Dear woman, do you feel lost, without purpose, burdened by shame or guilt? Read on to discover how Jesus redeems and restores all things, including you.
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What does it mean to be a woman who bears God’s image? Your purpose as a woman of God is tied directly to being God’s image bearer. Open God’s Word with us as we explore women’s God given purpose and how that translates to the world we live in today. Dear woman, you are God’s image bearer and you have an amazing purpose.
It’s January 1st, and the turning of the calendar stirs in our hearts a desire for change. As women, that desire is often linked to changing our appearance and because of that, we wanted to go back to the beginning and look at what it means to be God’s image bearer. Even if you aren’t setting a resolution today, at one point in your life you’ve probably set a goal to lose 20 pounds, learn how to apply your makeup, eat healthier, or go to the gym more. We’re women, we do this. We look in the mirror, and all too-often, we long for something different than the image reflected back at us. So in a world obsessed with image, it’s time we ask the question: Why? Why do we tie up so much of our value and worth in our appearance? This new year, we’re going to answer that question.
There’s a quote about remembering God that I absolutely love. Ibn Ata Allah said: “He whose wealth or children distract him from remembering God is lost; but the one who remembers God experiences delights sweeter than the pleasure of food and drink.” Remembering God is so important but remembering all God’s done can be tough. God told Israel to use stones as a means of remembering all He did for them. While I don’t expect you to go stack rocks in your backyard each time God does something, we do need to remember God’s faithfulness, provision, and instructions.
An unknown author said, “If you put a small value on yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.”
This quote caused me to pause. If you’re like most women, you’ve likely struggled with, or are struggling with, your value and worth. Lets go to God’s Word and determine your value and worth.
When’s the last time you asked yourself “Why can’t I lose weight”? The struggle with body weight and image leaves many women frustrated and bitter. After multiple weight-loss products and diets fail, it’s hard to have hope. Today we’re finishing Naomi’s Bitter Journey and our look into body weight. We’re going deep with today’s questions believing God will reveal His heart to you and you’ll find the joy in your weight journey. Spend this time with God and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal His truth.
Do you find yourself asking “why is it so hard for me to lose weight”? You aren’t alone. There are more than 18 reasons women struggle to lose weight. If you’re reading this you’re likely hoping I’ll give some kind of weight loss secret or tip. I’ll put this right up front – I won’t, exactly. Instead we’ll journey into God’s Word and weave our weighty story into Naomi’s. For the next two weeks, Wednesday will be spent reflecting on God’s Word and our life and Friday we’ll explore weight loss options based on the science behind the struggle. The fact that Americans struggle with body weight is no secret. 40% of American women are obese and 67% are either overweight or obese. Despite diets, exercise, weight loss surgeries, and countless “weight loss” products and protocols, America continues to gain weight. But life is about so much more than size. Remember that ladies.
I don’t know how it happened, I’m guessing Eve and the apple had something to do with it, but…where’d we get the idea that we should look any different than we do? Today we’re going to look at what makes a woman beautiful in God’s eyes and what we can do to “change our thinking” about self. I’ve never met a woman who was happy with what she saw in the mirror. This breaks my heart. You and me – Christian women, should know that the “us in the mirror” is beautiful.