What is Wholesome Womanhood? We picked this name for our blog and we thought it was time we explained just what wholesome womanhood is and how it looks when it’s practically lived out. While the general principles for wholesome womanhood are universal, they can be applied in many different ways. So for the month of March our goal is to share about Wholesome Womanhood. What it is and what it looks like. To start off this series…
Wholesome Womanhood is…
….Always putting God first in your life. (Matthew 22:36-38) To live a life characterized by wholesome womanhood, you must put God first in your life. Your devotion will be demonstrated as you follow Him, honor Him, spend time with Him. As soon as you let someone or something else take His place in your life, you will be a selfish, self-seeking woman.
Wholesome womanhood can really be summed up in the lives of Christian women by loving God with all of their hearts. As Christians, it seems we have heard this passage from Luke quoted so many times that we seem to have become desensitized to it. We read that we are to love God with all our hearts, souls, strengths, and minds…yet the practical outworking of that is all too often elusive.
The quest for wholesome womanhood involves seeking practical ways to demonstrate the love of God welling up in our lives and spilling out to affect our own lives and then the lives of our families and friends. Living as a wholesome woman is going to look different for each individual woman. God calls us to different seasons of life. Some of us are married; some are single. Some are mothers; some are still students. Wholesome womanhood does not have an age limit on it; every Christian woman whether young or old needs to desire and then seek to become a wholesome woman.
…Striving to grow closer to God. (1 Thessalonians 5:17, Ephesians 5:19, Deuteronomy 6:7, Psalm 1:2, Philippians 3:12) There always seems to be a plethora of good excuses as to why we’re too busy to spend time with my Savior. School…cleaning…cooking…bills…laundry…yes, the lists can truly be endless. But God must always be first place in our lives. For without Him all of the rest of these things do not fall into place. Growing closer to God requires time and effort on your part. YOU need to make time for Bible time in the morning. YOU need to make time to pray throughout the day. YOU need to find the time to sing praises to Him. Growing closer to God does not just happen. In fact, if you don’t do anything your relationship with Him will wane.
…Always put your family before other “things” and people. (1 Timothy 5:8) It was no accident that God put you in the family you are in. God gave you your family so that you can minister and serve them. If you are not taking care of your responsibilities at home, then you have no business being involved in other ministries. Before agreeing to pursue anything, make sure your priorities at home are in order first.
…Being feminine. Men and women are different. And all too often when a woman doesn’t understand what her man (whether it’s her father or husband) is doing, an exasperated sigh escapes. God made men and women differently, but neither one is better than the other. Just because he does something a different way than you would have doesn’t mean that his way of doing things is any less right or good. A woman who is truly feminine will not demean another person simply because she cannot understand him. A woman who is truly feminine will appreciate the differences that God made between men and women. A woman who is truly feminine will show by her actions, attitudes, and words that she honors and respects her father/husband/brothers.
…Being content where God has you. (1 Timothy 6:6) A friend on Facebook recently shared this quote. “If the grass is greener on the other side, you can bet the water bill is higher too.” It is so easy to compare our lives with someone elses who seems to have it all going for them. Their lives are everything we want ours to be! However, all we see is the green grass. What we don’t see is the time, sweat, money, tears, and the responsibilities they have poured into their lives. Looking at it that way can makes us grateful for the life God has given us. The jobs and responsibilities He has given us now. If something someone else has is what we need, then He will give it to us. For now…we’ll just be happy with the responsibilities we do have and not wish for anymore. 🙂
…Working on “improving your life” as much as you are able. (Proverbs 31:10-31) There should always be things you are working on to improve your life and the lives of your family around you. This main reason is why we began our 101 lists. (Melinda’s List, Carrie’s List) Our lists include new things we want to learn to improve ourselves (i.e. learning a new language) and other things that will benefit our families (i.e. finding new meals our families will enjoy). Don’t be content to sit where you are and let the world pass you by. Constantly grow and push yourself to new levels. (For more inspiration on this topic, consider reading Do Hard Things.)
~ Melinda, Carrie, and Bonnie ~