Deborah, Warrior Woman, Part 2
Village life ceased, it ceased in Israel, until I, Deborah, arose, arose, a mother in Israel.
Deborah turned to the Lord for instructions in how to face this insurmountable mountain of pain. His directions sounded absurd! You can read Judges chapters 4-5, for the exciting story. As you spend time soaking up scripture and praying specifically for how to pour life into a dying relationship, be willing to do whatever God tells you, no matter how insignificant the act appears or how counter intuitive.
Word of caution; be careful if you are eager to “set someone straight.” My first response to bad choices by someone I love is to quickly judge and speak righteousness. However, that “righteousness” often comes out as self-righteousness and dismal judgment that builds walls rather than bridges. I, too, am learning about that “duct tape season” of life!
God plants life-giving seeds through seemingly insignificant acts of kindness. As you pray and act, watch for those treasures in the darkness, sent by Him to remind you that He is the Lord your God and calls you by name.
Scope out your “village.” Which relationship makes you want to run away? Ask the Lord to give you a glimpse into that person’s life and heart. How can you reflect your hope in the Lord into their day? How about a text, email or phone call where you express love and confidence in them? Would a few homemade cookies in a baggie with a bow and Post-it note help a stressed co-worker get through the day? How about that middle school child or high schooler? Is today a good day to surprise them with ice cream and trip to the park? Does a weary young mom need a break? Offer to take the kids for a few hours so she can do whatever will rejuvenate her spirit – no house cleaning allowed! Note in your journal who is in your “village” and how you will encourage them today.
God gives treasures in the darkness to the broken person, but also to the encourager who travels into the darkness with her. Is it time for you to arise with renewed strength and determination to revive the life in your “village”?
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the the MARKINC website and listen to the addiction audio resource titled “When Drugs Steal Your Life” so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
Is it possible to break free from drugs after a lifetime of using? Shelley Tribbitt says yes. After using drugs for over thirty years, Shelley broke free from the drugs, but then had to face the collateral damage she had done to her family and friends. In this poignant interview, Shelley describes the devastation drug use brought on her family, including the loss of custody of her children. Her daughter, Bay, joins the conversation and describes how she reconciled with her mother and why she never gave in to the temptation of drug use, even though they were readily available.
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