Sunday, June 22, 2008

Yesterday I met with a group of women from my church who were working a) to better understand what being a woman of God is and b) trying to use that knowledge to serve the women of the church better. I've never been big on woman-y things at churches. And I was relieved (and blessed) to find out that the team of women God had assembled all felt the same way.

To prepare for the meeting yesterday, we read several books about being women. There was one that (surprisingly) stood out to all of us. Despite its cover with flowers, a cup of tea, and other woman-y (i.e. cheesy) items, it was packed with biblical lessons of women of the Bible and a description of a strong woman who claims her helper, mother design. And does NOT see her uniqueness (from men) as a weakness, secondary, or of lower worth (as today's society would have us believe).

There was one quote that stood out to me as being particularly poignant for organizing a ministry for the women of our church

"But on this side of the cross there are more similarities than dissimilarities between the woman and the girl. in our compartmentalized, specialized culture, we forget the splendor of the similarities. We are prone to huddle with those whose situations and season of life resembles our own. This is not the covenant way. The unity and communion of the redeemed single business executive and the homeschooling mom is established in Christ, not in choices and situations. These women have more in common with one another than with unsaved peers.

They have been set apart by the Lord God.
They have been purchased by the blood of Christ
They have been adopted into God's family.
They are daughters of the King.
They are sisters.
They will spend eternity together.
They have the same authority and purpose
They are to become in practice what they are in position; holy and blameless.
They have access to the same graces; God's Word, His Spirit, worship, and His people

....Every redeemed woman is a daughter of the King"
from The Legacy of Biblical Womanhood by Susan Hunt and Barbara Thompson

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