Saturday, September 29, 2012

Women of God


reminder


I find the above quote to be so powerful and encouraging.  It is so much easier, and so much more comfortable to be "of the world", and not just "in the world".  So many of my idols are related to fitting the mold of a worldly woman, not a Godly woman.  Comparing myself to others.  Seeking affirmation of others.  Or having a constant struggle with the way I look.  The above quote is a simple, yet wonderful reminder of our role in our world, Whose we are, and how we should be living.  

Instead of comparing myself to others, I should be comparing myself to the likeness of Christ, striving to be more and more like Him.

Instead of seeking affirmation of others, I should be praising God for HIS unconditional love, daily mercies, and grace. 

Instead of worrying about my outward appearance, I need to let my heart shine brightly, and my soul radiate the love of Jesus.  Showing off my kindness and compassion, instead of my new lip gloss or hair-do.

I'm not saying I should stop wearing makeup, quit using a hairbrush, and not buy the pretty new peacoat that I've been eyeing.  But when these earthly desires become greater than the desire to show off my faith, my love for others, and my commitment to Christ, that is when I need to take a step back, and reevaluate my thoughts and actions.

I find that the blog world can be a tricky one to navigate - there are so many amazing and encouraging blogs, but some that just make me want to go out and buy everything and anything - falsely thinking that it will make me happier and prettier.  

Do you struggle with worldly pressures too?  
XOXO

7 comments:

bailey said...

This post got me teary. That quote is profound, especially based on some work issues for me right now. So glad you shared and are so open, it is awesome and I'm so glad I "know" you!!

Susan said...

Wow this rings so true! I definitely believe this, same as you and I definitely struggle to try to be more than what I already am. I have to remember that I am blessed to be living this life as the woman that He wants me to be, and this quote definitely sums it all up! Thanks for sharing Emily!

Perkins Family said...

Emily, I saw your topic and had to read it. I am so proud of the Godly young woman you have become, and the fact that you unabashedly share your faith for all to see. Stay strong!

Perkins Family said...

Emily, I saw your topic and had to read it. I am so proud of the Godly young woman you have become, and the fact that you unabashedly share your faith for all to see. Stay strong!

Sist and Sist said...

i am the same. there are some blogs i cannot read because my life will never be carrying that gucci bag or having a perfect figure. i beat myself up too and i am so glad you posted this my bestie. i just felt guilty for enjoying a sandwich with my mom and sister on my mom's birthday! That's insane. i can work the bread off later. God is my idol and nothing else. I LOVE YOU!

Ashley Brooke said...

thanks for this post- it's just what i needed to hear today! New follower, can't wait to catch up on your posts :)

Lindsey said...

This is just what I needed to hear today! Thank you!!