Monday Motivation: Remember Your Win

Have you celebrated a win lately?

It helps not only to celebrate, but to remind yourself how good it feels to complete something you’ve wanted to do for a long time. Completing a big project demands a pat on the back, a big shout-out, or a high five. Maybe you kicked a habit, finished a project, or celebrated an anniversary. Affirmations of our accomplishments should direct us to praise God since He is the one who helped us complete the task. Stepping back to praise Him reminds us we could not have finished the task without God’s help. He deserves the praise!

In the Old Testament, it was the custom to set up physical markers as reminders of victory or encounters with God. These tall stone pillars were large enough to see for a mile and could not be ignored by the passerby. One of them is found in 1 Samuel 7:7 when Samuel prayed for deliverance from the Philistines. God answered Samuel’s prayers for protection for the Israelites by confusing the enemy and re-routing them away from the people. After the victory, Samuel “took a stone and named it ‘Ebenezer’ saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.’”

Let me give you some modern day examples. Think about the Washington Monument – erected to remember President George Washington. Consider the Lincoln Monument — a reminder of the contributions of President Abraham Lincoln. And then there’s good old Mount Rushmore – a literal memorial of several great presidents. Why not erect a spiritual marker to help you remember a recent victory in your life? Have you paid off a debt? Overcome a nagging habit? Think about erecting a spiritual marker. You might try framing your reminder or photo, planting a tree in your backyard, setting up a few small stones, or setting aside a special place for a reminder in your home.

Or maybe none of those work for you. During the time we were dating, my-then-future-husband, Jim and I were working on a new discipline to improve our relationship. On one of our road trips, we ran across this magnificent marble vase as a reminder, we decided to buy it. The vase helped us remember our win. It remained on my kitchen table, where we dined daily, until we were married. Months later, as a wedding gift, we received a lovely wind chime to remind us of God’s presence in our marriage. Both of these items and a few more remind us “The Lord has helped me!”

But above all, praise God for what He has done. Just praise God for His victory and say with Samuel, “The Lord has helped me!”

Let’s pray: Lord, thank you for helping me complete a big project. Thank you Lord, for giving me the victory. It’s only through you it was completed. I give you the glory for power and might. Thank you for giving me strength as I rely on you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Friday Favorites: From Ashes To Beauty June 2017 News

Happy Friday Friends – Sheryl’s June News!

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 2 Thess. 5:16-18

June Joy! I love summer. What? Summer in Bakersfield? Yes, that’s right. It’s often over 100 degrees here. And I am thankful for my hometown. What about you? Do you dread the future? Is this is your first summer without a loved one? Maybe you are facing difficulty? Regardless of the reasons why you don’t feel joy, here’s something to consider. You might be stuck. It helps to take time to notice why you might not be healthily moving through your trial. The relaxed schedule of the summer months can offer you time to seek God’s peace instead of staying where you are. This is called recovery.

At the Mission at Kern County’s discipleship program many experienced healing and hope as the women learned how to move through their losses. Upon completing GriefShare, we participated in a memorial service remembering our losses – time, relationships, and pets and loved ones.

I am so excited to work with an amazing team to put together our Fall Fundraiser: Unquenchable Faith with keynote speaker Carol Kent. Please save the date of Monday, September 18, 2017. You won’t want to miss the evening. It will be a memorable experience and strengthen your faith.

 This is Jason and Carol Kent. Don’t miss the amazing testimony from Carol Kent whose only son, Jason is serving a life sentence in a federal prison. Carol has experienced life giving hope and a wildfire faith that is contagious. Mark your calendars, now for “Unquenchable Faith” Monday 9/18/17 in Bakersfield, CA.

Why should you join us for Unquenchable Faith? You will hear encouraging reports from those impacted by Sheryl’s teaching, training, coaching and counseling ministry. You will have the opportunity to win a cruise. You can bid on fabulous auction items. You can network with friends and other ministry partners from across the USA.

Grace and Cor Koelewjin with Sheryl. Please pray for preparation and travel to Tororo, Uganda July 27 to Aug 8 to work with Grace and Cor Koelewjn. This dynamic couple cares for orphans and trains leaders in Uganda.  The focus of this trip will be Freedom In Christ – Discipleship Course. To donate to trip expenses of $3,500, go to www.ficm.org and note #86 – Freedom for Leaders.

I hope you can take time to be restored this summer. Please plan to join us in September to revive your faith and renew your joy!

PS: It is our joy to pray for you. My husband, Jim Turner and I have ‘got you covered!’

Much love – Sheryl and Jim

 

Monday Motivation: Eyes on Him

Monday Motivation: Eyes on Him

What motivates you? As we plan for the week ahead, let’s consider what God has planned.

Here’s how it works: I remember when my kids were toddlers; I didn’t let them out of my sight. It’s a parent thing – we keep our children or grandchildren in range of sight so we can try to protect them from evil and attempt to keep them out of harm’s way.

In some ways our God’s care and concern over us, his blessed children is similar. Yet his true desire and passion is much more than we can ever comprehend. 2 Chronicles 16:9 explains God’s constant watch care over us, ”For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” In my mind’s eye, I picture the Lord’s scope of vision like a 360 degree camera, nothing and no one can escape his view. God’s eyes are on us all the time, we are never out of his sight.

Psalm 33:16-19 reminds us, “No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.”

His eyes on us, but are our eyes on Him? Refuse to take your eyes off of the only One who can direct your path, keep you safe and prosper you. For those of us who are parents or grandparents, we can relate to watching over our children or grandchildren with care. However, we can learn additional lessons from the art of archery:

  1. Clearly see your target – keep your goal in mind. Make your main goal be to spend the first hour of your day with God.
  2. Notice external factors that could affect hitting the target – eliminate external barriers or distractions that could prevent you from reaching your goal. Plan ahead — the night before, make sure you have your Bible, journal, study materials and even a pen ready for your time alone with God.
  3. Be aware of your own readiness to ensure you are ready to hit the target – Eliminate distractions, set your alarm and your coffee pot to ensure success. Speak truth over yourself and your time alone with God. Plan ahead for the opportunity to walk close to God. Celebrate your victory and remind yourself of your identity in Christ. Failed in the past? You have overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony.

What are you aiming for? I hope you are keeping your eyes on Him. By understanding and implementing just a few things will make all the difference in how we work, play and live. You will find others will ask you how it’s done. And that brings us back to the reason for it all. That all eyes are on Him. Give Him glory. Here’s a closing prayer from Psalm 25:14,15.

Dear Lord, thank you that you “confide in those who fear you; you make your covenant known to us.” I pray that “my eyes are ever on you Lord, for only you will release my feet from the snare.” I choose to keep my focus on you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Friday Favorites: How To Regroup the Troops

How to Regroup the Troops

What battles rage on your field today? Take “time out” to regroup your troops and “stand down.” Are you disappointed in someone who has let you down? I love this quote from W. Glynn Evans,

How does this happen? We must ‘take our position, stand still and wait (watch) for God to work.’ And that is the hardest part. We are not very good at waiting. Are you disappointed in your job, suffering from financial loss, grieving a loved one, struggling with addiction? Here are four lessons from 2 Chronicles 19, the battle of King Jehosaphat:

1. One of the most difficult things to do in doing battle God’s way is to stop.  “Cease striving and know I am God,” Psalm 46:10.

2. When we are stopped, we must stand still.  “Take your position, stand still, and watch the Lord’s victory” 2 Chronicles 19:17

3. Do you think God is taking too long? God wants us to wait on his timing.  “That is why I wait expectantly, trusting God to  help, for He has promised,” Psalm 130:5

4.We must trust Him – that’s called belief.  “Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm” ”2

“Then all the men returned to Jerusalem, with King Jehosaphat leading them, overjoyed that the Lord had given them victory over their enemies” 2 Chronicles 19:21

Let’s pray,

“Dear Father, thank you for the opportunity to submit to your will today. We choose to “stand down.” I commit all of those who are struggling with disease and death to your plan, give them peace, comfort and hope in your plans for their future. Thank you for this chance to stop, stand still, wait and believe. Lord, protect my family and friends from everything but what will glory you the most. We praise you in advance for the opportunity to celebrate and glorify you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Worldwide Wednesday: Q Pray for Qatar

Pray Around the World!

Greetings, Friends — it’s time to pray on Worldwide Wednesday – Q –

I am reminded of the prayer our Lord Jesus prayed for his disciples and for us in John 17:15 “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” Please pray these words today for yourself, your family, your church, your community and our brothers and sisters in Qatar. Here’s a bit of information to encourage and enlighten you about the people for whom you are praying.

Qatar

Official language: Arabic    Languages: 6 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 89,142 5.91 2.2
Evangelicals 14,552 1.0 3.3
Muslim 1,333,206 88.39

Challenges for Prayer

Expatriates are drawn from many nations by the high earnings in Qatar, but

Pray for the employment opportunities (from manual labour up to executive positions) to be filled by Christians who would be an intentional Kingdom presence in Qatar.

http://www.operationworld.org/qata

PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for open doors for Muslims to hear and receive the Gospel.

  • Pray for a deep spiritual hunger amid such material wealth.

  • Pray for the birth of an indigenous church focused on sharing the Gospel with all Qataris.

SUMMARY

The State of Qatar, unlike many other Middle Eastern nations, has successfully avoided the unrest and violence of the Arab Spring. The peninsula nation bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia was part of the Turkish-Ottoman Empire until 1918, and then operated under British protection until 1971. The nation’s power has resided solely in the Al Thani family since the mid 1800s – from the days of pearl fishing and being one of the poorest Gulf states to the nation’s current vast oil wealth. In 2007,

http://prayercast.com/qatar.html

Let’s pray, “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the words of Jesus. We pray for jobs, for opportunities and for favor for those in need. We ask you for protection, strength and guidance for ourselves, our families, our churches, our communities and our brothers and sisters in Qatar. “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” John 17:15  In Jesus name amen.”

Monday Motivation: Search For Peace Through Contentment Training

Monday Motivation: Search for Peace Through Contentment Training 

Every few months, I take a long drive in my car alone. I spend the first few hours speaking heartfelt prayers outloud to God. It is amazing therapy for my soul. God’s word says it’s good for us to be open before God Psalm 62:8 “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”

I used to think I had to clean up my act before I went to God with my requests.

But God wants us to bring all the messes we’ve made to him, he has already planned how he will clean it up. He wants us to trust Him to make a message out of  our mess. Phil 4:12 reminds us “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

The way it works for me is: I begin by telling God how frustrated and upset I am feeling. It really helps to pour out my heart, share my feelings and release my pent-up emotions. A good cry goes a long way.

I ask God to increase my awareness of His presence with me. I listen in the depths of my spirit for God’s response. God brings helpful scriptures to my mind, which bathe my mind and heart in them. And then I praise Him, this lifts my spirits like nothing I’ve felt before. God is up to something new. Isaiah 43:18-19

Let’s pray, “Father, thank you for arranging messes in our lives to help us to be honest with you. Thank you for caring about our soul and wiring us to need you. In Jesus’ Name Amen.”

Worldwide Wednesday: P – Pray for Paraguay

Worldwide Wednesday: P – Pray for Paraguay

Pray Around the World!

Dear Friends, it’s that time. It is time to pray. Actually, it is always time to pray, isn’t it? As you know, during each week of the month of 2017, we are praying through the alphabet through the countries of the world.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

 I Timothy 2:1-2

Paraguay

Latin America

Landlocked nation between Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. The Paraguay River divides the more fertile and developed east from the scrub forests, marshes and ranches of the sparsely populated Gran Chaco.

Challenges for Prayer

The Roman Catholic Church has long dominated the spiritual and political life of Paraguay. Although it admirably opposes corruption and immorality, there is also much superstitious traditionalism, strong devotion to Mary and occult-related bondage to many pre-Christian deities and customs. These practices keep millions from liberty in the Lord Jesus and must be broken by prayer. The Church often actively opposes the work of evangelicals. Paraguay has never had a true spiritual awakening, and few of the Catholic Spanish-Guaraní majority have a living relationship with Christ.

http://www.operationworld.org/para

PRAYER POINTS

Pope Francis is greeted by and elderly woman during his visit to the Banado Norte neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, Sunday, July 12, 2015. Pope Francis began the last day of a weeklong South American tour with a stop in an Asuncion slum that borders the Paraguay river that frequently floods it and makes its dirt roads impassable pools of mud. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

Pope Francis greets an elderly woman as he meets with people of Banado Norte, a poor neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, July 12. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-BANADO July 12, 2015.

POPE Francis has lauded the strength and religious fervour of Paraguayan women while visiting the country’s most important pilgrimage site. Thousands of his fellow Argentines joined hundreds of thousands of local faithful at the site to welcome Latin America’s first pope.

“Being here with you makes me feel at home,” Francis said in his homily. He then spoke affectionately about the women of this tiny, land-locked nation, praising them for rebuilding the country after a devastating war in the 1860s wiped out more than half the population, primarily men.

“Then and now, you found the strength not to let this land lose its bearings,” he said to wild cheers from the crowd.

“God bless your perseverance. God bless and encourage your faith.

SUMMARY

Often referred to as “Corazon de America” or “Heart of America,” Paraguay is a beautiful country of diverse landscapes and people in the center of South America.  The native Guarani language is widely spoken culturally, but Spanish is preferred in business and government. Most of the people of Paraguay live within 100 miles (160 km) of the capital city of Asuncion. After many generations of political turmoil and wars, Paraguay adopted a democratic system of government in 1992.  The recent government has been successful in implementing some reforms, but corruption in the public and private sectors, money laundering, and drug trafficking still exist. Paraguay is also the largest grower of cannabis in South America. Because of its location in the center of South America, Paraguay has become involved in the crime of larger surrounding countries like Brazil and Argentina. Economically, many of its people live below the poverty line.

http://prayercast.com/paraguay.html

 

Monday Motivation: Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day honor 2016

Don’t miss out on sharing with others this Prayer For Memorial Day. Please pray for the families of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom by giving their lives.

Encourage them to stand on God’s precious and magnificent promises. Grief can change us when we “lean into our personal grief.” This means to “grieve our own grief” and let our grief take us where it will. We can’t go around, over, under our grief, but we can put effort into moving through our grief. Won’t you stand with us? And the others who have lost loved ones?

Have a blessed day!

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“God heals the brokenhearted, he binds up their wounds.” —Psalm 34:18

“The day you die is better than the day you are born.” —Ecclesiastes 7:1

“The righteous pass away; the godly often die before their time. And no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For the godly who die will rest in peace.” —Isaiah 57:1–2

“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” —John 14:2

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things will pass away.” —Revelation 21:4

For encouragement and prayer for the grieving go to free resources at From Ashes to Beauty.

Friday Favorites: Who Is Your Boss?

Who Is Your Boss?

I remember a few years ago I overheard my preschool son tell his sister, my elementary aged daughter, “You are not the boss of me.” There was another time, this time, I was an employee.  The woman who was my supervisor preferred the staff, those of us who were her employees – NOT call her the “boss.” She had become our supervisor, not by applying for the job or by promotion, but by default. Since no one else was qualified to take her position, she was in charge of us – her employees. And she did not like being the boss. She thought by not allowing us to call her ‘the boss’ or the ‘one in charge,’ she would relate to us as peers rather than an authority figure.

We all have something or someone who is ‘the boss of us.’ We may not want to admit it but each of us has a master to whom we bow in submission. The wise person allows God to be their boss. For others, another person, a stronghold or habit might be their ruler. For years, I allowed nicotine, alcohol and other addictive substances to be my boss. These things determined the course of my life for many years. Others might allow food, spending, exercise, video games or any number of other things to trap them. God wants us to let Him be our ‘boss.’

“Have it Your Way” or “Be Your Own Boss” are bits of advice recommended by our culture to guarantee happiness. In reality, these stand-alone arrogances are guaranteed to satisfy.  In advertising, self-sufficiency and independence are used as synonyms for happiness. This is deception. And is not at all how God designed us to live. As believers, we must let God be our ‘boss.’ Dependence on God is not a sign of weakness. The only way to maximize our potential and enjoy our lives to their fullest extent is to live in harmony with our Creator. This happens when we are totally satisfied in our relationship with Him. “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

Essentially, submitting to God means we recognize God is the supreme master over all authorities, and we belong to Him. We can trust this sovereign Lord, described as Adonai, to direct our lives and guide our actions. The title, Adonai is translated Master, Lord, or Sovereign. To abide in the living God, Adonai, we must say yes to His lordship over our lives. We can trust His kind direction and abide in His peace as He guides our decisions.

Have you ever second-guessed a decision you’ve made? Of course, all of us have. Maybe you have thought it was the right thing to do at the time, but later on, when things didn’t work out as you had planned, you wanted to go back. I’ve done the same thing many times. This morning was one of those times. My mind was full of confusion and worry. These things clouded my thinking and my praise like a swarm of angry gnats trying to land in my hair. As is common when gnats swarm us, we beat the air over our heads in defense. Yet, the gnats remained. I had tried to use logic and reason to rid myself of confusion and worry. It didn’t work. In my time alone with God today, He reminded me, “Sheryl, release the decisions swirling in your anxious mind. I am your master.” Although I was unsettled, Adonai was asking me to submit to Him as my boss. He wanted me to trust his ultimate authority. When I chose to let go and trust God as my Adonai, to release the results to my Lord and Master, the swarm dissolved and was replaced with a sense of peace.

In addition to the illustration of who is our boss, another way to think about the concept of God as our master has to do with His role in our lives as a landlord. If you’ve ever rented a house, you remember what it was like to live by the landlord’s (the master’s) rules. You took good care of your rental, you asked permission before you painted the walls, and the landlord made the repairs. That’s the way it is when we submit our “temple,” our body, to Adonai.

Essentially, because of Jesus’ obedience on the cross, you and I have been “bought with a price.”  “Do you not know that your bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 We are not our own. God is a gracious landlord, who has given us boundaries for living. When we follow the Master’s rules and stay within His boundaries, we walk in His will and abide in His peace. Exalt and praise Adonai, our Sovereign Master, worthy of the highest honor and our total obedience.

Without allowing God to be our Adonai, and not inviting Him to inhabit the center of our lives, it’s hard to find joy in trying circumstances. Joy is not dependent on the absence of trials. It is contingent on the One whom we trust. We must believe God has our best interests in mind. We can show Him we trust Him when we submit to His plans. One way to show God you are wholeheartedly relying on Him is to pray continually. I Thess. 5:16-17 says, “Be joyful always, pray continually.” When we pray without ceasing, we invite His presence into every area of our lives. With His presence, besides peace and love, there is abundant joy. He promises never to leave or forsake us. Keep your mind on His word, letting it transform your mind.

Let’s pray this prayer of commitment from Psalm 119:10-12 “With my whole heart I have sought You, oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord! Teach me your statutes.” Thank you, Adonai; you are a trustworthy and loving Boss who only has my best in mind. Thank you for the opportunity to humbly bow in submission to you today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Sheryl Giesbrecht is a regular monthly blogger for Lead Like Jesus.

The blog appeared on the site below last week.

http://www.leadlikejesus.com/blog/who-your-boss

Worldwide Wednesday: O Pray for Oman

Pray Around the World!

Welcome to another issue of World Wide Wednesday – during the year of 2017, we are praying through the alphabet — once a week. So today we are landing on the letter “O” for Oman. I am so glad you are here. I am learning a lot about people groups and countries I would not have learned about except for this journey and God’s leading. It’s great to have your interest. Thanks for joining this #MissionTrip that requires #NoPassport. We just need to #CareThruPrayer. Thank you for your prayers!

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. Psalm 86: 6


Asia

Geography

Area: 309,500 sq km

A mountainous land on the southeast coast of Arabia and the strategic tip of the Musandam Peninsula that dominates the entrance to the Arabian/Persian Gulf.

Population: 2,905,114    Annual Growth: 2.10%

Capital: Muscat

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Answer to Prayer

Christians are growing in number. The large majority of converts actually come from expatriate workers and usually from non-Muslim backgrounds, but Omanis are also coming to faith in Christ.

Challenge for Prayer

The unreached. The entire Muslim majority remains a big challenge. Proselytism of Muslims is illegal, and

There are no known churches among the semi-nomadic Mahra or Jibbali of Dhofar, the Baluch of the eastern coasts, the rural population or the Swahili speakers.

Prayercast

PRAYER POINTS

Pray for a wide open door to the Gospel that would spread to neighboring closed nations.

Pray for the Gospel to infiltrate Omani culture, reaching the many who are still unreached.

Pray for opportunities and courage for Muslims to become disciples of Jesus Christ.

SUMMARY

Connecting the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman, and the Persian Gulf, the nation of Oman sits in a strategic position. Seas in the north and east and deserts in the west and south, though, have often led to isolation. With an economy heavily dependent on declining oil reserves, Oman has begun to focus increasingly on tourism. The diverse landscape of untouched coastlines, deserts, and mountains has become a unique destination for travelers. Spared of much militant Islamist violence, Oman enjoys significantly more personal freedom and political stability than the surrounding area.

In 1970 Qaboos bin Said Al-said overthrew his father, and he has since ruled as the sultan in this benevolent absolute monarchy. His modernization program and moderate foreign policy have opened Oman’s doors to the outside world and led to overall good relations in the Middle East. Over 25% of the population is expatriate, bringing many foreign influences to bear, but Oman still holds its Arab and Ibadi/Sunni Islamic identity, as it has since the days of Muhammad.

Due to the massive expatriate influence in Oman, people are free to practice varying faiths, and the government has even given land for places of worship. But, it remains illegal to share the Gospel with Muslims. Islam remains the state religion, claiming roughly 89% of the population. The nearly 3% that claim Christianity are predominantly part of the expatriate community.

There remains 77% of the Omani population that have yet to be reached with the Gospel. Numerous media strategies are being pursued through Christian radio, the internet, and mobile phones, and over 2,000 Omanis have the opportunity to hear about Christ each year while studying abroad.

http://prayercast.com/oman.html

What’s it like being a woman in Oman? I get asked this question a lot. Foreigners with very little knowledge of Oman tend to think we live isolated lives like women in Saudi Arabia simply because we’re next door neighbours. They couldn’t be more wrong!

Oman has taken significant measures to ensure women’s rights in most areas. Women in Oman can work, drive, vote, own property and hold office. We also have equal opportunities when it comes to education.

When I was working on my undergraduate degree here in Oman, more than half of the students enrolled at my university were females. For a town as conservative as Salalah, this was quite something.

However, like most women around the world we have our share of struggles. Having two female ministers and a handful of ambassadors doesn’t mean all Omani women are empowered. Many forms of discrimination still exist against women in Oman.

Drive into any village or small town outside the capital and observe how the women live. There is a lot to be done. First and foremost, women in rural areas need to know what their rights are.

The main issue we face in places like Dhofar is society’s attitude towards women. The majorities of men down south disapprove of working women and prefer their women to be at home where no other male can see them. Naturally, the glass ceiling is also a big issue for working women in the public and private sectors.

There are also some aspects of the law that discriminate against women in Oman especially when it comes to marriage, divorce and inheritance. They aren’t major issues but they matter a lot. I will save that argument for my next column.

Today I am focusing on the positive and paying tribute to all the incredible women in Oman who have helped shape this country and who continue to prove themselves on a daily basis. Happy Women’s Day!

Susan Mubarak is a Salalah-based HR professional in the private sector. She is an avid reader and writer, and enjoys photography and travelling

 http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Stories-Files/The-role-of-women#ixzz4hwVkW7NA