The theme Scripture for our Women’s Ministry is Proverbs 31:25, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” There is so much unrest in our world that can produce anxiety, feelings of being overwhelmed, and we can be more aware of how we are failing than where we are doing okay.
WE BELIEVE GOD WANTS MORE FOR US AS WOMEN.
God wants us to walk in His strength and be empowered by the dignity He puts on us.
WHAT IS STRENGTH?
Most of us do not feel very strong. We feel weak as a mom, as a friend or even as an employee. We can be so bombarded in our minds by the many ways we are not measuring up that it can be hard to hold on to peace and real joy. God says in Ephesians 6:10, “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” We believe God wants us to exchange our weakness for His strength. It is not the “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” strength, but an exchange that in our weakness, He has made us strong.
I love Philippians 4:13 particularly in the Amplified version, “I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]” We can do what we need to do in Jesus’ strength. We do not have to be weak and intimidated by the enemy.
WHAT IS DIGNITY?
Webster defines dignity as, “the quality or state of being worthy, honored or esteemed.” God not only wants to put strength on us as women, but He puts esteem, dignity and worth on us. We are a child of the King. We are His daughters that are valuable and beautiful, and display His glory in unique ways. Sometimes abuse, low self-esteem, poverty or past sins can make us feel unworthy and far from being a woman of dignity, but Jesus payed a high price for us to give Him our shame and sin and to receive the amazing dignity as women of God. The dignity God puts on us is not dependent on us, it’s about Him alone. We have to receive this truth and hold our head high as mighty women of God who are full of dignity.
CAN WE REALLY LAUGH AT THE DAYS TO COME?
Because God never changes, He is faithful, loving, kind, forgiving and works all things in our lives for good. We can look with positive expectation of good to our futures. Troubles will come in this life, but we can have the nearness of Jesus whether it is a good season or a rough one. He holds all things in His hands and this life is short compared to eternity where there will be no more sorrow or tears. Therefor we can laugh at the days to come because He is there and He is enough. Nothing catches Him by surprise.
This Friday and Saturday, November 10th – 11th Lisa Bevere, renown author and international speaker will be our guest speaker at our annual Women’s Conference. She believes in women and empowers them by weaving the practical with the profound truth of God’s Word. We are confident these encouraging messages will empower you to flourish as women of God. It is always such a powerful time when women of all ages come together to worship, pray and hear the Word of God. We would love to see you there! The cost is $35 and you can register here. Online registration closes Wednesday night.
By Susan Peters – Antioch Women’s Ministry and UnBound Director