In the fashion industry, there are trends that fade and classics that remain throughout generations. The Bible discusses an inner beauty that never fades or diminishes in value. This unfading beauty is developed by living the life God designed you to live.
Motherhood is classic–it remains throughout every generation. It represents the part of woman that nurtures, bears fruit and cultivates. As women, we can display those attributes in any relationship. Whether you are single, married, have a large or small family, have children or not, the role of motherhood applies to each of us.
So, what does the essence of motherhood look like? What are the classic attributes of a good woman?
She prioritizes. Proverbs 24:27 (AMP) reads, “Put first things first.” In prioritizing well, God must be first in everything. He will show you how to establish a strong inner life that precedes a powerful public life.
She’s confident. A good woman is not a people pleaser. She loves unconditionally, but she doesn’t shrink in fear of being misunderstood. Jesus was the most famous, widely celebrated and rejected person all at the same time. Focus on God’s direction and tailor-made plan for your life. Don’t be distracted by misperceptions of who others think you should be. Be a Designer’s original.
She’s trustworthy. She is clothed in integrity and honor–those are her most valued name brands. She’s not flawless, but she has a pure heart and is committed to honoring her word and valuing what is sacred.
She’s a visionary. Proverbs 31:25 (AMP) says, “She rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]!” She has vision for her life and the influence granted to her. If you don’t have a vision from God regarding the influence He’s given you, you’ll abuse that influence.
She’s courageous. Walking by faith and not by sight requires courage and resilience. Obstacles become her greatest stepping stones.
She’s wise. Her life is guided by wisdom, not emotions. Proverbs 4:7(KJV) says, “Wisdom is the principle thing.” If you find yourself constantly drained and overwhelmed, make sure you’re not being guided by emotions. God’s wisdom is always fitting for you.
She’s nurturing. The fabric of her character is accessorized by generosity, creating a sense of family and unity. She deposits life-bearing words and deeds in the lives of others.
She’s consistent. A life led by peace breeds consistency in everything you do. God always sees the bigger picture. Colossians 3:15 (AMP) reads, “And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds].” Your legacy is defined by what you do or have done consistently. Create the life changing legacy God fashioned for you!
Qiana Cressman is a contributing writer for the “Heart of a Woman” weekly blog. She is a lover of life, people and writing. Qiana serves as a passionate spokesperson and community relations manager for an international humanitarian organization. Happily married, she resides in Pennsylvania with her loving husband, Terry, and their adorable puppy. Connect with Qiana on Twitter (@QCressman).
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