Yesterday at church we talked about how man is made in God’s image. We’ve started a new series called “In the Beginning” and so far it is fantastic. My little journal is getting filled with notes and new insights. But you know what got my attention? At the end of service our Pastor gave an altar call. He asked that if anyone felt second-rate…..like they were the tail and not the head…..like they were not valuable, then they should come down for prayer.
And within a couple minutes, the altar was filled with women.
Just that fast, I was reminded of why this new space is so desperately needed. What is it about us women that we tend to feel so desperately unworthy? What is it about the culture that we live in, or the people we surround ourselves with? Why do I allow myself to think such awful thoughts about myself…..statements that I would never let someone else make to me?
Stasi Eldredge says it perfectly in her book, Captivating:
Sister, you are the astonishing work of God! You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are a princess, a daughter of the King. I wanted to shout it from the balcony in church yesterday. Instead, I shouted it back to my own heart as I thought about my own shortcomings. But now I am telling you, and I am asking that you tell the other women in your life.
Which leads me right back to where we started…..the creation of this new space.
If you’re reading this on a mobile device, then you may not be able to see the header for this blog. So let me just tell you what our mission statement is: Foster Community, Champion Christ. It’s that simple, yet deeply profound at the same time. It’s a mission statement that was whispered directly into my heart by our Father, and this blog is the result of me shakily answering the call to care for my sisters.
For too long, I have used my words to tear down instead of build up. For too long I have sat silent when I should have stood up for the broken. For too long I have reached in instead of out. For too long I’ve allowed our culture to dictate who I am instead of our Father. I’m betting many of you could say the same things about yourself. Yet Abba is asking us again, offering up another chance, for us to be our sister’s keeper.
This is going to be the start of something beautiful, I know. A brand new site with a brand new adventure directed for us. A place where women can safely learn about Christ and encourage one another. A community of women who hold up their neighbors and care for the needy.
So welcome, welcome, welcome! I’m so excited to see you here and I hope this is the start of an incredible friendship between you and I and other hearts all across the world.
For I am my sister’s keeper, and I hope you will be mine as well.