Onward

This past weekend I went on a retreat with the girls in my youth group at church. It was wonderful, other than the bad sun burn! The focus of the weekend was women of the bible. The women we studied were Ruth, Hannah, Miriam, and Rahab. I encourage you to read about each of those women. In this post I will only be talking about Ruth, but i would still like you too look up her in the bible if you get a chance. The main take-away from Ruth is to follow your heart to find your hope. Ruth learns throughout her life how to balance God reliance and self reliance. We all need to move onward in our life, not only with friends and family but with God. It says in Philippians 3:14 (MSG) “I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward- to Jesus. I’m off and running, and not turning back.”

At the end of the weekend, me and my friends all prayed this prayer.

Dear God, please make us dangerous women.

May we be the women who acknowledge our power to change, and grow, and be radically alive for God. May we be healers of wounds and righters of wrongs. May we weep with those who weep and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. May we cherish children, embrace the elderly, and empower the poor. May we pray deeply and teach wisely. May we be strong and gentle leaders. We sing songs of joy and talk down fear. May we never hesitate to let passion push us, conviction compel us, and righteous anger energize us. May we strike fear into all that is unjust and evil in the world. May we dismantle abusive systems and silence lies with truth. May we shine like stars in a darkened generation. May we overflow with goodness in the name of God and by the power of Jesus. And in that name and by that power, may we change the world.

Dear God, please make us dangerous women. Amen.

(Nice Girls Don’t Change the World- Lynne Hybles)

If you would like to read more in-depth on the women of the bible, read “Wisdom from Women in the Bible” by John C. Maxwell. I personally have not read it, but my leader has and she says it was a very good book.

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

~Ash♥︎

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