Regardless of your belief system, the reality is if you’re alive, you’re going to be tested! Unfortunately for most, we despise tests. However, as we learned in school, the only way to discover what we know is to be tested. Too often we cram for tests so we simply pass through them instead of genuinely embracing them realizing they’re designed to not only reveal what we know but who we are.
I’ve often heard these times of testing referred to as the “wilderness,” a metaphor for a time of transition, discovery and growth. It’s also a time of complete dependence upon God, as we seek clarity and direction from God to experience genuine transformation.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Proverbs 31:29 (KJV)
Oftentimes, the phrase “virtuous woman” or “Proverbs 31 woman” is used to define the ideal woman and her limitless capabilities. To some, the idea is inspiring; to others, it is intimidating. How can today’s woman be effective in multiple roles, such as wife, mother, businesswoman and servant of her community, plus everything else life demands?
We need to understand a simple fact: God is more interested in quality than quantity.
God gave us the pattern of the Proverbs 31 woman with a purpose in mind. He displayed her life to give us an anchor of promise and vision regarding the talents He’s deposited inside each of us, and how we are to employ those abilities according to His specific plan for our lives. We possess diverse gifts that He wants unwrapped and shared in our daily lives, no matter what our ethnicity, age, economic status or level of education. Proverbs 31 is a call to action to be excellent or very good at whatever God has uniquely created you to be and do. read more
Welcome to the debut of “Heart of a Woman,” our weekly blog designed to inspire and challenge us to discover and live in the fullness of OUR purpose, OUR power and OUR position as WOMAN! Much like A Woman’s Business, this blog serves to counter the negative images of women that not only shape how the world sees us, but how we see ourselves—and equally as important, how we see and relate to one another. This can’t begin until we recognize we’re in a state of crisis and we accept responsibility for our role in leading us here AND make a commitment to lead us out.