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Gideon: Lessons in Trust from an Unlikely Hero

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Woman in worship positionGod calls us for the person we will become, not necessarily the person we are right now.”

— Lisa Bevere, Women of Faith speaker

The Israelites had “done evil in the sight of the Lord,” and had turned away from God, according to Judges Chapter six. So God had given them over into the hands of the oppressive Midianites for seven long years. During that time, the Midianites ravaged the land, forcing the children of Israel to live in cave dwellings, and they ransacked the crops and killed all the livestock. In fact the Bible says the Midianites “did not spare a living thing for Israel.”  Impoverished and desperate beyond belief, the Israelites had no choice but to call to God for help.

Soon thereafter, an angel appeared to Gideon, who by the way, was hiding in a wine press at the time. The angel said “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

God had chosen Gideon to defeat the Midianites.

Now let’s just say Gideon didn’t come from a family of highly decorated war heroes. And none of them would be drafted into the NFL, for sure. In fact, Gideon was admittedly small and meek. So to be called “mighty warrior?” He was in disbelief.  You can even hear him shaking in his sandals with his response:

 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” (v. 14)

And you can almost see God slapping His forehead. HELLOOOO!? This is the Lord you’re talking to!

But God responded patiently:

 “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

God promised to go ahead of Gideon, to protect Him and to defeat the Midianites.

But that promise clearly wasn’t enough. In the following verses, Gideon asked several times for the Lord to give him signs, to prove this was really God calling him.

Isn’t that so much like us?  There are times in our lives that God has clearly spoken to us: to serve in a new ministry (or to start one), to change jobs, to move to another state, to start tithing, or even to foster a child.

But, like Gideon, we wallow in disbelief that God would choose us. And count all the reasons why we can’t do it.

I’m too weak.

I’m not good enough.

I’m not smart enough.

My budget is too tight.

There’s not enough time.

When we feel God’s calling in our lives, doubt creeps in. But all along, God is there, reminding us “Am I not sending you?”

Here are three lessons in trust you can take from the story of Gideon:

1.  God sees the big picture Our vision is limited, sometimes only seeing the potential roadblocks in the way. But as with Gideon, God is sending you into a new adventure.  He has gone before you and already knows what will happen.

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Be Mindful…to Be Mindful

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Dream BigMindfulness.

It’s defined as living in the moment and awakening to experience.

That’s powerful stuff. But it’s something we’re not always mindful of, so to speak.

As a woman, there are so many things vying for your attention during the course of the day,

that mindful-ness is left in the dust. (You fill in the blanks.)

And somewhere in the middle of it, you try to sneak in a bubble bath so you don’t completely lose

your mind.

When you move from one thing to another at warp speed, it’s all too easy to lose sight of God’s

precious gifts.

Today, make mindfulness a priority; take time for what really matters.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lori Clapper is a freelance business writer and the founder of a new online ministry for women, called Wonderfully WOVEN.

Ever since the early days of toting around her Fisher Price tape recorder, interviewing her younger brothers about the latest playground news — Lori knew media was her passion. She dedicated most of her career entertaining thousands of  fans as a radio morning show hostess at Christian radio stations in Erie, PA and Fayetteville, NC. In 2008, Lori decided it was time to hang up the headphones and to start getting some sleep. (Those 3 AM wake-up calls are killer, especially when you don’t like coffee!) She spent the last six years as a website editor in the pharmaceutical industry and as the PR Director and content strategist for a high-tech marketing firm; She is currently freelancing and devoting time to Wonderfully WOVEN.

Most importantly, Lori is married to Greg and is a mom to three kids and two dogs. She loves watching makeover shows, is a QVC addict, and loves to blog, podcast, shop, sing (mostly in the car or shower), as well as spend time with family and friends.

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You Are Wonderfully Woven

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worshipNo matter what has been done or said to you, God has given you a unique story that someone needs to hear.

He has gifted you with talents that weren't meant to be hidden, but used for His glory and to benefit others, like Peter writes in 1 Peter 4:10:

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 

Rise above your difficulties and insecurities. Make a difference. It’s not easy, but it will let your critics know that their words will fade. But you won’'t.


And if nobody has told you today, God lavishly loves you, and you were designed for His beautiful purpose!

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What’s Your Story?

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Bible and coffeeOne of my favorite songs right now is My Story, by Christian band Big Daddy Weave. It’s a modern spin on an old hymn of the church, Blessed Assurance:

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long…..

This got me thinking about my story. And yours, too.  Each day is an opportunity to impact those around you. As you live out each chapter in your story, is a spirit of worship foremost in your mind and always on the tip of your tongue? Or are the “villains” of complaining, grumbling, worry, or negativity overarching characters in the plot line?

It’s your choice.

Today, remember what the Psalmist said in Psalm 22:3: that The Lord inhabits the praises of His people. When you are “praising the Savior all the day long”, others will see Jesus in you – and guaranteed you’ll find more joy in your day. Read More→

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Will You Live Brave?

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jumpDo you have days when it takes practically all of your energy and courage just to roll out of bed in the morning?

Two friends and I were talking about that the other night. And though each of us rolled our eyes and shared a laugh over that conclusion, we also took pause at the profound truth behind it.

What are you facing today?

  • Illness
  • Work stress
  • A hard conversation
  • A prodigal child
  • Reminders of past mistakes

There’s little wonder why God repeats the phrases “do not be afraid” and “do not be discouraged” throughout His word.

Because life is hard.

Every day you fight battles for your identity and self-worth, for your family, and for your heart. We are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)  Read More→

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wearylori-clapperCome to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.Matthew 11:28-30 


That was the first step in my plan to bust the clutter that had built up in my house during the past month or so. Jam-packed weekends and evenings led to my family being home for just enough time to make messes and not much time to really clean them up again.

So last weekend, I stood up to my challenge — taking a deep breath, rolling up my sleeves and arming myself with cleaning spray and paper towels. I started in the kitchen where I knew I had a breakfast bar somewhere under the piles of mail and school papers. I gathered everything — every last paper, bill, toy and straggling nail polish bottle — and plopped them down in the back playroom. With the clutter out of sight, I could then concentrate on scrubbing everything down until it sparkled.

It took hours, but I went from room to room, repeating that same exercise and making the visible area of my home as neat as a pin. My house hadn’t looked this great in what seemed like ages.

Except for the back room.

The heaps of “miscellaneous” grew, along with toys that were already there.

“This will take a bit more focused time,” I thought to myself, tired out after hours of hard work. “I’ll deal with that later….”

It’s hidden, anyway. Right? Read More→

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Psalm 77: When God Seems Far Away

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Lori Clapper, Wonderfully Woven Blogger

Each time I have gone to prayer this week, Psalm 77 has come to mind. The Lord led me to this passage a couple of months ago when I took a day to fast and pray. And I feel in my heart that you may need these words as much as I did then (and still do today). So my hope and deepest prayer is that your heart will be encouraged to trust God in your circumstances. Right now. Just where you are.Psalm 77: When God Seems Far Away, by Lori Clapper

cry out to God; yes, I shout.
    Oh, that God would listen to me!
When I was in deep trouble,
    I searched for the Lord.
All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven,
    but my soul was not comforted.
I think of God, and I moan,
    overwhelmed with longing for his help. 

You don’t let me sleep.
    I am too distressed even to pray!
I think of the good old days,
    long since ended,
when my nights were filled with joyful songs.
    I search my soul and ponder the difference now.

When you are walking in the valleys of life, it can seem endless, can’t it? I don’t know what you’re going through, but God knows how you feel.  He understands your inner turmoil….how beaten down your spirit is. Have you run out of words to pray? Read More→

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God’s Design for Friendship

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Lori Clapper, Wonderfully Woven Blogger“The more friends women have, the less likely they are to develop physical impairments as they age, and the more likely they are to lead a contented life…. and not having friends or confidants is as detrimental to your health as being overweight or smoking cigarettes.”   — Nurses’ Health Study from Harvard Medical School

God's Design for Friendship, by Lori ClapperAnother study showed that breast cancer patients who had a strong support group outlived their less social counterparts by years.

Crazy to think about, huh? Maybe. But God breathed words of life-giving friendship to us centuries before any modern medical study.

According to His Word, you need friends who:

1. Will be good counsel: I can’t tell you enough how good it is to be able to turn to godly women for advice – from family to business. It opens up your mind and heart to different perspectives you may not have considered before.  Or helps cut through the confusion of decisions you couldn’t make on your own.

He who walks with the wise, grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20

2. Have your back: When all else is lost – your health, your marriage, your confidence – it’s good friends who can put all the messy details of your life aside and encircle you with love, encouragement and prayer. That support can often be the key to getting your life back on track. Read More→

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Living With Purpose This Year

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oocE8hiLike you, I have made my share of New Year’s resolutions.

I’ve bought Buns of Steel (and yes, that dates me!), P90X, and put myself on fad diets. And they work…for a while. 

 I scramble for days to get the house cleaned and organized, with the vow that things won’t get behind again!  But they do.

Life gets busy, and meals are eaten on the go. Salads are replaced with a McChicken and fries. Evenings that I’m not taxiing kids or catching up housework are met with exhaustion, rather than hours of Bible study or walking three miles on the treadmill.  Sigh.

It’s in those moments that the enemy whispers reminders of my failures. Of the “perfect” plans I had, that now seemingly lie dormant.

But, I am reminded of the question Jesus asked Peter in John 21:

“Do you love me more than these?”

Do you love me more than a perfectly dusted house. Dust off your Bible, and the light of My word will shine through and direct your path.

Do you love me more than the desire for what you think is a perfect body? Don’t you believe I wonderfully made you for my purpose?

Do you love me more than the worries of the day?  Tomorrow has enough worries of its own. You are more important to me than the sparrows.

You need to seek me first….

But while it is important to set goals and live life with excellence, He also calls us to so much more than “these.” Read More→

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Interview with Patsy Clairmont

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lori-clapperLori Clapper recently had the privilege to speak with author and Women of Faith speaker Patsy Clairmont! In our podcast, Patsy discussed how God uses “cracked pots” like us,  and how she lives life with purpose!

Patsy is the author of the best-selling books “God Uses Cracked Pots”, “Normal is Just a Setting on Your Dryer”, “Under His Wings”, “Sportin’ a ‘Tude”, “Tea with Patsy Clairmont”, “It’s About Home; Creating a Place to Cherish”, “I Love Being a Woman” and “Stepping Stones; A Garden Path”, “Mending Your Heart in a Broken World, “The Hat Box”, “The Shoe Box”, ‘I Grew Up Little’ and ‘Pillow Prayers’, ‘All Cracked Up’, ‘Dancing Bones, Living Lively in the Valley’,’I Second that Emotion’,  ‘Catching Fireflies’, ‘Kalediscope’ and ‘Stained Glass Hearts’. She authored 6 children’s books, 5 are published under one title of ‘5 Cheesy Stories’ and “Sleep Sweet”. Patsy wrote a fiction book of short stories, ‘Stardust on My Pillow; Stories to Sleep on’.  Patsy’s latest book is TWIRL….a Fresh Spin on Life.

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