To Women Everywhere
Women are God-answers. The addition of women’s voices increases the educational opportunity for all children, stimulates the economy, and apparently decreases the risk of terrorism.
You, lovely one, have the potential to be a living, breathing solution to human problems. As I travel and declare this simple truth over the lives of women young and old, I can barely explain their response. Women not only hear what I say with trembling hearts; they speak, "I am an answer" out loud and believe.
In that moment there is a stretch, a revelation. Their eyes are reoriented and opened to see their feminine self the way God has always seen them…the one who completes. Yet this realization is just our beginning. Here is some of what I know of Heaven’s daughter:
She is lovely, intelligent, and capable. Her life is connected rather than isolated. She is loved by God and hated by Satan.
I scribe now to factor you into this revelation. It is my earnest prayer that my words will awaken something uncontainable hidden within you. I hope you will rise up with the strength of a lioness and bring God-wonder wherever you go. Then together we will be that force this world has never seen.
It is interesting that the following is the instruction for our virtuous and capable Proverbs 31 woman:
Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute! (Proverbs 31:8-9, The Message)
Things change when we speak up on behalf of others who have been silenced. Injustice trembles when we stand up for the rights of others rather than fighting solely for our own. When we cheer on justice and champion its cause, darkness trembles and hope returns to the formerly hopeless. When we rise from our complacency for the sake of the poor and destitute, they have a presence in the courts of life.
You are a lioness, and with your pride, you are the answer to the needs of your immediate community.
Adapted from Lioness Arising: Wake Up and Change Your World (Waterbrook Multinomah Publishing Group, 2010).
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