It has to be more than just looking the part. It has to be more than doing what we think will make others believe we are a good christian. It has to be more than the outfits we wear to church, the volunteer hours we put in, the missions trips we go on, the ministries we help in or start up. It has to be more than the money we give and more than the fun activities we plan.
As I yearn to draw closer to God, I pray almost everyday for God to change me. I want Him to make me the woman of God I was created to be, the wife I'm suppose to be for my husband and the mother my kids need me to be. Even if it means stripping me down to nothing and rebuilding me. It may hurt. It already does to be honest but I'm tired of fake and ready for real. Are you?
It's all worth it to be where God wants me. The boldness, peace, healing, wisdom, knowledge and joy I will grow in and get during the process is wonderful. The closer relationship with God is the ultimate gift. I'm so excited just thinking about it!
God's love is overwhelming. An unconditional love that no human can give. I want to sit at His feet, listen to all He has to say and praise Him for His glory!
So, I asked myself, what does a Woman of God look like, act like, feel, think, do, etc. What do other christian women think it means to be a "Woman of God"?
I get the obvious. I know I must believe in God. I must believe God sent His only son to die for me. Praying and reading the bible is a must. How can I expect to know God without reading His word. I know I need to live a life where the fruits of the spirit are evident. Galatians 5:22-23. Does my life show love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self control? All the time? Probably not. I fail. However, I'm a work in progress.
I want to go deeper.
I want my faith to be so strong that no matter what bad comes my way that I count it joy for it will bring me closer with God. James 1:2.
It's a daily fight for that close relationship with God. The enemy is right there to distract me and throw destructive thoughts my way. Life is hard. I can not do this in my own strength but I must lean on God for His strength and guidance to see me through.
What does it mean to be a woman of God?
I asked some ladies I admire and I quote them below.
Andrea Moss - The Vintage Sparrow - Creativity with a Cause
"A godly woman doesn't define a woman who has arrived or hit the mark of perfection. But rather, one who knows her need for the Savior's constant companionship. She knows, without Him, she can do nothing, but with Him there's nothing she can't do. She finds confidence in who she is as a daughter of the King, versus relying on her own efforts. She allows her heart to be a spring that flows freely of His love and compassion. She chooses daily to lean in to the still small voice with every choice in every moment of life."
Mary Heller- Christian Military Wives
To me, being a Godly woman means seeing value and beauty in myself, and the people around me, which is based on the fact that we were each hand designed in the image of our Creator. I know that I am created with purpose. I can daily ask for His help to do all that I do as unto Him--not to please people, but to reflect the love and forgiveness that God lavishes upon me. In application, it doesn't matter whether I'm doing hobbies, mundane chores, business, parenting, loving my husband or loving extended family and neighbors while living a single life. Marriage and motherhood and career and education do not define me. Being a Godly woman is abiding with God right where I am in life. Whether I'm enjoying a time of sweet fellowship with God or coming through a season of busy-ness, grief, loneliness, or healing I am abiding in Him when I praise Him with the truth of His Word and trust Him. I can learn and grow, and I can live confidently in the forgiveness, love, gifts of the Spirit, and joy that God gives me for my situation in life--whether my situation in life feels ideal or less ideal."
"Being a woman of God is not an easy feat. It's not "natural" or "normal" in today's society. I believe being a woman of God is putting God first, then family, then ministry/others, and then everything else. Selfishness has not place in a woman of God's life. That doesn't mean we can't do things for ourselves or that we have to throw our own dreams to the side, but we must live our lives out serving those around us. I believe in order to be a woman of God we also have to have a teachable spirit and we have to be humble. Both of these qualities ensure that we will be pliable in God's hands and if we are married, it will allow us to easily slide into the role of submissive and respectful wife and allow our husband to be the priest of the home as he has been called to be.
Cassandra Stone- Raising Up Stones
"I believe being a woman of God includes a radical faith which leads to much prayer and a deep hunger for His word. Calling out to God for her family, going to Him for her strength and security."
"To be called a woman of God would be such a privilege and an honor. To be that we would need to live our days in true faith in Jesus and all that is written in the Bible. Spending our time with Him in prayer and meditation of all these things. Then hopefully we will be a light to the world around us."
Lori Hawkins- One Heart Ladies
For me, being a woman of God means choosing to empty myslef before my holy, magnificent King. I can't be His if I hold on to me. I have found, however, that through letting go, I open the way for Him to fill me, with Himself, with His love and compassion, with His sweet Holy Spirit, who makes me more than I could ever be on my own."
When asked what it means to be a woman of God, the first word that comes to mind is faithful. I am also reminded of a scripture passage from Jeremiah 17:8, "For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding
fruit." Our various and often times taxing, daily duties make it difficult to find quality time to seek God and enter into His presence. When we strive to seek God before all, in spite of all and above all, it is then God responds to our faithfulness. Women of God are not perfect, but are committed to serve and heartily follow after Jesus.
What does it mean to be a woman of God to you? Please post yours in the comments below! I'd love to read them.
Thank you for being here with me as I learn and grow.