September is a month of new beginnings, a change of season and the beginning of school for students around the world.
I want to share with you something that God has been imparting to me. He showed me that He is using me to introduce you, the reader, to other Christians who have suffered for their faith. Why is this important? This is a form of fellowship. For various reasons, you may not be able to fellowship regularly with other Christians. Reading is a way to connect to other people of the same faith, as “we proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:3)
God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9) It’s really simple. God wants some time with you. He wants to consume your thoughts and He intends to bless your life.
As the Apostle Paul stated in his letter to the Corinthians…. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
This month I have been reading a book entitled, Empowered Women, by Michal Ann Goll. Little did I know, when I started out, that this is a history book! I didn't know what to expect at first, and chose this title mostly because it stood out to me as unique among the many books we carry. I was also curious to read what the wife of James W. Goll would have to say when she had the chance to speak her piece.
Empowered Women fascinated me so much, I wanted to rush through the whole thing in a day. She wrote about Grandma Moses and Mother Teresa, Fanny Crosby, and so many other fascinating people in history. On second thought, I decided to slow down and limit myself to a chapter a day so that I could absorb and reflect on the concepts Michal presented. She takes the reader on a journey through time, explaining the cultural and religious significance of each short story presented about these women, empowered by God to change the way we live and worship Him daily.
As the days went on, I became more and more inspired to move forward and take action in things that God had been impressing on my heart. I was a more dedicated mother and daughter, sister and friend. I slowed down and really listened to my coworkers. The carpentry project that had been sitting on the back burner, I took up and started again. I felt God working through me as I read through this book, and I did find it very inspiring.
I also noticed, as time went on, the little references at the end of the chapter. The foreword explains that James assembled this book after his wife's death, and I read in the references that many of these passages were from Michal Ann's other book, Women On The Front Lines. Of course, now I want to read that book, too.
Overall, this would be a good book to share with a loved one who could use some empowerment and inspiration. The book is chock full of that, and the power of the Holy Spirit comes through in each and every chapter.