Woman, do you ever feel like a dead tree, even though you know God has filled you with living water and knowledge/wisdom that needs to be shared? Well, be encouraged. Do what's necessary to go from feeling like a dead tree to BEING the fruitful, flowering tree that God wants to make you.
When they say, "You are a strong woman." or "You are an independent woman.", are they being insulting? Are they suggesting that weak and dependent is what they expect the norm to be for women?
Isaiah 61"For the Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;.." https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/kjv/Isa.61
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July - I Cor 7:34 - An Observation, not a Command.
May - Women, we change the atmosphere.
March - Women's History:
Black Women Preachers;
No More Smallin' Up of Me; Our Greatest Fear.
February - Valentines...daily!
Dec - Christmas..don't get too deep.
Nov - Happy Thanksgiving!
October - That's not worship.
August - The devil is a liar!
July - Where do you f-i-t?
June - "No" instead of "Go".
April - Let them "kill" you.
March-Woman, You are good
February - What ministry is calling you?
January - Woman, Go!
November-Don't be a Jonah.
October - It's Time for a new
September - Youth, here is something you can conquer.
July - Passive/Aggressive Leaders.
June - It's hard to leave.
May - Woman, why are you
April - Passive/Aggressive people.
March - God will give you His
own special pulpit
Feb - Rejection can be a blessing.
January - Snakes in your life.
Women, our mere presence changes the atmosphere. Our entrance into a room/an office/a church/a family, especially if we are the first one, changes the atmosphere. Minds, hearts and bodies begin to scramble "for the right place to stand".
Stand - an attitude toward a particular issue; a position taken in an argument.
synonyms:attitude, stance, point of view, viewpoint, opinion, way of thinking, outlook, standpoint, position, approach, thinking, policy, line
In areas of the church/business/health/emergency services/non-profit/government/etc, women are still making firsts...sadly, because all parts of the country and the world AND women are not in step with the (more/most ?) progressive areas.
When we enter the room, things change. Others present either decide to accept us or reject us. Much like a new baby or new member in a family has others wondering if they will do better for the sake of/to impress/to give good light on the family or will they think themselves already good enough and rightly centered in the way they live or present themselves or will they continue to do those things that may not be conducive to impressing or giving good light or encouraging the new member or will they decide to reject the new member openly or quietly.
Women cause the same reactions.
Will we accept her as the first doctor in this practice, service member in this fire department, realtor in this office, minister in this church, lineman on this crew?
The accepting ones may consider those who they know will reject her and how he will deal with those who reject her? Will he speak with them, try to win them over? Will he try to get them to just concede and work with the process? Will he encourage her...aloud or privately...against the naysayers?
Who will not accept her and who will be their cohorts? Who will they have to fight that don't agree with their rejection of her? Will they decide to openly or privately express their rejection? Will they be willing to draw discipline for their rejection of her? How will they work this out with the women in their own family, i.e., will they increase their conversation with family about disagreeing with women in that particular area OR will they hide their open/quiet rejection of the woman at work/church?
See, all these things go on when a woman enters the room.
It's also like a bully/bullied situation. Others have to decide how they will react to the bully and the one being bullied. Join in. Hide. Stand up for the bullied. Stand up to the bully. Become and remain silent hoping to not be a target and hoping the bully will stop.
When a woman enters the room, her presence changes the atmosphere.