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Anne Dahlhauser Christian Blog and Commentary

shall I go & call you a nurse?

  • Anne Dahlhauser

    Anne blogs at Front Porch, Inspired about surrendering everyday living for sacred purposes. She and her husband, Jay, are founders of a ministry called The Bridge, focusing on missional living and advocacy for youth in vulnerable places of life. She holds an MA in Teaching Languages (TESOL and Spanish) and is a lover of words and the Word, culture and communication. Jay and Anne have five kids, a front door that can’t stay closed, and an abundance of messy, holy chaos at their neighborhood center/home in Iowa – of all places.

  • 2015 Oct 14
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And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him... Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?" And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Go." So the girl went and called the child's mother. Exodus 2:4, 7-8

Brave young legs followed Moses’ mom to the river bank that day. How her heart must have convulsed with sadness to see him settled in the basket among the reeds, as she watched him from a distance.

As with the midwives, Moses' sister became a gatekeeper of his life, a front-line female who fulfilled a great purpose. With courage that mirrored her mother, this young girl approached the princess and simply posed a question that would save the life of her baby brother:

Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?

And what about us? What situation are we watching from a distance, justifying reasons to hold back and remain silent? Maybe today God's prompting us to step out to simply speak some words and pose some questions. Today, let's move when He calls and raise our voices when His Spirit prompts us.

After all, God delights in weaving the small and the seeming insignificant actions into divine plans.


Lord, give us courage today to step out and raise our voices when you prompt us. Help us to not remain hidden on the river banks of our tough situations. Make us brave and give us your wisdom. Please anoint our mouths with your words, so that what is spoken is according to your purpose. Thank you for the promise of your nearness and your provision in every situation we face. In your name, Jesus. Amen.

31 Days of Purpose: Devotions from the early life of Moses

From a boat-basket to a burning bush, Moses’ call to leadership is filled with everyday people and situations, all divinely orchestrated for God's divine purpose. As we study the early years of Moses, we see a consistent theme of God raising up the unlikely and transforming the average with His anointing. That's me, and that's you - common people, yet commissioned for a high calling. Let's step into it this month, together. Click here for the entire series.