Lest we forget. All we are is divine. Let’s use our wisdom, understanding and skills unto the Lord and be the change we want to see in this world. Let us not bury what has been given to us freely.
We are given Divine qualifications to do the divine will of God. We are wise to contrive, diligent to execute, and able also to teach and help others.
We all have distinguished abilities, zeal, and knowledge, wisdom, to truly fulfill our calling and life purpose at any level.
Whatever we have learnt in school or anywhere else, if we are not using the skills, knowledge, understanding, truth to bring solutions, help people, speak truth, teach others, co-create then we become as useless as the candle under a bushel.
Deborah in the Bible doesn’t question God’s voice or wonder what others will say or think she simply has the faith to do what God tells her. Whether people follow or not is not her concern. Her only concern is doing what the Lord has called her to, and not letting anything get in the way of that.
When God has an assignment, he don’t just give to anyone. He looks for people he can use. People available and willing to do his Kingdom Assignment.
Do we have courage and wisdom to do what God has called us to do in spite of and despite the circumstances? Are we ready to tread on paths that are scary, murky, uncomfortable and unfamiliar?. Do we have enough faith as Women in Leadership to be of use to God?
Let’s explore Deborah’s Faith and Leadership Path, as the only Woman Judge and Prophetess during her time and how God used her to guide Barak.
God’s Spirit wants to flow through us as rivers of living water (John 7:38). We must believe this, and as the days darken we must learn to be His voice and speak His truth!
The broken places need repairing. Nations are in turmoil, evil is rampant, people are discouraged and frightened. We can stand in the gap and bring healing to the earth as we are God’s voice of hope and life. We can help destroy the works of evil and rebuild, repair, and restore through our prayers.
Psalm 29:3-9. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
By Janet Kalulu Ngombalu
My mind goes back in time to my childhood when my siblings and I would get into an argument or fight and could not wait for mama to get home so that I could tell on them. I am nostalgic at the after – effect – the feeling of joy and relief after having cast all my burdens on mama……. Yes! that Baam feeling!!!, That excitement of “I got you”!! Well, that is what I call Casting Therapy.
Think along with me, do you remember catching someone right-handed on a little nasty act and you couldn’t wait to tell on them? Remember how you felt after releasing it all and letting it out of your mind? Baam!! The effect of letting it all out is what I like to call my CastingTherapy!
Take another walk with me down memory lane, do you remember a time when someone really hurt your feelings, broke your heart, or trampled on your soul, but you felt that as an adult, you had one to tell? Do you sometimes feel sad and have no one to tell, no one to speak to? Well, if you have felt these familiar feelings of hurt, anger, sadness, and despair, and still haven’t found a way out, then sit with me a while as I take you through my self-discovered anecdote – The CastingTherapy!
My Casting Therapy is nothing new, and is based on the theory that a problem spoken, is a problem half solved. That’s the Baam!! the feeling of temporary win or victory when you let out your hurt to someone else and feel protected, safe, redeemed, and that justice is served. That’s what am talking about.
However, as an adult, especially when you are in authority, who do you go to feel heard, redeemed, vindicated, protected, loved, forgiven, rewarded? Who do you tell about the people who hurt you? In such times, my little secret, is the Casting Therapy.
Casting Therapy is based on the comfort of knowing that no matter what happens, you have a friend, closer than a brother, sister, mother, father, friend, who you can always go to when you feel hurt and he can take care of your fears. 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
I am reminded of the Words of one of my favourite songs by Twila Paris, the Wounded Warrior…
“They don’t know that
I go running home when I fall down
They don’t know Who picks me
Up when no one is around
I drop my sword and cry for just a while
‘Cause deep inside this armor
The warrior is a child”
Yes, that is my Therapy. I go straight onto the loving arms of my Father God. I go right there and tell on anyone and everything that bothers or hurts me. I tell Him and leave it all at the feet of Jesus. And then thrive on my Baam!! feeling. My Casting Therapy.
This is my go-to place where I find solace, relief, vindication, protection, and I move on with life knowing, God’s got this.
Other ways to use Casting therapy.
1. Write out a letter to Dear God..and let it all out. ….cast your cares to the Lord.
2. Go to the altar of God and tell it all. – come to me all who are weary
3. Close the doors of your car and let it all out..l am with you till the end
4. Cry out your hurts to God anywhere anytime. No formula.
Try it someday. Encourage children to apply this strategy, when they feel hurt, and are scared to be labeled snitches. Assure them, that once the matter is in God’s hands, God’s got it!!
Hope one day, l will scientifically study it and get a doctorate on this, but meanwhile, let my heart remain at peace. – However, this is a biblically ordained therapy truth. Use, it often.
Other known recommended therapautic interventions include:
1.Dance or Movement therapy
3. Music Therapy
4. Laughter therapy
P/s Always consult a professional counselor for all your therapy needs. In counseling, no one type fits all.
Additional Bible Verses, on the Casting Therapy
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Luke 12:25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Galatians 6:2 Help carry each other’s burdens. In this way you will follow Christ’s teachings.
Psalm 18:6 But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.
Romans 8:18 I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us.
Isaiah 10:27 On that day, God will remove the burden from your shoulder and destroy the yoke on your neck.
Psalm 55:22Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
There she was as she stepped in the room, hands on heels, carrying the general’s bags excited to be the perfect host at the Cavier 7 Star hotel, abode the VIP lift reserved only for renowned dignitaries.
Here you are sir. Enjoy the presidential suite. Call me if you need anything. She added, with her melodious voice, enough to dethrone a king. But her voice, was not her only captivating asset, her enchanting angelic smile too was one to melt hearts, and her curvaceous melanin coloured self, must have been the reason God took a long time to create this female figure the General, thought to himself.
The General smirked as he moved closer, salivating like a starved canine, but masked with authority written all over his demeanor. Over the years, he had learnt to hide his defect as a molester with his uniform. He smiled and laughed, actions that often revealed the uglyiness in him. His laughter, was not loud but enough to exhume and pollute the room with his power.
In his presence, the scent of wild cider overpowered the room. His uniform, perfectly pressed and crisp, smelled of batik fabric, soaked in leather, but softened in starch. And then, he majestically moved past Jessy, and click, the door was shut, click again, the latch was set and that was when Jessy’s naive mind, fathomed the magnitude of the danger lurking in this suite.
Her supervisor had always assigned her this role as hostess to official guests, who regularly stayed in the hotel. The first time she saw the presidential suite, she fantasized using this presidential suite perhaps on her honeymoon, as she had imagined her prince charming lifting her from the door, into this inviting room……But anyway I digress…)
The general was in this presidential room today not because he deserved it, or not because he could afford it but due to a corrupt deal that he was arm twisting the owners, over a dispute on a cargo, that was expected from Juba in South Sudan.
Then the steps, the overwhelming smell of woody scented cologne mixed with cuban cigar and the smell of batik, moved closer and closer in no hurry, for what in the world could interfere with this moment, all details fully planned by the general and the two uniformed men just outside the door.
It was then that Jessy felt a cold, hard element touch her bare arms. Momentarily, she was confused- what she had initially imagined would be hot, hard and alert, was instead cold, as it moved up her arms through her neck and touched her lips. As it moved closer to her nose, is when she knew… oh my, she felt and smelled the metallic object close to her nose and her mind started racing realizing the gun and the general…her painful mortality was just round the corner.
The gun that had taken her papa, her entire family, her village. The gun she had fled to freedom all those years back, through the upper Nile and out of South Sudan through the Ruwenzori in Uganda and eventually landed in Kenya.
The General, Kosidole Oyuk Ogit, had made his point and made her know that power was in the house, he publicised his Authority, only that this time, there was no public, But little Jessy, totally shaken… almost shitting her pants, – only that before the General arrived she had asked her supervisor for a quick bathroom break.
The feelings in her were raw, the pounding of the heart, the goosebumps on her delicate skin, as she closed her eyes, not wanting to see the terror before her. She waited in silence, holding her breath, tightening her muscle, as her stomach summersaulted inside of her, as she waited for the sound of the cork…. Cork.. Cork……(To be Continued).
The Bible says that it’s unlawful to have her: Matt. 14:4, NKJV
Here are some tips to take when cornered by a strong perpetrator, , loaded with a Gun.
1. Do not Panic!
2. Try to talk through, this can disarm your abuser!
3. Look out for an escape route.
4. Learn tips of negotiation!
Some Bible Verses to Guide on Abuse of Authority
Ephesians 6:9 – And masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.
Leviticus 25:43 You shall not rule over him with severity but are to revere your God.
Deuteronomy 24:14 – “You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your countrymen or one of your aliens who is in your land in your towns.
1 Peter 5:2-3 – shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.
Exodus 23:9 “You shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Matthew 20:25-27 – But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave;
Luke 22:25-26 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called ‘Benefactors.’ But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.
Ezekiel 22:29 The people of the land have practiced oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice.
Zechariah 7:10 and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’