RELATE with Helen: Divinely Connected Women

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Let us be Mary and Elizabeth for each other, calling out new, brave worlds in each other.

By Helen Burns | Twitter: @helenburns

I woke up very early this morning to write this article as these days my brain works so much better in the morning. I already knew what was percolating in my heart to write about, so I made a cup of coffee (that helps my brain too) and quickly checked my phone for messages before getting started. I noticed that my lovely, world-changer friend, Bobbie, had sent me a message asking about a quote I had shared years ago as she is writing a book on Sisterhood and wanted to begin a chapter with the words of this quote. I found the quote and emailed it to her. It goes like this:

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” (Anais Nin)

I love how God works out the details of our lives–Bobbie’s message and the answer to her question were a perfect confirmation of what I already knew that I wanted to share with you. You see, my life was forever changed when I entered Bobbie’s world. God divinely orchestrated our lives to connect and the result of that holy connecting-of-the-dots opened up a whole new world for me. But it hasn’t stopped with me. Throughout my journey with God, there have been many magnificent people who have stirred a passion, a promise and prophetic awakening in my heart.

Beautiful one, pay attention to what God is up to, what He is speaking to your heart and who He is aligning your steps with.

As Christmas is drawing near, I have been reading through the familiar scriptures found in the first chapters of Luke and once again I am drawn to the story of the beautiful relationship that existed between Elizabeth and Mary. There is so much to glean from their divinely connected lives. Two women whose destinies were supernaturally connected to one another …

  • Two women who loved God and used their lives to serve His greater purpose
  • Two women, both pregnant miraculously (one past child-bearing years and barren; one young and a virgin)
  • Two divine angelic visitations; one angel–Gabriel.
  • Two women who were chosen to raise sons who would change the world – Elizabeth, the mother of John, ‘the baptist’, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, the Son of God
  • Two women who sang the prophetic song of their hearts over each other:

      Elizabeth’s Song:

At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” (Luke 1:41-45 NLT)        

            Mary’s Song:

 My soul chooses to glorify the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for He is always mindful of me and my situation…
The Mighty One has done great things for me…holy is His name.
I’m bursting with God-news.
He came and rescued me,
Declaring me His favoured one, beautiful inside and out.
His mercy flows in wave after wave to all those who are in awe before him,
From generation to generation.

What God has done for me will never be forgotten
He continues to fill my hungry soul with good things.
He has helped me, His servant; He remains merciful to me ven as he promised.
Therefore today—and tomorrow,
I stand quiet before Him,
I stand still;
I know that He is God. (Luke 1:46-55 Paraphrase)

  • Two divinely connected individuals – all for a purpose greater than what they could have ever dreamed or imagined.
  • “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT)

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”

As I reflect on the days that have shaped 2011 for me, I am completely astounded by what has been accomplished through an alliance of amazing women who have opened their hearts, extended their hands, engaged their feet, expanded their minds, lifted their voices and decided to become the change that this world is in such desperate need of. (Just read through other articles on SheLovesMagazine.com to get a glimpse of these inspiring girls and see what has been happening through their lives. Each one has a story that will inspire you.)

Mary needed Elizabeth–someone who she could trust completely to help nurture the enormous God-assignment on her life. I can’t imagine what it would have felt like to be Mary who at such a young and tender age accepted the responsibility to carry God into this world–literally!

Elizabeth also needed Mary–someone she could pour her life into. Elizabeth had believed God for the promised Messiah, and now she would use her love, her wisdom and strength to lend toward the fulfilment of a long-awaited promise for her people.

These, too, are exciting prophetic days that we have been chosen to live in–days that we, along with those who have gone before us, have prayed for and waited for. Let us be a Mary and an Elizabeth in the lives of one another. Let’s help fuel the God-dreams and visions in the hearts of others … let’s truly be the women framed by the words of our SheLoves Manifesto:

Let us be women who Love.

Let us be women willing to lay down our sword words, our sharp looks, our ignorant silence and towering stance and fill the earth now with extravagant Love.

Let us be women who Love.

Let us be women who make room.

Let us be women who open our arms and invite others into an honest, spacious, glorious embrace.

Let us be women who carry each other.

Let us be women who give from what we have.

Let us be women who leap to do the difficult things, the unexpected things and the necessary things.

Let us be women who live for Peace.

Let us be women who breathe Hope.

Let us be women who create beauty.

Let us be women who Love.

Let us be a sanctuary where God may dwell.

Let us be a garden for tender souls.

Let us be a table where others may feast on the goodness of God.

Let us be a womb for Life to grow.

Let us be women who Love.

Let us rise to the questions of our time.

Let us speak to the injustices in our world.

Let us move the mountains of fear and intimidation.

Let us shout down the walls that separate and divide.

Let us fill the earth with the fragrance of Love.

Let us be women who Love.

Let us listen for those who have been silenced.

Let us honour those who have been devalued.

Let us say, Enough! with abuse, abandonment, diminishing and hiding.

Let us not rest until every person is free and equal.

Let us be women who Love.

Let us be women who are savvy, smart and wise.

Let us be women who shine with the light of God in us.

Let us be women who take courage and sing the song in our hearts.

Let us be women who say, Yes to the beautiful, unique purpose seeded in our souls.

Let us be women who call out the song in another’s heart.

Let us be women who teach our children to do the same.

Let us be women who Love.

Let us be women who Love, in spite of fear.

Let us be women who Love, in spite of our stories.

Let us be women who Love loudly, beautifully, Divinely.

Let us be women who Love.

Idelette McVicker

I am ready for the most astounding 2012! I am ready to give birth to the God-dreams that God has asked me to carry and I stand ready to come alongside you and help nurture the dreams in your heart as well.

Merry Christmas, treasured one. I am asking God to bless you with His richest Heavenly gifts … and as you receive, I pray you pass it on to others as well.

I love you … always and forever,

Helen xoxo

About Helen:

Helen Burns and her husband, John, speak around the world on the topic of relationships. They host the popular TV show “Relate with John and Helen.

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  • Njoki

    Wow! Pastor Helen, you write beautifully! I can almost hear you speaking these words to me. I love this quote:

    “Beautiful one, pay attention to what God is up to, what He is speaking to your heart and who He is aligning your steps with.”

    Just like you, 2011 has been a wonderful year for me! God has been writing a beautiful story and placing some amazing, driven lionesses in my life who have fueled my passion for serving God — half marathon, writing, sharing our stories, SheLoves sisterhood etc. I look forward to 2012! I know God has more for me — I bring an open heart.

    Thank you for sharing your heart, I love your voice.
    xoxo,
    Njoki

    • Thanks for your lovely words and for being such an awesome women of God. xo

  • Sharon Starratt

    Very inspiring piece. Helen models what she speaks.
    I loved Idelette’s piece on women who love.
    I am inspired and encouraged today to continue to love the women in my sphere of inflence. Thanks.

    • Thank you so much, Sharon! Helen asked me to write a Manifesto for the LifeWomen conference this year … and it has marked my year in so many ways. I am so thankful for her calling it out of me. Wishing you a wonderful Advent season. xo

  • I was saving this piece for a quiet moment so that I could really savour your words.

    This year has been such a powerful picture of divinely connected women for me:
    – Vancouver runners lacing up and connecting with Ugandan sisters
    – SheLoves cards connecting the hearts of mothers facing the famine in East Africa (I keep thinking about Stacy’s beautiful piece about mothers who have to put their children “to bed” hungry: http://shelovesmagazine.com/2011/advent-embracing-the-wait/)
    – Not to mention, the amazing company of SheLoves writers sprinkled all over the world: Chennai, Kampala, Arizona, etc.

    I feel so lucky to be living in a time where the women are waking up and breathing love collectively.

    We are so much stronger together. I get weepy just thinking about it. My girlfriends rescued me. They lifted me up when I was hurting, pouting and fumbling in the dark.

    Thanks for being a point of divine connection in my world. You are *my* Bobbie Houston on most days.

    xoxo,
    Teen

    • It has been a year of wonder as we have watched the hand of God weave the hearts and lives of women together. I love you beautiful Tina. xo