What an honor it is to be a guest blogger on this website! I have taken a look around and this is an amazing platform for women to network, fellowship, uplift, and encourage one another. The piece that I shared above is entitled “Stage of Life.” As I wrote it, I was reflecting on my personal testimony as a woman, and what I have had to endure and overcome. One of the BIGGEST issues that I had to face and still do to this day sometimes, is the issue of who I am in Christ. The Poem starts off with James 1:23-24:
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
The point that I was making here is that “My favorite poet” told a group of women that they were beautiful, but because I hadn’t rehearsed what God said about the creation that I was to him (fearfully and wonderfully made) it was hard for me to believe it without second guessing.
The other point that can be made from these scriptures is the part where I “stepped onto the set and didn’t get a chance to introduce myself.”
When we don’t know who we are and the authority we have as women in the kingdom, the enemy will try to destroy our image of ourselves by telling us lies about who it is we are. That is why it is important to rehearse the word of God in our lives so that we won’t be tripped up with the lies of the enemy.
I also wanted touch on the last part of the poem where Deborah, Esther, Ruth, Mary, the woman at the well, and Rahab were highlighted. Hebrews 11 gives a look at how many of the people in the Old Testament overcame, and then Hebrews 12 says, “We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.” It is a great idea to look at those before us, those that are in our cloud of witnesses and see what they represent. These women listed in the bible are not only a representation of what we can do, but also an outlook on how much MORE we can accomplish than them!
The poem ends with this scripture in Revelation 12:11.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
This just speaks to how I (we) overcame the enemy that comes to destroy: by the blood of Jesus Christ, and by the word of our testimony. Our testimony is our story of God working in our lives. The intent of this was to encourage us to rehearse what God has done for us, so that only TRUTH will influence our walk! I pray that you received what God has blessed me to share through my gift!
Sisters in Christ! Get up, wake up, dress up, and walk onto the stage of life EVERYDAY clothed in God’s righteousness, boldness, and strength. Cover yourselves DAILY in his word!
I love you all!
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