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Bishop Blake: A Prayer Agenda for Fathers

“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” – Colossians 1:9-10

 

“There’s a great hunger, a great need for expert advice on today…Abject failures are clamoring to tell you how to succeed.”

“Bad advice is everywhere but good expert advice is hard to find.”

“Sometimes, advice is very expensive, but there can be no more important dimension than that which relates to God and to eternal life.”

“The best advice comes from the Word of God.”

“It is so important to read the Bible for yourself.”

“Isn’t it great to be caught doing good?”

“Doesn’t it seem a little strange that Paul would pray for a group that seems to be doing pretty good?”

“All of us know a good start, but few of us are able to persevere.”

“When you decide you want to do something excellent for God, that’s when the devil attacks.”

“If you’ve never had a run-in with the devil, it may be because you’re going in his direction.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“You ought to be further ahead and more accountable to God than you were last year.”

“Success imposes responsibility. Blessings impose responsibility.”

“When you are succeeding, it takes a strong, secure person to help you and not get jealous of you.”

“Many consider the apostle Paul to be the greatest preacher that ever lived, except for Jesus Christ.”

“When something is filled, it has no room for anything else. And when we are filled with the truth, there’s no room for error.”

“Paul did not just pray for knowledge, but for divine knowledge.”

“You don’t know a person because you’ve shaken hands with a person…you’ve got to stay around the person.”

“The most important associate you can ever have is God almighty.”

“Stay around the Lord.”

“The priorities of so many men are confused…They want the knowledge of God so that they can accomplish their will. It’s not our will, but God’s will.”

“Wisdom is practical knowledge.”

“A dumb question is better than a stupid mistake.”

“It’s not our will, but God’s will.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“How many of you know that God will guide you and direct you?”

“When you’re prayerful… the Spirit of the Holy Ghost will guide you and direct you.”

“My brother…if you would open your heart to the Lord, He was a way of directing you in His way.”

“Your outward life ought to bring credit to your master’s name…If you’re a servant of the Lord, your life ought to reflect that.”

“The Lord wants us to be fruitful.”

“We need the help of God.”

“’Wait’ means trust in God. ‘Wait’ means rely on God. ‘Wait’ means believe that God is going to strengthen you. And if you put your trust in Jesus, He has a way of showing up.”

“Lord, I need your power. I need your presence. If you call Him, he’ll show up!”

“Lord, fill me with your power!”

“Jesus is alive!”

“God will bring you though!” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“Your enemies may come against you to bring you down, but God will pick you up.”

“God will bring you out! God will bring you over! God will bring you though!”

“Patience is endurance; it’s the ability to hold out and not be blocked by any attack of the enemy.”

“Thanksgiving is a command of God.”

“God wants you to stand!”

“Joy is in the Word of God!”

“The Lord is good!”

Adapted from the sermon, “Paul’s Prayer Agenda for Fathers.”  Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., at West Angeles Church of God In Christ.  See our entire Father’s Day service featuring Shelby 5, on The Legacy Broadcast.

 

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Colossians 1:3-14, 1 Corinthians 13:13, Matthew 22:29, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Proverbs 14:12, James 1:5, Ephesians 5:17, John 14:26, Proverbs 3:6,2 Timothy 2:19, John 15:5, Galatians 6:9, Isaiah 40:31, 2 Timothy 1:7, Acts 1:8, Luke 24:49, Jeremiah 33:3, Luke 10:19, Romans 8:31, Hebrews 12:2, Jude 1:24, Revelation 22:13.


Shelby 5 was our musical guest on Father’s Day 2017 at West Angeles Church of God In Christ! Hear their awesome acapella version of “CHAMPION” below:

DID YOU KNOW? The West Angeles Counseling Center has classes on parenting and marriage. We provide support and services to help strengthen every member of the family, and you do not have to be a West Angeles member. If you need support, and to find out more about our programs and services, please call the West Angeles Counseling Center at 323-737-7463.

The Power of Women: 8 Dynamic Traits of Women in the Bible

On Westa.org, we’re celebrating Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with a list of 8 dynamic traits of women in the Bible which are sure to keep you inspired.

As modern-day women, we seem to have as many mountains to climb today as at any other time in history. We may find ourselves questioning whether or not we have the strength to balance the weight of all the  responsibilities heaped upon our shoulders. We start our days on the run, stressed-out and worried that we’re unable to manage in our multiple roles as wife, daughter, mother, and career woman.

We end our days seeking a moment of solace by immersing ourselves in our favorite TV shows or social media outlets. Instead of finding peace, however, we’re bombarded with soul-shaking news stories and demoralizing images which seem to  challenge our  progress as a people and a nation, or worse – to undermine our faith.

We also know that we should make sure we’re healthy mentally and physically, in order to be at our best for others. However, with so much to do and so little time, we go to bed exhausted and awaken the same way, unsure of how we’ll summon the strength to rise again and start another day.

As women before us have known for centuries though, we must not lose heart when our help is as close as the Bible on the nightstand beside us.

 

8 dynamic traits of women in the Bible.

Prayer Warrior: 8 dynamic traits of women in the Bible.

OUR BIBLE, OUR POWER

The bible tells us the story of our history, and it has the key to our empowerment. Women throughout history have overcome obstacles by seeking and and relying upon the Word of God; gaining strength from its unlimited source of power.  

Here’s a list of 8 dynamic qualities of women in  the Bible to inspire and fortify you:

Prayer warrior. Women in the bible exemplify the power of prayer. Hannah’s prayers produce a warrior for God (1 Samuel 1:9-11); Anna’s prayers are rewarded with the promise of God’s New Kingdom (Luke 2:36–38).

Support system. Together, Naomi and Ruth use Godly wisdom to secure their family’s future – and change the course of history (Book of Ruth).

Purpose-driven. To cure her condition, one woman endures the possibility of disdain, scorn, and banishment in order to connect with Jesus. She allows nothing to deter her from the healing Power of God, and gives us a shining example of unwavering faith (Matthew 9:20-22).

Entrepreneur. The woman described in Proverbs 31 is a hard-working, enterprising, industrious entrepreneur who not only weaves her own fabrics (Proverbs 31:19), but from that fabric she also “makes linen garments and sells them,” and supplies products for other merchants (Proverbs 31:10-31).

Prophet. Deborah knows what would save her nation from oppression. She aligns herself with a leader named Barak who can get the job done (Judges 4).

Life-saver. Esther uses the power of grace, fasting, and marriage to save her people from extermination (Book of Esther).

Ruler of nations. The Queen of Sheba uses wisdom and discernment before giving King Solomon her blessing (1 Kings 10:1-13): but Jesus warns a disobedient generation that they will not have the same results! (Matthew 12:42)

Mother of mankind. Eve is the first woman – mother of us all (Genesis 3:20). And to Mary, a Savior is born, whose existence gives us the only living example of our fullest potential (Matthew 1:18-21).

The next time you need a boost of faith, come back to this list of Biblical heroines to remind you of those who came before you, who faced seemingly insurmountable challenges and, through the power of almighty God, triumphed. Stay strong, encouraged, and focused on the Promise of The Word. As women, we can do all things through Him who gives us strength.


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How to be a Positive Example to Others

Dr. Tonya Lewis discusses three ways we can be a positive example to others: with our speech, with our actions, and with our lives.

WATCH WHAT YOU SAY

Talk, talk, talk! It is much easier to say things – whatever they may be – than to actually do them. It doesn’t take long before others become weary of the talk we’re proud to use to influence them. We forget that “talk is cheap.” Instead of talking about it, we must “be about it.”

How many times have we missed the blessings and the good we could have been experienced, if only we had done what we talked about? When it is all said and done, deeds impress us, rather than words. In 1 Timothy 4:12, Paul penned,

…Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.

To be means that effort will have to be applied to produce the results of being. We must demonstrate Godly qualities in every area of our lives; for who we are will be exhibited in every area of our lives. For instance, if we lie to our employers, then we will lie to others. We must therefore practice being trustworthy in what we say, and in the way we live. Our outstanding and credible character should precede our names. Our words and lives should be so respectable, that those around us would hastily run to our defense when others accuse us.

 

ARE YOU LOVING?scripture-graphic1

Love is an action word; therefore, our lives must be full of loving actions. Some questions to ask ourselves:

  1. How do we react to the pain of others?
  2. How do we express our compassion, encouragement and support of others?
  3. Are others enriched because they have interacted with us, or are they, instead in a reduced state after interacting with us? 4. Do we encourage trust and patience in the love of God, or do we project worry, doubt, and fear: both to others and to ourselves?

If our Father is the Great God of the Universe whose very essence is love, then we must reflect His loving essence in our own lives. Our confession of faith in God must be genuine; it must be demonstrated beyond Sunday morning services, and impact what we say to others and to ourselves.

 

ARE YOU HOLY?

We don’t want to just proclaim holiness; we don’t want to live questionable Christian lives. We want to be holy and God-like in all that we say, do, and believe. How we live and show love should clearly associate us with the Lord in the eyes of others.

God requires us to be examples of His glory – both to believers and to unbelievers –  for our actions do positively or negatively influence others. 1 John 3:7-10 (NLT) says,

“When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. 8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. 9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God 10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.

 

YOU ARE A LIVING TESTIMONY

We should desire for our lives the evaluation of Joshua 22:2-3,5-6:

He told them, “You have done as Moses, the servant of the LORD, commanded you, and you have obeyed every order I have given you. 3You have been careful to obey the commands of the LORD your God right up to the present day. 5- But be very careful to obey all the commands and the instructions that Moses gave to you. Love the LORD your God, walk in all His ways, obey His commands, hold firmly to Him, and serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.” 6 So Joshua blessed them and sent them away, and they went home.

For this to be the evaluation of our actions, we must obey God. By being a positive example to others, we benefit them as well as ourselves. As Kingdom Citizen Representatives, let’s utilize every opportunity to be a positive example for the glory of God.

Photo, courtesy David Pugh.

Bishop Blake: When Your Soul Refuses to be Comforted

“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint – Isaiah 40:31

Sometimes, peace of mind may seem elusive. We may feel plagued by our past hurts and our sins, and it seems as if things may never be right again. When we feel overwhelmed by the shadow cast over us by the hurts of our past, we must always remember that God is often trying to teach us that we have strength in Jesus. He is teaching us resilience; how to have faith, how to overcome, how to triumph.

In this sermon, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. gives us the example of a mother eagle teaching her baby how to fly. Sometimes the mother eagle will drop her young from her grasp, then swoop down at the last minute as it falls. Just as the eagle saves her offspring moments before it hits the earth, God looks out for us in the same way. Comfort comes in knowing that God will never leave us; nor will He forsake us in our time of need.

“When you endure difficult trials your soul should be comforted,” said Bishop Blake… “Jesus has already paid the price…God is trying to teach you how to fly.

“James 1 says,

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”

What do you do when your soul refuses to be comforted? Are there bible verses that you refer to when you are feeling anxious or depressed? Please feel free to share them with others below, so that they too may be comforted.

This sermon, titled, “What to do When Your Soul Refuses To Be Comforted”, from May 27, 2012, is available HERE, on West Angeles Gospel on Demand.

Women in the Bible: 8 Dynamic Traits Sure to Inspire You

Great women throughout history have turned to God as their source of strength.  As we honor Women’s History Month, here’s a list of dynamic women in the Bible and 8 of the powerful qualities they possess.

As modern-day women, we seem to have more on our plates now than at any other time in history. It’s as if there aren’t enough hours in the day to balance the mountain of responsibilities heaped upon our shoulders. We start our days on the run, stressed-out and worried that we’re unable to manage in our multiple roles as wife, daughter, mother, and career woman. We end our days seeking a moment of solace, immersed in our favorite TV shows or social media outlets. But instead of peace, we’re bombarded with soul-shaking stories and images which seem to challenge our progress as a nation, our strengths as women; or, worst of all, our faith in God.

We also know that we should first make sure we’re fit and healthy, in order to be at our best for others. However, with so much to do and so little time, we go to bed exhausted and awaken the same way, unsure of how we’ll summon the strength to rise again and start another day.

If there’s one thing I know for sure though, we cannot lose heart when the help we need might be as close as the nightstand beside us. The Bible tells us the whole story of our history, and it has the key to our empowerment.  Great women throughout history – from the Queen of Sheba to Harriet Tubman to Oprah Winfrey – have gained strength from its source.

Here’s a list of eight dynamic qualities of women in the Bible which are sure to inspire and fortify you:

1. Prayer Warrior. Women in the Bible exemplify the power of prayer. Hannah’s prayers produce a warrior for God (1Samuel1:9-11); Anna’s prayers are rewarded with the promise of God’s New Kingdom (Luke 2:36–38)

2. Support system. Together, Naomi and Ruth use Godly wisdom to secure their family’s future – changing the course of history (Book of Ruth).

3. Purpose-driven. To cure her condition, one woman endures the possibility of distain, scorn, and banishment in order to connect with Jesus. She allows nothing to deter her from the healing Power of God, giving us a shining example of unwavering faith (Matthew 9:20-22).

4. Entrepreneur. The woman described in Proverbs 31 is a hard-working, enterprising, industrious entrepreneur who not only weaves her own fabrics (Proverbs 31:19), but from that fabric she also “makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants” (Proverbs 31:10-31).

5. Prophet.  Deborah knows what would save her nation from oppression. She aligns herself with a leader named Barak who can get the job done (Judges 4).

6. Life-saver. Esther uses the power of grace, fasting, and marriage to save her people from extermination (Book of Esther).

7. Ruler of Nations. The Queen of Sheba uses wisdom and discernment before giving King Solomon her blessing (1 Kings 10:1-13): but Jesus warns a disobedient generation that they will not have the same results! (Matthew 12:42)

8. Mother of Humankind. Eve is the first woman – mother of us all (Genesis 3:20). And to Mary, a Savior is born, whose existence gives us the only living example of our fullest potential (Matthew 1:18-21).

As our gift to you, we’ve attached a colorful download of this list here – 8QualitiesofWomen. Print it out and keep it handy for the next time you need to boost your faith.  Stay strong, encouraged, and focused on the Promise of The Word.

As women, we can do all things through Him.


 

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VIDEO: Janelle Monae inspired by young black fan

“I hope you see God in me…” – Janelle Monae

So often, celebrities serve as role models to our youth. Whether it’s a musician, actor, or reality star, kids often mimic the actions those they see on TVs, in movies and on stages.

Unfortunately, a by-product of that celebrity infatuation is that young people follow in the footsteps of those members of the rich and famous that don’t necessarily set the best examples.

But below is an example one black woman, music artist Janelle Monae, who does do the right things and sets the proper example. Have a look:

“Never in a million years did I think that I would see a young black girl wanting to look like me.” – Janelle MonáeWatch the complete segment: http://bit.ly/1BtTgfk

Posted by For Harriet on Friday, December 12, 2014

Inspirational Quotes From Dr. Myles Munroe

This week, we celebrate the life and contributions of beloved pastor and motivational speaker Dr. Myles Munroe with a list of some of our favorite quotes.

World-renowned pastor and motivational speaker Dr. Myles Munroe was founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries International Fellowship in the Bahamas and CEO and Chairman of the Board of the International Third World Leaders Association. As president of the International Leadership Training Institute, he traveled the world training leaders in business, government, education, sports, media, and religion.

Dr. Munroe was the author of 69 books. Some of his best-selling titles include: Becoming a Leader, The Principles and Power of Vision, The Pursuit of Purpose, Understanding Your Potential, Rediscovering the Kingdom, Waiting and Dating, The Purpose and Power of Love and Marriage, and God’s Big Idea, among others. Dr. Myles Munroe’s book, The Burden Of Freedom, revolutionized how many viewed the peoples of Africa and the Caribbean.

Dr. Munroe was born in poverty in Nassau, Bahamas in 1954; one of eleven children. In 1978 Dr. Monroe received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, Education, and Theology degree from Oral Roberts University, and in 1980, a Master’s degree in administration from the University of Tulsa. He has also received several honorary doctorate degrees, and served as an adjunct professor of the Graduate School of Theology at ORU.

Notably, in 1998, Dr. Munroe was awarded an OBE – Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – by Queen Elizabeth II for services to religion.

Below, we celebrate his contribution to the spiritual life of mankind with a list of some of our favorite quotes:

ON LEADERSHIP

“The Creator caused to be inherent in each created entity – including the apex of his creation, mankind – everything it needs to fulfill its original purpose. The original purpose for mankind, defined and established by the Creator, was to “rule (have dominion) over all the earth.” Since the word ‘dominion’ in this case means to reign and rule, the Creator wired ALL human beings with the capacity and natural ability to lead.”

“Leadership is not about control but service. It’s not about power but empowerment. It’s not about manipulation but inspiration.”

“People generally fall into one of three groups: the few who make things happen, the many who watch things happen, and the overwhelming majority, who have no notion of what happens. Every person is either a creator of fact or a creature of circumstance. He either puts color into his environment, or, like a chameleon, takes color from his environment.”

“Solid character will reflect itself in consistent behavior, while poor character will seek to hide behind deceptive words and actions.”

“Kingdom citizenship is a spiritual reality, but it is also a mentality. As believers, we already have the Spirit of God, but we need to learn the mind and the heart of God.”

ON PURPOSE

“Your existence is evidence that this generation needs something that your life contains.” – Dr. Myles Munroe

“Purpose is when you know and understand what you were born to accomplish. Vision is when you see it in your mind and begin to imagine it.”

“Circumstances and crises are God’s tools to move you into your purpose and the maximizing of your potential.”

“Don’t be pushed by your problems; be led by your dreams”.

“By refining your gift, you make room for it in the world. The more refined your gift, the more in demand you will be.”

“The wealthiest places in the world are not gold mines, oil fields, diamond mines or banks. The wealthiest place is the cemetery. There lies companies that were never started, masterpieces that were never painted. In the cemetery there is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential. There is a treasure within you that must come out. Don’t go to the grave with your treasure still within YOU.”

ON POTENTIAL

“Be fruitful. God’s command in Genesis 1:28 is most often understood as referring to procreation, but filling the earth with people is only part of the meaning. God’s purpose is that we bear abundant fruit and release the blessings of our gift and potential to the world.”

“Don’t ever make the mistake of telling God that you have nothing to offer. That simply is not true. God does not create any junk.”

“You must decide if you are going to rob the world or bless it with the rich, valuable, potent, untapped resources locked away within you.”

“The more faithful we are with our stewardship, the more resources God will entrust to us. That is a biblical principle.”

“Don’t be pushed by your problems: be led by your dreams”   – Dr. Myles Munroe

ON DATING AND RELATIONSHIPS

“Healthy relationships should always begin at the spiritual and intellectual levels – the levels of purpose, motivation, interests, dreams, and personality.”

“The time you are most prepared for dating is when you don’t need anyone to complete you, fulfill you, or instill in you a sense of worth or purpose.”

“Being open to correction means making ourselves vulnerable, and many people are not willing to do that.”

“Friendship is not a gift, but is the result of hard work.”

ON MARRIAGE

“Marriage is the most important decision a person will make, next to his decision to follow Christ.”

“A wedding is an event, but marriage is a life.”

“God did not create woman from man’s head, that he should command her, nor from his feet, that she should be his slave, but rather from his side, that she should be near his heart.”

“The adversary’s global attack on marriage is actually an attack on society itself, and ultimately an attack on God, the creator and manufacturer of society and marriage. The adversary knows that if he can destroy marriage he can destroy families; if he can destroy families he can destroy society; and if he can destroy society he can destroy humanity.”

ON LIFE

“Life is not measured by duration but by donation.”

“We are not to be so concerned about who approves or disapproves of us, but remember that God’s approval is what counts. Those whom God approves are approved indeed.”

“Proverbs 25:28 says, ‘Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.’ In other words, if we do not control our own lives from the inside, somebody else will control them from the outside.”

“I’m washed, I’m forgiven, I’m whole, and I’m healed. I’m cleansed and I’m glory bound. I am only a sojourner on the earth. I am but a pilgrim on this planet, on my way to perfection, and I don’t need anybody to tell me who I am, because I know who I am. I am a child of the King, a son (or daughter) of God, born again through Jesus Christ, bought with the price of His blood. I am a new creation, totally new, thoroughly loved and completely accepted as a child of my Father, precious in His sight.”

 

Dr. Munroe perished with his wife and seven others in a private plane crash on  November 9, 2014.  West Angeles Church of God In Christ mourns his loss; he will be missed around the world.

What Is a Mantle?

Man·tle1 – noun: an important role or responsibility that passes from one person to another; verb: clothe in or as if in a mantle; cloak or envelop.

 

Last month, I felt an unexplainable urge to call my first grade teacher, Mrs. James*.  Yes, it’s been quite a while since I was in the first grade, but Mrs. James was someone not easily forgotten.  She and her husband worked side by side as civil rights activists while raising two daughters.  She was devoted to her church, belonged to numerous civic organizations, fought for a progressive education for all children in our small New England town, and had a list of accomplishments too numerous to list here.  In other words, as the old folks might have described her back then, “She was a credit to her race”.

But, at 5 years old, I didn’t know any of that.  I just knew that she was pretty, dignified and elegant like my mother, and she seemed to like me a lot.  She made me feel special, and she always found ways to highlight my drawings for projects in class and events at school.  I wanted to be an artist, a teacher, a writer, and a dancer, and through her, I saw no reason why I couldn’t do it all. She was one of the first adults outside of my family who not only saw and promoted the best in me as a student, but she also saw the woman I could become.

As an adult, I’d kept in touch with Mrs. James, even joining her in civic endeavors over the years. And when I announced that I would be looking for photos for a book which honored African American community, culture, and civic achievement, she was among the very first to respond, sending her precious family mementos encircled with a special encouraging and supportive note.

On the night last month when I’d called her home out of the blue, it was her husband who answered the phone. He immediately explained, as if I were waiting to hear some sort of news, “She’s still in the hospital.  She’s in a coma now though, after the stroke…”

 

Wait…stroke?

 

Everything went quiet in my head.  Mr. James continued to speak to me for a few seconds, then the phone went quiet on his end. Moments later he asked, his voice barely audible, “How did you know?

In 1 Kings 19 is the story of how God reveals to the great prophet Elijah that, after he’s gone, a young man named Elisha would carry on his ministry.  When the time had come to pass the torch, Elijah, in symbolic gesture, threw his cloak – also known as a mantle – over Elisha; who then met, with total commitment and enthusiasm, the challenge of taking over as spiritual leader for his people (2 Kings 2). Mantle here represents not just a garment.  It also symbolizes the responsibility of the present generation to use its spiritual gifts to further the mission God placed within the previous one.  Like passing the baton in a race, the mantle also symbolizes the “covering” and protection we receive when we, in total surrender, continue on our leg of the journey God ordained to move His people forward. The question is: are we, as a generation, prepared to take the baton from our forefathers?  Or will we allow the dream die with us?

When I learned that Mrs. James had passed away, I felt that maybe the “baton had fallen”. There couldn’t possibly be anyone else like her again.  Who had her will to teach children to see the best in themselves? Who saw her vision of the promise of America as a people, and as a nation?  And who was left to fight so tirelessly for us now?  And then… I remembered.

 

Karen Lascaris is a regular contributor to Westa.org. She’s an artist, designer and author of “In Our Own Image: Treasured African-American Traditions, Journeys, and Icons”, which can be found in libraries, schools and archives across America.

*The name has been changed to protect the privacy of the subjects.

 

THE POWER OF WOMEN: 8 DYNAMIC TRAITS SURE TO INSPIRE YOU

THE POWER OF WOMEN: 8 DYNAMIC TRAITS SURE TO INSPIRE YOU

As modern-day women, we seem to have more on our plates now than at any other time in history.  It’s as if there aren’t enough hours in the day to balance the mountain of responsibilities heaped upon our shoulders.  We start our days on the run, stressed-out and worried that we’re unable to manage in our multiple roles as wife, daughter, mother, and career woman. We end our days seeking a moment of solace, immersed in our favorite TV shows or social media outlets. But instead of peace, we’re bombarded with soul-shaking stories and images which seem to challenge our progress as a nation, our strengths as women; or, worst of all, our faith in God.

We also know that we should first make sure we’re fit and healthy, in order to be at our best for others. However, with so much to do and so little time, we go to bed exhausted and awaken the same way; unsure of how we’ll summon the strength to rise again and start another day.

If there’s one thing I know for sure though, we cannot lose heart when the help we need might be as close as the nightstand beside us. The bible tells us the whole story of our history, and it has the key to our empowerment.  Women throughout history – from the Queen of Sheba to Harriet Tubman to Oprah Winfrey – have gained strength from its source.  Here’s a list of eight dynamic qualities of women in the bible to inspire and fortify you:

Prayer Warrior. Women in the bible exemplify the power of prayer.  Hannah’s prayers produce a warrior for God (1Samuel1:9-11); Anna’s prayers are rewarded with the promise of God’s New Kingdom (Luke 2:36–38).

Support system.  Together, Naomi and Ruth use Godly wisdom to secure their family’s future – changing the course of history (Book of Ruth). 

Purpose-driven. To cure her condition, one woman endures the possibility of distain, scorn, and banishment in order to connect with Jesus. She allows nothing to deter her from the healing Power of God, giving us a shining example of unwavering faith (Matthew 9:20-22).

Entrepreneur.  The woman described in Proverbs 31 is a hard-working, enterprising, industrious entrepreneur who not only weaves her own fabrics (Proverbs 31:19), but from that fabric she also “makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants” (Proverbs 31:10-31).

Prophet.  Deborah knows what would save her nation from oppression.  She aligns herself with a leader named Barak who can get the job done (Judges 4).

Life-saver. Esther uses the power of grace, fasting, and marriage to save her people from extermination (Book of Esther).

Ruler of Nations. The Queen of Sheba uses wisdom and discernment before giving King Solomon her blessing (1 Kings 10:1-13): but Jesus warns a disobedient generation that they will not have the same results! (Matthew 12:42)

Mother of Humankind. Eve is the first woman – mother of us all (Genesis 3:20). And to Mary, a Savior is born, whose existence gives us the only living example of our fullest potential (Matthew 1:18-21).

As a gift from us to you, we’ve attached a colorful download of this list here –  8QualitiesofWomen ; print it out and keep it handy for the next time you need to boost your faith.  Stay strong, encouraged, and focused on the Promise of The Word.  As women, we can do all things through Him.

Written by Karen Lascaris