I sit before my computer unable to sleep or lay these weary bones to rest as the thoughts whirl around in my head of all that I would like to say. As women who agree and disagree sometimes avoiding conflict sometimes not, we abide in God in a world filled with differences, yet we are all the same to God. We say we crave to be a slave for God yet we enslave ourselves to the very things God detests in our own lives. We congregate and congegate professing the latest news that has captured our attention long enough to grab the latest news of our sisters demise or rise. Holding our breath as we enter a room wondering if they see you, do you dare look. Filing into a room filled with women who are weak and who are strong, who are brave and who are scared, women who love and women who hate, those who are filled with passion and those who are fried and used up. Together we gather young and old silently filling our pots with treasure and our stomachs with pleasure. Pushing our food around with our forks, sipping on our tea and coffee sometimes wishing we were somewhere else. Engraved on our hearts however, is the obedience of Christ that teaches us the sacrifices of grace. Whispering and wondering, laughing and crying, rejoicing and groaning all for a cause to further this deluge of joining together in one accord as the Father would want for us. Romans 15:5-7 "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepts you, in order to bring praise to God". Nowhere does this happen that something huge doesn't happen. When this force of commitment to One and to one another comes together the air is suddenly fuller. An unequally matched component never to be duplicated. O we try year after year, but it is always different as we gather much in the same way. A tweek here and a pinch there tightening up the finishing touches of a never ending masterpiece.
A woman of noble character, who fears the Lord, who prays to God, who learns, who is blessed among women, who remains silent and dresses modestly and teaches the younger women how to be women of the past. She teaches us how to die, how to live, how to grow and persevere. Long suffering for the betterment of others, for the faithfulness to God and of God that sees us through. 1 Peter 3:5 "For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful". O that we all would strive for such a beauty treatment.