Monthly Archives: March 2008

Wondering about Options, Brings Answer

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Do you ever wonder if you are on the right path? Doing God’s will? Last week I wrote a paper for my New Testament class about women and how Jesus interacted with them. While writing this post on a small portiion of that paper, God showed me that answer.

Jesus consistently ignored tradition by speaking seriously with women: by teaching them and by allowing them to participate in ministry with Him.

For instance, Jesus ignored tradition by allowing and commending Mary for her choice to sit at his feet as a disciple. In fact, Scripture records Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus in three different places.  This was not a conventional or even accepted practice for women.

Martha, Mary’s sister fulfilled her required domestic duties and yet Jesus did not commend her for this choice. 

Martha needed to be reminded of the priority of word over bread. (Matthew 4:4). Luke’s story of Jesus in the home of Martha and Mary puts him solidly on the side of recognition of the full personhood of women, with the right to options for her own life. In socializing with both sisters and in defending Mary’s right to a role then commonly denied a Jewish woman, Jesus was following his far reaching principle of human liberation.”

Evelyn & Frank Stagg, Women in the World of Jesus, page 119

I am grateful that I have options for my life. It is also a bit scary. And it carries with it the weight of responsibility. Time and again this week (when I wasn’t feverish about paper-writing), I ruminated on how to live my life. What to seek first in every moment. 

Several times I asked myself:  “Is it really worth the life of our Lord, what [I’m] doing? (by David Lowes Watson)

All this thinking and writing has given me an answer. From God to me. Yes, at this time in my life, I am doing the worthy. I am sitting at the feet of my Lord, learning. And it’s okay. Jesus said so.

“Thank you, Lord, for this reminder of where You want me at this time in my life. Help me to consistently choose the options that are worthy. . . .

  • Not safe . . . .
  • Not conventional . . . .
  • Not society’s plan . . . .

Unless That’s Your Will for ME.”

How about you, sister? Are you where God wants you?

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Get Busy Making Some History With a Friend

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Bible study, M&M Saturdays, Secret Sisters, and Retreat. These are some of the ways that CNC women can be involved with one another. These are safe places where we can share the story of our lives with another on a consistent basis.

Stories create community. It is in sharing experiences that we write history with another person. It is in the telling of those shared experiences that we develop commonalities and friendships. We create emotional ties, we deepen relationships. We look for common experiences and relate on those levels.”  Beverly Hislop, Shepherding a Woman’s Heart, p. 113-114

That’s true for me. I recently went on a retreat with another church (to Santa Cruz). I asked a friend to come along with me. We had fun all week-end with one another – well the intestinal issues weren’t so fun. But we did write a history together that weekend. That history, including the intestinal one, deepened our commonalities and friendship.

It was my first road-trip (albeit a pretty safe one) with a girlfriend since I was a young unmarried thing. My friend was a great navigator and didn’t yell or even sigh when I almost hit a car or got lost. She showed compassion and brought me the trash can (quick!) when I didn’t feel well. I showed her the same compassion when she didn’t feel well. We laughed a lot and talked even more.

We wrote history together. We are (emotionally) closer than before.

And you know, it was hard to take that time away. To make that time. For our friendship.

Ladies, when was the last time you made time for a friend?

When you wrote some history together?

Your Turn . . . Get your calendar and phone a friend for a history-making date.

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Seek First . . . What?

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I woke up with this thought, “Seek first the kingdom of God.

My New Testament prof told us “the kingdom of God is wherever God’s will is being done.”

So my to-do list is down to one main principle – doing God’s will. Still hard to figure out what to do at times.

Maybe pondering the following question will help . . . “Is it really worth the life of our Lord, what we’re doing? (by David Lowes Watson)

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