My pulse quickened and my breath caught when I hit “post” on Facebook this morning.
I put up the announcement below:
And while I wish we had childcare, we don’t – the money just isn’t there for that this time.
And while I wish we could serve you lunch and coffee, we can’t.
But the morning still may bless us both.
And even as I type this, part of me wonders, “Why would they come? We’re not even serving coffee!!” (especially about the coffee part…)
But I know you know how powerful our words are…
Ones that are filled with the teaching of kindness, gentle in the delivery of strength, both woo and invite others to get to know us as women, to listen to what we have to say, to believe the encouragement that is delivered. Our gentle answer not only turns away wrath, but draws others in, creating a place of positive influence, help, love and encouragement for those desperately in need.
Even if it is the sin of another we’re dealing with.
But how do we do that? How do we speak as women of strength and dignity, how do we positively impact the relationships around us, stop feeling invisible, alone, irrelevant?
We’ll talk about that at the workshop.
And we’ll talk about what to stop doing, too.
We’ll walk away from words that are demanding, critical or harsh because they create relational distance, decrease our influence, increase conflict, and damage our relationships.
They can be caustic.
And we’ll learn what to do instead – how to not be afraid in doing it, too.
And I know this as well as you do: None of us, except for Jesus, are perfect at it.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
But does this mean we say nothing? Does the “gentle and quiet spirit” in 1 Peter 3:1-6 mean we are silent?
But it does mean something else – and we’ll share the power of God’s Word with you as He reveals what the “women of old” knew back then, and the wise women of today have learned. And it builds their husbands up and emboldens their children.
And while both Debbie and I will honestly admit that neither of us is perfect at being a Biblical woman, much less a Biblical wife and/or mom, we pursue these things relentlessly in an effort to delight God and be useful to Him – and we know you do too – that’s why you’re even here with us as we journey.
So you are invited.
And maybe you will come.
And bring a go-cup.
And together we’ll learn some of the “small things” that make a huge difference.
Please keep in mind that this is just a small taste of Daughters of Sarah. 🙂
I hope you’ll share this with others, and I hope if you are local here in Cincinnati, that you can be with us. And if you aren’t subscribed to the blog here, you might want to be, just to keep up with what’s going on as we journey.
Know we highly covet your prayers during this time, too. Each passing day brings more and more resistance and difficulty, but also blessing as we get closer to the 3 days of video shoots we have scheduled this month. If you think of us tomorrow, we’d sure appreciate some prayer.
We are SO glad you are on the journey with us!
Love to you,