I was thinking the other day about all the things that a woman does … all the hats that she wears … and all the things that are expected from an ordinary woman.
Mountains of dirty, stinky laundry to conquer and sinks perpetually filled to overflowing with dirty dishes …
Peeling potatoes by the dozens and making dinner night after night after night …
Wiping dirty little faces and poopy little bottoms …
Cutting endless coupons and attempting to stay on a budget that has no wiggle-room …
Calling the repairman about the dryer once again and filling the car up with gas in in all sorts of inconvenient weather …
Planning birthday parties … teaching Sunday school … caring for aging parents …
Writing Christmas cards … making Easter baskets … planning Fourth of July picnics …
Getting the kids ready to go back to school …
Planning family vacations and writing thank you notes …
Making beds and vacuuming floors and washing windows …
Meeting with teachers and being at the office by 8 a.m. …
Going to the gym and staying on a diet …
Cleaning bathrooms … the absolute worst …
Falling into bed at the end of a long day and trying hard to love the life you have been given …
Are you tired yet?!
Perhaps much of what you do isn’t even on my list! You could probably add 20 … or 30 … or 40 more jobs to that already overwhelming list!
Perhaps the demanding and detailed “To Do” list of life has kept women so horrifically busy that we have forgotten who we are.
Who AM I?! Why was I created?!
Women are afflicted with self-induced amnesia when it comes to remembering who God created us to be.
God created you, my friend, with divine purpose and with miraculous destiny in His brilliant and eternal mind.
Yes … it’s true … you must get most of the things done on your “To Do” list on any given day … but don’t allow the mere tasks of life to mask the genuine and lasting purpose of your very existence.
The mundane should never overpower your grand life of God-ordained destiny!
Instead … you should overpower your mundane with heaven’s perspective on the matter!
How’s THAT for a word of encouragement?!
“The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman.”
― Elisabeth Elliot
You are made in the image of God and your job description has been carefully crafted in the heart of the God of eternity.
Your being and purpose have been strategically designed in the workshop of heaven… not in the rut of daily living.
You are made for more than an unending list of appointments … dust bunnies … and an underactive thyroid!
Coupons … laundry detergent … and taking out the trash don’t begin to define the life that you were called to live!
“When we acknowledge God’s supreme role in our life and set our mind on Him, He enables us to be women of hope. ~ Elizabeth George
It’s time for you to encourage yourself in the Lord and then realize why you are alive at this very moment according to heaven’s eternal and powerful strategy!
You are created to be a warrior who makes hell shake and heaven roar!
You are here to take down the gates of hell and to send the dastardly enemy of the people of God into a sheer tailspin and back to where he belongs!
You are created to be a woman of authority and power.
Your life is meant to be a demonstration of victory and triumph in every battle situation!
You are engineered to be strengthened with joy and to live in the stronghold of hope!
You are created to be a spokesman for all that is good and right and pure!
The words of your mouth are meant to be a wellspring of life and joy for everyone that you meet.
As you speak today, remember your words will splash life and hope into the lives of anyone who comes in contact with you!
You are created to be a peacemaker among nations, between peoples and in the family home.
Your life is an olive branch that carries the sweetness of the miraculous peace that passes understanding! You have this particular peace because you have learned the delight of trusting Him in all types of life situations.
“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace because she trusts in You.” –
You are designed to create beauty everywhere you go!
Your life is a masterpiece of vibrant colors, of fragrant prayers and of brilliant facets.
God created you to leave a path of unmatched beauty and breathtaking loveliness in your wake.
You are a woman whose prayer life will leave ripples in the ocean of history.
The prayers you will pray today hold the innate power to strategically and masterfully change the course of the future of all those that you love.
You are a woman who was created to dream in tandem with the Creator of the universe!
He has left a deposit of His creative and dynamic nature within your soul.
He created you to be the architect of the greatest and most astounding plans for this generation!
While you are not enough in your own strength … you become enough when you partner with the God who is more than enough!
He adds the “more” to your “enough” and you become a woman to be reckoned with!
You are! Yes, indeed, you are!
“When a woman is absorbed with God’s glory, she will interpret her life according to His Truth”
― Susan Hunt
Thanks for listening to my heart this week. As you know by now, my heart is truly not a perfect heart, but it is a heart that is filled to overflowing with gratitude for the life I have been given and for the people who walk with me. And, it continues to be a heart that is relentlessly chasing after God and all that He is!
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