As a card-carrying Introvert, and President of my local Introverted Believer Chapter (Membership:1), I embrace the DIY concept. Scratch that. I don't embrace it as much as I put my hands in my pockets and confidently nod at the concept.
While I'd much rather do most anything on my own, from cooking to major projects, and could spend days in solitude with absolute contentment, there are many women in my life who've reminded me that kindness and goodness exists outside my reign over Kassville. In their obedience, they put away vanity and deceit to show me loving kindness.
Proverbs 31:30 reads, "Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised."
These women have crept into my life and reminded me how sweet the love of Christ is when shown through other people. I didn't even realize how dehydrated I was until these three women refreshed me in His Spirit. Their reverence of the Lord be praised.
Not one to talk on the phone much, I sure knew how to blather on about my To Do list for The Introverted Believer Conference. I must have hit warp speed, because when I drew a breath, she asked, "May I pray for you?"
She was focused enough on my words and tone instead of her own list and helped me recognize I needed a moment of His rest.
During that prayer, I went from "I'll do it all myself," to "Yes, Lord, it's all yours." Her sweet prayer reminded me how precious prayer is when spoken on purpose and out loud between two people.
Last Christmas I received a gift in the mail. I had no idea who it was from and the return address gave no hints. My family crowded behind me as I unwrapped the exact portable desk I'd wished for.
I checked the card and it came from my favorite ladies at Platinum Literary. I bawled. Like, ugly bawl. I simply could not believe that someone though enough of me to actually find out what I liked and wanted most that Christmas, then went to the trouble of finding my address, purchased a GIFT, and shipped it without me being the wiser.
It was a COMPLETE surprise (like waking up to a beautiful sunrise, not walking in on a surprise party); one hundred percent no where near my radar, which made the explosive emotion that much sweeter.
Never underestimate the power of a personal or customized gift.
An acquaintance pulled me aside to deliver some very tough news and feedback. This person chose to do the right thing, despite the difficulty and complexity of the message. She shared the truth, the absolute truth, with kindness. She shared both the truth of John 3:16 with me, but also shared the truth of John 3:1-15 and 17-21. She didn't only share condemnation with no promise of salvation, and she didn't share salvation without the truth of repentance and expectation.
It takes a true fear of the Lord to put aside pride and worldly fear to share these truths with a friend and another sister in Christ. But I am a better woman, wife, and mother for it and heaven is singing her praises, I'm sure.
These women all came in like a whisper in the wind, gently soothing my aching soul. They reminded me that despite my introverted tendencies, how much I crave the bonds between kindred spirits, and most importantly, how I need to pass the blessing on to others.
The Lord knows the rock solid wall surrounding me, after all, He made me, but HE is my strong tower looking in every direction to fend off evil. And when necessary, He sends friends and strangers into my fortress to remind me exactly who I am.
HE is my refuge, my strength. And I pray HE entrusts ME to be a Proverbs 31 woman in someone else's life.
I'd love to hear from you. Who has been a quiet force in your life? Will you commit this week to being a blessing to someone else?