As I grew within a strong, evangelical Christian environment, I was not encouraged to take initiative . . . just to obey.

I wasn’t aware that as a young girl empowerment of the Holy Sprit was my gift because I believed in Jesus and His forgiveness and salvation. Scripture stated it, but somehow it didn’t apply to me: “But you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you . . .” There was no teaching about what my personal gifts were . . . no encouragement on a personal level. I did love God and the Bible. Scripture was read in our home every day. This was my rescue. The Bible “played” in my head, it seeped to my heart, then (with the encouragement of my new husband), wonder of wonders, I began to take initiative, think, speak up, “speaking the truth in love” as I grew to understand what that was.

A woman who is a “doer of the word” and not a “hearer” only will eventually discover her significance. By comparing Scripture with Scripture, she will soon understand that she is equipped to fulfill her potential, know what her gifts are and become all God created her to be.

It is a journey of discovery: the Bible is written to, and applies to every woman as well as every man, to every child . . . to every male and female because we are created in the image of God.

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