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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – September 10, 2020

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – September 10, 2020

Worth Repeating

By Jodie Montgomery

 

Sometimes you hear something worth repeating. Let me clarify, sometimes you hear something really good and it is so worth repeating.

 

Allison McCoy and I were watching Dr. Anita Phillips, a counselor, talk on the online If Gathering this year and the speaker reminded me of the emotional impact of 2020. She reminded me that traumatic things cause great tension. We don’t have to earn the right to feel badly. We are made for emotion and response. In this emotionally raw time, we have hope and a superpower. I’ll get to the superpower in a moment. 

 

God established believers in community as a means of comfort in hard times. I’m thankful for many that have shared their struggles and what they have learned as sojourners on this crazy planet. The pandemic was new to all and so many of us missed having a guide on this earth that knew the way. This can cause added anxiety! Dr. Phillips also reminded me that sometimes seeing our weaknesses may cause us to devalue ourselves and one another. I know from God’s Word that in my weakness, He is strong. Our openness about our weaknesses may create an avenue for His strength to be made known.

 

Our superpower is humility. Humility overcomes our selfishness and our self-centered fears. Humility sees the significance of all people including me. Humility helps us focus on the  interests of others, not just my own. Humility leads to honor. Humility goes hand in hand with gentleness. Humility grieves the trials and suffering common to humankind. Humility empowers us to love. Humility helps us hear the Word of God. God gives grace to the humble. Grace is a glorious gift in any age.

A passage in Scripture that I repeat often, especially in these days of so many unsettling emotions is Philippians 4:4-9. Enjoy:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

I repeat…the Lord is near.