I have been working on what my definition of a modern, Jesus-lovin’ woman was for a long time. I have spent over a decade deliberately pursuing a deep, meaningful relationship with God. It isn’t uncommon for my prayer to be, “Lord, this is what I’ve always thought. Help me to see what Your Truth on this matter is.” He has shocked me many times, showing me that things I thought should be important weren’t, and some things that I thought weren’t a big deal, really were. Here is my take on who a modern, Jesus-lovin’ woman really is.
A modern, Jesus-lovin’ woman is faithful. To be honest, in my flesh, I am weak, whiney, wimpy, and I wail A LOT. But, because of Jesus, a modern, Jesus-lovin’ woman is strong. An Overcomer. A Conqueror.
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 (NIV)
A modern, Jesus-lovin’ woman is trustworthy. She says what she means and means what she says. Do not ask her to compromise what she believes in. Because she won’t.
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:11-12 (NIV)
A modern, Jesus-lovin’ woman is hardworking. She keeps on keepin’ on until there’s no more keepin’ on to be done.
From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things,
and the work of their hands brings them reward. Proverbs 12:14 (NIV)
She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. Proverbs 31:15 (NIV)
A modern, Jesus-lovin’ woman is creative. It doesn’t matter that her budget is tight. She will figure out how to make it stretch and still have a little extra left over for chocolate.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. Proverbs 13:4 (NIV)
A modern, Jesus-lovin’ woman is compassionate. Several years ago I taught a bible study to a small group of recovering drug addicts. Often, well-meaning friends would ask of the ladies, “Do you think the change in her is real? Do you think she really knows Jesus? Or is she playing on our sympathies?” Although I understood my friends’ concern, I realized that there was no way to know. What I did know is that these were human beings who craved love and acceptance in the same way that we did and it was within our power to meet those needs for a season.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV)
A modern, Jesus-lovin’ woman isn’t afraid to sacrifice. One of the women in this same bible study ended up living with my family for several months. I had just finished redoing my bedroom. My husband and I decided to stay in our temporary bedroom in the office and gave our larger bedroom to the woman and her 2-year-old son. I never told her that she was sleeping in my bedroom, recently repainted with my favorite color, and walking on that new flooring I had coveted for months before I was finally able to have it put in. What I did tell her with my actions was that she was loved, accepted, and forgiven. I prayed that she internalized that no matter what secrets her past held, she had a future in Christ.
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31 (NIV)
A modern, Jesus-lovin’ woman is fearful. She fears the Lord.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30 (NIV)
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27 (NIV)
A modern, Jesus-lovin’ woman is beautiful. It doesn’t matter what the color of her skin in, whether she is pleasantly plump or willowy thin, whether she wears new clothes or buys them at the thrift store, whether she owns the newest car or drives an old Ford truck. Her beauty emanates from the inside.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
A modern, Jesus-lovin’ woman is courageous. She isn’t afraid to let her mess be His message. Her scars may tell you the story of where she has been, but her heart tells you all the places she is going to go.
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7 (NIV)
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11 (NIV)
That modern, Jesus-lovin’ woman is YOU.
YOU are faithful, trustworthy, hardworking, creative, compassionate, beautiful, and courageous. YOU aren’t afraid to sacrifice and YOU love the Lord.
You might be feeling that you are missing some of these traits, or that they aren’t naturally who you are. Let me assure you, you do have them. The moment you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, all of these traits and more began growing inside of you. As you pursue a relationship with him, you will flourish and grow and be stretched in directions you didn’t even know you could be stretched in! This journey loving God and living here on this earth isn’t easy, but it is rewarding. I’m excited to be walking this journey with you.
Monday, I’ll post Part II of my anxiety and panic story. If you missed it, you can read Part 1 here. See you Monday!