Hi, Ladies! Today is the second session of Life-Giving Leadership: A Woman’s Toolbox for Leading. Today we will discuss characteristics of a life-giving leader. Before we jump in, make sure to answer the questions at the end by commenting on this post. Have you ever had a spiritual “mama?” Well, for me, I’ve had several but the woman that had the greatest impact on my life was Rebecca. We find her story on page 40. She exemplified the truth that life-giving leaders know that Jesus, not the circumstances of life, is the One who determines the atmosphere of her soul. This sums up for me the beauty of being a Christ-follower; that no matter what is happening in life, Jesus is our anchor and we can trust Him with our lives.
You may be wondering: How does someone who has endured so much pain and loss find peace in her soul? Maybe for you, you are going through a divorce, or your teenager is doing crazy things, or maybe you are enduring a health challenge, or you’ve lost your job…how can you find peace in the midst of pain and loss? Here are steps you take to help you press on and come to a place of peace.
1. Allow yourself to go through the processes of loss. Rebecca didn’t come to a place of peace overnight. Once she processed through the anger, pain, and loss of her situation, then she could begin the next steps.
2. Give thanks with a grateful heart in every circumstance. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” It is important to note that thankfulness is NOT the same as resignation. Giving thanks brings God into the situation. Thankfulness puts our hearts on Him and not ourselves.
3. Letting go of our dreams – whatever they are –frees us to live in His daily presence, being about His will for us and not our own agendas. It frees us from discontentment and allows us to pick up His plans, purposes, and ministry for our lives. Lilly did not choose for her marriage to end in divorce any more than Rebecca chose to be a quadriplegic, but they both purposed to use their pain to bless others.
Questions: Discuss the secret to sustainable joy. Describe a time when you focused on the promises of God rather than your circumstances.
Prayer: Father, help us to trust You with our lives and to rest our souls in You. Help us to fully know with our whole beings that You determine the atmosphere of our souls and not our circumstances. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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