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THE AUDACIOUS WOMAN

Woman-RoaringDo you know who Helen Reddy is?  She and Ray Burton composed the song that became the anthem of  the  Women’s Liberation Movement [Women’s Lib] in the 1970s.  The song expresses the collective feelings and attitudes of women who were experiencing an emergence of female empowerment.  It was a time of social consciousness about important “women’s issues, ” such as whether to continue to be a traditional “stay-at-home mom” or work outside the home, to be satisfied with the usual nurturing occupations that  women were expected to practice  or to  enter male- dominated professions that would cause them to challenge and seek to pierce the invisible but real “glass ceiling.” Women burned bras in public gatherings as a symbol of  female liberation from the restrictions of their contemporary society, often singing  Helen Reddy’s  song.  Here are the lyrics:

I am woman, hear me roar

In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
‘Cause I’ve heard it all before
And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again

You can bend but never break me
‘Cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
‘Cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul

I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin’ arms across the land
But I’m still an embryo
With a long, long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh yes, I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can face anything
I am strong
(Strong)
I am invincible
(Invincible)
I am woman

As you embrace this audacious spirit, consider this acronym:

{W }    –     WONDER-FULL

Are you full of wonders,  doing things that  amaze others and yourself

{ O   }  –      ONE-of-a- kind,  OUTSTANDING

By the way,  what do you know about yourself?

What distinguishes you from every other woman on this planet?  Is there anybody

else  exactly like you?  Shouldn’t be! Not  even your biological child or identical twin!

{  M }     –    MAJESTIC

Do you walk in a regality that calms troubled waters. Are problems more

manageable just because you are in charge?

{   A  }   –     ANGELIIC

Do you  have a close and  direct connection to God so that you operate in either the

heavenly/spiritual or the nether /earthly world as He directs

{ N  }   –     NATURAL, NATURE MADE

Do you treat yourself as a  a divine creation , as made by divine hands with natural /

earthly materials.

Reminds  you of Women’s History Month, you say?  Good deduction.  How apropos!

Let’s go all the way back to the beginning of history.

Let’s go all the way back to the “Let there be’s” in the first chapter of Genesis where we learn that God created light and sky and water and sea and moon and stars and day and  night and  fish and birds and animals.

God spoke many things into existence in the verses of Genesis 1:

2 – LET THERE BE LIGHT

6   – let there be a firmament/sky

9   –  Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together in one place  [SEAS]  and let dry

land appear

14  –  Let there be lights in the firmament  [sun and moon]

20  –  Let waters bring forth every abundantly moving creatures  [fish, birds ]

24  –  Let earth bring forth every living creature after his kind  [animals]

26   –  Let us make man after our image

29  –  God even talks/speaks to the man after  he has made him,  giving him dominion over his entire creation

Yes!  God begins and ends his creative activity  in chapter 1 by speaking and then he rests.

BUT  notice  in in chapter 2,  God  creates by doing .  First we learn in verse 8 that he plants a garden  eastward in Eden, rather than speaking   it into existence.   When he sees man’s  solitary condition ,  he observes in verse 18 that it is NOT good – – everything else has been “good”  and “very good” – –  that  man should be alone, he acts.  In verses 21-22,   God performs the  first recorded surgery in the history of the world by making a woman from Adam’s rib.  Note that God takes special care in making this woman whom Adam will name Eve.  She is indeed fearfully and wonderfully made [Psalms 139:14]  Here is a striking comparison:   At the beginning of history, God FORMED  Eve and she became the most notably renowned woman in the Old Testament, the mother of natural mankind.   Eons later, the angel announced that God CHOSE Mary and she became the most notably renowned woman in the New Testament,  the true mother of spiritual mankind.

I am proud to be in the lineage of these two women.

Therefore, I make this declaration audaciously and in the spirited fervor of Helen Reddy’s sentiments:

HEAR KLARA SHANNON HADLEY ROAR!

Increasingly, I watch and celebrate as more of my beloved friends and “chosen” family members march triumphantly into eternal happiness.

 And increasingly, I commiserate with a few loved ones who limp – – either in torturously agonizing pain or in medically induced insensateness- – – across the final goal line.

How ever way my own last footfall will be, I say, Even so, come Lord Jesus. [Revelation 22:20]

THEREFORE, BE IT WIDELY KNOWN by all in this universe who are under the sound and influence of my voice:

My hope is firmly and unalterably founded, grounded, established, constructed and built in/on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

Apostle Paul’s confident assertion is mine also: For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.

[Philippians 1:21]

I will never die while Jesus lives

N O W

What about you?  What is your declaration about your uniqueness?

Are you a WOMAN  –  wonder-full, outstanding, majestic, angelic, natural?   Are you audacious?  Let the world hear your ROAR!

GO forth now, WOMAN!

ROAR THROUGH YOUR JOURNEY THIS WEEK!

 

 

 

 

 

 

MANIFESTO ON AGING

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AGING IS PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE – See 2 Corinthians 4:16, 18

. . . though my outward wo/man perishes, YET
my inward wo/man is renewed day by day . .

. . . I look not at things which are seen [evidences of aging]
but at things which are not seen [evidences of spiritual maturity]
for the things which are seen are temporal
but the things which are not seen [love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control]                                  these are eternal.

REDUX: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
REMIX: he has made every thing beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:11

I’m struttin’ into seventy-five! June can’t come soon enough for me. I am fearfully and wonderFULLy made. [Psalm 139:14] Therefore, I am ready, willing, and anxious in this season of my life. This is my beautiful time to plant, heal, build up, laugh, dance, embrace, speak, and love. I speed toward a place whose horizon grows brighter as I move. Yes, this is the day/season/age the Lord has made for me, and I will be glad in it! [Psalm 118:24] I anticipate Joie de vivre in spades as the Holy Spirit moves me!

I find a kindred spirit with Lord Tennyson’s Ulysses: “All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untraveled world whose margin fades for ever and ever as I move.” And with Caleb, who at eighty years old told Joshua, “Give me this mountain!” as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. [Joshua 14:12] I understand the pulsation of Ulysses’ “heroic heart” when he asserts that he has been “made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

You see, I have received from my God new and improved replacement parts. Just as he promises in Isaiah 61:3, he has given me “beauty for ashes.” Here’s the Trade Inventory:

TRADE-IN                                                                   REPLACEMENT
A – aging                                                                    A – Annual birthday renewals

S – senior sainthood                                               S – sassy elegance

H – halting steps                                                     H – H E A L T H

E – eyesight problems                                            E – excellent insight

S – senility                                                                S – Sabbath Rest – – Daily!

Yes, my friend, my faith has found a RESTing place – and I am Receiving Eternal Sanctification Today—Resting in Him! I sincerely trust God’s promise in Isaiah 46:3-4 for my twilight years.

Hearken to me O Daughter,

Who is bourne by me from the belly
Who is carried by me from your mother’s womb;

. . . and even to your old age I am He.
And even to white hairs will I carry you;

I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry and will deliver you.

So you see, my friend, I’m struttin’ toward seventy-five. Thank you, Lord! Hallelujah!

God rest you on your journey!