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.
Let’s worship God for His power, His character, for His thoughts higher than our thoughts, for the reality that we are never fully satisfied with knowledge of Him. He is our greatest, never-ending adventure. I pray this for you too.
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.
Lately my spiritual growth has been marked by the words, “taste and see.” Meditation, prayer, quiet are examples of practicalities.
I’m a creative individual, a visual person, you might say. In this fresh season of learning and change, the taste part has been easier than the see part.
So what did I do? I asked God to help me see. I was even super specific, Lord, give my heart’s eye an image.
I don’t need to literally and physically see Him with my eyes, that won’t happen in this life, we live by faith not by sight, but maybe to taste and see Him is to dwell on the beautiful, marvelous person of God.
I didn’t “get” anything supernatural, but the next day I was prompted to read through Psalms to see how God is personified with human characteristics, or even specific details of His being.
So I read, flipping page after page, jotting down verses here and there. I’d like to share some of them with you, in case your heart ever longs to see God, and struggles a little like I did.
- He is a shield around me. Psalm 3:3
- He lifts my head, like a Father would a child. Psalm 3:3
- He holds my hand. Psalm 73:23
- His dwelling place is lovely. Psalm 84:1
- He is robed in majesty and strength. Psalm 93:1
- He is my safe place. Psalm 4:8
- His voice is powerful, full of majesty. Psalm 29:4
- His face shines. Psalm 67:12
- He is a hiding place. Psalm 32:7
- He shouts deliverance over me. Psalm 32:7
- He looks down and sees me. Psalm 33:13, 18
- In His light, do I see light. Psalm 36:9
- His hands support me. Psalm 18:35
- The heavens declare His glory; the sky proclaims His handiwork. Psalm 19:1
- He is my friend. Psalm 25:14
- He is beautiful. Psalm 27:4
- He is my helper, the upholder of my life. Psalm 54:4
- He is a Rock. Psalm 62:2, 6
- His right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:8
- His house is good, His temple is holy. Psalm 65:4
- He listens to my prayers. Psalm 66:19
- He hides me in the shadow of His wings. Psalm 17:8
- He lightens my darkness. Psalm 18:28
- His way is perfect. Psalm 18:30
- He is glorious. Psalm 29:1-4
- The heavens are the work of His fingers. Psalm 8:3
- He sits enthroned forever. Psalm 9:7
- He is king. Psalm 10:16
- His words are pure. Psalm 12:6
- He covers himself with light as with a garment. Psalm 104:2
I bolded some of my favorites.
Are you experiencing anything new or fresh about God lately? I would love to hear about it.
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This is a new one for me, but it was a suggestion by a trusted friend so I’m giving it a shot. It’s interesting, and pretty inspiring!
I discovered this yesterday, but the music is upbeat and the lyrics uplifting. It’s a nice work mix.
Here, people write or email in with questions, and Pastor John Piper answers them. Audio clips are 8-15 minutes long, and quite insightful.
Today I am especially overwhelmed with this thought: no matter what comes, whatever joy or circumstance or disappointment, Jesus remains. It’s simple and seemingly basic, but for me, today it is day-changing.
This morning I was up and doing a few tasks, feeling worry and doubt creep in, and then suddenly – peace. I am His, He is mine.
I have only felt that tangible of a peace river a handful of times. Undeniable, compelling, wonderful.
How beautiful and gracious our God is. No matter what comes, no matter what I feel, God remains. His care and love for me transcend all natural feelings.
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Psalm 91:14-16
The King James Version of the Bible says, “because he hath set his love upon me.”
These promises are real. We set our love on Him, he will deliver us. He protects us (from sin, from the enemy, from even ourselves) because we know His name. He answers when we call, when we reach out and talk, He is with us in times of trouble. He rescues us and honors us in Himself. He satisfies us with his salvation and freedom.
Thank you, Jesus.