Word Wednesdays

Glean Girl: Are You Too Good For Leftovers?

Screenshot 2016-05-30 22.29.30In my quiet time the other day, God placed a word in my heart “glean.” I’ve heard this term in the book of Ruth but I didn’t quite know what it meant. 

The dictionary definition is-

“Gather (leftover grain or other produce) after the harvest.”

Then I looked up the word “glean”  on bible hub and found this.

“The act of gathering after reapers” (usually reserved for the poor).

In Ruth 2:2-23, Ruth was gleaning in the field in order to provide for her and her mother-in-law, Naomi. Though gleaning is not the idle job,  it was a noble job. In this season of Ruth’s life she just lost her husband and she is living in a new land. Instead of going home to what was familiar she decided to go to Judah with Naomi and to follow God.

When she got to Judah she went to the Boaz’s fields to glean hoping to get enough for her and Naomi to live off of. While the reapers took the majority of the harvest, those who glean took what was left over. Usually, the ones who glean are the poor or less fortunate. They have to set aside their pride and take what’s left. Essentially, they had to do what they had to do to survive.

Do you ever feel like you’re gleaning in the field while everyone else is reaping the rewards of the harvest? I sometimes feel like I am gleaning in the field doing work that is not as fun, rewarding or ideal.  Some examples of this are:

  • Working at a job that is not in your career field but it’s where God has you for a season
  •  Taking on two jobs for a season to help provide for a loved one

It appears that those people being blessed outwardly are the reapers and those who glean are in the field work hard for nothing. However, leftovers are blessings too. You don’t need a lot to experience God’s presence and  grace. All He wants is all of you. But if those who glean are not aware it will seem like God is blessing everyone else but them. They will weigh them down and feel like a chore and they will not be grateful for their leftovers. If the person who gleans was not aware of the blessing God has in store, they will become discontent. They may be jealous of the reaper or try to do their own things to fix this season.

Then I had to remember gleaning was just a temporary season for Ruth and it will be for me too. Ruth had her eyes fixed on God not on the world. She did what she had to do to survive and praised God for what she had. She was a hard worker with a good work ethic. The harvest overseer noticed that and when Boaz asked, the overseer relayed Ruth’s reputation to Boaz. By chapter 4, Boaz asked Ruth to marry him and the rest is history.

So my sister in Christ, your blessing may not be a husband it may be a new job, promotion or new opportunity, but we must remember to remain encouraged and trust God in this season while we glean. We should not underestimate the power of God even in our season of gleaning. He has a master plan for your life. Trust him and don’t  let pride get in the way of your blessing. Here are 3 steps to keep in mind while we glean.

1.) Follow Christ

Ruth 1: 16 But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.'”

2.) Work as if you are working for God and give praise to God for what you have. 

Ruth 2: 6-7 “And the foreman replied, ‘She is the young woman from Moab who came back with Naomi. She asked me this morning if she could gather grain behind the harvesters. She has been hard at work ever since, except for a few minutes’ rest in the shelter.’”

Colossians 3:23 “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

3.) Your best is yet to come.  

Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'” 

A woman at my job once told me, “Sometimes it’s best to bloom where you are planted. Work hard where you are and the rest will fall into place.”

So sis, no matter what season you’re in make sure you GLEAN!

By Patrice McKenzie
patrice@areyoushe.com

Photo Cred- Pexel and Lindsay Garvin

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Glow With Purpose: 3 Things To Remember During The New Year

I always wondered why I never fit in. All throughout grade school and college I personally struggled to fit in. Although I made friends, I felt different. As any follower would, I tried my best to fit in. But no matter how hard I tried to be like my friends and peers, I always felt like there was more than what was presented in front of me.

The world will constantly present ways to distract us or tempt us away from God to compete for our attention and our worship. That is truly a trick of our enemy — Satan. He wants nothing more than to deter us away from God and away from our purpose.

As we are transitioglowning into a new season and a new year, let’s remember who we are in Christ and continue to walk in the calling He has for us as believers.

What To Remember During The New Year:

1) We were never called to fit in.

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;” Philippians‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭NASB‬‬

As believers, we are saved and know our time on earth is temporary. Let’s remember to be kingdom-minded. Our citizenship is in Heaven. We are to walk in a higher disposition than what the world can ever offer us to walk in. In order to maintain a kingdom-mindset, we have to be okay with standing out and being different no matter what is trending or common to those among us.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 NKJV

2) Press in God’s Presence

“Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face continually.” Psalm 105:4 NASB

Each day we are blessed with a new day to go deeper in our relationship with God. We need to go deeper. This year, let’s go deeper into God’s presence like we’ve never gone before. Have a heart to seek Him and pursue His Will.

“When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, Lord, I will seek.'” Psalm 27:8 NKJV

We must be open and willing to lay our own desires down in pursuit of seeking God’s desires. When we enter His presence, we must enter with an open heart and zeal with expectancy to be transformed when we encounter Him.

3) G.L.O.W. (Glory Lies Overtly Within)

Simply, glow! God gave me the acronym, Glory Lies Overtly Within, as I was on my way to work thinking about glowing with purpose. He designed each of us with glory in mind. He instills purpose in each one of us. From this day forward and into the new year, simply, glow. Be the woman of God He’s called you to be. Let the unique fire within you flow out of you. God has predestined us each for His Glory.

“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,” ‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:4-5‬ ‭NASB‬

By Ashley A. Johnson
ashley@areyoushe.com

The Christmas Story- Carry Your Purpose: Faith In God’s Plan When You Don’t Understand

 

Christmas is in 2 days! To celebrate Christmas, I want to highlight a significant part in the story of the birth of Jesus Christ- faith in God’s plan! Mary was engaged to Joseph and she was a virgin. However, she still gave birth to the son of God by remaining pure. It was Mary’s God-given purpose to carry and give birth to Jesus. What an honor! Despite her initial puzzlement of God’s plan, she was obedient and had faith in His purpose for her. Even though many did not understand or believe her, she carried her purpose.morethings

God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth to tell Mary the good news.

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” (Luke 1:30-33 NLT).

At first she questioned Gabriel’s statement by presenting logic. She told him she was a virgin so she could not be pregnant. Which is common for us to do because we tend to want to lead with our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5) rather than believing God’s supernatural power. But Gabriel reminded Mary of her relative Elizabeth’s miracle. Elizabeth was barren and old in age. She was told she could never have children. But God made it possible. Elizabeth conceived a son when others thought she could not. “For the word of God will never fail.” (Luke 1:37 NLT)

With this remembrance, Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” (Luke 1: 38a NLT)

Her fiance Joseph also had a difficult time understanding how Mary was pregnant. Although he was a believer, he used logical thinking rather than trusting in God’s power. All he knew was his soon to be wife was pregnant and the child was not his. So he decided to divorce Mary quietly. Then an angel came to Joesph in a dream and assured him Mary’s child was from God.

Fast forward nine months later- Mary gave birth to Immanuel (God with us).

Three questions to ask yourself as you reflect on this scripture-

  1. Are you expecting?
  2. Do you see your situation with faithful eyes or are you using the logic of human limitations?
  3. Which miracles in your life can you look back on that will remind you of God’s power?

Remember, God has a plan for you that you may not understand. Have faith and trust in God’s plan over your life. We are all pregnant with purpose and when that time comes we must be ready to PUSH.

Merry Christmas ladies!

By Patrice McKenzie
patrice@areyoushe.com

Photo: morethings.com

The Power Of Worship

The world needs to see what genuine, true worship looks like. John 4:24

God desires us to glorify Him through our worship; our lifestyle.

The world is in dire need of the Gospel and the time is now!

“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24 (NASB)

For more insight about worship, check out my post: Deeper Into Worship and Sydni’s post: Why Worship Takes Me Higher Than Weed.

By Ashley A. Johnson
ashley@areyoushe.com

In Transition? Make Room For The New.

Times of transition can be tough.

Despite the chaos and confusion, doubt and disillusion, nothing besides a blessing awaits on the other side.

Even though old things may pass away, God promises to pave a new way in the midst of the change.

By Sydni Grant
sydni@areyoushe.com

Word Wednesday: Thankfulness

As I was on my commute to work in worship, I was taking in the beauty that surrounded me. God shared a fresh reminder with me: No matter if we are in a storm or a drought, give thanks.

By Ashley A. Johnson
ashley@areyoushe.com