When was the last time you dared to pray something “BIG“? It is scary to pray those big prayers. Recently, we had a ladies worship night at church. This is something that has been on my heart for quite some time – ever since I was nominated to head up our Women’s Ministry team at church (which came as a complete surprise to me!). I desperately wanted Jesus to show up that night and change hearts – to bring healing and break changes of sin and bondage. I longed for Him to move. And I prayed that He would – I expected Him to do something amazing. It is a bold thing to pray for, don’t you think? Because this is my heart for women, I naturally was intrigued by Sue Detweiler’s new book, Women Who Move Mountains.
My heart, as a prayer warrior and as the leader of Women’s Ministries in our church, was deeply encouraged by Sue’s book. She challenges the reader to pray with confidence and to pray bold requests. And through prayer, we draw closer to the heart of God.
I love stories. I love hearing the redemption stories of others. To learn what God has brought other people through deepens my faith. And Sue provides several stories in her book – both personal and accounts from other people – that reinforce the understanding of the power of prayer.
I loved her story about the groceries because it reminded me that our Heavenly Father KNOWS and cares for the seemingly smaller needs that we have. Another story I related to was her story with the bigger issue of childhood sexual abuse because that is my story, too. I know that shame and feeling of filthiness well. I lived with it for many years.
Sue also uses Bible stories to help us understand about healing prayers, praying with grace, and learning to pray with renewed hope. I absolutely love that she used some of my favorite Bible stories of incredible women throughout her book.
Ask The Tough Questions
Sometimes, we can dig into a book without taking the time to truly reflect on what God wants to teach us. So, I appreciated the questions Sue posed throughout her chapters. Some questions required me to do some reading in God’s word, which is always a wonderful thing! Other questions forced me to probe deeper into my heart, searching for areas that required the healing touch of my Savior.
For instance, time was spent on Hebrews 11:6. Her third question for this verse is “What two things does God desire for you to believe?” He wants me to believe that He exists and that He wants to reward me!
Did you get that? Our Heavenly Father delights in rewarding us. He longs to give us good gifts. He wants us to know and believe that He desires this.
Isn’t that just so, so good?
The Problem In Dealing With Rejection
OK, are you ready for me to share my BIG lesson that I learned from Sue? When I read and realized the truth she was speaking, I had to STOP and reflect. I spent time meditating on the truth of God’s word. And I felt empowered!
In chapter 4, Sue had me reading from Luke 4. I would read a portion and answer a question about Jesus’ experience in the wilderness and then right after. She asked how Jesus responded to rejection in His own life and then she asked this thought-provoking question, “Does the Scripture show Jesus spending time overcoming wounds of rejection from His hometown?”
I read the passage and the only answer for that question is a resounding NO!
OK, then. On to the next question:
With Jesus as your example, compare how you deal with rejection. Are you able to move right into your called assignment, or do you lose time trying to ‘fix’ the rejection you are experiencing?
Now doesn’t that give you some ‘meat’ to chew on? Seriously!
How many books and posts have you read on overcoming rejection? I know I’ve read my fair share.
And what about time wasted in licking my wounds? Feeling sorry for myself because so-and-so rejected me?
I think we’ve taken something that can be dealt with so simply and we’ve made it complicated. Way too complicated. Jesus didn’t complicate rejection. He left behind those who rejected Him and continued moving into His calling.
We aren’t going to escape rejection. It’s part of our lives. Here is what Sue says, “If you are making a difference and advancing God’s kingdom, like Jesus, you will experience rejection.” (pg 54). Later on, she adds, “Rejection gives power to the Enemy. When we allow feelings of rejection to take root in our hearts, we are opening the door to the Enemy to accuse our identity and distract us from our calling.” (pg 56, emphasis mine).
Realizing this truth, I was empowered to brush off any rejection – because I can – and keep walking in my God-given calling. I don’t have to sit and wallow in a pit of rejection. I can choose to get up, dust myself off and take another step. Or, I can choose to stay in that pit having a pathetic pity party for myself. And here’s the thing I realized – continuing to walk the path God gave to me is hat brings healing to that pain of rejection. Sue doesn’t negate the pain – it’s there – but let’s make dealing with it simple just like Jesus did.
How do you feel about that? Are you empowered, too? I know it is a different way to think about rejection since we are told differently. We are taught that the process is more complicated than it is and that there is a ‘proper’ procedure for dealing with that pain. There is even a “wiki-How” that gives 14 steps to help deal with rejection. Ummm…I think I’ll go with Jesus’ example.
It’s much simpler.
Should You Read It?
Would I recommend this book? Yes, I certainly would! I believe that any Christian woman who wishes to strengthen her prayer life would benefit from it, but I really see that a woman who is in a leadership position would find it extremely valuable. I feel like it has helped me in my ministry – both as leader of Women’s Ministry in my church and in my blogging. It’s a keeper, that’s for sure.
The Rest Of The Story
Did you remember the little story I was sharing at the beginning about the ladies worship night and how I was expecting God to do amazing things? Are you curious about how it went? The evening was precious. It was incredible. God moved. He healed. He restored. And He broke chains of sin. May He be glorified! I am already looking forward to our next worship night. And I will be expecting Him to show up in a big way again.
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**I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this post are my own.
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