Monday, May 30, 2016

Kingdom Thought -- Week #15 (Chapter 12 -- Final Chapter)

A Kingdom Woman and Her Community
As we come to the conclusion of our reading of Kingdom Woman I am led to offer this prayer on our behalf:
Dear God, as time continues to move swiftly each day help us to realize and truly embrace that "Our Time Is Now" -- not for ourselves, but to make a mark for You, Oh God.  Like never before we seek you and desire to be a light in darkness for those in our family and community -- for those who don't know the way.  Help us to set aside our own plans, our own desires and selflessly, totally surrender to you.  Thank you for not requiring us to be perfect or "superspiritual", but only that we be forgiven to be used by you.  Thank you for looking past our faults and weaknesses and seeing us as Kingdom Women.  God we are so grateful that you love us in spite of our shortcomings -- that You find us worthy and that we have Your favor.  Let our influence and impact be mighty for Your Kingdom and may our actions for You speak louder than our words.  We surrender all that we may be in position to be used by you (for such a time as this).  I petition you now on behalf of myself and my sisters at HTWBC, that our eyes be opened, that we may see that you have called us and blessed us to be a blessing to others.  I humbly submit this prayer with thanksgiving, believing in Jesus name that You will answer.  Amen

Esther 4:14 -- ...and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this

Question/Thought:  Share how this final chapter or how this book in general has blessed your life.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Kingdom Thought -- Week #14 (Chapter 11)

A Kingdom Woman and Her Church
As Kingdom Women, God has given all of us gifts that extend beyond the four walls of HTWBC.  God is concerned that our internal spiritual value is high because as older women, we are instructed by God to disciple the younger women.  When I was a younger woman, I used to think "older" meant "old" and that the Titus woman scripture did not apply to me.  When I look around at the generation of young ladies coming up, I feel more compelled than ever to encourage and disciple them -- to help them become Kingdom Women.  Dr. Evans raised some good points for us to reflect upon:
  • we should use our tongues Godward (to build up others and not tear down
  • we should not allow substances to control our lives
  • we must teach what is good
  • we must encourage others
My prayer today is that the Kingdom Women of HTWBC adopt and live by Titus 2:3-5.

Titus 2:3-5 --  Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to  love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. 

Question/Thought:  How did this chapter speak to you? 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Kingdom Thought -- Week #13 (Chapter 10)

A Kingdom Woman and Her Family Life

This chapter reminded us of the importance of honoring God's alignment -- The man is the head of a woman, Christ is the head of every man and God is the head of Christ.  We must remember that it's not about being equal, but about our role as women and that role as we learned at the very beginning of the book is essential.  We cannot, however, fulfill our role if we are not willing to line up according to God's ordained structure.  More importantly, we also should not expect to receive the free flow of blessings from God if we don't align ourselves under God's word.  Dr. Evan's pointed out that even Jesus who is equal to God in His being, He was not equal to God as far as His function on earth.  Jesus declared that He came to earth not to do His own will, but the will of the Father who sent Him.  Jesus submitted to the Father.  As Kingdom Women, we have to be submissive to God's word and for those of us who are Kingdom Wives, we have to be submissive to our husbands.

Question/Thought:  Share your thoughts on what this chapter meant to you as a Kingdom Woman/Wife.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Kingdom Thought -- Week #12 (Chapter 9)

A Kingdom Woman and Her Personal Life
At times all of us feel the pressure of the many duties we have to fulfill.  It's easy to get entangled, even when we are busy doing "good".  As Kingdom Women we have to ensure that in all of our busyness, we make time for the most important relationship of all -- the one between us and our Father!  Dr. Evans pointed out that if we are not spending time cultivating our spiritual relationship it's not because we don't have time, but instead, because we are not making it a priority.  Whatever is first in our life and whoever we desire to spend time with, we find time to do so.  Because God loves us and desires relationship with us when we don't make Him a priority, he prunes away the "sucker shooters" so that the life won't be sucked out of us, destroy us and cause us to be fruitless.  Thank you Lord for loving us so!!!

Psalm 37:4-5 Delight yourself also in the Lord and He will give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.

Question/Thought:  What are some of the "sucker shooters" (friends, distractions, etc.) that you need to allow God to prune from your life?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Kingdom Thought -- Week #11 (Chapter 8)

The Prayer of a Kingdom Woman's Faith

This was yet another powerful chapter in our reading.  I am encouraged that, as a child of the King I have legal rights.  I am so grateful that God honors His word and that when I speak it back to Him, He will act on my behalf.  I used to really struggle with prayer -- just "throw up a prayer" and expect God to answer.   As I have grown spiritually, spend more time with God and in His word I have learned how to pray and see results.  Prayer is now like breathing to me -- I must pray and pray often and when I don't I feel just like Dr. Evans described, like driving a car with an almost empty gas tank.  I am a witness that if we diligently seek God and line up with His will, He will answer.  So if you've been praying and it seems like God is not answering, be encouraged, God still answers prayer and He will come through for you -- after all, He has a covenant with us!  Remember, pray regularly, sincerely, secretly, thoughtfully and specifically.  Don't give up!
1 Thessalonians 5:17 -- Pray without Ceasing
James 5:16 -- ...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much

Question/Thought:  Share something from your reading of this chapter that spoke to your life.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Kingdom Thought -- Week #10 (Chapter 7)

The Possibilities of a Kingdom Woman's Faith
God often calls us as Kingdom Women to walk a path unknown to us -- come out of our comfort zones and the only way we can do so is by having faith that He is leading us.  I loved the paragraph that shared, Faith is acting like something is so, even when it is not so in order that it might be so simply because God said so.  We all know the familiar scripture, we walk by faith and not by sight -- let's challenge ourselves to put faith into action in our lives this week.

Hebrews 11:1 -- Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Question:  Share your thoughts on how this chapter on faith blessed you and renewed your faith.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Kingdom Woman -- Week #9 (Chapter 6)

The Pursuit of A Kingdom Woman's Faith

We have all had times in our lives when we have not truly trusted God as we should.  In fact, we often say we have faith, but when our faith is tested we may waver or hold on to our own human wisdom.  I love how this chapter described the woman positioning herself to receive what she needed from the Lord.  It stated that she "passionately pursued" God and humbled herself before Him to receive her healing.  She wanted nothing more than to be in God's presence because she knew He had what she was in need of.  The chapter says that she had to "let go and go low"!  I was reminded while reading that if we let go of our pride, completely pursue God and humble ourselves before Him, He will release His power to meet our needs!

Matthew 17:20 ... if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there and it will move and nothing will be impossible to you.

Question:  Why is it that we find it difficult to fully have faith in God?