It’s hard to believe Lifegate Women is over for the 2016-17 season. It’s true what they say, “Time flies when you are having fun!” And, girl, did we have fun!
Words cannot express how humbled I am to serve all of you in this role, nor can they truly capture all the appreciation and admiration I have for each one of you!
Lifegate Women isn’t something you do – it’s something you are!
You are Lifegate Women!
No matter the weather of how rough your day was, it seemed nothing could keep you from coming together each week! You faithfully served one another – just by your presence alone – and committed to walking with one another and lifting each other up in fellowship and prayer.
You lived out our Life Code! You came early and stayed late. You pitched in to help where help was needed. You fed one another, laughed, and cried.
And you did it all with a servant’s heart.
How can I even begin to thank you? Lifegate Women is what it is because of you. Because it is you! I pray that as we enter into this season of rest, you will be intentional with your time, and that you will purposely stop, rest, delight, and contemplate! I pray you will press in, and wait upon the Lord.
May your time with Him be personal and sweet, and may He restore your soul and fill you to overflowing! Until we meet again, you are in my thoughts and in my prayers!
your sis in Christ,
Below are the verses I shared for the commissioning of Lifegate Women at our last meeting. (I know some of you had requested them.)
For those women 19-29 years of age:
Pr. 31:17 – She is energetic and strong, a hard worker (NLT)
You are charged to do the work. 1 Tim. 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
For those women 30-39 years of age:
Pr. 31:15 – She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. (NIV)
You are charged to keep pressing in. It’s hard to get up when it’s still night – when it’s dark and there seems to be little hope. Nevertheless, you are doing it. Luke 8:46-50, “But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.’ Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.’ While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. ‘Your daughter is dead,’ he said. ‘Don’t bother the teacher anymore.’ Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.’”
For those women 40-49 years of age:
Pr. 31:16 – She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden. (MSG)
You are charged to keep investing. You are at that point in life where you are at the crest of the hill. Plan ahead. Look out and ask the Lord where He’s asking you to plant seeds. 1 Cor. 3:6-9 says, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”
For those women 50-59 years of age:
Pr. 31:18 – She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. (MSG)
You are charged to teach us endurance. You are still running the race. It’s not time to give up! Phil 3:14 says, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
For those women 60-69 years of age:
Pr. 31:19- Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. (NLT)
You are charged to keep building. Your work is not done. Show us how to do it by doing it. Proverbs 14:1 says, “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Keep working! Keep building!
For those women 70-79 years of age:
Pr. 31:20 – She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. (NIV)
You are charged to teach us compassion. You have experienced pain. You know loss and hurt, and yet you know the beauty of compassion. Matthew 14:13-14 says, “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”
For those women 80-100 years of age:
Pr. 31:21 – When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. (NIV)
You are charged to teach us how to find our rest and peace – our life – in Jesus Christ. You have walked many miles and have seen many things – yet nothing compares to the beautiful life you have found in Christ.
Psalm 23 – The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
For all of you, the remaining verses of Proverbs chapter 31:
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
As your leader and a devout follower and lover of Jesus Christ, I commission all of you as devoted disciples of the One True Living King!
To Him be the glory forever and ever!
Associate Pastor, Lifegate Women