Come Holy Spirit!

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Before a young woman’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics. Esther 2:12 NIV

This particular scripture has come to mind often during this fast time. Not until today, did I realize the significance of it.
We are at the start of 12 months in 2016. Oil of myrrh, among other things is used for purification and that is basically what fasting is about!
So what is the Holy Spirit saying? What plans or dreams do you have for this year?
I know I have quite a few and I use this fasting time annually to help me prepare or develop my plan for the goals I have. Many churches have a fasting time or Corporate Fast at this time, so many of you may be in some form of fasting or cleansing also. It is a time to listen to the voice inside as we set aside our pleasurable foods and treats or television, etc., so we can hear her.
Yes, I said her. It is Woman Crush Wednesday after all!
Now, don’t go calling me a heretic yet! Take a little word study with me 1st.

Pneumatology is a theological term, which is the doctrine concerning the Holy Spirit.
The Hebrew word רוח (ruach; “wind; spirit”) is one of the few words that is sometimes used as masculine, although it is mostly used as feminine.

In Aramaic also, the language generally considered to have been spoken by Jesus, the word is feminine. However, in Greek the word (pneuma) is neuter. There are biblical translations where the pronoun used for the Holy Spirit is masculine, in contradiction to the gender of the noun used for spirit in Hebrew and Aramaic.

Why did the Church Fathers decide to override and refer to the Holy Spirit as male? That is for another discussion.

I only provide this as a foundation for my particular view. So relax and keep reading! I am referring to the Holy Spirit as she because of her actions in us. The Holy Spirit comes alongside, comforts us. The knowledge brought forth by the Holy Spirit is intuitive and in that respect feminine. So I am not saying the Holy Spirit is gender female specifically, but that the energy or vibe, if I may, is female.

I believe, very strongly in my heart that The Lord wants women to honor and value their femininity. It is clear there is much confusion in this area in our society and amongst ourselves. Even the metaphysicians speak of this time as the age of the feminine. I digress.
Moreover, I believe this is in part, why I have been given this “ministry” of Beauty to share.

As to the scripture above, we are at the crown of the year. How will you use the information that you have received during this time?
Is this a time to review and continue what you started last year, culminating in the manifestation of that thing?

Or is it a time to let go of all the stuff you came up with on your own and truly hear what The Lord would have you do?

This purification time is to set you up for success in the entirety of the year!
What you will get out of this time of purification, however you designate to do it, is power for living out your dreams in 2016!

I realize I have kind of put myself out here but Thank God, I’m just a messenger.

Interesting Reading/Reference
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_of_the_Holy_Spirit

Click to access who_is_the_holy_spirit.pdf

“Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe” Mitch Albom

In celebration of the Christmas season, Woman Crush Wednesday honors a well-known woman.  Often venerated, sometimes denigrated, yet she has an enduring presence in the hearts and minds of many.  A woman who is an example of faith, in that she believed though she did not see and she saw her faith become a reality!

Thank God for Jesus (or Yeshuah if you prefer)!  I am sure you have figured out who this special woman is by now!

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Mary is a beautiful example of grace under pressure.  She exemplifies walking in faith.  She had a word from The Lord and had to walk it out,by faith.  I love her response to that Word from the angel.  I especially like the Message Bible version of that conversation:

“And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months pregnant! Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.”

And Mary said,

Yes, I see it all now:
I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.
Let it be with me
just as you say.

Then the angel left her.

Luke 1:36-38

Basically, she said “Let’s do it!

Yet many times we hear an inspired word for our future or we have that “feeling” we should make a move, or not;  but we ignore the voice of the Spirit inside us.  The voice that says “I got you, go ahead and be or do whatever you see in your heart”.

We know that voice and we still talk ourselves out of it!

Luke 1:38 is an awesome  reminder of what it means to hear and receive, but also to stand in faith.

An awesome example from a woman’s perspective.

 

“Find A Zen Space In Your Mind, Even If It’s Just Singing To Yourself. Just Pass The Time And Keep A Steady Breath.” Misty Copeland

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Misty Copeland stands at a mere 5 feet 2 inches, which is considered quite short for a ballerina. She began her training in ballet at age 13, which is considered a late age to start.

Her story is remarkable as she no doubt endured many obstacles before becoming the 1st African American woman to be named principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater.

Yet, it was Misty’s determination and perseverance that allowed her to achieve her goals.
An inspiration for all girls, young and old.

If you believe it, you can achieve it.