9.23.2005

Women Impacting Nations

I apologize for the delayed post today. I'm attending a women's conference this weekend. I had the opportunity to speak at the conference this morning. I spoke on the ways women can impact entire nations.

A woman named Deborah impacted the nation of Israel by serving as a judge. When the nation went to war, she was called upon to take on the role of a military advisor. Because of the part she played, there was peace in the land for a generation.

Esther was a young woman, from a dysfunctional family, who found favor with the king. It was said that she was born for "such a time as (that)." Because she put her life on the line, she saved her people from genocide.

Another woman, Elizabeth Everest, was a nanny in England. She was just a nanny, a woman who cared for other people's children. Often, these children were most unloved by their parents. One of those in her care was often referred to as "monster" by his own mother.

She loved the child, she instructed him in the ways of God, she believed in him and prayed for the nation-shaping destiny she saw in him. That child would grow up to become the greatest leader of the 20th century. That child was Winston Churchill.

And, on his deathbed, there was only one picture at his side. It was a picture of his beloved nanny, Elizabeth Anne Everest, who had died 70 years before.

Never doubt that an ordinary woman, living a seemingly ordinary life can impact entire nations. Our world is crying out for men and women who become salt and light to a desperate world.

May every one of us find purpose in the ordinary ways we can have extraordinary influence.

10 Comments:

At 9/24/2005 03:58:00 AM, Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Nice story, Lores. Winston Churchill is one of my favorites.

We each must realize that none of us are insignificant in that we all play a role in writing the history of the human race; and you can never underestimate the manner and extent of your influence upon the world. Every action leaves a mark upon the pages of history.


When I first started teaching kids gymnastics classes after years of absence from the scene, there was one day after class that I told a child she did really good. I wasn't insincere in saying it; but I also said it matter-of-factly. But to that kid, it wasn't an insignificant moment. One kind word from me had lit up her whole weekend and attitude toward gymnastics. It gave her some confidence, as I later learned upon meeting her mom the following week. Apparently the girl came home all excited about the new coach who said how well she did, and added, "...and I think he really likes me." It was true, as she became one of my favorites. But at that moment her mom told me about this, it really gave me pause to reflect how important it sometimes is not to say things carelessly, for good or bad. That you just never know the power of an insignicant act.

 
At 9/24/2005 04:46:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

And you call yourself "just a woman".

Yes, and Billy Graham is just a preacher. Deborah was just a judge, and Esther just won a beauty contest.

 
At 9/24/2005 08:00:00 AM, Blogger Poison Pero said...

Hey Lores, I just noticed the nice words you received on Radioblogger.......That's awsome, and well-deserved.

I almost had a stroke when I saw my blog on his links.

 
At 9/24/2005 01:37:00 PM, Blogger void said...

Well written and a great message. Thanx, Lores!

 
At 9/24/2005 07:00:00 PM, Blogger Amy Middleton said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for posting that!! I feel like I was there! :) You Rock Lores!

 
At 9/24/2005 08:09:00 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

So very true. Thanks for reminding all of us that we can have a great impact in this world of ours.

 
At 9/25/2005 12:56:00 AM, Blogger Goat said...

That is a Paul Harvey type story,and a good one,LOL. Keep up the good work Lores,the world needs more of you!!!

 
At 9/25/2005 03:18:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

wordsmith: great story!!

mark, pero, mike, jamie and goat: thank you..... :) (blushing)

amy: we missed you!!! wish you could be with us. but, i understand you needed to stay back.

 
At 9/25/2005 03:22:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

hey pero, i didn't see the radio blogger comment...where was it? and, HOW COOL that he's linked you!!!! congratulations!

 
At 9/25/2005 07:31:00 AM, Blogger A.T. said...

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