I almost didn't go. I had come home from church, changed clothes and snuggled up for a cozy restful afternoon. Then the reminder popped up from my computer calendar: Woman of Influence Meeting 1:00! Groan. Moan. Whine. Whimper. I didn't want to uncozy myself and travel all the way back into town.
Have you ever really not wanted to do something or go somewhere but you finally gave in to the nudgings (or sometimes downright shoving) of the Holy Spirit and then so glad you did? Well, that was me yesterday. So glad.
I don't think I heard anything I hadn't heard before about women influencing women. I know I'm a woman of influence. I know you are too. It's not a question of "if" but "what kind" and "how much." Sometimes we can simply forget just how much of a difference we can make in another woman's life when we're intentional about it... and how many opportunities to show God's love slip through the cracks because we're not. I can forget. I can get lazy. Side-tracked. Self focused. Fearful. I needed that reminder.
I want to be a better lover... lover of God and lover of souls. I want to love other women more than I'm afraid of them. I want to love them... love you... like God loves you... allowing His love to move in me and through me. Only His love can empower us to be Mighty Women of Influence. Sometimes we just need a reminder to say...
Heavenly Father... thank You for loving me and filling my heart with so much love that there's plenty to give away. Show me who it is in my life who is lonely or hurting or needy for You. Fill me, send me, use me... so that the women in my life would see You through me. For Your glory... amen.