Saturday, August 25, 2007

God's Wonder Woman


Today I spoke once again at the All Church Ministries Conference in Lakeland. They requested that I bring a teaching called, "God's Wonder Woman." Evidently I've gotten a reputation for being able to multi-task. :-) I'm going to break my teaching down over the next few days in a few posts for my blog readers. What follows is my introduction. Hope you enjoy! Stay tuned each day for more...

I saw a book in the Christian bookstore recently and it was something to the effect of, “I’m not a wonder woman”…and I thought, “yes I am!”

Daniel 11:32 says, “but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits”.

The Bible says that signs and wonders will follow them that believe.


John 14:11-13 says “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.


I believe God wants to work through us in astounding ways, especially in these last days. I believe He is calling for His women to be wonders! I believe He wants to use each of us in miraculous ways. Time is short. We are in the last days. What incredible times we live in. Did you know, there are more people alive today than have lived and died since Adam? Signs and wonders WILL follow them that believe. I believe He wants to do it through you and through me. He wants the world to see us and be amazed at what He is doing through us.

I have sought God on this. Since I was just a young girl, I have been one that has wanted to do a lot for the Kingdom of God. And for years now, many people have told me, “slow down honey, you have a whole lifetime to get things done…”

While I do believe in taking time to stop and smell the roses, I don’t want to spend all my days living in the garden! The same people who preach, “time is short! We’re in the last days! Life is but a vapor!” are also the ones saying, “slow down, honey…”

The bible says time is short, so I’ve sort of decided to go with the Bible on the matter…

I feel called to be a Wonder Woman for the Lord, and evidently so do you because you are taking time to read this. There are many times that people say, “HOW DO YOU DO ALL THAT YOU DO?” If I were given a dime for every time that was said to me, I could retire a rich woman right now.

Many times I hear people say:
“I wish I could do that like you do, but I just don’t have time.”

Today, I’m going to help you to see how you can accomplish a lot more than you think you can, for the glory of God! People often ask me, “how do you do it all?” and quite honestly I usually say something like, “I don’t get a lot of sleep” or “some days I don’t get it all done” or “I try to be organized” or "only by the grace of God..." But the truth is, I do get a lot done somehow, and when Erika called me from the District Office and asked me to teach this it forced me to not just give the clich├ęs that I normally give, but to sit down and really think about it.

When someone experiences great growth in their church, we often ask them how it happened. Some people say, "I don't know...we just prayed..." While I do believe they prayed, I also believe their prayers were active prayers and they were accompanying them with something else. Perhaps they didn't realize they did, but they did. I realize it's the same with those who are good at multi-tasking. We may just say, "it's the grace of God" or "only through prayer" and those things are true however I am convinced there is an additional dynamic behind it. Some things you may think are basic, but for the sake of those who really want to know, I’m going to break it down.


We are going to look at:

Ten principles to becoming a Wonder Woman for God:

Fact is, we all have the same amount of time. God has been completely fair on this matter.

Each of us gets 24 hours a day. Each hour is divided into 60 minutes which is 3,600 seconds.

The difference is not in how much time each of us is given but in what we choose to do with that time.

There was only once that God stopped the clock for a person and that was Hezekiah. Many times I have prayed for a Hezekiah anointing. It has never come. The fact is, I must take charge of my time…and tell it where to go.

John Mason once said, "Don't ask time where it's gone. Tell it where to go."

Here’s what God’s Word says:


Ephesians 5:15-17 “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.”

I want to ask you - what is your life really about? Some women are convinced their life consists of surviving...paying the bills from week to week...keeping the clothes clean...keeping their house running. I submit to you that this life is not all about whether or not we keep menial chores done. Jesus talked more about the Kingdom of God than ANYTHING. Life is not about menial chores that we must get done, but it's about CHANGING LIVES. Don't mistake, I am not saying if you are "home" that this is a bad thing or not what your life is about. What I am saying is, that doing clothes or getting chores done is not the purpose of your life. The purpose of your life is to IMPACT lives for eternity, starting in your home and emanating from it.

If order to successfully do that, however, we have to have a plan for getting the menial done and out of the way so we can focus more on the eternal...on the Kingdom of God.

God can help us to maximize our time. As we prioritize and utilize our time properly, He will bless it.

I realized years ago as I observed people that most live life aimlessly, just sort of figuring out from day to day what they were going to do, with no real agenda in mind. I know plenty of people who wake up everyday and decide after that what they are going to do. Prior to opening their eyes in the morning, they have no clue where the day is headed. Then they wonder why their lives are a mess.

My husband always says, “if you aim at nothing, that’s exactly what you’ll hit!”

So with that said, we know we need to have goals, but what things are important in establishing those goals?

That's what we're going to talk about tomorrow...in part II of "God's Wonder Woman."

3 comments:

Beloved said...

You keep amazing me...Your blog is now a top resource for me!!!! I am sooooo glad I found it (and you!)
and
THANK YOU for joining my Online Birthday party :)
Christelle

Deanna Shrodes said...

Thanks Christelle!!! What a compliment. I'm so glad to have met you too...

(((hugs)))

Deborah said...

What can I say your amazing! I am so inspired by you to become even a better wonder woman then I have ever been. thank you for been such a source of encouragement. love always me