Women's Sunday was fabulous. When she speaks her words go through me. The first time I heard her speak, I knew that this woman was indeed a woman of God. She has gone through the fire and has come out victorious and on the other side of fabulous. Her message came from the Proverbs 31 woman. A bad in a good way woman, a strong woman, a woman who knows her purpose and lives her passion. This is the ideal that we should ascribe to. We are all a work in process and even though we can't do it all we can do something. We have to allow Him to transform us and to teach us when to speak and when not to speak and how to speak. We need to always flavor our words with kindness. Even when you have to chastise, correct or clarify another; we must flavor it with kindness. People, in particular, a woman-sistah, needs to feel that you get her. That you understand her struggle, that you are not condemning in your assessment of the situation - that you care. A woman on the verge of being 31 has to wear the proper armor. That armor allows us to be protected in every situation. We need to stay in the flow of his blessings by wearing that which protects us. That protection is His word.
The other night at Bible Study, I was taught that a spiritual gift and a talent are two separate things. The spiritual gift is what God gives you and when that gift is working in you, you can't help but to do the thing. If you do not do it, it will always be with you; that thing you wished you shoulda' done at 15, at 27, at 40, at 53, at 55, at 60 will stay with you forever, UNTIL you do it. It will nag at you and it will always hover just out of your reach. Until you try it. The time to try anything is when you feel this overwhelming inner urge that says 'just do it'. Our push can come from anywhere, if we remain constant in our commitment to staying in the flow of his blessings we will know what to do. The problem arises when we fill up our lives with so much "stuff" that is distracting, that we are unable to hear that still small voice that is inside of us. The Proverbs 31 woman is a woman who is organized, who is kind, who is determined and who is wise. Wisdom comes through the doing of a thing. Once that thing is done, we understand aha if I'da only done it this way, or not done it that way and even though it turned out all right, it took a much longer time than it should. The next time I will know better. If you know better, you can do better.
After her words of correction were spoken I had an Oprah aha moment and I didn't feel put down or belittled. I felt that she heard me and she saw me, and in love and with words that I could understand she guided my mind to the place where I shook my head and said 'that was good.'