Prayer for the Week of April 1 — Counter-Cultural Women

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“Like apples of gold in settings of silver

Is a word spoken in right circumstances. ”

Proverbs 25:11 (NASB)

I feel like there is a lot of courage required of me these days.  Anyone else feel this way?  In order to be true to my faith and to live with integrity, it means that I’m the odd one out.  I stick out like a sore thumb.  I’m the squeaky wheel.  Sometimes I feel like just venturing out into the “real world” that my neck is on the line.  Perhaps this is just my perception.  Perhaps it’s that I live in Los Angeles, which is sort of known for being filled with the plastic, with the phony, with the showy.  Yet, I bet it’s tough anywhere these days.

Often I don’t have to say anything, just by being out and about with my 7 children, people take notice, or offense.

But, sometimes we do have to speak.  Speaking is a command, too.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.”  Proverbs 31:8 (NLT)

It takes courage.  To be a person of faith in a faithless world takes gumption.  To be an outspoken counter-cultural woman of faith takes Holy Spirit Chutzpah.  But that is what is required of us in this season.

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There comes a time, especially in times of a great battle when the world needs the voices of the women.  What we need is the wisdom of God to understand the times we live in and then the boldness to speak up against injustice, to speak up on behalf on our families and churches, to defend the truth and in the end, to divide the spoils.

“The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng: Kings and armies flee in haste; the women at home divide the plunder.” Psalms 68:11-12 (NIV)

As Christian women, we need to just accept the fact that we are counter-cultural.  We are not like the world.  We believe that Jesus was the True Man and True God.  We believe that our lives will never really end.  We believe that we are being watched by a cloud of the faithful who pray for us.  We believe that everything we see in this temporal world bears the fingerprints of God.  And we believe in all this enough to die for it.  That right there is counter-cultural.

Our lives follow a different rhythm than the world.  We have days where we fast and only drink water.  We have days when we wake early to pray.  We have days where we seemingly break all the rules and feast like drunken gluttons.  Our holidays are actually Holy Days and that affects the way we dress, talk, shop and eat (or rather why sometimes we stop doing these things).  We mark the changing of years and seasons and listen to words from prophets.

We do odd things.  We pray for God’s grace over our food.  We put our hands on sick people–those sick in the body, mind or spirit–and we pray and then believe that God heals them.  We ask the Spirit of God to fill us up.  We forgive unforgivable things and love unlovable people.  We approach perfect strangers sometimes and ask them if we can pray for them.  We give away 10% of our limited incomes.  We go to Church and affirm with the rest of the people that we are relying on Jesus.   Further we affirm that we are one with all those other people and collectively make up the Body of Christ.  Sometimes we weep when we pray.  Sometimes we speak in tongues.  We get baptized publicly and receive Communion.  Sometimes we surprise even ourselves at the odd things we do.

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Yesterday during Good Friday liturgy we prayed:

Forgive us, O Lord.

Like Peter at the Transfiguration, we have spoken when it was a time for silence.

Like Peter, who drew his sword to cut off a servant’s ear, we have acted when it was ta time to wait.

And yet when you have called us to speak and to act, we like Peter, have remained silent and still.

Forgive us, O Lord.

Yes, Lord.  And give us the courage to live with integrity and speak with boldness.  Amen.

(Linked to Motivation MondayManic Monday, Creative Home Acre HopHope In Every Season Homemaking Link-upA Wise Woman Link-up, and Encourage One Another Link-Up)


  1. lostinavalonor - April 10, 2013

    Thank you for the encouragement to be just who God created me to be! 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
    I hope to see you back tomorrow for our next hop!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/04/the-creative-homeacre-10.html

  3. Georgina - April 1, 2013

    Aaaahhhh! Just thinking of this in the midst of Holy Week. God helped me to be bold (bold for me ;)) and highlight the truth of the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus Christ to a couple of people who don’t know what to make of us Christians 🙂 God bless them! Thank you Daja. You and Kristina know how to get to the heart of the matter.

  4. Linda Stephenson - April 1, 2013

    What a great word Daja! I need to remember that I am a woman of God, in a world that doesn’t understand. The world is watching, and listening. I pray that I will have the courage and integrity to speak what God wants me to with boldness.
    Linda Stephenson

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