Greetings Beloved Working Women!
God's High Holy Days
Praise the Lord in this month of the Jewish High Holy Days!
September 13 marks Rosh Hashanah (the New Year according to the Jewish calendar), and September 22 is Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).
We choose to honor the Jewish people this month because the Bible tells us that we Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings (Rom. 15:27) and that our salvation is dependent on the Jews in that we were grafted in by faith through God’s kindness (Rom. 11:17-24). Genesis 12:3 also tells us that God will bless those who bless the Jews!
Did you know that many Christians believe Christ (our atonement and a jew) was actually born during this Holy season and that His birth date was later changed to December 25 by Roman emperor Constantine to merge with pagan celebrations (i.e. winter solstice, trees, etc.)? Let us pray for God’s truth to be revealed to the nations in this area!
Let us also pray in an attitude of love for our Muslim brothers and sisters this month as their Islamic Ramadan holiday also begins September 13 this year, the same day as Rosh Hashanah. Remember that Rosh Hashanah is a day of rest, assembly and offerings to present Israel before God for His favor. So let us, indeed, pray for Israel!
And Yom Kippur is a day of repentance, Sabbath rest, fasting and offerings for the purpose of purification. It actually begins at sundown Friday, September 21.
If you would like to learn more about God’s High Holy Days, please refer to the notes at the bottom of this newsletter.
Events & News
● The Lydia Conference in Atlanta, Ga. is January 24, 2008. This is an all-day women’s workplace conference where I plan to conduct a workshop on “Getting Promoted God’s Way.” Look for more information in the months ahead.
● Anyone who enjoyed reading 100 Passengers and would like to help spread the news by posting a favorable customer review on Amazon.com, please do so at . . .
(Scroll halfway down the page under the sub-header, “Customer Reviews.”)
● God’s Love at Work is seeking first-person workplace testimonials for our “Woman to Woman” column. Anyone interested in submitting their story can do so by e-mailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. All stories should be 500-1,000 words of truth and are subject to editing.
The God’s Love at Work Foundation funds need-based education scholarships to people of Appalachian heritage, a historically impoverished region in the U.S. If you would like to make a contribution, God will bless your gift at . . .
Featured CommentarySince this is also a time when many family schedules shift with school, activities and new TV series, I’ll leave you with a thought-provoking commentary from Joyce & Megan Simmons of Dynamic Family Ministries . . .
“The Not So Desperate Housewives" Millions of women are tuning into the latest TV drama that depicts women desperately searching for peace and happiness by outsmarting, out performing and outdoing the next person to get exactly what they believe will make them happy. Women all over the country apparently can’t miss the next episode. Even in Christian circles, I have been surrounded by chatter of the latest venture of the TV vixens until I desperately had to get out of there!
by Joyce & Megan Simmons
Women who have opted to stay at home and focus on raising their children and investing in their lives may feel as if life is passing them by as they watch the tainted storylines! The trap younger woman are falling into is believing their quest for happiness can be found in a new relationship, sexier appearance or alluring wardrobe.
Perhaps we should identify with Groucho Marx when he says, "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
If you have those days when you are feeling a little desperate, remember God’s call to women has never changed. Our time to invest daily in our children is priceless, every moment a canvas in which to paint God’s bigger picture and purpose. Every word we speak, every action and reaction fills our family’s emotional tank, preparing them for their journey to come.
The rewards may seem few at times and we may not walk the red carpet as much as the one in our family room, but we do with our head held high pursuing the best role of all. Beware of presumptions, or those who appear to have it all, and remember what all really is.
Today’s woman has determined the challenge set before her and knows that one day her accountability will not be concerned with outward appearances but with the degree of inner strength and beauty she acquired with the gifts given to her. Her specific purpose will be measured and weighed against how firmly her convictions were as a warrior for God.
The definition of DESPERATE is rash or violent because of despair, having a great need, very serious, drastic, even recklessness, hopeless and unsatisfied.
Women can become preoccupied with the concept of insignificance. In this pursuit, we run after a fantasy world of claiming goals the world tells us will bring significance. Though seeming to be grand in their illusions, these goals bring shallowness and dissatisfaction. To be the perfect size 6, to have the admiration of the opposite sex or to be the CEO seems alluring for a time. The facade quickly lets away until we realize our imperfections drive us toward the perfect love of Christ.
He is beautiful beyond description, too marvelous for words, to wonderful for comprehension like nothing ever seen or heard and we are a reflection of Him. We are created for things that are excellent and are designed to have the fullness Christ offers that will bring lasting satisfaction. We can preoccupy our minds with false reality. Or we can fill our minds and hearts with the true reality of Jesus. We are a work of art, the creation that Psalm 139 speaks of, “You formed my inward parts.” He knew the plan ahead of you even before you were born. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Without a single worry or care.
We need to break out of the feelings of desperately wanting to be something that we are not. Instead we should be desperately running into the arms of The Father who is thrilled with what we have done with our lives so far and is anticipating such amazing things ahead. He sees us reaching the otherwise unattainable. Jesus can see us going farther than we ever imagined. Nothing is impossible for Him.
Women who are not desperate to follow after cotton candy illusions can powerfully affect their world for Christ. Their spiritual muscles are flexed daily. They stand out in a crowd for their faith and are being molded and shaped into becoming leaders, not followers. Although the world may not recognize it, they are making an eternal difference one day at a time.
While I do not resemble the mannequin-like appearance that the world totes as perfection, you can believe I am no dummy. I have a few designer bags and those wrinkles under my eyes are only proof I have been keeping a faithful keen eye of the deception that may come against my family and me. I do walk out the door knowing every line and mark of time has been spent toward being the woman I was intended to be and reflects the fact that my life has not been lived in desperation but toward a divine and greater purpose.
Joyce and Megan Simmons travel extensively with Dynamic Family Ministries. Their focus is to motivate, challenge and encourage women in their daily lives. Visit www.dynamicfamilyministries.com.
High Holy Days Notes:
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) – Lev. 23:23-25; Num. 29:1-6.
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) – Lev. 16; 23:26-32; Num. 29:7-11.
Also see chart of Old Testament Feasts & Other Sacred Days in the NIV Bible.
http://www.larryhuchministries.org/ (Check out his new release CD set, Biblical Holidays, $20)