Recognizing these women and so many others in the important strides they have made throughout history to enhance our culture brings me so much joy. They remind me of our ability as individuals to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-14 NIV). We’ve made it to March and I believe that this month, God desires for us to release our abilities as individuals. There are three areas that God spoke to me about us releasing our ability in this month: management, investment, and creation.
So yall know I had to ask God to point me in the direction of a woman in the bible who embodied the ability to release her management, investment and creative skills. God immediately pointed me to one of my favorite women in the bible, the Proverbs 31 woman. What I love about her is that she inspires me to be a better version of myself daily. She was the epitome of a manager, investor, creator and so much more. The bible in Proverbs 31:10-31 NIV describes her.
The Proverbs 31 woman was wise when it came to investing because she recognized that investing was the idea of sowing what she already had. The bible tells us that she didn’t just know how to properly invest her money (Proverbs 31:16 NIV, Proverbs 31:18 NIV), but she knew how to invest her time (Proverbs 31:27 NIV), she knew how to invest her service (Proverbs 31:20 NIV), and she knew how to invest her words (Proverbs 31:26 NIV). Think about the different things in your life that God has blessed you with that you can invest or sow into because God is calling you to invest this month.
There is someone reading this blog wondering: How do I manage what I have? How do I invest with what I have? How do I create with what I have? Seek and trust God. God is who will give you wisdom in each one of these areas of your life specifically as it pertains to you. He will begin to provide you with vision and direction as He promised in Isaiah 48:17 NIV when He stated, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you in the way you should go”. This means that to operate in excellence when you are managing, investing and creating, you have to know that God is your compass. Even when you think you may not know enough or you think you may not have enough, God can bless exactly what you do have to go further than you could possibly ever fathom.
It was God who placed Adam in the Garden of Eden to begin managing and working it (Genesis 2:15 NIV). It was God who gave Joseph vision and revelation on how to properly invest Egypt’s resources so that when a famine hit, they had plenty (Genesis 41 NIV). It was God who spoke to Noah about building and creating an ark that ultimately protected lineage here on earth (Genesis 6:9-22 NIV, Genesis 7:1-24 NIV, Genesis 8:1-22 NIV). This month, God is going to lead you on how to manage, invest and create. All He needs you to do, is release your ability to manage, invest and create with everything He has already given you.
We celebrate you and all that you are in our lives. Thank you for blessing us with the opportunity to learn from your word which is the way, the truth and the life. Forgive us for not managing or investing our time, our thought patterns, and our resources in a way that would honor you. Uproot our fleshly mannerisms and purify our hearts. Father let this word marinate through our spirit and in our soul this month encouraging us to release our ability to manage, invest and create. We surrender our lives to you and seek your will in all that we do so you may show us which paths to take (Proverbs 3:6 NLT). We declare a spirit of production and productivity over our lives in the mighty name of Jesus. Lord we will steward, sow, produce and create through your guidance and wisdom in this season, for you are our Father who is in complete control and we trust you. Empower and equip us like never before, in Jesus name we pray, amen.
Scriptures to Feed Yourself & Reflect On:
Matthew 5:13-14 NIV (Salt and Light)
Proverbs 31:10-31 NIV (Story of the Proverbs 31 Woman)
Genesis 2:15 NIV (God desires for man to work)
Isaiah 48:17 NIV (God is our teacher)
Genesis 41 NIV (God gives Joseph revelation about Pharaoh's dreams)
Genesis 6:9-22 NIV (The story of Noah and the flood)
Genesis 7:1-24 NIV (The story of Noah and the flood continued)
Genesis 8:1-22 NIV (The story of Noah and the flood continued)
Proverbs 3:6 NLT (Seek God’s will)