If the Lord allows you to live to enjoy a long life, what do you want to have accomplished by the time you blow out the candles that represent 80, 90, or 100 years?
My friend, I’m praying right now that your answer to this crucial question will indicate your heartfelt desire to be a woman of character, a woman who is beautiful in God’s eyes!
Give It Time
How does God’s beautiful woman become a rare and extraordinary treasure…a woman of strong godly character? In a word, time!
Time reading God’s Word—
Make daily time for reading God’s Word your highest priority. As you spend time gazing into God’s Word, His truth motivates you to live for His glory. He uses it to scrub away fears, laziness, and sinful ways. God uses His Word to transform you into a woman who more brilliantly reflects His beauty.
Time memorizing God’s Word—
Set up a plan for regularly memorizing Scripture. My plan involves working on Scripture while I take my daily walk. These verses I memorize give me the mental and spiritual force I need to “climb” toward God’s kind of beauty.
Time with other women—
Surround yourself with women who encourage your spiritual growth (Titus 2:3). Women who are committed to loving, encouraging, and praying for one another. Fellowship with these women will spur you on to be a beautiful woman of character.
Time reading biographies of God’s saints—
Time spent getting to know the great saints of the faith is time well spent. Being touched by the lives of God’s “army” of women gives me a fresh infusion of strength as I consider their physical strength and their mental endurance. Here are a few suggestions:
- Amy Carmichael was a missionary to India who never took a furlough from ministry in her 55 years of serving.
- Elisabeth Elliot served as a jungle missionary, suffered the loss of one husband by martyrdom and another to a lingering cancer, and raised her daughter as a single mom.
- Edith Schaeffer forsook a life of comfort to forge a new ministry with her husband. She suffered persecution, a lack of medical care for her child with polio, and the death of her husband.
Time over a lifetime—
You and I don’t need to be discouraged or feel overwhelmed by God’s standard for beauty because He gives us, day by day, a lifetime to reach it. Hear what beautiful and wise Edith Schaeffer says about the Proverbs 31 woman: “Certainly all the admirable things written about this woman did not take place in one year. It seems to me it is a summary of the great diversity of accomplishments and results of her work and imagination and talents over a long period of time.”
You see, as we try to live our life today as God wants us to live it, and as we cultivate the character qualities He says are beautiful, then we will be beautiful and wise today—and, in God’s hands, the tomorrows will take care of themselves.
Dear Lord, Scripture tells us what true beauty is—to love and revere You. Help me be a woman of strong, godly character … a woman who is beautiful in Your eyes. Amen.
When troubling times come, do I automatically become anxious and try to fix the situation, or do I turn to the Lord in prayer and recall a Scripture verse I’ve memorized?
“Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).