When Wallflowers Dance: Becoming a Woman of Righteous Confidence
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When we were two, we were no longer babies-we were becoming little girls. And when we were thirteen, we were leaving childhood behind, becoming young women. But somewhere along the way, we stopped becoming. We became "un-women." Wallflowers who are just breathing and smiling and blending in to stay out of the way.
That is not what God had in mind when He created us. He wants us to keep becoming. He wants us to become strong, decisive, wise, creative, passionate, courageous-all the things we've dreamed of becoming. When Wallflowers Dance is a fresh challenge to women who have lived hesitant, cautious lives but long to break free and dance!
Using both Scripture and story, Angela Thomas addresses the attributes of "becoming" and the freedom we have in Christ to keep developing the characteristics that reflect our God-given longings.
relationship decision out of my emptiness. I’m sure you now believe I am a total geek, but not dating may not apply to you so pray about it. Turned out to be the easiest New Year’s resolution I ever made and kept two years running. Have you ever heard that stress is when your gut says, No, but your mouth says, Why sure, I’d be glad to? We’re getting ready to cut out some of the stress. Believe me, there will be plenty of time to be room mom and first-base coach and city council advocate later.
This is not an awful day. This is the day the Lord has made. Believe in Him and His promises to you. I want you to smile at people and walk into your classroom looking for the person who needs your encouragement. I want you to bless people today and give them the light of Jesus.” “Yes, ma’am,” he mumbled. I’m sure he kicked himself all the way to homeroom for ever bringing the cracker thing up. Grayson is eleven. Eleven is difficult for boys. It’s a physical and emotional season of transition.
afraid; when you lie down, you will sleep in peace. You won’t be afraid of sudden trouble; you won’t fear the ruin that comes to the wicked, because the LORD will keep you safe. He will keep you from being trapped. (Proverbs 3:21–26 NCV, emphasis mine) As you begin to resist bitterness and choose wisdom, God promises His blessing and protection. I’ve met plenty of grown-up women who have lived their whole lives bitter and resentful. Not one of them would ever be regarded as wise. Childish?
(John 14:26–27 NCV) Jesus’ final words of instruction to the disciples just before He ascended into heaven were: Wait here to receive the promise from the Father which I told you about . . . When the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power. (Acts 1:4, 8 NCV) On the Day of Pentecost, the promised Helper called the Holy Spirit came to live inside the disciples. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:4 NCV) After this day, when the promised indwelling of God was given to
His voice. Wait for His fullness. After the very deliberate decision to become more aware of the presence of the Spirit and to pursue His filling, there is our everyday, moment-to-moment walk with God. In recent years, I have begun every day with two prayer requests and then asked myself several ongoing questions during the day. I share these with you for the sake of discipleship. You do not have to make them yours, but I’m praying that you are prompted to formulate your own heart-check