Rose | a Devotional from Homecare in Nairobi, Kenya
Rose is a core part of our partner program in Kenya and ministers to the Fadhili women, budding entrepreneurs and widows living with HIV. The Fadhili women are a group of 30 (graduating in classes of 15 every 3 years) at Homecare in Nairobi, Kenya. One key aspect of transformation that happens when women are in this program is their view of themselves becomes based on scripture, not on how the world around them has treated them.
For a recent devotional, Rose shared from Psalms 139: 13-14.
She wanted to specifically address the constant battles with shame, guilt, feeling unloved, feeling ugly, unwanted and worthless, that are face by the Fadhili women.
Judy, the director of our Kenya partner Homecare, noted that the women have too often accepted the opinion of other people instead of believing the words of Lord from Psalms 139. This leads to sadness, anger, depression, and hurt. They smile when they are in public, but the pain in their heart just grows deeper and deeper. They act like nothing is wrong on the outside, but on the inside, their joy and reason for living has been stolen.
Can anyone relate? I can! Isn't it true when we lose our sense of identity in Christ we easily believe what the world has to say about us, good or bad, on any given day? What a roller coaster!
Rose encouraged the ladies to believe that they are fearfully and wonderfully made and they are loved by God their creator. '
One woman responded, "We often fear things that are not even there." Initially, she had been treated poorly by others when her husband died, but when she shared her HIV status with her community, many surprised her by applauding her courage and were supportive.
While not everyone will be supportive when we share the challenges of our life, we have nothing to gain by believing harmful lies about ourselves. How sad it must make God when we, his beautiful creation, forget the truthful, loving words he has spoken over our lives.
As the women in the Fadhili group grow together and with the Lord, they slowly have a change of perspective - they can see themselves accurately in God's eyes! They see themselves as capable, strong, gifted, good, powerful, and His creation. They become what we at Tirzah call a Thriving Woman.
Join us in praying what the Fadhili women prayed with this devotional:
God, today is a new day and I want to be all that you have called me to be. I want to walk in this truth daily. For you alone, Lord, formed and shaped me in my mother’s womb. You alone know me better than any other person. Thank you for your deliverance and for saving me. Amen.