“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” (Isaiah 54:2)
This was a message of God to the children of Israel who were in captivity in Babylon and the LORD had likened them to a barren woman. A barren woman those days felt shame and humiliation for being unable to have children. The Israelite community in captivity saw themselves as weak, small in numbers and unable to do anything or defend themselves against their captors.
Through the prophet Isaiah God encouraged the children of Israel to stop feeling sorry for themselves. “Do not hold back, lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” God called the children of Israel not to be afraid, to go beyond what they were used to and start dreaming of bigger and greater things to come by strengthening their reaches.
When God is about to change your life. He will show you things and teach you things that will strengthen your faith and your response should be to put into practice what God is doing in your life. Through Lifesprings training God has brought together group of women from all over Uganda and its neighbour Kenya and trained them in different areas of ministries. These women have been challenged to aspire for more spiritual maturity, by strengthening their prayer lives and bible studies through the assignments given, and we trust that they will continue to be led by the Holy Spirit.
Our hope is that these seeds will soon grow and may have new strengthening lights shade on them to shine in their families and communities.
Questions to Ponder:
1. How do you build or empower God’s people in your church, community and the workplace?
2. What is the thing that we should most aspire for while serving God?
Prayer of Response:
What vision is God laying on your minds and hearts today as Lifesprings community-hold this in prayer.
—Submitted by Margaret Okello
Margaret Okello was born in Uganda, a graduate in education at Makerere University, Uganda and Master’s programme in administration at St John’s University, New York, USA. Margaret’s career started as an educator, then she worked with international organizations including United Nations and World Health Organization as an administrator. She worked with diverse races from Africa, America, Australia and Europe.