Godly Women Aren't Perfect
God promises direction. Can I get a hallelujah? It seems I need direction 3 to 4 times each day. I want to dive right in today with the below quotation from Annie J. Flint.
He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
- Annie J. Flint (Battled Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cancer and Blindness)
When we are weak, He is strong. When we lack direction, He guides our steps. It’s true. Do you believe He can use all things for your good?
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
- Should I take this job?
- What if I end up dating and marrying him and he’s not who I’m meant to be with?
- If I choose this path, will I regret it because there’s something out there that’s better?
- How can I be the best mother and example to my family?
- God, what is my calling? What did you put me here to do?
It appears conversations and insecurities about our “calling” and “purpose” are growing with the rise of our generation. More women are taking a stand for causes they believe in. More women are becoming entrepreneurs. Acceptance in female leadership roles are rising. With all of this, the pressure to fulfill our purpose seems at an all-time high.
From STAY week five, Jantzen teaches us about Psalm 16. “We see that he’s (King David) in the middle of a hard season but he still finds his direction from the Lord and trusts that he’s being led for a reason.”
"The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance… You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” - Psalm 16: 5-6, 11
Jantzen continues with, “David praises the Lord for working everything out for him. He acknowledges that God is the one who assigns us our portion, and he finds contentment and security in his situation. Then, in verse 11, he acknowledges that God has shown him the path of life, and filled him with joy and pleasure in the Lord’s presence. How can David find security, contentment, direction, and joy in the midst of hard life circumstances? It all boils down to being in God’s presence.”
We become so consumed with the “what ifs” and risk of failure that we forget our God is waiting on us. He is waiting for us to run to Him, to confide in Him, to surrender to Him. When we become consumed with our fears of making the wrong move, we find ourselves not moving at all. Remember this: Godly women aren’t perfect. Godly women walk alongside Him in every decision they make knowing at some point they may stumble and their flesh will fail but He is by our side forever. Think about one area of your life that you’re seeking direction in the light of heaven being our final destination. See how this perspective shift changes your confidence and courage knowing you’re not alone.
Lord, help me to trust in you with all my heart and not lean on my own understanding, because when I do, you make my path straight. Keep me in your presence, God, because only there can I hear your voice and know your direction. Fill me with the courage to leap when you call me to leap, and the patience to stay when you want me to wait. Amen.
- Brittany Goff