Saturday, February 27, 2016

Biblical Womanhood: Sweet Submission


                                       


     I love learning and growing stronger and closer to the LORD. I love to seek His will. I take great delight in His ways because I once lived in complete darkness, far apart from Christ. I'm so excited about learning more and more about biblical womanhood and what true submission is. I did not always have a good attitude about it. There were a lot of times I studied God's word and read books about biblical womanhood and I would become discouraged, frustrated, and even angry at times. I'd close the books and in my heart I would say, "God, this is so hard and I don't understand?" Biblical submission was so foreign to me, my heart can be so rebellious... For some reason I could not comprehend it. Independence has always been my struggle and even as a child, I'd tell my mom; "No, mommy I don't need help, I can do it by myself." The problem was that type of attitude stuck with me throughout my adulthood and into my marriage. My ugly thoughts were; "I don't need you," "I can do this on my own," "I'm highly capable," "I'm not lazy, I can do this." "I don't need help, I'd rather do it on my own and get the job done," "let me have my space, your in my way," "I like taking control of my own life," "let me lead, I'm in charge," "don't tell me what to do," "if I submit to my husband, he will walk all over me," "i'll be a doormat," "I can't submit because he's living for himself," "I can't submit because he's not following You." "I'll do as I please." And the list went on and on. Ugly! I know. This kind of thinking is not honorable at all and to treat people this way was a sure sign that I was secretly treating God that way. If I could not submit to the human authority God placed over me for my protection what made me think I was submitting to God? I was rebellious and stubborn. The enemy still whispers those same lies today as he did in the garden; "Did God really say? ..." 

I'm so thankful God did not give up on me or leave me clueless. It was a process, admitting how desperately I needed God's help, confessing my sins, letting God speak to my heart, meditating on His all sufficient word, Letting Him wash my mind with the truth of His Word and exposing the lies of this world. Submission means God intervenes.  

“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP

Oh, let me be a woman full of grace, mercy, forgiveness, peace, and love. A woman who reverences her husband. Let everything I do be for His glory. It's not about me. Less of me, more of HIM. 

The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. {Psalm 126:3} 

“A virtuous and worthy wife [earnest and strong in character] is a crowning joy to her husband, but she who makes him ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. [Prov. 31:23; I Cor. 11:7.]” {Proverbs 12:4 AMP}

Dear husband, I adore you... I respect you... I submit... 



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