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positive change, first step

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We had a great Thursday-Saturday in Atlanta! It was Leadership Training for women in the Presbyterian Church in America. The teaching, seminars and fellowship were delicious!

I went with a younger friend from our church. She is the age of one of my daughters. We had a blast…and came back with ideas galore to implement in our church. Of course, we realize people at the church won’t be craving to hear our ideas…particularly in a big lump!

Steps one through three? Pray, pray, pray!

So for now, we need to start praying for our women and our leaders. We would love to start acting and doing. But the best thing to do for now is pray, pray, pray. To say it is counter-intuitive for this nurse and doctor (my friend) is an understatement!

We understand that we are not the fountain of answers and solutions. GOD is. We are aware of needs and problems that need to be addressed, as well as strengths that are already present. GOD needs to work in us, the situations and the leadership.

Where do you need to see positive change? In your church? Your community? Your family?

Before you unload all the changes that you think need to be made on those people or arenas, pray for GOD to work. He will start by changing you, then them. He will change circumstances and give you the words to say to communicate clearly with those with whom we need to work.

He will work in a way that will cause us to look back after a period of time with amazement and say, “Wow, only GOD could have done that! It had very little to do with our clever organization or communication skills.”

That’s when we know that GOD is able to use the foolish, weak, low, and despised of the world for His glory.

 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise;
God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
God chose what is low and despised in the world,
even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

I Corinthians 1:26-29