“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she can laugh at the days to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” -Proverbs 31:25-26
In my season of singleness, one thing God has been teaching me is that I am loved fully and perfectly in Him. God’s perfect love gives me a soft place to land when I feel unloved or unaccepted by the world.
I have recently been meditating on the idea that God’s love for me is exhibited by the fact that he made me a woman. God loves women just for being women. The many gifts he gave us ladies exhibits his love for us, and He wants these gifts to be used to glorify the Kingdom of God.
What does it mean to be a woman?
Proverbs 31:10-31 is an “ode to a capable wife” and gives a great description of a godly wife and mother. I love the description of the hard-working, steadfast heart of the home and these verses are a great example of how feminist the Bible can be.
“She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and makes her arms strong.” -Proverbs 31:16-17
A Proverbs 31 woman is a badass.
And while I acknowledge the cultural context of biblical times may have equated “wife” with “woman,” as a purposefully single woman, I am interested in what the Bible says about a woman’s identity apart from her role as a wife and mother.
I believe to become a godly wife and mother someday, I first must grow into a godly single woman.
All humans are put on this earth as Image bearers, and the body of Christ exists to glorify God. In that respect, women exist to glorify God in ways that He couldn’t be glorified without women. When I think of my own feminine traits- I am caring, empathetic, compassionate, attuned to others’ needs- I see potential for using these traits to point others to Christ.
I would love to hear readers’ perspectives on this hodgepodge of thoughts and questions- why did God create women? How does your faith and femininity intersect? What feminine superpowers do you think help you glorify God?