This devotion was inspired by the Soul H2O Radio & Podcast EP 56 with my gal pal Kathleen Hardaway. Hope you get refreshed from both Soul H2O media offerings. ☺
Well, I want to wish all you girls a Happy Galentine’s Day! I love hearing from you and hope more of you join us in the Soul H2O Splash Group on Facebook.
Galentine’s Day is a newer holiday that was started back in 2010 through the power of tv. In the second season of Parks & Rec, they named an episode “Galentine’s Day” where the quirky character of Leslie Knope played by Amy Poeler gathers some of her closest gal pals on February 13th for their annual brunch of waffles and love.
I think it’s crazy how a tv show has created this really beautiful holiday that can take your mind off of Valentine’s and any heartache that might bring, to focus on something we can all celebrate because as Leslie’s says in the Galentine’s Day inaugurating episode, the day is all about,
“Ladies celebrating ladies.”
I love that!
So, this year I decided it was time to start celebrating Galentines Day and planned an online brunch with girls in the Soul H2O Splash, some Zoom meetings with girlfriends, and next week I tape with my Fab Four friend group on the topic of Friendship for The Goodness Speaks Show, watch my social media to find out when that show airs.
To say that I believe having Gal Pals is crucial to you living your happiest, most fulfilled and purposeful life, is an understatement. I don’t believe you can get to the destiny God had for your life without a posse of women to cheer you on and open doors for you.
We need each other.
Women have been helping each other to live out their purpose in Gal Pal Packs since Bible Days. I love how the New Testament writers record the stories of Jesus’ female disciples. They didn’t often get pulpit mentions in the last century, but often when you read about Jesus with his 12 main guys, it says this group of women were there with them… and they weren’t just creepy groupies.
Women were key in Jesus birth, childhood, ministry, death, resurrection, ascension and the spread of the gospel in our world. It’s probably why the orthodox and Catholic churches have venerated about 41 women as saints. Females are integral to the health and growth of the church.
You can read about the impact the first Gal Pal Pack made in Luke 8:1-3. It tells about how Jesus went out on a ministry tour and how, “His twelve disciples traveled with him as did a number of women.”
Jesus broke all cultural norms and acceptable practices of a Rabbi to include women in His ministry and social circles. Jesus, was one of the first Feminists, placing value and worth on the women around him.
Throughout the gospels this group of women had some key leaders who were mentioned numerous times. There was Susanna, Joanna, Salome, Mary the Mother of James, Mary the mother of Jesus and Mary from Magdala or Mary Magdalene as many call her. Luke 8:3 says these women and “Many other women supported Jesus ministry from their own personal finances and also traveled with him.”
Together, these girls were Jesus financial and ministry partners. Together they powerful. Together they made a difference.
You too can make a difference in this world with the right pack of Gal Pals. So, don’t let this Galentine’s Day pass by without making sure to build on the friendships that will help you fulfill your God-Given destiny!
Father… I thank you for including women in your call and that I’m one of them! You have good plans and purposes for my life and I’m thankful for the women in my life you’ve placed there to help inspire me to live my best life. Help me to reciprocate the same. In Jesus Name…Amen
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- Luke 8:1-3
- Matthew 28:1
- Mark 16:1 / Luke 24:1
- Acts 1:12-14
Gal Pals features an interview with author and speaker, Kathleen Hardaway as she shares her story of overcoming the loneliness of being single by chasing after her God-Given destiny with Gal Pals by her side, on the Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Show, Episode #56.
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