It has been a while, but as with most things, blogging did not wait for life to catch up with it – it can be said that blogging helped to keep many sane as they weather the storms that life brings them. Through struggles and fears and laughter and tears, African women have continued to tell their stories and to share their walk with God. 2008 was a year of growth for many. It follows, then, that 2009 will be a year of maturity.
Chichi, who is Surviving on Grace, shares a valid lesson learned from a bruise on her light skin:
…why are we so adamant, so stubborn some times to go to Jesus for help. Why do we tend to feel on other occassions that he just can't understand where we are, and what we are facing, or even allowing guilt to make us feel we do not deserve to go to him and cry out “I HAVE MESSED UP. HELP ME!”
When we cry out for help, the Lord perfects that which concerns us, as Gomer will confidently tell you. She learns a lesson in time management while she is unwell at home and cannot make it to work. She longs for her bed but realizes that she has been doing way more sleeping than her pastor recommends:
I need to fix up sharpish tho cos I have really begun to notice that lately I sleep wayyy too much..Im talking at least 8 hrs a night or else my body aint happy. This is bad for someone as young as me. My Pastor is always going on about how a Christian should only sleep roughly 5hrs every nite- evrything else is counterproductive….
Rita asks us twelve questions every woman should ask while preparing for her king, and then gives her reasons for asking them:
Beloved, I am not giving you a checklist or a guide. I am simply saying 2 things:
1. As you prepare for your king, you need to look beyond the physical and satisfying your current wants. Imagine 3 years with him.
2. For the guys, I am sure you want a “queen” but you have to start preparing for her. She probably has her checklist.
She probably does! But while she waits, she should learn how to manage her time, and when it gets too hard, she should not be ashamed to cry out for help.