Last month, a group called “Women Praying For Women” held a brunch at the Renaissance Hotel. The group was founded by three Christian women: Katherine Spaht, Martha Elkin, and the now Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. Local author, Marlela Clark shared her experience with beBATONROUGE, in hopes that more women could benefit from what she gained and answers the question, “What Happens When Women Pray For Women?”
On March 30th, I had the pleasure of attending Mayor Sharon Broome’s Women Praying for Women Brunch featuring author Kachelle Kelly. Mayor Broome is the Mayor-President of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the second African-American and the first African-American woman to fill the position and an overall inspiration to the community.
This brunch was a blessed time and you could feel the presence of God. We worshipped, prayed and listened to the wisdom of the women who spoke.
To open the event, Mayor Broome encouraged the room of women by opening with five pieces of advice. Her anchor scripture was 2 Corinthians 9:10.
“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”
Here are my takeaways…
1. Society doesn’t determine your worth. We tend to forget who we belong to and begin to base our worth off of the number of likes we have on Instagram and/or Facebook? Our performance reviews at our jobs? Pay raises and early bonuses? Compliments from our husbands and friends? Or maybe, the cars we drive and other material things?
You know what? None of that ‘really’ matters. No matter what we do or don’t do, we are valuable in His eyes! He created us and ‘he don’t make no junk!’ We are kingdom kids!
Psalm 139:14, says “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” This verse gives an indication of our value from God’s perspective.
2. We were created for purpose. A devotional that I read a while back, stated that “God never creates anything insignificant, inferior or without a purpose.” On-purpose is defined at dictionary.com, as ‘intentionally, deliberately and by design.’ This means that God’s plan for creating us was intentional. It was deliberate. We are here for a purpose!
In Ephesians 2:10 it says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
3. Grace was meant for you, too! Grace is favor, “the unmerited favor of God.” “And God is able to make all grace abound to us, so that in all things, at all times, having all that we need, we will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8) Grace is free. We simply need to accept it.
4. You WERE NOT called to juggle everything. Girlfriend – all that work, ain’t God’s work! When we don’t sleep, don’t pray, don’t nourish our bodies with good food, don’t exercise (or move our body) and live off adrenaline for too long, our performance suffers. Our decisions suffer. Our ability to love and serve suffers.
Our former First Lady, Michelle Obama said it best, “Women need to do a better job of putting themselves higher on their own ‘to do’ list.”
5. Do not be afraid to PERSIST IN PRAYER. Colossians 4:2 says, “Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as we pray, giving thanks to God.”
In Matthew 7:7, it is written that “He longs for us to keep asking, seeking, and knocking.” He does this so that we will know Him and so that we will continue to grow deeper in a loving relationship with Him. Prayer doesn’t just change things, prayer changes our hearts. It gives us what we need to rebuke our limiting beliefs (daily) or as Pastor Michael Todd puts it, “Prayer is the SECRET SAUCE!”
Ladies, we have a lot to do! We have a world to impact! Let’s commit to keep praying and continue to draw near the One who made us – as beautiful, as we are! There is a purpose in all our prayers!
Marlela Clark-LeBeouf Dugas is a first-time author and budding entrepreneur with a passion for the spiritual health of mompreneurs.
She loves to journal, living to write and share in the encouragement and trials of her faith group. She’s been a part of her church family for five years and is active in her ministry. Her schedule is packed with family, faith and professional obligations, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
To learn more about Marlela, visit her site Judah’s Journal.