It’s showtime ladies! Queens-If you know how to finesse a place with style & grace…-LMBO!! Ok, ok, let me calm down. #turndownforwhat Ha! In honor of International Women’s Day yesterday, I wanted to highlight a few of my “sheroes” from the Bible who have lent us great wisdom! Plus…..I have some EXTRA surprise cameos near the end of this post! Grab a snack!
Name: Mary, mother of Jesus
Wisdom: Do it afraid!
Context: In Luke 1:38, Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.” Did y’all know Mary was a YOUNG, VIRGIN, who was UNWED when an angel appeared to her and said she would birth the Savior of the world?? Talk about sis could have been afraid!! Tuh! That’s right. Mary g’d up (lol) and told the angel do what you need to do through me. Not my agenda, but God’s will!
Wisdom: Never underestimate your presence.
Context: Did you know Esther was an orphan? I imagine she had all sorts of thoughts about being rejected. Yet, God intervened in her story and led her to marry a king. She became the queen of Persia! Our Heavenly Father CHOSE her to bring deliverance to the Jews! Just like Esther, “Who knows whether you have not come into the kingdom for such a time as this.” Esther 4:14
Wisdom: Never stop believing in God’s faithfulness.
Context: Ruth was a widow with no children, and homeless. She could have given up on her story right then and there. Yet, she chose to believe that Our Heavenly Father would redeem her time and purpose. Ruth remained faithful to her mother-in-law and continued to use the abilities she had to make herself useful. She had the faith to believe God would provide…. and wahlah!- She ended up being blessed with the husband of her dreams!
Wisdom: Age ain’t nothing but a number. You’re never too old to do what God promised you.
Context: Sarah was in her 90’s when she gave birth to her first child!! Need I say more? It wasn’t even naturally possible for her to conceive at her age. “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” (Genesis 17:17) Never undermine Our Father’s faithfulness to fulfill His promises to us.
Wisdom: Your past doesn’t disqualify you from being used by God.
Context: Rahab didn’t fit the general description of a “Godly woman.” Even though she lived a sinful life, (she was a prostitute) when she heard about the things God had done, she decided to change her life. She hid spies at her house, and was able to save her ENTIRE family from destruction! Joshua 6:25 “But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho–and she lives among the Israelites to this day.”
…….and now for the EXTRA SURPRISE…Here are some modern day women I polled to ask: What’s the greatest piece of advice you’d give your younger self or your daughters regarding walking into womanhood?
Angie- “Do not stay with anyone that lay their hands on you no matter what. You are not made to be a punching bag. I learned this when I was in church and that was the topic for that day. I hope this helps open eyes.”
Monica-“I’ve learned to stop carrying the weight of other people’s opinions on my shoulders and that nobody has the power to make me feel like less of a woman, unless I choose to give them that power. Next, the timing and conditions will never be perfect, stop making excuses, and if you truly want something, fight for it. Finally, no matter how other people treat you, rise above and always give kindness, their attitude is a reflection of themselves not you. You will never regret being kind, but you will regret saying unkind words which can never be taken back.”
Shana- “Relax, you don’t have to have your life all figured out to keep moving forward. It’s okay to “ not know” or have a “plan” Embrace the mystery. Keep taking those baby steps because faith, not certainty, is the single most ingredient to living a life pleasing to God. And as you trust in Him wholeheartedly, through the unpredictable seasons of life, He will surely lead you moment by moment, from glory to glory.”
Shaurice- “Walking into womanhood will be challenging and you will be let down at times- but never compromise who you are. Always trust yourself- because honey, queen, you are more than enough, even when people try to dim your light- shine brighter and pray for them. You will make mistakes, but those mistakes are lessons from above and are only tests to get you to the next level. Visualize yourself reaching every goal you set and speak life into yourself- always. You got this, you always did and you always will. You will want to help/save everyone, and that’s what makes you so special, just remember to take care of you first. Take mental breaks and make sure you detox from the heavy weight of everyone’s problems, including yours. Speed is great but direction is better.. If you feel you are being mislead and lead astray, speak up and set yourself apart. Lead from the front, be humble and genuine.”
MaryLu –“Set foot with confidence that God has prepared this path for you. He’s already on the other side. Go without fear! Joshua1:3,9”
Tiffany- “Always get a second opinion. FOMO is not real, it’s all staged anyways. It’s ok to turn off the radio in the car and praise God without music.”
Mellecia- “Walk and live in your own truth. Do everything with confidence. Invest as early and as soon as possible in your financial future and never stray away from family and God.. Exude love and blessing(s), no matter how great or small and always remember prayer can change any/everything.”