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If you have ever been to a women’s conference, you will understand why a women’s night of worship just may be in order.
Welcome to Women’s Ministry Wednesday!
There is something special about women (or men, for that matter) coming together and singing their hearts out to the Lord in one mind and in one accord.
After attending a women’s conference recently, a couple of us felt led to host this type of event. We had it in our heart to create a service where our women could just come in and soak in God’s presence with some great praise and worship music and singing. God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3) .
When I shared my thought with another one of the women at the conference, she said that she had been thinking about the same thing, so we began to pray. After feeling that God was truly leading us, I set up an appointment with the pastor I report to. We had a good one hour chat about this event’s value and purpose for our women. We answered questions about Why only women? Why on Wednesday night? What did we hope it would accomplish? And, in the end, we were in agreement that we should definitely do it. We decided we would call it, The Soaking.
A group of four began to practice to lead worship, flyers went up, postcards went out, and we prayed for God to meet us there.
On the night of the event, we lowered the lights and lit the candles. Women began to pour into the sanctuary and we even had a neighboring church’s pastor send over some of their women to worship with us.
I welcomed everyone and encouraged the ladies to clear their minds, relax and feel free to worship. We worshiped to four songs and paused for a dramatic reading before finishing in silence during a solo.
I am going to include my script I wrote for the dramatic reading about the 3 Realities of God: He Sees You, He Remembers You, He Understands You. I am often asked for notes so here are mine – The Soaking Oct 2014 – 3 Realities of God. If you cannot open it, you can still read it below; just follow the order of the service.
As for the selection of songs, here are the songs that facilitated our worship time:
Pause with sitting during the dramatic reading of The 3 Realities of God.
We are calling you to get lost in God’s presence tonight. Leave behind the realities of this world in this moment and embrace the 3 realities of God:
God Sees You
God Remembers You
God Understands You
Hagar was a young woman. She was not only a slave, but a slave to her circumstances that were not of her choosing. She was in the hands of two people whom had a great vision from God. God had called Abraham and Sarah to a wonderful, yet unknown place that He had appointed especially for them. He had also promised to bless them with children, land, hope and everything one could dream of.
Hagar was just one girl among their many servants who no less heard the great stories of God’s visitation on this chosen couple. These servants were to be the witnesses to God’s unfolding promises.
But, the chosen couple grew tired of waiting for the promised child. This young girl was given to Abraham as a means for accomplishing God’s will. No doubt confusion reigned in her mind. How could this great God who had promised them a child involve her?
Now pregnant she is now scorned by the one whom had had this bright idea; scorned to the point of abuse. Tired of the vexation she runs for the dessert. She feels hopeless, and escapes into a hopeless land.
There, an Angel of the Lord finds her. It is the Lord God! He encourages her and then sends her back to Sarah. Personally, I am sad for Hagar, but that is not Hagar’s response; she is filled with hope because the Lord sees her!
She realizes that not only does God have plans for the chosen couple, but He also has plans for her! How could this be? She must wonder in her seeming insignificance. As a memorial she builds an altar and calls it… Beer Lahai Roi which means for I have seen the God who sees me!!!
No matter the pain and trials she may continue to suffer upon her return to Sarah, she is energized by God’ apparent concern for her.
Dear sisters, please know that that same God sees you! And even if you are struggling with an ongoing vexation, know that the God who had plans for Hagar has plans for you.
God sees you!
Hannah was a married woman dealing with infertility. She longed to hold a child of her own in her arms, but for whatever reason God had not opened her womb to conceive. Her husband’s other wife, Peninnah, had had babies for her beloved husband, and she taunted Hannah relentlessly for being barren, adding great insult to injury. This pain was too much to bear.
While at the temple, Hannah prayed, NO, she cried out to God in great despair. Please give me a child, Lord! So desperate, she makes an extraordinary uncommon promise to God – She cries “God if you give me a child I will give him back to you”. And she is serious.
So distraught in her prayers that the Priest Eli thinks she is drunk and reprimands her. Here is this woman overcome in her grief and the very one designated by God to console His people is mocking her. How much more can Hannah take?
She tells the priest, I was pouring out my soul to the Lord!
After her return home, Hannah’s husband made love to her and it is said that the Lord remembered Hannah.
Hannah conceived and gave birth to her son, Samuel. She gave him this name because she had asked the Lord for him.
Our wait may be long and painful, but don’t forget that God remembers you, your need, and that very thing you have been longing for.
God will remember you.
If only He had been there, her brother Lazarus, would not have died. Mary of Bethany, in full out mourning amidst her friends, rushes to the feet of Jesus when she hears that He has finally come. The scripture says that she throws herself down at his feet, exclaiming “if only you had been here”…if only had been here…
When Jesus sees Mary’s disappointment in Him and the extent of her grief, He is overcome. Jesus, too, then begins to weep.
Psalm 147:5 says Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit!
Jesus does identify with our pain, emotions and, yes, even our disappointments in Him. More than that He understands us far better than we even understand ourselves.
God’s understanding has no limit.
These are words we can barely comprehend. We often go through life carrying regrets, missed opportunities, deep pains and woes and we try to tell our stories, explain our hurts, but few rarely and really understand.
They listen, sometimes, for a while, but still we often still feel misunderstood. Even our closest confidants sometimes just don’t get us…so who else can we go to?
(sing or read the following four lines)
Where could I go oh where could I go
Seeking a refuge for my soul
Needing a friend to save me in the end
Where could I go but to the Lord
God’s understanding has no limits, and because His word says so, I say to you, God understands you.
As we sing our last song tonight, soak in these three realities whether by singing, praying or kneeling in silence:
God Sees You
God Remembers You
God Understands You
Click here to download a printable version of “The 3 Realities of God for Women” (along with several other helpful ministry resources).
Then a solo of The More I Seek You was sung during a time of reflection.
Needless to say our women loved it! So many of them commented with I NEEDED THIS! And, that’s true, we do need time in God’s presence, and corporate worship like The Soaking provides for such a moment. Consider hosting one for your women.
If you have done something similar, I would love to hear about it, as we are planning for another one in January. Thanks!
Update: Here is a second edition of The Soaking.
P.S. If you like this post, then you may like this to use during your own private worship/prayer service.
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