Don't let the difficulties of the present moments overshadow the reality of God's promises. God's promises still stand. And God's promises are stronger than our failures.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

To My Sisters In The Lord

I read this recently on Kentucky Bound and loved it so much I wanted to share with you. I have Liz's permission to copy it here so enjoy!





To my sisters in the Lord...There comes a time in every woman's life when she has to take a close look at herself. Not at her circumstance, not at what she did, not how unfair life is, or at who made you do it. She has to just look at herself in all her glory and imperfection. Have you ever admired a woman who has been through changes in her life? Or have you made up in your mind that she is just messed up. Before you make this mistake, take a closer look. A woman who has endured the most unusual life is someone of wisdom, someone who has been chosen by God to go through things that have made her stronger.Think of all the great women in the Bible: Mary Magdalene, Ruth and Naomi , the woman with an issue of blood, and Esther , to name a few. Mary was a prostitute, a very uneasy woman. But by the time Jesus was done with her, she was His closest follower. Esther was unfortunate in marrying an abusive man, but by the time God was done with her, she had married one of the wealthiest men in the land. Women are so quick to beat the next one down instead of trying to hold her up. Before you wonder, " What's up with her?" ask yourself, "What's up with me?" That woman could be my mother, sister, aunt, in-law, stepmother, niece, grandmother, great-grandmother, neighbor, friend, or co-worker, etc. That woman could be ME .Women are the carriers of life, not the channels of death. Let's build and encourage each other, as did Ruth and Naomi . Pass this to all the women in your life. Encourage and love, forgive and forget, and trust that the woman that receives this will be touched in some way.

18 comments:

Lori said...

AMEN!

Raquel said...

You said it sister. This is a great post! Much love, Raquel XO

Pat said...

As my daughter always says "Amen, sister!" Thanks. Pat

Karen said...

WOW .... that is such a great post and I completely agree with it.

There are times when my life has been very difficult, however, I nowrefuse to regret those experiences or allow them to destroy me. I think that I have been made far stronger for going through them.

I also know that I've been able to help other woman, by talking about my experiences ..... maybe that is part of God's plan...

Beckynsc said...

This could be said for the whole human race! I'm always telling people, "God put us here to take care of eachother!"

Cora from Nelia's Primitive Place said...

So true, and so good!!!!! I only pray in my own life that I, myself, am willing to be changed by what God sends my way. Cora

Rebecca Ramsey said...

How beautiful! I love it!
Becky

em's scrapbag said...

Thanks for sharing. Isn't it wonderful to see how we are all different and each one of us has something to offer that will help each other. Like the fabric in our quilts each adds to the beauty of the whole.

em's scrapbag said...

Thanks for sharing. Isn't it wonderful to see how we are all different and each one of us has something to offer that will help each other. Like the fabric in our quilts each adds to the beauty of the whole.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Marlene, I'm glad you passed this on, it is so true, us girls need to open our arms to all. Why do women judge so much and so quick. Thank you,
Hugs,
Bonnie

Heather said...

This is my favorite part of being a woman. I love the bond we're capable of. We can cheer each other on with the same passion we use to tear each other down. It's all a matter of redirecting that energy and seeing fellow mothers, sisters, daughters, friends through God's eyes. He never makes mistakes.

Salem Stitcher said...

I find the most wonderful things on your blog. Thank you for sharing.

Kelly said...

One thing women after a certain age can bond over is hot flashes!
Explaining them just isn't the same as experiencing them for yourself! :-) And when you find those that can totally relate, it does forge a community of women who do really understand (hot flashes, memory lapses, etc.!)
Blessings,
Kelly

Grammy Staffy said...

I agree whole-heartedly!

You are so right about the comment you made on my blog today.... There is a great joy in watching our children parent their children.

Have a great day, sister Marlene.

Eve said...

Sometimes another woman is the only one who can understand. Our husbands may love us dearly but they don't understand a woman's issues.

Grace said...

You! are just too sweet!!!

:)

Anonymous said...

I love this! and plan on using it at the church ladies group as part of the program highlighting women of God. Thanks! Karen in MN

Molly said...

That was worth repeating...Thanks for sharing!