May 2019 Web Article

“MOTHER’S DAY”

Women are a blessing and a true equal partner in ministry and life. I believe we should honor and respect women for all they contribute and for all that they are in our lives and in the world. I have found that Deborah in the Book of Judges to be an amazing example of a woman fulfilling the life God has for her and how she made the best of the following areas of her life:

She was a Wife (person of family) – a supportive husband who knew their relationship was not all about him and he was secure enough to celebrate her gifts and successes

Judges 4:4-5 Deborah was a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth. She was judge over Israel at that time.

She was a Prophetess (person of faith) – ability to discern the mind and purpose of God and declare it to others – God’s Word first place in her life

Judges 4:4-5 Deborah was a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth. She was judge over Israel at that time.

She was an Activist (person of passion) – to stir up ad excite for public discourse; lift up dejected and afraid spirits; offer hope

Judges 4:6-7 She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “It has become clear that God, the God of Israel, commands you: Go to Mount Tabor and prepare for battle.

She was a Ruler (person of wisdom) – gifted with wisdom and those she could influence sought her wisdom; remarkable as all women

Judges 4:4-5 Deborah was a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth. She was judge over Israel at that time.

She was a Warrior (person of commitment and strength) – fought the good fight and did not do so alone (Barak) and did not let the (worldly) odds get in her way

Judges 4:9-10 She said, “Of course I’ll go with you…God will use a woman’s hand to take care of Sisera.”

She was a Poetess (person of heart) – gave God the glory; could see God’s hand at work in her life the life of others; heart of gratitude which she expressed

Judges 5:1 On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song

She was a Maternal Figure (person of nurture) – no having children did not stop her from having a mother’s heart for others; Judges 5:7 Villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel.

Let us honor our mothers and all women for who they are and what they bring to our lives and to work. They are people of:

  • Family
  • Faith
  • Passion
  • Wisdom
  • Strength & Commitment
  • Heart
  • Nurture

Respectfully,

Chaplain Jim Vogt

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