Encouragement for Women

Checklist for Confidence       

Confidence

Anyone can become more confident. But the confidence that comes from Christ and points to Him as its source is based on trust—trust in Him.

Check your responses to these questions:

—Are you placing your full trust in Jesus?

—Is your confidence at full strength, or have you lost sight of your identity with Christ?

—Are you confidently serving your family, raising your children, ministering your spiritual gifts, and being a bold witness for Christ?

If you are struggling with self-doubt or timidity, follow these steps that will strengthen your confidence:

—Redirect your focus to Jesus and trust Him completely.

—Meditate on Christ and recall what He has accomplished for you as your Savior.

—Do your best to be the best parent, worker, and servant you can be.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, that You protect, sustain, and empower me for my many roles and responsibilities. Thank You that I can live and serve with confidence, knowing You are with me. Great are You, Lord, and greatly to be praised! Amen. 

 

Draw from Quiet Confidence for a Woman’s Heart by Elizabeth George. You’ll find this book to be a great companion for your season of trials and challenges. This resource will help you live a life filled with faith, hope, and trust built on the unshakable foundation of Jesus Christ.

First Steps in Faith

Faith

Faith—what a price tag it has! The life of faith is not an easy one. And that’s exactly what Sarah discovered. Life was going quite well for her in her hometown of Ur. True, she and her husband, Abraham, didn’t have any children yet (Genesis11:30). That may have been more bearable as long as she was surrounded by friends, family, and the distractions of the lush and sophisticated, prosperous city of Ur. Like any other woman, Sarah must have loved home, sweet home!

But Sarah was asked to leave behind all that was familiar and secure—to turn her back on all that she knew and go somewhere else. You see, God told Abraham to leave, to get out of Ur. And where were they to go? “To a land that I will show you,” is what the Lord said (Genesis 12:1).

Sarah’s minuscule seed of faith budded on that red-letter day when “they went out…from Ur of the Chaldeans” (Genesis11:31). Possibly with pain in her heart and tears in her eyes, Sarah acted on God’s instructions regarding marriage: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24 KJV). As always, obedience to God boiled down to a faith-issue. However it happened, Sarah took an important step of faith, and it grew and ultimately earned her a place of honor in God’s Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11).

Are you wondering and praying, “Dear God, how can I develop greater faith?” Try these important first steps today:

  • Trust the faith of those who lead you—Those who show you the path to greater faith.
  • Turn away from the pleasures of this world—“Do not love the world or the things in the world” (1 John 2:15).
  • Turn toward the unknown, the unseen, the eternal, with a heart of faith—“For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

A Prayer to Pray
Dear God of “Sarai,”
grant that such a one as I
may see the good in bad
and the faith to be had…
following Thee!

Drawn from The Remarkable Women of the Bible by Elizabeth George. This inspiring book provides spiritual nourishment from a woman’s point of view. Connect with the same source of fulfillment that sustained your sisters in ancient times – a growing relationship with God.

Bless Others with Encouragement

Encouragement

Every woman’s life is visited by problems, difficulties, challenges. We’re busy. We’re burdened. And we carry the burdens of our loved ones in our hearts as well. In Elizabeth and Mary we meet two such women. Neither of them had—or would have—an easy life. Elizabeth had lived decades with heartache. And Mary’s decades of heartache were just around the corner. But in the midst of Elizabeth and Mary’s daily woes and the cares of everyday life, we witness mutual blessing and honor, rejoicing, and encouragement.

What do you tend to talk about when you are with other Christian women? We have so many options, don’t we? We can choose to talk about trivia, trash, the latest “talk” from a talk show, the local news, gossip, or—our most well-loved topic—ourself!

If we are nurturing a heart of humility, our “talk” will be markedly different. Why? Because as women who are humble—women after God’s own heart—we will think of others. We will be other-oriented. We will, like Elizabeth, seek to encourage others, honor others, bless others, build up others. One of the principles of my life I owe to a principle from one of my husband Jim’s sermons: Make it your goal that, in every encounter, others are better off for having been in your presence. Such a goal assists both you and me as we seek to be women who encourage others.

Drawn from Nurturing a Heart of Humility by Elizabeth George. In this study, you’ll walk through the life of Mary the teenager, the wife, the mother, the widow, and the church member. You’ll discover how to:

  • Sustain a humble spirit with overflowing prayer.
  • Hold God’s assurances deep within.
  • Walk humbly through good times and bad with a heart fixed on God.

Rest in the Provision of God

Rest

“I’d feel so much better if I knew the plan. I’d rest if I knew exactly what God had in mind for my life.”

How well do you manage when it comes to trusting God? Do you rest in Him to take care of your need for food and clothing? Or do you live in fear that perhaps He won’t? Do you trust God to supply instruction, encouragement, protection, love, and friendship? Or do you fret about some perceived inability on God’s part to care for you?

Psalm 23:1 begins with “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” When God oversees your days and nights, you will not be in need of anything. If you’re single, God will provide. If you’re childless, God will provide. If you’re a widow, God will provide. Trust in Him. Relax in Him. Rest in HIm. And enjoy the sweet rest that faith provides.

Lord, when I’m scared, tired, worried, or feeling aimless,
I know that You care about me and every aspect of my life.
You keep watch over Your flock night and day.
You are my shepherd.
I will never be in need.

Drawn from A Woman’s Daily Walk with God by Elizabeth George. This devotional is filled with practical wisdom and encouragement, sure to bring direction and stability to your day. These daily reminders will help you draw near to the Lord so that you find the strength, peace, and confidence you need for both the everyday moments and bigger challenges of life.

Hope in the Story of Eve

 

Eve

The story of Eve meaning “life” or “life-giving” (Eve was the mother of all living)–  is packed with many wonderful truths for you as a woman.

Do you realize that…

  • you are created in the image of God? When God created woman, He created her in His image. Let it sink into your heart and mind that you are creative, intelligent, and rational. In these ways you are created in God’s image.
  • you are created to have fellowship and communion with God? No other creature has been granted the privilege of communing with God except man—the creature made most like Him.
  • you are a reflection of God’s glory? That’s what being created in His image means. You reflect Him to other people. Every time you reach out in love, perform a deed of kindness, soften your heart in forgiveness, show a little extra patience, and follow through in faithfulness, other people experience the character of God through you.

From death sprang life; from darkness, light;
from an end, a beginning; from the curse, a blessing;
from her sentence to death, a hope for the future;
from the stinging despair of defeat, the strength of a budding faith.
John Drescher

Drawn from The Remarkable Women of the Bible by Elizabeth George.  This inspiring book provides spiritual nourishment from a woman’s point of view. Connect with the same source of fulfillment that sustained your sisters in ancient times – a growing relationship with God.

A Heart of Goodness

Goodness

What is at the heart of a godly woman? It’s a heart of goodness that gives to others. As a woman, you know all about giving. You give as a woman, as a wife, as a mother. And that’s exactly what God planned. You are meant to give and to do good and to operate out of a good heart. The goodness you receive from God is a treasure for you to share with others. Don’t hold back when you have the chance to be gracious and generous.

All you have is today. So this is the day that counts for pursuing goodness and for dispensing it to others. Make this little poem your prayer: “This is the wish I always wish, the prayer I always pray; Lord, may my life help other lives it touches by the way.”

God of goodness, let Your love and kindness flow through me.
Guide my words and my first impulses so I am quick to offer help, encouragement,
and Your wisdom to the people in my life.
Show me the needs and hurts of others so I can personally share Your endless goodness with them. Amen.

Drawn from A Woman’s Daily Walk with God, a devotional filled with practical wisdom and encouragement, sure to bring direction and stability to your day. These daily reminders will help you draw near to the Lord so that you find the strength, peace, and confidence you need for both the everyday moments and bigger challenges of life.

Becoming a True Friend

Friend

What are the marks of a true friend? Do you have them? Let’s take a look at five steps you can take to becoming one.

A good friend is … 

  • Forgetful—God has forgiven our sin and will remember it no more, and we are to do the same with our friends.
  • Loyal—… and truehearted, and steady as a rock. During adversity a real friend is present, praying, caring, helping, calling, crying, providing whatever is needed.
  • Not shallow—Real friends pray together and for one another. They share spiritual truths and encourage each other’s spiritual growth.
  • Someone you can trust—… to protect confidences. Keep this Spanish proverb in mind: “Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.”
  • An adviser—… who braces, steadies, and sharpens her friends, pulling them up—up toward God, up in godliness, up in character, up in ministry and service to others.

And as Proverbs 17:17 sums it up, “A friend loves at all times.”

Drawn from Proverbs for a Woman’s Day by Elizabeth George. Don’t guess about the next step and hope for the best. Get a clear view of the right path as you follow God’s wisdom. In this book, Elizabeth takes you on a journey through the 31 chapters of Proverbs, which cover the matters closest to your heart, including friendship!

Faithfulness Like a Diamond

Faithfulness

Meet Abigail (1Samuel 25:1-42). There was little cause for happiness in the soil of Abigail’s life. Her marriage appears to have been loveless and childless. Her husband was a fool, “harsh and evil in his doings,” “a scoundrel,” and a drunk. Yet we cannot miss Abigail’s loyalty, trustworthiness, steadfastness, and reliability. All these were evidenced in her faithfulness to God’s Word and to the people in her life.

When her husband foolishly refused to be kind to the powerful warrior David, Abigail quickly acted. She acted with wisdom to appease the angry warrior and save the lives of her husband, her servants, and herself. The flashing diamond of Abigail’s faithfulness glistened. Even in her problem-ridden situation, she was faithful to her husband. She remained loyal to her household, to her work in the home, and to God.

Does your life seem to be buried beneath generous layers of dust and dirt? Let your faith in God—regardless of your circumstances—shine brightly as you remain “faithful in all things” (1 Timothy 3:11). Never underestimate the brilliance and beauty of faithfulness in the eyes of God. After all, He is more concerned about you being faithful to His standards than He is about you being successful in the eyes of the world.

Start or end your day with powerful reminders of God’s work in the lives of women in the Bible and find encouragement for your own faith journey in Elizabeth George’s book, One Minute With The Women Of The Bible.

It Takes Two to Fight

 

Fight

 

Every married woman learns sooner or later that it takes two to fight as a couple. It’s sort of like a boxing match. There are two fighters in the ring. The husband wearing blue trunks over in his corner, and the wife in pink shorts in the opposite corner. When the bell rings, two fighters are expected to come out and fight until one is beaten or knocked out or gives up or loses.

But what happens if, when the bell rings, only one fighter comes out? It’s obvious: There is no fight. There can be no fight. Why? Because it takes two to have a fight.

When a discussion gets hostile or uncomfortable or out of control, there are several things you can do to create calm. You always have the right to ask for time to think about whatever the issue is. Take time to pray about it and to search the Scriptures about it. And seek counsel about it. Be calm. Pray. Soften your voice and be gracious: “A gracious woman retains honor” (Proverbs 11:16). God will give you all the grace you need to be gracious.

 

Don’t guess about the next step and hope for the best. Get a clear view of the right path as you follow God’s wisdom. Elizabeth George takes you on a journey through the 31 chapters of Proverbs, which cover the matters closest to your heart, in Proverbs for a Woman’s Day.

 

Are You a Home Builder?

Home

Anytime you are present at home is time you can love your family and care for your dwelling place. Here are a few practices that will help you stay focused on your house:

  • Your prayers—Coming before God in prayer lifts the work of homemaking out of the physical realm and transports it into the spiritual realm. Prayer helps you line up your desires with God’s plan for you.
  • Your purpose—Resolve to be a home builder. Purpose in your heart and in your prayers to live out this role and assignment from God. Then put items on your to-do list that will start and improve the process.
  • Your presence—Your presence at home is how a home is built, maintained, and enjoyed. You may have a job or responsibilities that take a chunk of your time each day, but when you are home, determine to be all there. Give it your all. Delight in loving your home—the place where those you love reside or visit.

Don’t guess about the next step and hope for the best. Get a clear view of the right path as you follow God’s wisdom. Elizabeth George takes you on a journey through the 31 chapters of Proverbs, which cover the matters closest to your heart, in Proverbs for a Woman’s Day.

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Elizabeth & Jim George


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