I want to be a Proverbs 31 woman... a Proverbs 31:8-9 woman.
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
When I think of speaking up, I think of God's call on me to use the voice He has given me. Use your own voice is a phrase that came to me a few years ago and that God has used to help me look at the talents, abilities, passions and personality he has created in me as tools for His glory. He has used my own close brush with poverty, my years as a single parent, and many other events in my life to bring me to this place where I feel called to be a voice for those who have no voice. For children living in dysfunction or poverty, for single moms, for those living in generational poverty. Many of these people have no voice or have had their voices silenced by our culture and systems that serve more to oppress than bring freedom. Being a voice by definition means speaking up for someone; making their plight known. Being a voice is also about helping people in these situations see that there are other ways in life and to begin to help them see themselves and life through a perspective of hope. After all ,this is what we have in Christ, new eyes to see through a perspective of His hope.
My prayer: May He continue to help me figure out how to use my own voice and speak up for those He has called me to. And may I, and those I serve, be continually impacted by His hope.