Women Who Lead, Rise Up

Monday, August 10, 2015

This past weekend I had the privilege of going with my women's ministry group to the Women of Faith Farewell Tour in Denver. I have never been to a W.O.F. conference so I wasn't sure what to expect other than to leave the conference with an eager expectation on God to do great things and bring me new insight and zeal. Well, He did just that. Although many said this year was different and there was not much time in the bible, God showed me so much and gave me a new perspective on women who lead and how we should rise up.
The group of women who started Women of Faith in 1996 all came to say farewell as they pass the baton. They were between the ages of late 70's & early 80's but didn't act a day over 25. They spent the last 19 years traveling together working for The Lord and learning how to do it in one accord. Most of them have been friends for well over 30 years. Their wisdom brought forth hope for the next generations. Their ability to speak with boldness was a reminder of the example queen Esther left for us all. Their life experiences were now memories that would instruct the younger women in truth and love. But most importantly, their friendships painted pictures of grace and unconditional love. It was as if their success in ministry and leadership was a product of who they were not as individuals, but as a unit, as one. This was beautiful to me and honestly changed my entire perspective on women's ministry. 
People automatically assumed that because they have been working and traveling together for so long that drama was inevitable. They must have had a bunch of cattiness, arguments, and competitive spirits rise up, right? I will have to oppose that theory. I believe they chose otherwise. I believe this because each of them spoke of completely different topics and experiences but the common thread was choice. Choosing emotions, choosing to love or hate, choosing to rise up or fall under. In their long lives they had realized the importance of choice and that we all get to make it. Now I am sure there were moments of weakness but I absolutely do not believe in their ministry this struggle was a constant. In this season God had given them together I want to believe they rose above. 
Women who lead, we have to rise above the cultural norm and expectations. We have to choose that in our ministries, our jobs, & our relationships, something will be different. I have noticed that we go into everything that involves other women with the full expectation that drama is inevitable. Well my dears, drama is a choice. We have believed that women cannot thrive together without disruption because that's the way it has always been. Girls are catty, too many emotions, all of the different attitudes, oh those crazy hormones. one of the speakers said

  "God has designed our will to be stronger than our emotions so that we will not be driven by our hormonal imbalance. Emotions do not have brains." -Patsy Clairmont

She was absolutely right. Our emotions do not have brains so blaming them for our behaviors is not justified. God has given us His Spirit and when we choose to walk in the fullness of that, we will to be like Him. She went on to say, 

"Ladies, accept an invitation from a divine and Holy God to be transformed. You are more than you know." 

Thank you Patsy. We can hold onto her wise words and remember what God is capable of. God is 3 parts and I know for a fact they are not at adds with each other but in full unity. Women, we are to be one body in our ministries. If I am the leg and you are the foot and we are at odds, we will be considered crippled. We do not want our ministries to be crippled. We cannot invite the death spoken over our gender into our ministries. We are constantly told women have too many emotions to walk together in love. Well let's choose to give one another grace. When someone tells you women are catty so in ministry there will be a lot of bumps in the road, choose the another path.  If the world says women are in competition with one another, let us choose to encourage each other instead. 

"So then let us pursue what makes for peace and mutual uplifting." -Romans 14:19

In our own work and striving this is impossible but remember, with God, all things are possible. When we invite God to examine our hearts (Psalms 139:23) we can know the root system of our intentions, thoughts, and actions. Are we rooted in love or hate. Life or death. Grace & satisfaction, or envy & strife. When we ask God to permeate our souls and direct our paths this is more than possible, it is the expectation. And then, when all of the choices for righteousness and Godliness have been made, we will have risen above the cultural norm. Everyone who experiences what we have to offer will taste the reality of God. Our lives will have depth and our fruit will be abundant. And most importantly, the God who spoke this world into existence and breathed air into our lungs, He will be glorified.

"Women, when you are faithful, watch God make you a woman of substance. Becoming a woman of substance is a hard long journey that will not be complete until we are at the feet of Jesus. But until then, you better gird up!" -Patsy Clairmont 

"Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own." Philippians 3:12

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