Battle for January – Saul Rescues the City of Jabesh
I Samuel 11:1-11

In I Samuel 10:9 God changed Saul’s heart.

As WMF president I wish I didn’t have to prayerfully resolve conflict or discuss budget issues or comb through the legalities – constitution and by laws, etc. My heart change has come through prayer. Work has that name for a reason. The necessity for deadlines and our rules of work have become so clear. We have detailed job descriptions. “Doing things decently and in order” I Corinthians 14:40 Preparation for battle one day at a time.

This verse also says – as Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart. He was moving. He was making a turn.

• We keep the gears moving in our WMF family by working out the wrinkles.
• We hold fast to the Word to keep us from a slippery slope.
• We pray and we trust – for the Lord who rescued Israel in I Sam. 11:13 is our Hope for today.

I Samuel 11:7b “Then the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they came out together as one. Saul mustered them.” The new year will be even happier as we truly seek to fear the Lord. As we come together as one. Unity is such a beautiful way to testify! We will be musterable won’t we ladies? There is work to be done today for the kingdom. So let’s get after it!

“The battle belongs to the Lord” – II Chronicles 20:15 I love that verse. The Ammonites had a plan for Jabesh Gilead. They were besieged. It looked pretty hopeless. But our God has a heart full of love for His people Israel. And rescuing them was His perfect plan. He wants to rescue you today.

I Samuel 10 :26 says, “Saul also went to his home in Gibeah, accompanied by valiant men whose hearts God has touched.” That’s how I feel about the women who you selected to serve with me. We chose Victory in Jesus for our theme for this year. Some had watched the movie Overcomer. We have great hope and confidence that God will bring victory into your life’s battles this year. “Greater is He that is in you – than he that is in the world.” I John 4:4 It will be fun to share some battles won in June when we see you at the ARC.

Happy New Year to you all.
Lavonne West

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