"He who walks with wise men will be wise"
~Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV)
One aspect of the ministry of Costly Oil began as a weekly email to a small and intimate group of friends in Christ. The emails title, "Make Monday Matter," were simple, but the messages were great : Be Encouraged; Have Faith and Confidence in God; Walk in His Promises and His plan; Trust His Way and His Leading; Accomplish ALL that He has Destined and Designed! I have always felt a burning desire to connect with, encourage, and coach women with my words and gift of exhortation. These simple, short, emails were just another way for me to do that. Well those emails developed over time, and for the past three plus years, they have been published as this weekly blog. This final week of July, I give honor to a group of women who have helped make the dream of this blog a reality.
This last group of friends I am humbled and honored to give honor to, are certainly not the least by any measure. They are Women of God who have generously allowed God to use their voice, words, wisdom, and experience to help thousands of readers who visit this site each week. These women have poured such divine and unique insight into their writings, and willingly shared it with us on subjects such as : The Armor of God, Fear of Man, Gossip, Healthy Living, Guarding our Heart, Prayer, Home Organization, Following our Dreams, Priorities, leadership, and many, many others. Their wisdom and love for God and His people shine through in every word; and, I am grateful beyond words...beyond grateful...for how they have joined me to minister to others through this blog.
Ladies I thank you and honor you for your vision, passion, integrity, and wisdom! Your gifts have helped make me better at what God has inspired me to do! Many, many blessings to you Angela, Nikhol, Yolande, Lakeisha, Toca, and Sara! I call you Sisters!
"Treasure in Earthen Vessels"
Taken from unpublished, "The Road to Humility"
Chapter Three titled, "2005 - Costly Oil"
"Jesus You are my King! You are my savior and Lord! I offer you the sacrifice of a clean heart and an upright spirit! I lay my hopes and dreams at your feet, and I offer my works as a sweet smelling savor to you. Father let my ways be pleasing and acceptable to you. I will obey and go forth! I will speak and not withhold myself from your service! I call you Lord not because of what you have done, because King and Savior and Lord only begin to define who you are. And you are worthy of much more. My words fail!!!! My heart runs dry because of you!!!! I am empty to give you that which you deserve!!!!! Help me!! Interpret my groaning and my tears and receive the little that I have to offer! Continue to lead me and enlighten my path. Give me the words for your precious vessels, and then water and bring forth abundance of fruit from the labor of love and passion. Father get the glory and raise up many more after me in Your likeness!
Now bless my sisters who are your vessels. I love them and desire great things for them. Use them and speak through them. Fill them with great treasures that can not be imagined. Let their treasure overflow to every one around them. Thank you for them, in Christ Jesus, amen!"
~Pouring My Life Out in Worship, Like Costly Oil~