The Marks of a Great Woman
The Marks of a Great Woman
The Marks of a Great Woman
In the world that we live in we are constantly inundated with so many different images of women. We are told by the media, friends, family and our mates what “they” perceive a woman should be. Everything is considered from her weight, height, career, the makeup and clothes she wears from the people she is associated with. But as we delve deeper and really understand ourselves and who we are, we are faced with a “truth” that is hidden amidst all the rhetoric. The “truth” is that we are valuable, significant and carry a greater responsibility as women that far surpass our outer extremities. As we look at wonderful images of women all around us we must ask ourselves, “What are the marks of a great woman?” “Surely, it isn’t in her lips, hips and fingertips?” The marks of a great woman can be categorized as such:
-Dependable-a woman who is great is one who can be depended upon no matter what (Proverbs 31:11, 12, 15, 21, 27, NKJV)! She is accessible when needed and she can be a great sense of encouragement to others even though she herself has her own struggles.
-Hard Working-A woman of greatness is good with her hands (Proverbs 31:13, 16, 17, 24, NKJV). She can create opportunities for herself through her inventive spirit. She is creative, resourceful and always committed to going beyond what is required to produce the most effective results. When people tell her she can’t, she tells herself, “Yes I can!”
-Helpful and Generous-A woman marked by greatness is one who not only has trailblazing spirit and is prosperous in all she does, but one who has a generous spirit towards others and is willing to share all the knowledge, wisdom and resources she’s garnered to help other women succeed as well (Proverbs 15: 19, 20, NKJV).
-Teachable-A woman of greatness is one who not only is willing to plant seeds of wisdom and knowledge into others lives but one who welcomes insight, nourishment and wisdom imparted from other great women (Esther 2:15) and (Ruth 3:5, NKJV).
-Loving- “A great woman gives and receive love from others without limitations. She sees the best in all people. “FLAWS AND ALL!” For she realizes that all of us are imperfect people and we need to exemplify love towards each other (Esther 4:4), (Ruth 4:15) and (Genesis 24:18-20, NKJV).
-Wise- “Wisdom is Her Head Covering” She walks in it, eats it, digests it and allows it to work fully in all areas of her life (Proverbs 31:26, NKJV).
-Humble-Regardless of what condition she finds herself in life and what accomplishment she has acquired, she realizes the importance of staying humble. Realizing that with a “gentle and quiet spirit” (I Peter 3:4, NIV), you can go a long way in life but with pride and arrogance, what awaits her along the way is “a great fall” (Proverbs 29:23, NKJV).
-Modestly Dressed-A woman who is marked by greatness loves God and loves herself, and seeks to represent herself in a way that is appropriate and pleasing to God (Proverbs 7:10, NKJV).
Trustworthy/Honest-A woman of greatness is one who makes it her aim to speak the truth. She isn’t trying to be deceptive or misleading and her purpose isn’t to purposely cause anyone to fall because of her actions (Proverbs 7:21-23 and Proverbs 31:11-16, NKJV). She is a sister that you can come to and know that she is going to tell you the truth, even “openly rebuke you” if necessary, with love and a desire to see you mature and go forward.
-Gentle Spirit-A woman marked by greatness is one who is gentle in her conduct. She is not loud, boisterous, aggressive or intimidating (Proverbs 9:13, NIV). She recognizes that to be a woman marked by greatness she must exemplify “spiritual inner beauty” which is an “unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight (I Peter 3:4, NIV).” “Wives, likewise, be submissive to your husbands, that even if some don’t obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear (I Peter 3:1-2 NKJV,).”
-Takes Care of Family-A woman marked by greatness always make sure that her family is well taken care of and have all of their needs met (Proverbs 31:13-15, 21, 27, NKJV).
When we look at all of the characteristics or attributes of a great woman I would not do just homage if I didn’t mention some powerful biblical examples of great Godly women.
-Ruth: is noted as hardworking (Ruth 2:7, 17), teachable (Ruth 3:5), loving (Ruth 4:15) and faithful (Ruth 1:16-17, NKJV).
-Esther: is noted as brave (Esther 4:11, 5:1-2), wise (Esther 4:15, 5:3-8), teachable (Esther 2:15) and loveable (Esther 4:4, NKJV).
-Sarah: is noted as having “inner beauty” (I Peter 3:4-5), loyal (I Peter 3:1, 5) and trusted God (Hebrew 11:11, NKJV).
-Mary: surrendered to the will of God (Luke 1:38), obedient to God (Luke 2:1-5), (Matthew 1:24-25) and humble (Luke 1:38, NKJV).
-Rebekah: kind (Genesis 24:18-20), hardworking (Genesis 24:20) and a woman of prayer (Genesis 25:21, NKJV).
-Priscilla: is noted as being “biblically knowledgeable, humble, wise, an excellent teacher and having a good and respectful relationship with her husband.’ (Roman 16:3, 2 Timothy 4:19 and Acts 18 and 26 chapters and I Corinthians 16:19, NKJV).
These are just a few exemplary examples of great women in the bible. I have been very encouraged by my research of these great women and my charge to all of us as women marked by greatness is to always make it our aim in all that we do to serve and honor God. God is at the forefront of all that we do and we must seek him and acknowledge him in everything (Matthew 6:33, NKJV). Without God we can do nothing! If we follow God’s direction and walk according to his purpose and plan for our lives, then and only then can we “be women marked by greatness!”
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