How do we as Christian women live out Biblical womanhood in the 21st century? With messages coming at us in every direction it’s easy to be confused. The world tells us to go to college, start working on a life-long career and makes lots of money. Marriage is taken lightly and is often not included in a woman-of-the-world’s life plan at all.
When we think of the typical qualities found in the Proverbs 31 woman (whether it be homemaking, modesty, raising children, etc.) our minds usually fly back to our great grandmothers’ era and stay there. We imagine ladies in a skirt, with an apron tied around her waist, balancing a toddler on her hip, and stirring something in a pot for supper. All while another baby is crying in a cradle nearby and the dog is barking at the mailman.
Yikes! Sounds hectic!
But, sister, you must understand something. Being a woman of God is crazy, risky, and hectic at times. Maybe not in this specific way for some of us, but, by surrendering our lives (hint, hint…. buy “30 Days of Surrender” by clicking this link!), our whole existence can be flipped inside out and upside down.
Submitting to God and embracing who He has made us to be is not a one-way ticket to the kitchen where we’ll spend the rest our days. Submitting to God and embracing who He has made us to be may mean He’ll lead us to found a ministry and help girls in their walks with God. It may mean we spend our lives in Africa doing God’s work with His people there. And it may mean we spend our lives serving our family and raising children to grow and to honor God. (Stay around for a future post where we will discuss the unnecessary distaste towards the idea of being a homemaker and a stay-at-home mom versus having a college career!) Following the Lord and giving up our lives for Him may mean we have a CRAZY BUSY life with TONS of unexpected opportunities to glorify Him!!
So, how can we get started serving the Lord? Here are 3 easy steps. ;D
Step 1: Surrender your life to Him. Surrender your whole life. All of it. Don’t hold back anything at all… just give it all to Him so that He can mold and shape you into what He wants you to become. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Step2: Pray. Pray for guidence on what to do with your life. Spend some of your prayer time during devotions (or whenever!) to ask God what He wants you to do for Him. Psalm 25:4-5 say, “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”
Step 3: Take action!! If you have free time that needs to be used wisely, talk to God about what you can do. Maybe start a blog, vlog (video blog), plan a weekly Bible study with some other young ladies in your church, make a habit of visiting elderly people in nursing homes, and so many more options. The options are literally endless. You could get some girls together from church and chat while you create fun cards with Bible verses on them to send out to neighbors, pass out to strangers, give out to your church family, or anyone! Anything! If you are crazy busy already with school, work, family, etc. then use what God has put in your life. On your way to and from classes or after you finish a conversation, smile at people and say “God bless you” (and I don’t mean for a sneeze!). Be outgoing and happy with the folks you are around. They will see the light of Jesus and you could make some new friends! Another idea if you’re super busy, is asking people how you can pray for them. They will be pleasantly surprised by your thoughtful gesture, they may ask you about prayer (witnessing opportunity!), and you can get to know them better. Win, win, win! 1 John 3:18 tells us, “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”
Embracing our God-given femininity in the 21st century doesn’t mean you have limited options. It means you have endless options. The world out there is full and wide, but it’s also dark. It’s waiting for you to come and be a light.
God bless you all! ❤