Thursday, March 18, 2010

31 Day Challenge- Proverbs Chapter 18

Chapter 18:

V. 4 “A person's words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.”

I have been attending the A Woman Inspired Conference all week.  What an incredible group of women.  It is an online conference so all there is, is words.  There is no video so the speakers aren’t wearing flashy clothes, actually one of the speakers today admitted they were in their pyjamas!  All of the attendees write back and forth in a chat sharing struggles and encouragements.  I do not add a lot to the chats but I do watch them go by and am amazed at the relationships that are being started and built. 

Here’s an honest admission for tonight, I am jealous of the relationships that the women around me have.  I never feel like I fit in.  Not sure why.  I love this online conference-- I can go and learn, the messages that are spoken are truly words of life-giving water, I have been blessed over and over from what has been shared.  And yet I go and really never feel like I fit in.  One of the speakers today was Sue Cramer from Praise and Coffee- all these women were talking about getting together for time of praise and coffee.  That would be awesome and such a time of encouragement.

This weekend my church is having their annual women’s retreat and I’m not going.  I definitely do not feel like I fit in there, at least on-line I can go and sit quietly in the background and no one really notices, at a retreat you don’t have a lot of places to hide.  I’m almost starting to make myself cry, didn’t plan on this being my blog for tonight but what comes out, is what I will post.

I am going to have to do some thinking as to why I don’t feel like I fit in.  Many of the women’s retreats that I have attended I have been the speaker.  Maybe that has something to do with it.  I am all ears if anynourish one has any insight into my quandary.

Maybe it is time for me to refocus on what I should be doing here.  Back to Proverbs Chapter 18.  V.4 is really awesome though.  Words can hurt and words can be live-giving water.  We need to keep our mouths in check. 

I was just reading on and look what I found in V.21 “Those who love to talk will experience the consequences, for the tongue can kill or nourish life.”  Tongues are powerful, it can get us into a lot of trouble or it can nourish life.  I like that- nourish life.  Nourish: to supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth; to strengthen and build up. Nourish- I like that word a lot.

V.22 “The man who finds a wife finds a treasure and receives favor from the LORD.”

I had to share that one with my husband, just to remind him what a treasure he has.  As if he could ever forget. J


  1. You are not alone in your boat of not fitting in! What I've learned is that Satan wants to divide and conquer and uses the internet to do this. REAL relationships can't happen via internet and God wants us to have REAL relationships. Go anyway...chances are you will be in a room full of gals who feel exactly the same. Beat Satan at his game...When I haven't felt like going to an event, I drag myself anyway, I force myself out of my comfort zone and have never been disappointed. God has always blesssed me and its always exactly what I've needed. Don't believe Satan's lies! He comes to kill and destroy!

  2. Give and you will recieve..RIGHT!!??
    Open YOU to other women, share who you are face to face and see how God will greatly bless you with inclusion and love and friendship through relationships being built...sometimes fitting in is over rated...standing out now that's a different view!!:0) Go and be blessed!! Search for the similiarity instead of feeling the disconnection...

    I confess I must eat these words too...I also feel out of place!! WE CAN DO IT!! I will pray for the Lord to shine of where that thought process is coming from in you...

  3. Thank you sisters for your reply! I am praying for some relationships to open up that I can do the Praise and Coffee time. It feels good knowing that I am not the only one.

    Nikki, good to hear from you again!

    Starla, thanks for visiting my blog, hope to hear from you again.


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