Tonight I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of women and young girls at Twelve Corners church in Noble, Oklahoma. My distant family members have attended church there for years and my cousin, Eva, asked me to share a devotion with their women’s prayer group about what it means to be a godly woman.
I felt very honored that she had chosen me to share my heart with these amazing and beautiful women. Being called a godly woman by her was one of the best compliments I have ever received. Knowing that people have watched me grow spiritually and can see Christ through me blesses my heart. I desire nothing more than to have my life reflect him.
I shared with the ladies pieces of my life and things that I have learned about what it means to serve God with my whole heart. First I shared with them that as a godly woman I am constantly pursuing God. God loves us so very much and he longs to have a relationship with us. He wants to share every part of our life with Him.
Colossians 2:6-7 says, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Our walk with God doesn’t stop when we accept Christ, but it is just beginning. We continue to live in Him, build ourselves up in Him, and be strengthened by Him.
Secondly, as godly women we don’t live like the rest of the world.
Romans 12:1-2 – And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
We think, look, and act differently than the rest of the world. We should fill our hearts and minds with positive things that draw us closer to the Lord and rid our lives of the things that pull us away. The way we look physically will be a reflection of Christ as we strive to be modest. Also, the way we act and our love for others will reveal to those around us the Father is living within us.
Lastly, we trust in Him and the plans He has for us even when we don’t understand.
Ephesians 3:20 – God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
We will have to make sacrifices when following Christ’s will. It can be very difficult at times but it is well worth it. We have to let go of our plans, our dreams, and our desires and trust God to lead us on the path He has chosen for us – which is the VERY BEST!
Isaiah 55:8-9 – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
He wants to use us, our talents, and our abilities to bring glory to His name and draw others closer to him, whether that is through full time ministry or full time parenting, or working in an officer or in the grocery store.
The story of Esther is a perfect example of what it means to be a godly woman. Esther was the queen of Persia, yet she was hiding her true identity as a Jew. The second in command, Haman, wrote a decree to kill all the Jews in Persia (think Hitler/Rush Limbaugh). Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, tried to persuade her to stand up for her people, yet to do so she would have to risk her very life. She could not approach the king to ask for help without being summoned or the law said she would be killed.
Mordecai says in Esther 4:14, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”
God had put Esther in that position at that specific time to change the world, but she had to choose to do so. Esther chose to risk her life, she went to the king and her people were saved.
Just like Esther we were put where we are at this time for a purpose and God wants to use us and our abilities to change the world. Also just like Esther sometimes we have to risk relationships, our plans, or our very lives. Will we remain silent or will we surrender to the King of the World and let Him use us to save lives?
“A woman is not born a woman, nor does she become one when she marries a man, bears a child and does the dirty linen, not even when she joins a woman’s liberation movement. A woman becomes a woman when she becomes what God wants her to be.” Lady in Waiting.