Trying to be a Godly woman in a modern world often feels like running my hand across a barbed wire fence, lots of sharp places waiting to trip me up. So how do we stand firm in our faith?
The world’s ideas of modern femininity surround us. Entertainment, politics, and even education proclaim what it means to be a woman. Trying to avoid the current cultural definition of femininity would be like trying to take a bath without getting wet.
I know I won’t navigate it perfectly, but I want to be a woman after God’s heart most of all.
So how do we combat the onslaught?
Be in the Word Daily.
Imagine a hard, dry sponge dropped into dirty water. The sponge will immediately soak up the filthy water surrounding it.
Now, immerse a dry sponge in clean water until it’s saturated. When the full sponge sits in the dirty water, the filth rests surface deep. It is so filled with pure water, it can’t hold anything else.
We need to be so full of God’s purity that the world has no hold over us.How to be a Godly Woman in a Modern World - Be so full of purity that the world has no hold. Click To Tweet
When we read God’s word, we become saturated with His purity. We become full of His definitions for who we are, His standards, His love and grace.
But the longer that clean sponge sits in the greasy sink, the dirtier it gets. Just as the longer we are in the world, the more we absorb its answers for who we are supposed to be. We need to be continually refilling ourselves from the Bible.
Proverbs 1:7 tell us the beginning of knowledge is a fear of the Lord. We recognize God’s righteousness through staying in His word.
God is perfectly holy in a way that I will never achieve, but by reading my Bible everyday, I see the joy of the journey is in those moments I willfully choose His righteousness over the world.
A Godly woman uses God’s standards for beauty.
I was teased mercilessly in elementary school. “Horse face” “Ugly” “Fish Face” were names I heard more often than my own. That broken sense of identity led me to seek physical beauty and polished perfection above all else for most of my life.
What I couldn’t see was how beautiful I already was in all the ways that really mattered. I was kind, creative, funny with a heart for others and a love for Christ.
1 Peter 3:4 ESV “But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”
When I consider the emotional energy I’ve wasted pursuing an idealized airbrushed version of beauty, I feel a bit broken. I’ve beaten myself up so needlessly over the numbers on a scale or a smile that isn’t tissue test white.
Wonderfully, God promises us the imperishable beauty of a quiet and gentle spirit precious in His sight.A Godly woman chooses the imperishable beauty of a quiet, gentle spirit precious in His sight. Click To Tweet
While I won’t claim to have conquered it, God has me on a journey right now of learning my true beauty is in the gentleness of my spirit, not my physical body. When I am gentle and loving, I am more beautiful no matter my waist size or hair style, even without make-up.
We choose Godly role models and friends.
It’s human nature to imitate what we see. Watch two people having a conversation, they’ll imitate posture, facial expressions, and tone. It’s called mirroring, and we do it subconsciously.
If we’re going to imitate the people in our lives, choosing good ones is really important. So much so, that God put directions for mentorship in the Bible.
Titus 2:3-4 ESV Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children.
We need to look for reverent women. We cannot expect perfection, but women truly pursuing holiness bear fruit in their lives.
I look to my mentor for guidance. She handles challenges with patience and grace. I see how God blesses and works in her family and her marriage. I imagine her voice when facing difficult moments. Her influence has made me a better wife, mother, woman. I have drawn closer to God under her guidance.
Being surrounded by women that are pursuing holiness affirms our faith and encourages us in fellowship. We need to share this journey.
Standing alone against the tide of sin is hard. We need the strength and examples of Godly women to be able to face life’s challenges.
Being saturated in the Word, defining ourselves by God’s standards, and surrounding ourselves with Godly women are three ways to stand strong in our faith despite a culture that often runs opposite to whom God has called us to be.
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