Seek and Find: Women in the Word

Ladies!  I’m so glad you are here!
Did you get a chance to dive into the scripture from Monday?
Some of you are shouting “YES!!  I read them and highlighted them and cross-referenced them with my Strong’s Concordance!!”
Some of you may be saying, “Yeah, I read it, while I was hanging out in the waiting room for my annual exam.”
Others may be hunkering low, trying not to make eye contact with anyone and whispering, “um, I didn’t get a chance to, but I plan on it tomorrow!  I’ve just been so busy with VBS, and the pool, and preschool graduations, and the 400 baby showers, graduation parties and weddings I’ve been invited to…”
Take a breath Betty.
It’s fine.
This is a guilt free, excuse free, condemnation free, judgement free zone.
Just. Show.  Up.
Wednesdays will be reserved for Women in the Word.  A day where we find women in the Bible who struggled and sought God for some of the very same things that we deal with, yet managed to come out on the other side of it better than before.

I would like to start with Deborah.
Judges 4:1-16 (read this)  details Deb.  Can I call her Deb?  
First off, props to God for having a woman in such a high level of power!  Not only was Deb a prophetess, she was also the 4th judge of Israel.  People came to her to hand out justice and you will see that she was in command of armies and had the authority to give orders and hand out consequences to those who didn’t follow.

I wonder how many other women in the marketplace, or servants and handmaids, or wives of men Deb was leading said things like, “You know, Deb.  She thinks she’s alllll that.  Well, I for one think she’s bossy.”
Or, “Deb really gets on my nerves.  You know I walked by her and she didn’t even say hello to me!”  

Just like God knows you have the characteristics to fulfill His will for your circle of influence.
Deborah had to trust God without a shadow of a doubt that these men were to march into.
If she heard people talking about her, the Bible doesn’t mention.
It didn’t say, “God had a kick butt plan for Deb, but she shrunk back because she was afraid of what people would think of her.”
God knew that she had the characteristics to lead these armies and fulfill His will for the nation of Israel.
He’d given those characteristics to her for goodness sake!
But the men she led didn’t always have the same confidence.
In verse 6-7, Deb ensured victory to Barak.
I mean, she was a prophetess for Heaven’s sake.
Silly Barak….
He doubted.
In verse 14 she again repeated, “Go!  God is going before you to supply the victory!”
Is there a battle you are facing right now that God is stretching you to believe Him for?
Is there an order or directive or a nudging from the Holy Spirit that you’ve pushed away because it sounds too crazy or impossible?
Are you listening to the words of others around you more than you’re listening to the words of God?

God has already given you the victory in that situation.
Even if it doesn’t pan out like you want or expect or prayed for.
God positioned Deb just like He’s positioning you.
For this very moment.
This very battle.
He’s given you the victory.
You just have to take it.

I’m a book-shelving, former tap dancer, wanna be writer, singer,
and banjo player, mother of 4, wife of 1, follower of Christ,
walking in the shadow of the Proverbs 31 woman
and redeemed by the grace and love of an Almighty God…
just living the dream.

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