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The Story of Deborah

Dear Reader, 

I would like to end Women’s History Month with the story of Deborah:the judge, the military leader, and the prophet. The Book of Judges even describes her as a “mother of Israel” but it can be assumed that this is a title as there is no mention of her actual children. I just want to take a deeper look into the characterizations of Deborah and what that could mean for us, as women.

THE JUDGE

What is most interesting about Deborah’s story is that she was called a judge before she called Barak to war. People came to her to resolve disputes: she was–what can be described in modern day terms —a mediator. She would just sit under a palm tree and help people. 

Maybe you’re called to resolve some minor disputes that are happening around you… as a woman of God. As a woman who can hear and discern the voice of God, maybe you can help. 

Maybe you’re just being called to stop stirring the pot. I love gossip, I mean wow do I love to know the tea about everyone and everything, but that aint biblical. People’s business should only be in your mouth if you are praying in your prayer closet and talking to God about helping them find a solution. 

THE MILITARY LEADER

Another interesting aspect of Deborah’s story is how Deborah became a military leader. Barak was the military leader for the Israelites at this time. His army was something like 10,000 in number. Because Deborah was attuned to the voice of God she told Barak, commanded him- in the authority God had given her- to go to war with his army. Barak was nervous about going to war and he said he wouldn’t do it unless Deborah came with. (Judges 4:8)

Barak put Deborah in position because he needed support. Maybe you need support. Maybe you need to call in backup in your life right now and the backup is divinely ordained to see you through this season. 

THE PROPHETESS

The real reason any of this happened, is because Deborah was attuned to the voice of God. Today too many things distract us from the voice of God. It’s very hard to discern if that was God or the debate on twitter that triggered the next desire in your spirit. 

What is most interesting is that Deborah’s prophetess-ness was different from the priests of the day. Biblical scholars say that she didn’t go make sacrifices. God just talked to her and she shared what she heard (leading worship and preaching). 

Maybe you are called right now to draw nigh to God so he will draw nigh to you… so you can be attuned to his voice. I’m not say you’re going to be a prophet or dream dreams and see visions… but maybe someone is waiting on you to be the hands and feet of God, which you can only be after you hear from Him. 

Biblical Ways to Rest: How to Find Balance as a Busy Woman

Dear Reader, 

We all know that one woman. The one who seems to have it all together. She can effortlessly balance being a wife, mom, boss, and friend. We admire her and sometimes feel like we can’t even compare. But the truth is, we are not superwoman, nor are we supermom, super homemaker, or super boss-lady. We are human beings who need rest just like everyone else. In this blog post, we will discuss biblical ways to find balance as a busy woman.

The benefits of rest and how to make time for it in your busy schedule

God rested on the seventh day after creating the world, and He commands us to do the same. When we take the time to rest, we’re able to refuel and refresh both our minds and bodies. May these biblical ways to find balance as a busy woman help you live a healthier, happier life. Here are some biblical ways to find balance as a busy woman:

  • Make time for yourself each day. This could be as simple as taking a few minutes to sit in silence or reading your Bible.
  • Take regular breaks throughout the day. Get up from your desk every hour or so and take a quick walk around the block.
  • Schedule at least one full day of rest per week. Use this time to relax and recharge, without stress or obligations.
  • Find creative ways to incorporate rest into your busy schedule. For example, take a bath instead of a shower, or listen to music while you work.
  • Decide what your priorities are and put them into practice. If you value your time alone, be honest with people about what you can and cannot do.
  • Be assertive in setting boundaries. This means saying no when you need to and not feeling guilty about it.
  • Practice self-care. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself emotionally and physically, so you have the energy to stick to your boundaries.

Prayers for finding balance as a busy woman

Prayer is such a powerful tool that we have been given, and it is one of the best ways to find peace and balance in our lives. When we take our worries and concerns to God in prayer, He promises to give us His peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6-7). So if you’re feeling stressed out and overwhelmed, remember to take it to the Lord in prayer. He is always faithful to hear us and help us!

  • “Lord, I need your help. I’m so busy and I feel like I’m never doing enough. Help me to find balance in my life. Amen.”
  • “Father, help me to set aside time for rest. I know that you want me to be healthy and whole, and I can’t do that if I’m always on the go. Help me to find ways to relax and recharge, so that I can be ready to serve you again tomorrow. Amen.”
  • “God, I know you love me and you have a plan for my life. Help me to trust you with the details, and not try to control everything myself. Guide my steps and give me wisdom as I seek to honor you with my time. Amen.”

Women as Prayer Powerhouses

Dear Reader,

Did you know that women have always been the prayer powerhouse of the church? From Bible times until now, women have been at the forefront of prayer. In this blog post, we will explore why women are such powerful prayer warriors and discuss some of the amazing things God has done through the prayers of women. We will also look at some Scripture verses that show us how powerful prayer can be when it comes from a woman’s heart.

One of the things that make women such powerful prayer warriors is their compassion. Women are often more in touch with their emotions than men, and they tend to have a heart for others. This compassionate nature leads them to pray for others regularly and fervently. In fact, the Bible tells us that ” The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man (woman) availeth much” (James 5:16). God hears the prayers of His daughters, and He is moved by their faithfulness in praying for others.

Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons we have against the enemy. It’s also one of the most effective ways to intercede on behalf of others. As women, we are uniquely equipped to be prayer warriors. We have the ability to stand in the gap and fight for our families, our friends, our churches, and our world.

If you’re feeling called to pray more powerfully, here are a few tips:

  • First, start by spending time with God every day. Get into a regular habit of reading your Bible and spending time in prayer. The more time you spend with God, the more you’ll be able to hear His voice and know His will for your life.
  • Second, be bold in your prayers. Don’t be afraid to ask God for big things. He is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine. 
  • Third, don’t forget to pray for yourself! It’s easy to get so caught up in praying for others that we forget to take care of our own spiritual needs. Make sure you’re staying connected to God and keeping your own relationship with Him strong.
  • Prayer is an essential part of the Christian life, and as women, we have a unique role to play. Let’s step out in faith and become the prayer warriors God has called us to be!

Scripture is full of examples of how powerful the prayers of women can be. One notable instance is when Hannah prayed for a son and God granted her request (1 Samuel 2). There are also many stories about women who were used by God to perform miracles through prayer. One such woman was Mary, mother of Jesus. After she learned she would be having Jesus, she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth and praised God for His great mercy (Luke 1). Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and said prophetically stated “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear” What an amazing testimony to the power of prayer!

So what can we learn from these examples? Women have a powerful voice when it comes to prayer, and their prayers are heard by God. We should not be afraid to pray boldly for ourselves and others, knowing that God is always willing to hear us. Let’s rise up as prayer warriors and ask Him to do great things in our lives and in the lives of those around us!

Women in Church Leadership: The Brief History and Its Impact on the Church

Dear Reader, 

The church has been around for centuries, and during that time, women have not been allowed to hold leadership positions. This is a topic that has been debated for many years, and the church is starting to see the benefits of having women in leadership roles. In this blog post, we will discuss the brief history of women in church leadership and its impact on the church today. We will also explore how the church would benefit from having women in leadership positions!

Discuss the brief history of women in church leadership, from biblical times to the present day

Despite the many obstacles women have faced, they have continued to contribute to the church in significant ways. Today, there are more opportunities than ever for women to serve in leadership roles in the church. While there is still much progress to be made, we can take heart from the examples of courageous women throughout history who have paved the way for us.

The Bible mentions several notable women who played important roles in ministry and leadership. For example, Deborah was a judge and prophetess who led Israelites into battle. Huldah was a prophetess who helped Josiah reform Judah’s worship practices. And Priscilla was an influential teacher of early Christians.

Today, there are many opportunities for women to serve in leadership roles in the church. While there is still much progress to be made, we can take heart from the examples of courageous women throughout history who have paved the way for us. As we continue working towards equity and inclusion in all aspects of church life.

Examine the impact that women in church leadership have had on the church and society as a whole

One of the most significant impacts that women in leadership have had on the church is their ability to bring new perspectives to ministry. Women often approach problems differently than men, which can lead to new ways of thinking about solutions. As a result, churches that are led by women are more innovative and effective at reaching out to people who may be skeptical or hostile towards Christianity.

Another important impact that women in leadership have had on the church is their ability to provide a more nurturing environment. Churches that are led by women often place a greater emphasis on relationships and emotional care. This can create a more supportive and loving community, which is vital for the health of any church.

The impact that women in church leadership have had on the church and society as a whole is undeniable. Churches that are led by women are more innovative, effective, and loving. In addition, women in leadership positions tend to be better at developing lay leaders and fostering collaboration within the church. As a result, it is clear that appointing women to leadership positions is something that more churches should consider.

I AM A COMPLETE WOMAN

Dear Reader,

There’s a lot of talk about singleness and being single lately. Some people seem to think that if you’re not in a relationship, then you’re not really a woman. I know this to be true of my parents, but I think that’s more of an indication of Haitian culture– where no one really left home unless they were leaving to go live with their husband. In essence, you weren’t an adult until you were married. I would like to welcome us all (including my parents) into this millennium where I can have a full and fulfilled life without a partner. 
The concept that singleness makes you half a woman simply isn’t true! You are still a woman, even if you don’t have a partner in your life. In this blog post, we’ll talk about why singleness doesn’t make someone any less of a woman. We’ll also discuss the benefits of being single, and how you can enjoy your life to the fullest!

Singlehood should not be viewed as a negative thing.
You are still a woman, you are still whole. Just because you don’t have a special someone in your life doesn’t mean that you’re any less of one. There are plenty of other things to focus on and enjoy in your life. Embrace your singleness and be proud of it! You’re still just as amazing as ever. 🙂

Benefits to being single
There are many benefits to being single that often get overlooked. For example, you have more time to invest in your friendships, pursue your hobbies, and focus on your career. You also don’t have to worry about splitting your time or energy between a partner and yourself. Instead, you can pour all of your energy into taking care of yourself and living your best life. 
Did I mention the economic benefits?! One rent, one health insurance, one energy bill- with one person energy usage. That’s a whole word!

And contrary to popular belief, being single doesn’t make you half a woman. You are whole and complete just as you are. So if you’re feeling pressure to find a partner or settle down, know that there is no rush. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility that comes with being single while you can! Who knows, maybe one day you’ll find someone who makes being part of a couple even better than going it alone. But in the meantime, know that you are still a woman, no matter what your relationship status is. Validate yourself and celebrate all that being single has to offer!

You can still have a full and happy life without a partner.
You can still be feminine and womanly — if you’re about that life– without a partner. I happen to be about that life so my nails, hair, and made-up face is for myself. I walk with confidence out the door to accomplish what God has for me.
 
 You are not less of a person because you don’t have a partner. Society has this perception that we as women cannot survive or be happy without someone else, but that could not be further from the truth, especially as women of color who have been trying to do it alone since we had to in the slave days. We are strong and independent; we can have a fulfilling life whether or not we are in a relationship. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! you are still a woman, even if you’re single. 🙂