Date Number #94

The Core Values of 100 Dates!

Today Jesus and are sitting at a little French Cafe and it is early in the morning.  I adore this time of the day when the rest of the world isn’t quite up and running yet.  Jesus and I have been communing on what 100 dates is all about.

Here are a few core words to ponder this morning.  100 Dates is about leadership, being women of virtue, modesty, humble Confidence, authenticity, integrity, inspiration, community influence, advocacy and empowerment.  When I stopped to really think about it I realized all these things are what my counseling practice is about.  How do you feel about things like being a woman of virtue and humble confidence?  Brennan Manning first introduced me to the idea of “humble” confidence and I delight in attempting to live that way.  It is good to live with humility and a gentle, quiet confidence.

The cornerstone scripture that I want to highlight today is Isaiah 61:1-4.  This is what we at 100 dates are all about!  It is a good calling sisters.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
     and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.”

Do you have a cause or mission that would do well to have a set of core values?  If not, you can even write some for your own personal journey with Abba.  Today I want us to spend some time in prayer and think about what core values we might desire in a marriage and to of course pray for our future husbands.

Dear Jesus!  Thank you for core values that help me to be clear on what I want to offer my community and ministry.  Thank you for giving me a mission and a cause.  Thank you for calling me and my future husband together for your good works and glory in your timing.  You say you will make the righteousness of my cause to shine like the noonday sun.  I thank you!  I thank you that you won’t relent until you have every bit of my heart and commitment.  You are truly my first love and priority.  I pray for my husband this day and know that he is held safely in your arms.  Thank you for the words of Isaiah and the calling to restore, rebuild and renew the ancient ruins that were previously devastated.  You are a good, good Father.  I give you this day and pray your good and perfect will over our lives.  In Jesus name, Amen!