Strength is defined as the power to resist force or attack…one regarded as embodying force or firmness. The list goes on. When we think of strength, we often think of the physical quality bestowed in our bodies. We sometimes attribute strength to masculinity. Yet, we know that it is more than that. A woman’s strength is quiet and seldom seen. It is detailed in our daily interactions and encounters with adversity.
THE TALENTED WOMAN:
Believing their gifts are overlooked, some women compare themselves to men, and work to prove they are equal. I believe we have gifts that make us exceptional at whatever we put our minds to do. But they were not given to prove that we are just as good as or better than a man. They are for the purpose of bringing Him glory. Anna, Esther, Priscilla, Rahab, and Tabitha bought Him glory with their talents.
A strong woman has no need to be loud and boisterous to prove herself. She respects the views of others and trusts God to fight her battles. In times of adversity, a strong woman does not bend to disappointment and sorrow. She understands that her joy comes from the Lord and not this world. She allows adversities to shape her so that she comes through better than before. Her reward will be given to her by God.
THE PRAYING WOMAN:
One of the greatest strengths a woman can offer is prayer. Single, married, divorced, and widowed women can turn the tides in their favor if they would simply take it before the Father. Challenges will arise in this life. There are things that are just beyond our control, and even the most well-thought-out plan won’t prevent every obstacle.
When I pray over matters and release it to God in faith, He turns it around in my favor. I have prayed and things have not come out the way I had hoped. But when I pray in faith and release it, He always comes through. It may be different than I expected, but He answers faithfully.
Your strength is in your prayer. Remove all doubts, fears, and worries. You already know where the spirit of fear comes from, so don’t succumb to it. Pray to God and give thanks, and He will give you peace. (Philippians 4:6). He wants to hear your prayers. He enjoys that quiet time alone with you, free from distractions and the busyness of life. Sit for a while to hear what He has to say.
THE MARRIED WOMAN:
We are called to work with men and not against them; especially married women. Genesis 2:18 states, “…I will make him a help meet for him.” We are to assist men, coming alongside them and giving them support. We are the “completers” of men. Simply said, men need women. If that were not true, God would not have created us for that purpose. “Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man” (1 Corinthians 11:9).
We are expected to render strength unto our husbands. We can accomplish this in how we communicate with them, continuously lifting them up. There is nothing wrong with bowing out of trying to prove your point and listening to his perspective. Humility, grace, and quietness exemplify the strength of a woman, and they enable us to avoid quarrels.
But what happens when you believe he’s wrong and your opinion is right? Trust me, I’ve been down this road too many times to count. Unfortunately, I often learned I was the one that was wrong and not him. It could have saved much heartache and mistakes if I did not allow my pride to get in the way. I had something to prove as a “21st century woman.” Thirteen married years and twenty total years later…I wish I understood then what I understand now.
There are times when we are right. However, if he does not initially receive that understanding, pray and trust the Holy Spirit to lead the way. He will convict your husband’s heart if he’s wrong. Alternatively, if you are wrong, He will reveal that, too.
If your husband does not have a personal relationship with the Lord…pray. Arguing, belittling him, or pointing out his flaws will not win him over. Subject yourself to your husband, and if he is not in Christ, he will be won over by your actions (1 Peter 3:1). At all times, remember your role as an assistant. This may include assisting him into a relationship with Christ. You cannot do this by your arguments, rather by your actions.
Strong women have no points to prove. They allow God to fight their battles and trust His commands. Using their gifts, they build up those around them, and they know who they are.
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