Today my paternal grandmother would have been 110 years old. She has been gone for about thirteen years now.
But I can still see her full head of white curly hair. Her stories and laughter still fresh in my mind. She was a Godly woman who had a strong influence on my faith.
Upon entering her home, one would usually hear Gospel music or a preacher on television.
There was no mistaking her belief in the the Lord and her profound love of Christ. As a godly woman, my grandmother was a precious and priceless gift of God.
She was the mother of nine children and became a widow when her husband was killed on a jobsite in the early 1950’s. This left her a widow by her mid 40’s , when she was left to continue raising the remaining children at home.
Despite financial hardships, the struggling economy, and lack of suitable jobs for a woman during this era; she still found a job to support her family.
Working long hours in a grueling job was not what she had planned when she became married and had children, but little mouths needed to be fed and bills had to be paid.
Despite many hardships, my grandmother raised her children in church and in a Christian home.
Today many of her children, grandchildren, greats, and great great grandchildren are faithful Christians all because of her Godly influence.
From a young age she taught me the Gospel and shared her love of Jesus. Those were the first initial seeds of faith that took root in my life.
The effect of her Godly influence remains strong to this day, as I seek the Lord in my marriage, parenting of my children, and continuing to walk in full confidence in the hope of eternal life.
BUT, I am not good at this stuff…..
Ladies, you don’t have to be a superwoman to share the Gospel!
You don’t have to be a missionary or some fancy theological degree to share the Gospel.
*You are right where you should be, right where the Lord planted you.
*Grow where you are planted.
*Allow your roots to go deep.
*Stay strong in your faith.
As a wife, mother, friend, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, stranger, teacher, volunteer, emloyee, or as anybody; never underestimate your influence on others to share the Gospel.
The basis of her influence is her character (Prov. 31:10-31). A godly woman is the best kind of woman to have around, both at home and in the world.
Proverbs 31:30 says, “charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised”.
A godly woman is a precious and priceless gift of God. A woman can shape the way people speak, behave and even influence others.
A godly woman can influence her family, neighborhood, town, or nation.
A GODLY WOMAN’S MOST IMPORTANT INFLUENCE
BUT, our most important sphere of influence should begin in the home.
The home ought to be viewed as a place of joy, training, and influence.
IN OUR MARRIAGES
In our homes we should strive to be submissive, compassionate, helpful, and respectful to our husbands. (Eph. 5:22, Col 3:18, 1 Peter 3:1, Eph. 5:33, Gen. 2:18, and Titus 2:4)
A godly woman is a mother that shapes the character of her children by helping to cultivate an understanding of the world around them.
The character of a Godly mother are:
Obedient to God
The importance and influence of a godly woman is priceless, endless, and limitless.
The role and influence of a Godly mother are often influenced by a worldly attitude. This attitude is demeaning as it focuses on the promises of a false ‘liberation’ for women.
Instead, a Godly woman will know who she is before God and will respond by doing and being what God requires of her.
When this happens, the true influence of a Godly woman is seen in the home, church, and society.
Just as my grandmother was a Godly woman and had a strong and lasting influence in my life, may you be a Godly influence in yours!
Go live the life that God intended for you. Embrace the beauty of Biblical womanhood and Christian homemaking.
Stephanie, Training Keepers of the Home