The deepest root of a Christian woman is hope in God, and it yields this strong tree of fearlessness in the face of suffering.
Do you remember my favorite verse in the Proverbs 31 woman chapter? Proverbs 31:25: Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.
I love that verse. “Everything that’s coming at me, I’m laughing at you.” That’s a woman. She doesn’t cringe. She doesn’t run. She’s not naïve about what’s coming. She knows what’s coming and she laughs because holy women of old hoped in a sovereign God who promises to help women whenever she needs him.
A woman in Christ knows her Bible, knows her theology of a sovereign God who makes promises, knows his promises to be with her, no matter what. She draws strength down from this and a certain kind of tree grows up from this massive deep root of hope in God.
This hope in God yields fearlessness.
— John Piper, in a sermon on April 15, 2007
I think of the legacy of women before me, my sister, the woman I call my best friend, the sisterhood of friends in my life, and I thank God for His grace that strengthens, challenges, and inspires us.
Sitting around a living room with friends I have come to love, talking about God and the Bible, is one of my favorite things about church. The other week it was Matthew 6, next week it’s discipleship, and the next we begin looking at James.
The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. Matthew 6:21 The Message
Treasure: something of great worth or value, a collection of precious things.
Lately I have been prompted to consider the choices I make. Choices that result in my personal collection of precious things. Does my collection please my Heavenly Father? Does the treasure I keep excite Him? I really want it too.
I think freedom is embracing how He wired me to be, and choosing accordingly, with no fear of how others perceive me or the perfectionistic pressure culture might try to place on me.
It’s amazing how distorted my thinking can be sometimes… in the name of self-discipline, of course.
Body image and the number on the scale is an example of that distorted thinking.
This one was a tough one for me to admit here, honesty time, but I hope and pray it inspires and encourages others toward Jesus.
In the name of good stewardship of my ‘temple,’ being disciplined, and a competent and capable athlete, body image became an ultimate thing for me.
I’ve written about this so many times, and have come a long way thanks to Almighty God, but this time, everything in me has shifted.
Looking back, I see clearly.
We need not be suspicious of what we feel in mountaintop experiences — but those feelings will fade. Instead, we must deepen our sense of wonder for the ordinary but uncommon gifts of God in all of life — especially the mundane. Ryan Griffith
I have a tendency to idolize excitement.
I love having good things to look forward too, whether it be lunch with a friend or a football game with family or a date night. Sure, that’s probably normal, but prioritizing only big, momentous, exciting things leaves out a lot of life.
Because let’s face it, the week is composed of a whole lot of ordinary.
And Satan is trying to beat me down with the lie that daily faithfulness, the teeny tiny choices I make, aren’t important.
The Narnia movies are among my all-time favorite movies, C.S. Lewis’ characters and their stories on the screen.
I am a visual person, a creative, and the colors, expressions, and imagination of these stories brought to life inspire me.
There are many conversations had with Aslan, the Great Lion, that encourage and challenge us. There is one in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader where Aslan talks to Lucy about her identity. His words about her value have always struck a deep place in my soul.
I recently watched Prince Caspian, and a moment shared between Lucy and Aslan moved me to tears, something shifting in my heart.