The Resolution for Women

One Word, Three Arrows

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The new year is well and gloriously underway. A fresh season has begun. Old things have passed on with a happy goodbye. And each new day brings with it unlimited possibilities that are only restricted by one’s lack of vision.

Instead of facing the new year with an extended list of goals and objectives that may likely be unmet about halfway though the year because of a sense of being overwhelmed or burdened, why not focus on one word and three arrows.

One word. A power source for your walk in the faith. A word that encompasses your hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the new year. One word that says it all and that gives you a sense of motivation for all things God.

What would your one word be?

For me, that word would be reach.

Reach: to get to; to succeed in touching or seizing with an outstretched hand; to stretch or extend so as to touch or meet; range of effective action, power, or capacity;  to make contact or communication with.

Reach. One simple word with so much depth. A word that is an incredible source of fuel and focus for me after a year of great growth and grace. A word that reminds me of God’s mighty hand and outstretched arm toward His beloved people (Psalm 136:12; Deuteronomy 5:15; 2 Kings 17:36; Jeremiah 32:17).

Reach, my power word for 2012, which extends in three very specific directions, hence my reference to the three arrows. My three arrows – aims – for 2012, reach(ing) upward, reach(ing) inward, and reach(ing) outward.

Reach(ing) upward…This means going forward faithfully with God in whatever direction He chooses to pull me in/lead me toward. As He reaches for me, I reach for Him. With this arrow, I dedicate myself to fully trusting the LORD and surrendering myself completely to His glorious will.

Reach(ing) inward… This means living the “OK challenge.” This was a lesson from Priscilla Shirer’s book, The Resolution for Women. With this arrow, I dedicate myself to living peaceably with all men. I also intentionally choose to practice the peace I have been promised.

Reach(ing) outward… This means so much, to the point that it’s more vast that my words can express. Even with its vastness, however, it is not impossible for a supernatural God to conquer. With this arrow, I commit to aiming my heart toward grace works and fruitful missions. I commit myself to being God’s servant to all – the poor, the broken-hearted, the downtrodden, the fatherless, the widowed, the needy.

Only God knows how far these arrows will go. All I know is that I am ready to reach with everything I have inside of me. One word, three arrows. All aimed at the heart and glory of God.

Q4U: What is your one word for the year? Do you have three arrows aimed and ready?

 

A Woman of Resolution…Resolved to Leave A Legacy of Grace

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(A Message based on Priscilla Shirer’s book, The Resolution for Women)

“I will cultivate a peaceful home where everyone can sense God’s presence not only through acts of love and service but also through the pleasant and grateful attitude with which I perform them.”

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” I fully resolve to make today’s decisions with tomorrow’s impact in mind. I will consider my current choices in light of those who will come after me.”

- Priscilla Shirer, The Resolution for Women

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A woman of resolution is surely a sight to behold. She is breathtaking, as she has given up her life so much so that she belongs not to herself but rather to God. She is her Father’s daughter. A woman-child in totality and in completion. She is everything that God has called her to be and more – more in such that she is forever growing, changing, and being transformed into an even more perfect vessel for the glory of her heavenly Father.

The woman of resolution is a godly wife and mother. She is a servant and sister. She is a comrade and friend. She is a disciple and a sincere follower of Jesus Christ, who understands the value in teaching and in learning. Her ways are blessed-kissed and touched by grace. Her walk is honest and upright. Her heart is open and giving. She is a peacekeeper, an encourager, and a worshipper in her home, at her place of employment, in her community and church, and everywhere God determines to place her.

The woman of resolution is God’s living grace. She is the woman who understands that her life serves as God’s graceful, grace-filled, and gracious touch and movement on mankind. She is also the woman who appreciates that her most blessed legacy lies in God’s glory. This is the message that is communicated to all who know her.

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To learn more about The Resolution for Women or about Priscilla Shirer, see The Phone Tree post, The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer or go to Going Beyond.

A Woman of Resolution…Resolved to Practice the Rule of 3

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(A Message based on Priscilla Shirer’s book, The Resolution for Women)

“I will demonstrate to my children how to love God with all their hearts, minds, and strength, and will train them to respect authority and live responsibly.”

- Priscilla Shirer, The Resolution for Women

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“Train up a child,” “provoke not your children,” and “impress on your children the commandments of God” – all  of these are vital and essential lessons to know as you rear and bring up your children under the godly model of parenthood. Along with these scriptural guides, one must also consider the importance of the Rule of 3.

One of the greatest gifts given to womankind is the gift of motherhood. Being a mother is a blessed responsibility, as a woman is called to be a steward over God’s child/children. Though motherhood is not without its challenges and ongoing grace-growth teachings, it is a treasured role that implies that one be a “soul shaper, intentional encourager, and discipline dealer.”

A woman of resolution loves her children and understands that she has been positioned by God to serve in the role He has set so that His children (which includes you) can come forth as He has purposed. She knows that her divine appointment as a mother calls for her to instruct her children in the ways and teachings of God. She appreciates that her task requires that she surrender herself and her children completely to God’s Father-ing.

The mother who is resolved to love her children according to God’s model of parenthood understands the value of living by example. She believes in the power of prayer, and she faithfully incorporates it into her life and over the lives of her children. She is mindful of the positive and negative influences surrounding her children and is willing to serve as a godly gatekeeper so that they are protected. She is honest and truthful. Compassionate and encouraging. Just and fair. She is also dedicated to training up her kids in righteousness.

In the place of “loving her children,” the woman who is resolved lives a life that demonstrates trust in God. She leans into God and looks for Him to guide her as she guides her children, according to the Word of God and in full compliance with the Holy Spirit.

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To learn more about The Resolution for Women or about Priscilla Shirer, see The Phone Tree post, The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer or go to Going Beyond.

A Woman of Resolution…Resolved To Be His #1 Fan

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(A Message based on Priscilla Shirer’s book, The Resolution for Women)

“I will be faithful to my husband and honor him in my conduct and conversation in order to bring glory to the name of the Lord. I will aspire to be a suitable partner for him to help him reach his God-given potential.”

- Priscilla Shirer, The Resolution for Women

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It goes without saying that many women dream of one day getting married and spending the rest of their lives with the man of their dreams. They dream of sunhearts and lovedust. Of tender moments wrapped in the cover of love. They look forward to a future frothed with ooey gooey kisses shared with their best friend. But as time passes and the realities of life sink in, many women are shockingly surprised by what their relationship with their significant other becomes.

The woman of resolution understands the seriousness and sacredness of her covenant relationship with her spouse. She values her mate as her God-given head and supports him in whatever way she can. She stands with him when good choices are made and when not so good choices are made. She encourages him when he is low and struggling to draw his next breath and when he is high and celebrating the goodness of God with a heart full of praise.

Resolved to fulfill her husband, the woman of resolution knows that her role as wife and partner is such that she is called to wear many hats. She is head cheerleader on days when her man needs to know he is leading his family down the right path. She is a trustworthy confidant in times when her spouse needs to know that his words – what he has to say – matters. She is a faithful lifemate when her husband longs to know he is cherished above all others. She is her partner’s # 1 fan, even after lovedust and life collide.

In the place of “fulfilling her husband,” the woman who is resolved is committed to lifting up her best friend and to supporting him in his efforts.  She does all she can to encourage him to be the man that God has called him to be. She is dedicated to esteeming him in every way. She is determined to pray for her covenant partner’s spiritual maturation and development, and she will cheer for him “until death do us part.”

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To learn more about The Resolution for Women or about Priscilla Shirer, see The Phone Tree post, The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer or go to Going Beyond.

A Woman of Resolution…Resolved To Care

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(A Message based on Priscilla Shirer’s book, The Resolution for Women)

“I will pursue justice, love mercy, and extend compassion toward others.”

- Priscilla Shirer, The Resolution for Women

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Missions, works, and service, oh my. So much has been done and still there is so much more to be done. Are you resolved to care beyond your circumstances?

Impoverished nations. Children with no parents or family who are able or willing to take them on and care for them. Orphans of all ages trafficked to the highest bidder. Drugs galore by the tons, massively enslaving men and women, boys and girls. Abused women shunned by a nation who grants them none of the basic human rights they are due. Innocent people confined and imprisoned by a dictatorial and/or “religious” regime. Homeless souls who have elected or been forced to live an existence on the outskirts of humanity. The poor. The broken-hearted. The down-trodden. All of these are among us. They are around us. Are you willing to see them? Are you willing to hear their cries?

The resolved woman who has a heart for God cares beyond where she stands. She does not limit herself or her ability to act based on her circumstances. She realizes that she has a voice that can be used and that she likewise has hands and feet that can go and do. She knows that she has a greater purpose and mission, a higher calling for her life. She appreciates that she is a representative of the One who cared enough to give His life for her.

The woman who is resolved to care fights for those who have no fight left inside. She speaks for those who have no voice. She is dedicated to giving of her means and talents, such as they are. She extends mercy and grace to those in need, understanding that she is demonstrating love and compassion as unto the LORD. She serves others knowing that she is doing so with a mindset of loving her neighbor as self. She has accepted that she is, indeed, her brother’s keeper.

In the place of justice, mercy and compassion, the woman who is resolved cares enough to care and does all she can to help. Her eyes are open, her ears can hear, and her heart is willing to love in deed and in truth.

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To learn more about The Resolution for Women or about Priscilla Shirer, see The Phone Tree post, The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer or go to Going Beyond.

A Woman of Resolution…Resolved To Live with Integrity

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(A Message based on Priscilla Shirer’s book, The Resolution for Women)

“I will not tolerate evil influences even in the most justifiable form, in myself or my home, but will embrace and encourage a life of purity.”

- Priscilla Shirer, The Resolution for Women

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Living with integrity, in a world that oftentimes seems to lack it, can be a challenge. In truth, it can seem like a seemingly impossible task. If it were not for God, His Word, and His Spirit, many of us would not and could not make it.

On a daily basis, Christians and non-Christians alike are bombarded with images. From commercials and billboards to movies and magazines to rhythmical radio tunes and colorful internet advertisements, we are inundated with loose principles, idolatry, and unholy living. We are persuasively encouraged to relax our morals and to massage our beliefs so that we can join the in crowd and be a part of the now or the know. But it is in the face of a relaxed and massaged stance that the Christian and the non-Christian begin to be eased and lulled into a slow and sometimes painful death of the soul.

The woman who is resolved to live her life with integrity stands firm in her convictions. She champions God and resiliently runs a race with a course set on that which is not only morally correct, but that is also spiritually correct. She does not compromise who she is for the sake of fitting in. She opposes that which is not for God or His glory.

The woman of God who lives with integrity allows God to be a refuge and fortress in her life and in the lives of her loved ones. She trusts God to be her Stronghold both at home and at work, and in any place the LORD calls her to dwell. She is the woman who knows that, though she may at times be called to stand alone in the physical, she will never be alone in the spiritual. She “actively and intentionally makes a daily choice to reject the crowd, repel the culture and respond to the calling of God.”*

In the place of integrity, the woman who is resolved lives in the world but is not of the world. She is the woman who appreciates her deliverance and who valiantly strives to walk in the freedom she has been granted in Christ. She is the woman who moves, speaks, walks, talks, and teaches others, as well as herself, by way of the Spirit, what holiness means. She is a woman who elects to be undefiled.

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To learn more about The Resolution for Women or about Priscilla Shirer, see The Phone Tree post, The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer or go to Going Beyond.

* The quote above is from K.E. Teamer.

A Woman of Resolution…Resolved To Forgive

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(A Message based on Priscilla Shirer’s book, The Resolution for Women)

“I will forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.”

- Priscilla Shirer, The Resolution for Women

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Could you forgive the person who betrayed you the most?

Over the course of our lives, many of us have been wronged, violated, and crushed by the actions of others. We have been acted upon in such a way that was totally devastating. As a result, we may have withdrawn, in a sense, and closed ourselves off from the world. This is often done as a means of protection and self-preservation. But could it be that in removing ourselves from that which has hurt us or from that person who has betrayed us, we are shrouding our lives with the dark garment of unforgiveness.

When one is harmed emotionally, physically, or mentally, it is natural to seek that which removes them from harm’s way. Oftentimes, however, issues might go unresolved and matters may remain unsettled, thereby giving way and root to the practice of unforgiveness. Soon, it may become a way of life for the person who views herself as a victim.

Is it possible that in practicing unforgiveness, the victim can become the victimizer?

In practicing unforgiveness and wearing the unholy garb of unforgivenss, the person who was victimized could easily be led down a track where she becomes victimizer, holding everyone a guilty distance away from her heart. She may blame an innocent party for the actions of another who negatively impacted her life in the past. She might even give way to a seed of bitterness that can take root in the lives of those around her, contributing to a poisonous and unfruitful vine. Ultimately, however, it begs to wonder whether or not she is betraying herself as it relates to her life in Christ.

The woman of resolution who has been wronged or who has admittedly wronged others understands, only through Christ and with the tutelage of the Holy Spirit, that the practice of unforgiveness is detrimental to her  life and the lives of others who have been positioned around her. She recognizes that, she must forgive in order to be forgiven, and she knows that this can only be accomplished through the supernatural power of God.

The woman who is resolved is the woman who gets to a point of understanding and discernment, where she can see, with her spiritual eyes, that Satan tries to counterfeit forgiveness with things such as excuses, rationales, and justifications. She is the woman who forgives herself for the times when she proudly wore garments of  darkness. She is the woman who has surrendered to God and undergone a spiritual makeover of the heart and mind. She now models God’s holy garment of forgiveness…even before that or those which have betrayed her.

In the place of forgiveness, the woman who is resolved lives forgiven and practices the art of forgiveness. She shares the blooms of God’s love freely, knowing that it is only in Him that she can do so.

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To learn more about The Resolution for Women or about Priscilla Shirer, see The Phone Tree post, The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer or go to Going Beyond.