Starting fresh: A new theme + our New Year's Anti-Resolutions
This year, we are starting off on a different beat, with a brand new theme and a few New Year's anti-resolutions to boot.
Welcome to 2021. We made it through the "he who shall not be named" of all years (aka 2020). If there's one revelation I took from 2020, it's that God is allowing His church and His people to be refined. As any silversmith will tell you, nothing refines better than the fire, and boy did we get some heat in 2020. At the end of the day though, as chaotic as things can get; God is still and always in control and anything He allows is ultimately for His plan and purpose. This should greatly comfort us knowing that even when things seem out of our control, He is fulfilling His purpose in our lives! With these thoughts in mind, and with some prayer and reflection on where to take The Serpent & The Dove this year, I was reminded by the Holy Spirit of the story of Queen Esther. Considering such a woman of faith, and the steps she took to fight during times of persecution and hardship reminded me that we don't always need the "perfect circumstances" in order to fulfill God's purpose for our lives and that we too, like Esther, can rise even in the midst of trials. I also spent some time developing some new year's "anti-resolutions" to make sure we kick the year off right! Scroll down to read about our 2021 theme and anti-resolutions.
2021- Women Who Rise
“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14
This year's theme draws inspiration from the beautiful Queen Esther herself- a classic example of a woman of faith who stepped up to the plate during times of difficulty and allowed herself to rise to the challenge. We will be studying women of faith who faced difficult circumstances and didn't crumble but chose to RISE. We believe 2021 is a year for many women of God to speak up, rise up, and shine for Jesus. The world needs your voice , your testimony, your skills, your abilities and I believe with all my heart that perhaps we too "were born for such a time as this".
I'll admit it, although I'm quiet and introverted, there's a side of me that's always been a little rebellious. If everyone is doing one thing, it will probably get me thinking- "How could I do it different?" Our January anti-resolutions take popular resolutions and flip them on their head (in a good, biblically based kinda way).Stay tuned for these posts weekly throughout the month of January.
A Prayer for our readers
I lift up right now each and every reader that comes across this site. I pray this year that you would bless each and every one of these women with inspiration, fruitfulness, and the courage to stand up, speak up, and give you glory in spite of trials, persecutions, and hardships. May we be women like Esther, bold in our faith and committed in our obedience. Use us Lord, as you did Esther, to intercede for our nations, our families, and households. Anoint us and inspire us to use our gifts, abilities, and talents for Your glory and Your good pleasure. May we rise this year as believers and women of God like never before. Unite our hearts in unity and may we forge strong and lasting friendships and relationships with other godly women. We ask this in Your Son Jesus' name, Amen.
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