We’ve started a new series for the ladies group at my church. We’re studying different ladies from the Bible, talking about their God-given gifts/strengths, what we can learn from them and how we can apply it to our lives in the here and now.
On Friday night we got together for the first time since the summer started. It was just nice to get out with the ladies! It wasn’t sans children but it was a well deserved evening out.
We have a new goal this year…. start on time! We haven’t really had a set schedule ~ we more or less “fly by the seat of our pants”. We always do a study and pray but it ends up going on forever because of a late start time and everyone talking all the time. I have a mission to keep these nights organized and we’ll do a “girls nite out” another night of the month where we can stay up all hours of the night and get our 25,000 words out!
The series I thought that would be good for right now is learning to walk in our inheritance as daughters of the King. It is being jump-started from a book I’ve been reading.
The first inheritance we are looking at as God’s girls is “Strength” – now this isn’t the world’s idea of strength ~ domineering and in command, which is often times inflexible or insensitive to the needs of others. God’s kind of strength means we will take the right action from God’s viewpoint and stand for His principles while being loving and wanting the best for other people.
We looked at Abigail as an example. She had many goldy characteristics, one being wisdom but this time it was her strength we focused on. If you’re not familiar with who she was do a little reading, 1 Samuel 25:1-42.
Webster’s dictionary gives many definitions for the word “strong” but here’s a few that stand out to me:
~ not easily defeated; formidable; not easily dislodged; deeprooted,
~ having many resources,
~ having a powerful effect.
Abigail had those definitions of strength when she first approached David after hearing about the conflict between her husband Nabel and David. This girl had skill! To put it mildly… We’ll continue to dig into her life for the next couple of meetings – at least until I know that we’ve all had a “lightbulb” moment!