What are the things that all women have in common, whether they live in the Ozarks or in the deserts of Africa? I believe every woman has been hurt by someone at some time and that they are all leaders. They may not feel like leaders, but they are--as mothers, wives, friends, relatives, employers, employees--leading by example. Leading in the work and purpose that God has given each of us to fulfill.
What do all these women need to help them in their hurt and in their roles as leaders? They need to know they are loved and with that they need security. Where does that unconditional love and sense of security come from?
For those who are in Christ Jesus, we know that He is love and that He has told us that He will never leave us or forsake us. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for us. His love is not based on our merit or good "behavior," but on His love and mercy that He so freely gave when He died on our cross--crucified for our sins. His love is eternal and ever-lasting. It is daily. It is our source of life. It is our freedom from pain and past hurts and it is our security.
I was reading in God's Word this morning about God's greatest gift to us--the Holy Spirit. Upon receiving Christ's salvation, we receive the Holy Spirit--as a seal and deposit upon our hearts. He is always with us and it is He who shines the light of God's truth into our hearts through God's Word, prayer, someone's testimony, praise and worship, or whatever avenue He chooses. He shows us God's great love by His presence in our lives.
I want to encourage women that God has a great purpose for each of us. My life verse comes from Jeremiah 29:11-13, "for I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." I am reminded too of a verse that gives us hope as sisters in Christ: (In the last days,) "I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy..Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days" (Joel 2:28-29). Don't be discouraged in these days we are in. God is here. He is an ever-present help in times of trouble. He has a purpose for you. He will pour out His Holy Spirit on you to accomplish His will. His Word will not return void. He loves you and He is your security!