Many thanks all of the women who joined the inaugural Leap of Faith Prayer Call for women last night. I pray it was an encouraging, empowering, and inspiring time, and that everyone who called in got what they needed from God.
If you missed the call yesterday, want to hear it again, or want to share it with folks you know, you can listen to the recording by using the number and codes below:
Playback Number: (641) 715-3589
Access Code: 859-866
Reference Number: 1
Here’s an excerpt of the devotional I shared:
How often have we heard in our lifetimes Psalm 118:24? “This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
I would venture to guess that we’ve heard it countless times, and probably recited it as well.
But what God really wants me to impress on each of you, my Sisters in Christ, is that we’re thinking too small when it comes to what God has predestined for us and what He wants to do for us.
In fact, if we really want to give God space to move, we have to know and confess that this is the YEAR that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
I believe with everything in me that this is the year for women to to take Leaps of Faith in their lives, careers, ministries, relationships, and even in their dreams.
It’s why the Holy Spirit led me to establish a luncheon series to cultivate networking and empowerment for women. And it’s why I’ve prayed that you’d all join me on this call this evening. Just so I can agree with, intercede for, and pray with each of you for the breakthroughs you’re expecting God to deliver for you this year.
As I prayed about what God would have me to say to you all tonight to encourage you, He told me to tell you that you, women, we are strong. We are not weak. We aren’t shrinking violets. No we were made from strength. And as we prepare to go and possess all that God has for us this year, we need to know that we know that we know that we are strong in and because of Christ.
The evidence of our strength can be found right in the first book of the Bible. In the first chapters of Genesis, God walks us through the creation of, well, everything. Light and dark. Day and night. Earth and heavens. Water and land. Animals. Everything. Then He creates man and woman in His image to rule over His creation.
And that’s where it got interesting.
The Bible says in Genesis 2:7 that God formed Adam, the first man, from the dust of the earth and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils. But when we get down to verse 22 of the same chapter we see that God then forms woman, Adam’s helper, from his rib. So we’re actually made in God’s likeness from bone.
So I did a little research on bones. And here are the two most compelling facts I found:
– Our bones, inch-for-inch, are stronger than the steel used in the construction of skyscrapers; and
– Our strongest and longest bone is our femur, or thigh bone.
These two points alone underscore the fact that we, women, are literally made to withstand. We were created from the stuff that supports, protects and strengthens others. And literally what we are made of makes it possible for us to take on, shoulder, carry, and face every weight life attempts to heap on us.
Women were made from bone. Not men. Women. We were made to be strong.
Now, I certainly am not saying that women are stronger or higher or better than men. We were created to be their helpers and we are called, once married, to submit to our husbands who are submitted to the guidance of our Lord. That hierarchy is not debatable. It is the right order of things.
But you need to know that you’re made of stuff that doesn’t break easily. It doesn’t back back down from a challenge nor does it yield in the face adversity. You need to know that you’re made from some of the toughest stuff in the entire human body and that’s not by accident.
It’s not by accident because you and I are also created to do something that men are physically incapable of: give birth. To deliver new life. And I declare that it is time for you and me to give birth to the ideas and desires God’s planted in us, according to the Word of God.
That idea for a new business or nonprofit? God wants to deliver it and deliver you to the larger territory it holds.
That dream of a promotion or new job? God wants to deliver it.
That heart for service and love? It’s time to deliver.
Those prayers for guidance and wisdom? It’s time to deliver.
Those prayers for loved ones? God’s about to deliver.
Prayers for relationships? Delivered.
Prayers for finances? Delivered!
I confess according to Matt 6:33 that all these things are added to you in the name of Jesus. All God asks is that you shift your focus from your problems, and even from His promise, to seek Him first. And then, He will deliver you!
And I pray you’re ready to give birth!