Hey friends, how are you today? How was your weekend? We had a very pleasant weekend as we took the opportunity to visit our baby in Ohio. I know my heart was happy to be with her; her papa and sister were also happy to spend the time with her. We took her out to dinner and a bit of shopping and of course we (she and I) thrifted together. She is certainly her mama’s girl. Her dad and sister waited in the car. We, sadly, each have our burdens to bear.
On our way back home, as I looked at our comfortably, sleeping first born in the back seat, I was overcome with thankfulness and gratefulness to the God of the universe and my sweet husband for the blessing of these two very precious girls. On the drive home, I asked my husband, how will I ever let them go?’ At that moment I understood how my mom feels because we are separated by thousands of miles. She needs to have all her babies near her. So many years later, I still have to call her, at the very least, twice a week, or she sends out the search party. I think I may be that kind of mother, although that may signal my need to control (may the Lord help me). The Lord has blessed me abundantly.
In our family, there are more girls than boys. Women reign supreme in our family, at least they did in my generation, and in the next; that of our kids. As we celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s Month, I am very thankful for the women in my family. I must admit there is nothing timid or unassertive about us. Thankfully, most of us are Christians, though we are of various ‘faiths’.
Because this month is Women’s Month, I took the opportunity to evaluate my footprints in the sand. What sort of legacy am I leaving for my girls? What does my life say about God? Where do my footprints lead? Do they tell of the love and grace of our God? Do they lead to the foot of the Cross? A few years ago, in our Sunday school class, the ladies studied out of a book entitled ‘God’s Portrait of a Beautiful Woman’. GOD’s Portrait: not A portrait…implying that any portrait will do, not Benny’s portrait…implying a portrait that may change with time, nor is it even my portrait.
God’s portrait of a beautiful woman! Can she look like me? Would she look like you? More than likely, she looked like Faithful Hannah, when she realized in, 1 Samuel 2:2 ‘No one is holy like the Lord, For there is none besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God‘. Maybe, she even looked liked Persistent Ruth, when she told Naomi, Ruth 1:1 “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Perhaps she looked liked Courageous Esther, when she uttered the words in, Esther 4:16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” Oh, but I’m so sure, she looked like Humble Mary, when she told the angel Gabriel, Luke 1:38 “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word…”
These ladies all had one thing in common: A vibrant and living relationship with the Lord! I suppose then that the only to become God’s portrait of a beautiful woman is to surrender to Him. We do that by spending time with Him and obeying His Word.
He is shaping, molding and remaking us into His very image. His portrait of a beautiful woman is lovely, from the inside out. Proverbs 31:30 condenses what that looks like, ‘charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. God’s portrait demands complete obedience to His Word. When we fail to obey, He has already made provision for our failure, by providing forgiveness.
Where do your footprints lead? What do they say about you? What do they say about God?