Greetings fellow sojourners! As I reflect on those who are preparing their hearts for praying and fasting to the Lord I am reminded of the varied backgrounds of you precious women. You who are lifting your heart and voice to the Lord for the renewal of a stale marriage, or for new life revived in places long called dead, for those not yet married but are praying in advance for your marriage, for you who need repentance in the stubborn places, or for healing where there has been betrayal…
Be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength (Ephesians 6:10). We are also taught that we can do all things through Him who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13). We might be tempted to say we will respond as soon as our spouse responds…but no! Our invitation comes from the Lord! A goal during this anointed time together is to be bound in unity with other women in prayer and to be courageous enough to confess to the Lord we desire to be used as a catalyst for change in our marriage. We launch by praying, fasting, believing, repenting, forgiving, and loving. We prepare our hearts for His grace and are obedient to His prompting for change in our own heart and behavior.
Proverbs 31:28-31 states, “Her sons rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her: Many women are capable, but you surpass them all! Charm is deceptive and beauty (outward appearance) is fleeting, but a woman who fears (has reverence for) the LORD will be praised. Give her the reward for her labor, and let her works praise her at the city gates.” Lord! Let this be a proclamation in our own lives! In this passage, the woman is portrayed as having wisdom, noble character, and strength. Do you desire the same?
I must say, you DIVAs that I am privileged to be able to worship/study and give praise to God with each week, I miss your radiant faces already! I cried on the way home thinking that the Lord has entrust you to me for His allotted time and purposes. I am so grateful and humbled and love you all! Thank you Lord for the opportunity You have given us to pray and seek Your leadership. Strengthen us as You guide us in the way of wisdom, noble character, and strength. Purify us from thoughts and deeds that do not bring You glory. Present us in the eyes of our spouses as delightful as we also find them to be our delight. You are worthy of praise and glory and honor! We delight in you Lord!
Let us join together in a special prayer of perseverance and guidance for the new women who have joined us: Judy, Rhonda, Jean, Alicia, and Connie. Thank you Lord for these precious women of Yours! May you pour out wisdom, grace, and mercy as they approach Your welcoming throne of grace!
I could hug you all!