Strong Woman of God

 

provWhat does it mean to be a strong woman of God?  Does God expect us to be a biblical scholar, a Sunday school teacher, or sing in the church choir? I think too many women regardless of age or life experiences simply discount themselves. The reality is we do NOT have to be any of these things to be a mighty and strong woman of God.  Philippians 2:3-5 says, do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. – I would argue this verse captures the essence of a mother.

Motherhood is one of the most important roles we  have.  Isaiah 66:13 tells us God will comfort us as our mothers did.  Isn’t that incredible that God would compare himself to a mother?  Just showing an attitude of Jesus Christ to our children and our spouse is one of the most important examples of a strong woman of God.

As I speak with women who are a few decades wiser.  I am amazed at how much they are so very unaware of their strength and do not see themselves as strong.  But I disagree wholeheartedly. These women have faced major crises in their lives – Lost babies, broken relationships, devastating health diagnoses. With these circumstances, they all quietly got back up and went on with life.  Trying to smile all the while their world was crumbling.  This is strength, showing the world they had faith that things would eventually work out.  It is so much easier to give up or hide, but they chose to trust.

Strong women of God are not always the teachers standing in the front of the room getting the attention.  Mostly, they are in the back serving others, cleaning up and doing the tasks others don’t want to do with a big smile on their face. Their service to others shines the light of Jesus Christ in all they do even if it’s emptying the trash.

The Bible has many examples of women who served quietly.  In Paul’s letter to Timothy he referenced Timothy’s grandmother Lois and mother Eunice who prayed for Timothy and instilled his faith (2 Timothy 1:5).  Mary, the mother of Jesus was God’s most humble and important servant. Ruth a widow, was faithful to her mother in law who lost everything.  She was also a humble servant of Boaz and then became his wife. These examples show us strong women who obeyed God and He did the rest.

As you can see, we just need to have an open and obedient heart.  God will use us individually for His perfect will. When we stop striving on our own to be strong women of God and trust in Him with all of our heart and not lean on our own understanding and submit to Him, He will make our paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray each strong woman of God reading this post is blessed by these words.  Help them understand they are worthy and mighty strong.  Father, please show them through your Holy Spirit your path for their lives.  Give them the confidence in themselves to step out and show the light of Jesus.  We thank you for your many blessings and equipping each one of us with your gifts to live out the abundant life you gave us.

In Jesus name,

Amen

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