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You Fancy Huh!

African American news from Pasadena - Religion - War on indifferenceFrom the infamous words of Drake the rapper, "Hair done, nails done, everything did!" But where are the wailing women? The skilled women of prayer that weep between the porch and the altar crying out for a move of God (Joel 2:17). Where are the women whose inward spiritual condition means more to them than a new pair of shoes or a new dress? Where are the women whose priority is the spiritual condition of their children rather than adorning them with the latest outfit or electronic gadget? Where are the women whose priority is to make their husband look good in the gates and honor him as the head of the household rather than have our own way? Where are the women who are convicted in their hearts about sin? 2 Corinthians 7:10 states, "Godly sorrow leads to repentance . . . ".

Do our Christian children even know about the blood, the cross, the Holy Spirit, sin, righteousness and holiness? Does our husband's heart safely trust in us (Proverbs 31:1)? Our outward appearance has become more important than inward consecration and sanctification. Many children in a Christian home today can't tell the difference between their mother and a video chick. 1 Peter 3:4 encourages us to, "Clothe ourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

We sit out-of-the-way complacently watching death, the internet, video games, music videos, drug addiction, pornography, abuse, in-difference, rebellion, lethargy and ignorance swallow our children up like a black hole. It is time to arise on our knees and declare war on the enemy that is consuming this generation. It is high time, as women, to re-shift our priorities and go back to the place of wailing. Isaiah 32:9 decrees, "You women who are so complacent, rise up and listen to me; you daughters who feel secure, hear what I have to say! In little more than a year you who feel secure will tremble; the grape harvest will fail, and the harvest of fruit will not come. Tremble, you women of ease; throw off your complacency. Strip off your pretty clothes, and put on burlap to show your grief." From the prophet Joel, "Tear your hearts, not your clothes. Return to the LORD your God. He is merciful and compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive and to change his plans about disaster."

This is what the LORD Almighty would say to us: "Consider now! Call for the wailing women to come; send for the most skillful of them; let them come quickly and wail over us till our eyes overflow with tears and water streams from our eyelids. Now, O women, hear the word of the LORD; open your ears to the words of his mouth. Teach your daughters how to wail; teach one another a lament. Death has climbed in through our windows and has entered our fortresses; it has cut off the children from the streets and the young men from the public squares. (Jeremiah 9: 9:17-18, 20 – 21). This is not just an interesting article but is a call to action and a provocation for change!

[Yvonne is the CEO and founder of Between the Porch and Altar Ministries. With more than 25 years of professional and ministry experience her focus is on the emotional healing and training of emerging leaders. In addition she has authored four books which are available on our ministry website. For more information to request a speaking engagement visit our website at www.joel217.com or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .]


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