Women need women friendships. I am thanking God for many women in my life right now.
A couple of weeks ago I went to a women's retreat at Glad Tidings Church here in Omaha. It was amazing. The first evening at the retreat, they asked if any women who needed prayer would come to the front center of the church. I went up there, even though I didn't want to. I mean, I wanted prayer and felt I really needed it, but I felt way out of my comfort zone in front of a group of several hundred women (who most I didn't know as this is not my home church). I went though. I was prayed over and, Wow! I felt it was a turning point in my life. I surrendered control. I start to feel like I want to control things when I am not trusting God. That night gave me peace, and reminded me that with God all things are possible. And God does provide for His children.
Before the retreat, I had been struggling where I was trusting in money instead of trusting in God. But God's Word says "Trust in money and down you go!" (Proverbs 11:28a). I was trying to figure out over and over in my head, how my husband and I would raise all of the support we need. I admitted my struggle with this and the woman prayed out loud over me. I felt so much peace and I had confidence that God would provide, and even in amazing and interesting ways. And the next day God amazed us and showed us that He is richly providing for us.
I am so thankful for that retreat, where I learned a lot from many wise women. I am so thankful for many women in my life who are helping me become the woman God made me to be. And I am so thankful that I am learning to trust in God, and not money.
I love my husband; he is my best friend. But because I'm a woman, I will always need to have time with other women. And I need to remember this. Women need each other: to pray for each other, to learn from each other, to encourage each other, to support each other and to love each other.
Here is my prayer for all women: May God bless your women friendships. May He use you to bring light, joy, truth, peace, and healing into the lives of other women and may He use other women to bring you light, joy, truth, peace and healing into your life.