Happy weekend, sweet gal! Welcome to Dressed for My Day where every Saturday we turn our conversation to inner beauty. Today I thought we’d chat a little about the beauty of courage, what it looks like and how we can cultivate a little in our own lives.
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”~ Proverbs 31:10
That question posed in Proverbs 31:10 has intimidated many a woman, me included. But maybe that’s because we’ve misunderstood the definition of a “virtuous woman.” That word “virtuous” in fact implies more than purity or goodness. It’s the same word used to describe a soldier of valor, one who bravely goes into battle to fight for those he loves and what he believes in.
So the “virtuous woman” introduced in Proverbs 31 is indeed a woman of valor, strength and, yes, courage. And really, with that in mind, if you read the rest of the description of this Proverbs 31 woman, she is one who faces life with a mighty dose of strength and courage.
Being a Woman Require Courage
Truly, I’ve found that it takes a large dose of courage to be a woman. Wouldn’t you agree?
It takes courage to:
- earn an education
- apply for a job
- say, “I do”
- carry an unborn child
- birth a baby
- raise a child
- pay the bills
Yes, we have to be braver than we really are to meet the bare minimal requirements for the lives most of us live. But you and I know that none of us live “bare minimal” kinds of lives.
We need even more courage to:
- say goodbye to a stillborn child
- nurse a husband through illness
- raise a child with special needs
- live as a single woman in a couples’ world
- care for a parent with dementia
- bury a child
- love a difficult family member
- persevere in a strained marriage
- forgive a wayward spouse
- recover from an injury
- rebound from a divorce
- battle cancer
- endure multiple deployments
- move across the country
- love a child through mental illness
- confront a boss who is demanding inappropriate things
- blow the whistle on a perpetrator
- live with an autoimmune disease
- walk away from a dream to deal with a reality
And the truth is, there have been times in each of our lives when we didn’t exercise as much courage as we would have liked to. Right? Yeah, there have been days when I felt more like a weenie than a woman of valor.
So how do we cultivate courage?
True courage comes from putting our trust in the Lord. When we know our God, truly know His character, then we become courageous, fearless, mighty.
But the people who know their God will act valiantly.”~ Daniel 11:32a
Daniel is told in the midst of prophecy that there will come a day when many will succumb to the wiles of the enemy and relent in the face of hard times. But then he’s assured that those who know their God – truly know His character and trust in it – will be able to stand courageously, press on and persevere. While this prophecy relates to a specific moment in time, it also provides us with a time-tested principle:
Those who know and rely on God’s character are able to valiantly press on through life’s hardships.
Do you need courage today?
Maybe you’re facing a battle that feels daunting and unrelenting today. Maybe you’re weary from a personal struggle or feeling the fatigue of helping those you love fight their demons. Are you wondering if you’ll have the courage to press on?
I get it. Some days are hard and some seasons seem never to end. And while others may think we are brave and strong, we often feel like little girls doing women’s work.
But I assure you that if you will get to know your God – really get to know Him…through His Word, through prayer and through thinking on His ways – He will indeed fill you with an uncanny courage that causes unthinkable valor to rise up in you.
You, dear gal, are a mighty warrior. You are a woman who has already fought more than your share of battles and overcome. You have loved well and fought hard and prayed long and stayed the course, and you can do it again. Not because you are all that, but because He is. And He’s got you.
Be strong and courageous. For the battle is the Lord’s.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”~ Joshua 1:9
Do you have thoughts you’d like to share about today’s topic? I’d love to hear from you today! I tend to take as much time off from work as I can during the weekends, so I may not reply to your comments unless you ask me a direct question. But I’d love for you to carry on this conversation in the comment section below. And you can know for certain that I read and value each and every comment. Please remember that I try to keep this space free from controversy, so let’s stay away from the topic of politics or other divisive issues.