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?

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31 responses to “PORTRAIT OF GOD’S WOMAN”

  1. thank you, Brenda. good to ponder on the legacy we leave. How is your nephew’s 7 year old boy and the relative that had the surgery and lost a son? Been praying for them and wondered about an update?

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  2. Yes! We want to see our children redeemed and changed by that redemption, and He is continuously transforming us into the image of His Son! What a joy! What a gift! What an encouragement to press on, to “run the race with endurance!”

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  3. I already dread my oldest going off to college and she’s only 15 but she talks about being so excited to go, and I’m like slow down girl!!!❤️I’m not ready for these kids to grow up so fast. I pray I set a godly example as their mama like you’ve shared of some of these women in your post…may we all spur one another along with encouragement! Inspirational post Brenda!!

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  4. Thanks for sharing a word portrait of God’s view of a beautiful woman. She is lovely from the inside out and has a vibrant and living relationship with the Lord!🌺

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  5. I have asked these same questions. I think it’s important to evaluate often where we are and what example we’re setting. I’ve always strived to be like Esther, yet as I get older I realize the importance of following other women’s examples, too.

    I’d like to know who the author is of the book you read, please.

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  6. Another friend lamented the “false femininity” of much of what is “celebrated” here in the west on IWD; representing assertiveness, “equality” to men, overbearing pushiness and ungodliness glorifying abortion and cursing like “one of the boys.”
    The beauty of the “crowning jewel of Creation,” when Father made woman from Adam’s rib, twice refined, is that we are equal as apples and oranges are, not as 2+2=4. Both beautiful and precious, but unique, complimentary to each other, not just the same. Both heirs of the life and light found in Jesus, but like facets on a diamond, reflecting differently that Source.
    Sadly, in much of the rest of the world, women cannot get elected to offices, cannot earn a living, in some places cannot even go outside without a “chaperone” of a male relative. And if she is abused, it is “her fault.” No equality of opportunity.
    Actually, more that support for husbands, “join-heirs” with them. Most women do not realize how they could win an unbelieving husband to the Lord or how they could turn a weak or less-than-godly Christian husband into a true man of God, if they live for Jesus. My godly mother used to joke, “the husband is the head of the family . . . but the wife is the neck that supports and turns the head.” 😉

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  7. Oh, what a mighty and intimidating challenge! We are the role models for our children and others around us. We are the support for our husbands. A woman could get scared thinking of who we are in this world, in the way God created us.
    But what you said: “When we fail to obey, He has already made provision for our failure, by providing forgiveness.”
    I love the peace and security in that promise of God’s. I can abide in Him safely.

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