In celebration of women …
I’ve been thinking about all of the amazing women who have both inspired and impacted my life in a multitude of ways.
I am so very thankful for women such as Queen Esther, Ruth, Rahab, Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary and Martha —all dynamic women whom are recorded in Scripture as being used mightily by God to accomplish His purposes in bringing us a Savior and spreading the good news of the gospel, even to my generation. I celebrate these women.
I am thankful for both the service and the writings of great women like Mother Teresa, Elizabeth Elliott, Hannah Whithall Smith, and Amy Charmichael (among countless others) whose very lives were powerful testimonies of undivided love and devotion to God. They faithfully spread His gospel to the least of these through their love, their service, and their lives. These women empowered and inspired millions of women like me and gave us a model for living out our faith, even in times like these.
I am eternally grateful for my mother, who fearlessly and relentlessly prayed for her family and cultivated a legacy of faith that has spread far and wide. She has tirelessly taught hundreds of women about the Lord and has walked them to the foot of the cross to begin their journey of faith. She instilled in me a belief that with God, all things are possible. She urged me to pursue Him and His calling on my life. She told me that I could accomplish anything that God had called me to and she encouraged me every step of the way in finding my identity, my passion, and my purpose in Christ for my life.
For my aunt who also taught me much about being an empowered woman, I am thankful. She taught me that true power is displayed not so much in achieving, in acquiring, or in winning, but that the greatest power comes in serving others well. She taught me about an unwavering devotion to the Lord and offering His love and compassion in the humblest of ways as a gift to anyone who crosses our path.
I am thankful as I look at my vast family tree and see the collective women of faith on every side, my aunts, my sister-in-law, and cousins – so many strong, mighty women, living their faith beautifully before us all. I thank you for claiming this generation and the generations to come for God’s kingdom. For all of you who have taught me, walked with me, and who have championed me, you are the women I celebrate today. You are part of the tapestry and fabric of who I am. You have made me wiser and stronger. You have made me better.
This is my call …
for any and all who desire to join me. Whether you are my family, my sisters in Christ, my friends, or my neighbors, we will stand arm in arm, we will walk forward unapologetically with God’s truth on our lips, with love and compassion in our hearts, and with shoes shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
We will make a difference. Not by screaming, fighting, or name-calling. Not by any destruction, distraction, not by violence or any other human measure. With God alone as our Master, we will empower the women in our families and communities to continue the legacy of faith.
As Micah 6:8 so simply states, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Let us as women of faith love well, live well, and lead well.
Are you in?
How is God encouraging you today?