights at TCS, and there has been a tremendous amount of personal growth this semester. We have been reading Lisa’s book and then watching her videos regarding embracing our unique calling in this particular generation. Every week the series seems to just get better and better as we peel back the layers of self-discovery and dive into the challenge of actually living out the things we’ve read and listened to her say over that last couple of weeks.
How do we as women stop comparing and competing with one another, and actually help build each other up and stand on the shoulders of those who walk out their ministry well? How do we impact a younger generation as they look to us as the evidence that God is still faithful and sovereign? How do we continue to press on as light in the darkness, sharing a hope that will transform even the most helpless of circumstances? That hope is Jesus, and we have such a valuable ministry in being mothers, wives, in the work force, in our churches, in our community. And believe me there is still a lot of work to be done.
I love this quote from Lisa Bevere…. “God created women to be intimate answers to enormous problems.” What a profound statement, yet I think we as women sometimes don’t value ourselves enough to grasp the enormity of what our small efforts actually accomplish. The word intimate means deep, direct, firsthand, or personal. This description fits the woman perspective perfectly. We have the ability to create deep meaningful and personal relationships with eternal beings and have a lasting impression on those whom we have the privilege of raising (our children for example), friendships, and all other relationships we foster. We hold the answer in the way we get to love other people. We are an enormous answer, because God is an even greater solution!!!
My friend once told me that she always wanted her life with the Lord to be like that of a woman who is pregnant. As the time passes it becomes more and more obvious that she has been intimate because her body is revealing the growing life within her womb. I want to be that kind of woman as well! I want it be obvious that I have been intimate with My God who is continuing to transform me daily.
May all of you grow in intimacy with the Lord and see that you are an answer, and Jesus is the solution!
“The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, and the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.” 2 Corinthians 13:14