In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, I encourage ALL of you to download the most recent edition of Power For Today Magazine at http://powerfortoday.magcloud.com/ and the most recent edition of A Great Host Magazine at http://righteouspenpublications.magcloud.com/. I know I wouldn’t be here without the constant intercession, love, and support of my mother in the natural and the many spiritual mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, co-workers, and encouragers along the way. I thank ALL of you for being strong women of God, an encouragement, and a blessing!
From: Power For Today Magazine, Vol. 10, No. 3, March 2011. (c) 2011 Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.
Every one of us has been touched by a woman – or in most cases, several women – who have worked and shaped who we are today. This is especially true for Christians. Testimony after testimony abounds about how someone’s mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, friend, Sunday school teacher, preacher, wife, friend, or other woman is the reason they are in the faith today. Between prayer, intercession, influence, teaching, and inspiration, there are probably many women who have helped to make us who we are in this life.
I come from a long line of women who were very strong because they had to be. The women in my family dealt with generations of poverty, spousal abuse, the sting of immigration and bigotry, alcoholism, and the eternal balance between work and family. It’s an amazing thing to realize how strong the women in my family truly were. They worked hard for their families and for their lives. In them, I recognize something powerful about my heritage: that strength is a part of my life, too. Even though nobody may ever know who they are in terms of record books, they were history makers. They worked hard and in their constant work, they left a legacy.
History has put its best foot forward to represent its men. History has given more relevance to fathers than mothers, especially in the area of the faith. In a long look at history, we come to discover many of the sterling images we see of historical men were falsified or puffed up. Every time I encounter yet another reality coming forth about a historical man, I think about the women of history. For thousands of years we see women struggling with the limitations placed upon them in this world and within their societies. If we genuinely look at their histories, experiences, testimonies – or sometimes the lack thereof – we find a powerful revelation in these women: they are the women who have made us. If Joan of Arc had never led the army, if Mary had never returned from the tomb to tell the male apostles of the resurrected Christ, if Maria Woodworth Etter had never traveled coast-to-coast multiple times in her life…I wouldn’t be here today, working in church leadership and proclamation as an apostle.
Who are the women in your life who have helped to make you? Both relatives and historical women advocated, worked, played, petition, and interceded so we could be where and who we are today. Our “cloud of witnesses” as spoken of in Hebrews 12:1 is closer than we ever imagined, especially as we step back and pay tribute to those women: living, deceased, family, friends, church family, historical women, and yes, even…our mothers in the faith.