Pure, nobel, sweet-voiced, gentle. Loving, tender-hearted, sympathetic, loyal - to God and others. Always having a kind word for all. Modest and becoming. Frugal and helpful. Daily giving herself for the benefit of others. A character that inspires others. Unafraid to stand up for truth - even when the truth is hard or unpopular. Ever seeking the help of God. Strong - because she finds strength in the One who never fails.
This is the Godly woman. The woman I seek to become.
In a world that says a woman is her own master, able to do as she pleases, go where she wants to go, and be whoever she wants to be - no matter what that is - we, as daughters of the King MUST make a stand for Godliness. When women desire to be more like men, they greatly degrade themselves. Yes, we are called to submit to our fathers, husbands, etc. We have a God-given position and we must be strong and wise enough to be what God intended.
In her series on “The Godly Woman”, Martha Montgomery gives us a helpful comparison of three related words:
"When the woman was in her unfallen state God appointed her to be subordinate to the man (Genesis 2:18). This was a matter of rank and did not imply any inferiority. It was an honorable position. So we see, first, a woman is a subordinate.
- This is a matter of rank.
- It is by God’s appointment.
After the woman had sinned, in her fallen state, God imposed subjection on her (Gen. 3:16). So second, a woman is in subjection.
- This is the matter of her husband’s (or father's) rule.
- It is imposed by God.
In the New Testament the wife (or daughter) is enjoined to come into submission (Eph. 5:22-24) to her husband (or father). Third, a woman is to be submissive.
- This is a matter of inner attitude.
- It is to be voluntarily assumed.
The inner attitude is toward the subordination appointed and the subjection imposed in Genesis."
If you're interested in reading more about this subject, a great resource is So Much More by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin.
I know that this post isn't as fun and exciting as some others have been, however I have been thinking about it a lot lately and wanted to share my thoughts with you! I hope and pray that this blesses, inspires, or encourages you to live the life of a Godly woman!