I just finished teaching a six-week bible study to a group of amazing women. It wasn’t an easy study. It required intense soul searching and a willingness to take a really hard inward look. Not an easy thing to do. But these women were incredible. They dug in and refused to not learn…no matter how hard it got. Most of them are in the middle of very difficult circumstances. They are in a season where heartache is plentiful. Where throwing the towel in would be such an easy thing to do. But they have chosen instead to stay the course, no matter how difficult. These women are warriors and I am better for having shared this time with them.
We started our study off with this quote:
“Great warriors are not made from living pampered, unchallenged, obstacle less lives. Though they may think themselves valiant, they have never been trained for the intense battles. On the other hand, a mighty warrior is born out of great adversity, difficult obstacles, and many scars. The scars that come from deep wounds-but wound that have healed. They are the wise, courageous, diligent ones who never take their eyes off of their king. They are the ones that count the loss as gain, who surrender all they have for their King.”(Author Unknown)
How nice it would be to live a pampered life. Never having to face difficult obstacles. No heartache, no crushed dreams, no disappointments. All of us experience these things to some level, but there are some who experience these things on a much deeper level. They know deep sorrow. They know what it’s like to hurt so badly that even breathing becomes difficult.
Some of them were sitting right in front of me. Yet I didn’t see defeated women. Instead, I saw women willing to hear what God said about their circumstances. Women willing to careful scrutinize their own lives and take responsibility for anything that was not God honoring. I heard humble confessions of struggles with sin, even if those struggles were reactions to profound hurts. Not once did I hear any of them attempt to blame their struggles on anyone else or any other circumstance.
These women have chosen instead to allow God to use the pain to bring about whatever good He has planned for their lives and for His glory. No excuses, no blaming other people or circumstances; just a humble surrender to their God.
Each week we met armed with God’s word, Dove chocolate and coffee. From the beginning, it was obvious that God had ordained this study at this time for these particular women. We would study, we would discuss, and the Holy Spirit would convict and guide. Before the next week’s study, they would tend to business – repenting, asking for forgiveness, and extending forgiveness when needed. The next week, they would report what God had showed them and what they had done about it; and I would walk away dumbfounded by the determination and resolve of these women. I’ve never really seen anything like it.
What I saw in front of me that last night were some of the most beautiful and courageous women I’d ever seen. And when their season of hurt comes to an end, they will be the mightiest of warriors – some already are. What a privilege to stand beside them.
Girls, stay the course. It would be my guess that the enemy is somewhat alarmed!
Love you all,
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