When you are going through a dark season in your life, one of the toughest but most important things you can do is trust God. During periods of crisis, it can be extremely difficult to understand the depths of God’s love for you and the unfathomable extent of His faithfulness. If you want to become a woman of strength and purpose, you must come face to face before God and confess that you don’t want to do life without Him. At this point of surrender, God will rescue you. Think of God as a perfect orchestra conductor. No matter how far off you get from the original score, God never misses a beat. He takes our mistakes, our failures and our disappointments and blends them as we go. No matter what happens, we should let go of our self-sufficiency to trust that He, our Conductor, really does know best.
If you are ready to become a woman of strength and purpose, you should be ready for a challenge. A woman of strength and purpose is energized by finding answers to problems no one else has been able to solve. In fact, they are known to become offended if they aren’t given a chance to help create a plan to deal with a current dilemma, especially if it turns into a full-blown crisis. While others may be willing to take no for an answer, these women are not daunted by the impossible or fearful of blazing new trails. When others turn around at the road closed sign, a woman with strength and purpose believes there has to be a way to get through.
2 Corinthians 3:3 reminds us, “Your very lives are a letter that anyone can ready by just looking at you. Christ Himself wrote it – not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives – and we publish it.” If you want to become a woman of strength and purpose, you must first imitate Christ in your daily life and consistently seek to serve others. Every day you should be bringing honor and glory to God. Your work ethic, your integrity and your mission should all be reflections of Christ and His love. A woman of strength and purpose will live her life for God, no matter what they do or where they serve. Their highest goal is to lift up Christ, to reflect His nature and behavior. If you are a strong-willed woman, others will often imitate you so you must be sure you are imitating Christ.
A woman of strength and purpose has a strong sense of self. Knowing yourself is a journey. It is about discovering who you are. The journey is unpredictable and will engage you deeply as it brings you face-to-face with your deepest fears, self-doubts, vulnerabilities and insecurities. On your journey, you may question how you are living your life and whether or not is in line with your bigger calling. The path to knowing yourself means giving yourself permission to not know who you are while unraveling the deep truth of who you are. A woman of strength and purpose realizes that the search to identify who they are is an inside job. No one else can do it for you.
If you want to become a woman of strength and purpose, it’s important that you create the right circle. Surround yourself with the right people. Hanging out with the wrong people can deplete your energy every time you’re around them and suck the life out of you if you let them. Surround yourself with others who are strong inside. Make sure that you’re keeping company with those who celebrate you and feed positive energy into your life. Be cautious of the company you keep. One negative person in your life can really break you down.
How strong willed are you? When it comes to identifying a strong-willed woman, you’ll find a variety of strengths and character traits. You may already be comfortable with your strong-will, embracing it with enthusiasm or you may be reluctant to admit you have it – and resist using the term at all. Strong-will comes in all shapes, sizes and personalities. But regardless of your background and uniqueness, you can use your strength to bring glory and honor to God – and you’re destined to change the world in ways you can’t even imagine. It’s the women with the most determination who make the most difference.
A woman with strength and purpose lives a life of integrity. If you’re living all out for God, your motivations and actions will be in line with His Word. Your desire to conquer takes a back seat to your desire to keep your life in line with God’s will and to bring Him honor. Philippians 1:27 says, “Live in a such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ.” None of us will get it right every time. All of us will occasionally fail under stress or frustration. But it really comes down to this: it’s our heart’s desire to live in a way that reflects Christ.