Arise Ye Woman of Grateness
This is an article I wrote a few years ago.
At the November Woman’s retreat we were so close to the Fathers heartbeat. The theme of all the messages was that we must surrender completely to God The Father. We must serve Him because we truly love Him. We must love Him for who He is, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He loved us unconditionally and that is what He wants from us. God raised His woman up from deep pain and suffering in various areas of their lives, to be true leaders and prayer worriers for Him. Through His Word, visions and prophecies He spoke to us in a clear voice. His Holy presence could be felt in each one of the sessions. The Holy Spirit operated on many lives and inner healing took place in the lives of each one of the ladies.
As usual Anita was a worthy instrument in the hand of the Father. The venue was well chosen. No one had any reason to complain, but more importantly the Holy Spirit was there. From the very beginning of the service on Friday evening His presence filled our lives. It was awesome to see how spontaneous the ladies started to minister to one another. An atmosphere of companionship and true love for one another filled the rooms and hall, new friendships was formed and old friendships became stronger. The Father really changed our lives around (again) and with His awesome love He bound us together as ladies who will rock Centurion.
Saturday morning the services kicked of with a bang when we started praying and once again we could sense the soft, gentle presence of the Holy Spirit. Anita taught us about the importance of prayer and building a relationship with the Holy Spirit and Father God. As an act of faith we wrote down all our needs (spiritual and physical needs) and pinned it to the cross to symbolize that we surrender all to Him. During our group sessions on Saturday afternoon we learned to know more about one another. I was in a group with Mariana, Laura, Maria, Helena (our Russian friend, boy what a lovely lady, a powerful woman of God) and Randy. Helena told us a little bit of her childhood days and her life in Russia, she really did not have an easy time growing up but the Father’s hand was over her and after many trials and tribulations she came to South Africa and met her husband here, it was in South Africa that she really gave her heart to the Lord
She is so spontaneous that she danced for us on Saturday Night after the session when we had the Jesus Celebration. Talking of which, we had a lovely time celebrating Jesus. Anita, Leonie and Annette arranged for the most perfect cake (a real bummer that we had to cut such a masterpiece). Helena prayed for us in Russian on Saturday afternoon and again Sunday afternoon, even though we couldn’t understand a word, we could feel the strong presence of the Father while she prayed. Glory to God the Highest for blessing us with such a wonderful friend.
At the Sunday morning session the Holy Spirit took over and there was no time for Anita to teach. Some ladies were baptized with the Holy Spirit and some of us received healing, both physically and emotionally. Once again the Father urged us to surrender to Him. The Father woke Leonie up early on Sunday Morning to start praying, during this time He spoke to her and said that we must not only serve Him for what we can receive from Him but we must serve Him because we love Him unconditionally.
In my spirit I could hear the Holy Spirit speaking to me, telling me to write this article. When Anita asked us who would write something about the camp I could not help to grab the opportunity with both hands. Then at home I sat down at the computer asking the Holy Spirit to lead me. I believe that these words are from the heart of the Father:
“Arise ye woman of greatness, rise above the yesterdays and the trials and tribulations of this world. Rise up and reach out for a life of freedom, peace and joy. Give up the old and live fully in the new. I will lift you up. Get up and reach out to this nation as they are my creation and I love them, I am their God. I will quicken your spirit, I will anoint you, I will prepare the way before you, and I will teach you what to do and to say. Rise up and bring healing to My land. I need you to pray, to stay in My word and prophecy healing to this nation. Lead them back to Me. Arise My prayer worriers, arise and pray. My children need your prayers. Arise ye woman of greatness.”
Glory to God our eternal Father.
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This is a sweet story. The last paragraph is very touching, it speaks women, that's for sure. Even today, when you'd think people would be over it, woman can be looked at as less important then men. I can tell this article came from your heart. Don't let inner doubt ever shut out your heart's voice. Keep writing--let it flow, girl!
Of all the "typos" in this article, if there were only one that could be fixed, it needed to be this one and I'll quote; "prayer WORRIERS?" I'm sorry, but this took what may have otherwise been an insightful read and
I couldn't read the rest of it with the same heart or mind. I know this isn't meant to be humorous, but the smile still hasn't faded. Also, not that this always happens, but there are times our "typos" can be used as a means to diminish our credibility. What can happen is then our words, regardless how rich and meaningful, fall on deaf ears. As writers, we have a responsibility to protect our readers by guarding them from any opportunity the god of this world has to sieze upon our words. It's a seemingly minor point, but even Van Gogh cared about the finest of brush strokes. In the writing of the scriptures, if the smallest of marks were in error, the whole document was destroyed and the scribe was told to start all over. The "jots and tittles" of our work presently should receive the same careful and prayerful scrutiny. (Any response to this can be sent to me at; rebuild_NO@yahoo.com)(I no longer have private messenger)