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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Heart for Service

Wow! I can't believe we only have one more month of study in "A Woman After God's Own Heart." These eight months have gone so quickly. I pray that you are finding yourself more a woman of prayer, of Bible study, and now of service. The lessons we learned this month were the practical application of all we've learned. This is where we put into action all we've learned.




Think of a woman you know who you would describe as motivating. She's exciting to be with, she's informed, she's purposefully seeking knowledge. This is a woman who is growing. You come away better after being in her presence. She's filled to overflowing. Hers is a life of ministry; pouring into the lives of others. II peter 3:18 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. This is what we all must do - continue to study for the rest of our lives and continue to grow.
Spiritual growth is aided by discipleship. There are several ways to do this:

  1. Take a class - Ladies' Bible study or a correspondence course from a Bible college.

  2. Counsel - If you have a problem or question, call up a woman you know is a godly woman and ask her help.

  3. Interview - Call up a woman and ask to meet with her one time. Tell her you have a handful of questions to ask her. Get right to the questions; don't waste her time. Have your questions written down and ready. Spend a couple of hours together and glean from her wisdom.

  4. Observation - The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them. Prov. 20:12 Look when you're out, when you're at church. Look for models; both positive and negative.

  5. Read - Read your Bible first. We are to be women of one book - The Book. Read it daily, purposefully, topically. After that, just keep reading godly books. Many authors have put their discipleship into their books. You can be mentored by them just by reading their books! Be selective in what you read. Only 5% of the people in the US will buy or read a book this year! If you could read one book in a year what would it be? Look at your five files and choose a book in one of those categories. Read a little here, a little there. Something is better than nothing.

  6. Goals - Write out spiritual lifetime goals. The overflow can't help but happen when you keep after your goals. "Aim at nothing and you will hit it every single time." Fifteen minutes of study a day will make one a master on that subject in a dozen years. Reading Proverbs for years will make you a master in the wisdom of this book! Goals provide measurement.
  7. Choices - We choose take the correspondence course. We choose to meet with an older woman. We choose to read a book. We may have to choose to not take a nap so we can read our Bible. "You cannot kill time without injuring eternity." We must use our time in priority order. Our spiritual self has to be cared for so there's something to give away in ministry.

  8. Time - But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles. Isa 40:31 - Spend the time growing, developing the under ground time so that you have something to share with others. For 40 years Moses was somebody, then for 40 years he was nobody, and one day, after 80 years, he burst on the scene. Sign, miracles, wonders. It took years in preparation! Joseph spent 10 years as master of his master's household. He was somebody! Then he was imprisoned for 2-3 years by an unjust accusation. He was nobody. One day, then, he burst on the scene, interpreting dreams, and the ruler of the known world, but it took years of preparation. You and I must also be willing to take the time to go through the preparation so we'll have something to share with others. No one sees you spending time in the Bible. No one sees you pouring your heart out to God in your secret place. But one day, after years of time with the Lord, you, too, can burst on the scene with a ministry that God can use.

"Success is when preparation meets opportunity." - Swindoll Who is responsible for the preparation? We are! Who is responsible for the opportunities? God is. We can trust Him to bring to us the opportunities to serve Him. The younger women won't have to ask, "Where are the older women?" We'll be ready to be used because we will have A heart for service!

With love,

1 comment:

Debby said...

"You and I must also be willing to take the time to go through the preparation so we'll have something to share with others. No one sees you spending time in the Bible. No one sees you pouring your heart out to God in your secret place. But one day, after years of time with the Lord, you, too, can burst on the scene with a ministry that God can use."

That's pretty powerful, Denise! Most of this day has been me pouring my heart out to God in my secret place. Even today, when it 'feels' that I've been all alone, He was right here with me, holding me, comforting, and to be honest, there were many times today I've wondered if this is but another nightmare. But, no! He promised He would never leave me or forsake me. THE LORD IS MY HELPER~
Debby... who probably needs to spend a few hours with you... getting straight to the points... not wasting time.