Rachel Spier Weaver is in the business of identifying gifts. As a recruiter of a Christ-centered non-profit association, she spoke with hundreds of women, many of whom struggled to reclaim their gifts, and whose stories have thrilled them to rediscover women in the Bible. This inspired Rachel to write Called and Courageous Girls, a series of children's books highlighting women in Scripture who have embraced their unique gifts and courageously lived their faith. During the search for female models of biblical role for her children, Rachel was struck the courage of one woman who is called by God to transform society. He hopes his story will inspire the next generation to dedicate their destinies to Christ. It's a grace to welcome Rachel to the farm porch today …
guest post by Rachel Spier Weaver
AA few weeks ago, my four year old boy spontaneously marched on stage and joined the team of worshipers, leading 150 adult volunteers and 100 children in adoration.
Having no practice, I had no idea what the movements were, and I had no idea what he was singing, but he led with bravado, much to my seven-year-old son's displeasure.
Every evening of that week, his generous teachers leave him sneaking on stage and lead. He was proud of himself for his courage, and even his father and I were proud of him (despite our laughter and excuses).
When our family meets to reflect on everyday events, I regularly ask our children, "How were you brave today?" We talk about their achievements and I welcome their answers:
"I met a new friend."
"I shared during the circle."
"I went on the zip line."
"I stood on the stage and guided the adoration".
Courage has been revived as a cultural value.
It is something we want for ourselves and for our children. We aspire to be noble. I have a bracelet that says "Be Brave".
It's a sweet reminder for myself in steel for the challenges that await me.
Hard conversations at work. Difficult decisions on finances. Ask a friend for forgiveness.
In the Old Testament, God often encourages people to be brave. In Joshua, chapter 1, Moses is dead and the Lord names Joshua as the leader of Israel.
He commands Joshua three times in the first nine verses to be brave. "Be strong and brave, do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, because the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go".
After sharing the Lord's vision for the people, Joshua hears their answer. The Israelites echo the command of God, saying: "May the Lord God be with you … Be strong and brave!"
Every time we read the word "courage", we also read of the God who grants it.
When Deborah, leader of Israel, gathered Barak and the troops to launch into battle with Sisera, she reminded them, "Go! This is the day the Lord gave Sisera into your hands. Has not the Lord preceded you?"
Can you imagine people's conversations? Outside their tents, tension is palpable. Deborah stands in front of her warriors. They are ready for battle but probably terrified.
Deborah is pushing them into one of the most intense experiences of their life.
He was responsible for providing inspiration and courage to his army.
IS he did so by reminding them that the Lord preceded them.
God it gives us courage As we try to evoke it, courage does not come from our will.
When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane in the hour of his greatest fear, he did not look within himself or his closest advisors to summon courage. Instead, he left the disciples, asking them to pray for him and he retired to get on his knees before the Father.
Submissive to the will of the Father.
And then he returned to his friends and performed a miracle before being beaten and killed.
Remember, brave, your courage comes from Almighty, who has faced the cross.
The enemy is rooted in front of the Father, who gives you courage.
Rachel Spier Weaver is a recruiter at HOPE International and has worked as a career counselor at the University of Florida and Dickinson College. She is passionate about sharing stories of women of God who have led in extraordinary ways. For this reason, he collaborated with Anna Haggard to write the series of children's books Called and Courageous Girls.
Through examples of steadfast faith and, ultimately, God's direction, the callous and courageous series invites your children to respond to God's call to discover and use their talents, passions, and gifts to travel with Him in a & # 39; adventure that lasts a lifetime.
In A fearless leader, Deborah is an imaginative and perspicacious girl who makes the right decisions in the heat of the moment. When he sees his village is about to be invaded by King Jabin and his general, Sisera, she courageously warns people of danger and they all flee. But this does not stop the vicious attacks of Jabin and Sisera. As Deborah grows, she becomes a natural leader, sharing God's will with people and helping them solve difficult problems. In the end, God calls her to help defeat Sisera's army so that Israel can finally live in peace.
With God's help, we can be just like Deborah-called and brave!
[ Our humble thanks to Harvest House for their partnership in today’s devotion ]