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Taking Root

Taking Root

You will not believe the mixes and varieties I have had to endure in my cup the past couple of weeks. Let’s just agree to leave the dregs where they belong. Right now, I am about to fix myself a steaming Espresso Blend, Plunger variety cup with a hint of sugar and a droplet of milk. Mmmm.

Before losing myself in a java-induced daydream, I wanted to share with you a thought or two.

I recently attended a women’s conference that aimed at reminding the ladies present (both young and old) that we are not merely moms, daughters, wives or girlfriends. We are not second to anything. If anything, we must remind ourselves that we are called, created and sculpted for a divine purpose. To realise our immense potential, we must however take root. We must be like trees planted at close to the stream (think source and sustaining force of our lives). When we understand where we draw our purpose and power from, we become focused and attentive to that Source. A tree that drinks from its stream builds up strength and reserve for the tough times when harsh winds and burning heat prevails. It is during our periods of drought, demand and deterioration that we realise the value of having established our tree close to our Source.

A tree with a strong root structure (a woman who knows, understands and pursues her Source) provides shade, shelter and even food / fruit to those under its branches (her husband / partner, children, family and friends). A tree like this will grow DESPITE the exterior conditions or limitations. A tree with roots that anchor it in the life-giving soil will stand as a testimony and will leave a legacy in the lives of those who have sheltered in its shade.

I want to be that tree – don’t you? Let’s pursue our Source and make it our commitment to drink deep and often when we can so that our roots will shoot out and take hold as we prepare to weather whatever storms might come.

They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
and they never stop producing fruit. (Jer 17:8 NLT)

Are you ready to flourish?

See you soon, for another cuppa xxx.

Take a stand for what you believe in

Friends, we do not realise how lucky we are! How privelaged we are to blog, to contemplate coffee and cappucino and talk about our healthy, beautiful children and and and. We truly are blessed and we should be express our heartfelt gratitude every day. But even more than that, I feel a compelling urge to do more, to offer more of myself. I hope you will join me.

I listen to Suria Scholtz presenting a talk on reaching out to our ‘neighbours’ and she challenged the audience to redefine just exactly who our neighbours are – because they are probably much closer and much more real than we comprehend.

Suria and a group of passionate, powerful woman in the South African and International community have decided to stand up and speak against Human Trafficking and modern day slavery. Their project is called the Climb4Freedom and their intention is to raise funds, raise awareness and truimphantly summit Mt Kilimanjaro in January 2012.

Some background from their website:

What is THE FREEDOM CLIMB? Women from across the globe will begin their ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on January 11, 2012, the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the U.S.  Climbers will be raising awareness, prayers, and finances for women and children being oppressed, enslaved, exploited and trafficked.  The Freedom Climb goal for 2012 is to affect the lives of 10,000 women through projects that break the cycles of poverty, shame, slavery, and despair.  These projects include micro-loans, education, skills training, and protection from exploitation.

Why Mt. Kilimanjaro?  The highest mountain in Africa, its summit is known as Uhuru Peak.  Uhuru is the Swahili word for freedom.  Climbing Kilimanjaro is symbolic of the huge climb to freedom faced daily by millions of enslaved women and children worldwide.

Why a climb?  The story of women from different cultures, climbing Kilimanjaro on behalf of other women, is already drawing interest.  As the story continues to be told, many will hear the cry for freedom of women and children being oppressed.  The climb will be documented each day, escalating the voice of advocacy on behalf of women’s freedom issues.  And this is what the Lord compels His children to do, to:

“speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” and “see that they get justice.”  (Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT)

My conclusion:

Every woman has the ability to change the world around her. Every one of us has the ability to make a significant difference – we only need to take the first bold step. Will you join me?

Look out for more about the Climb 4 Freedom, right here (soon, I promise).

And just for today, I am switching from coffee to water.

Deeper connections - what to say - how to say it - be heard

with author, speaker, & trainer, Nina Roesner

Peaceful Wife

Become Empowered, Healed, and Confident in Christ

With a Cuppa Coffee

Hearty chats for women about this, that and whatnot.