“Please hear me, girl. The world has enough women who know how to do their hair. It needs women who know how to do hard and holy things.” – Ann Voskamp
When I think about the sort of woman I want to be, this quote always comes to mind. It found its way to me a couple of months ago, and was able to perfectly sum up my current situation at that time. I knew God was telling me it was how the rest of my life should be.
I began 2019 experiencing firsthand what it meant to do hard and holy things. Quotes are always interpretable, but for me, doing ‘hard and holy things’ meant giving up that which was not pleasing to God, and dying to self, all so that I may better serve Him as a young Christian woman. There were a number of things in my life that were holding me back from entering into a complete, immersive relationship with my Saviour, and removing them was hard. It was something I never imagined I would be able to do. But as the desire to live for Christ grew in my heart, that overtook the fear I had in letting those earthly things go. I knew God would keep me safe, I knew He would look after me, and He had not placed that desire in my heart, to live for Him, in vain. He would not bring me this far to leave me.
I spent the past month reading Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis. Katie, aged 19, ‘quit her life’, left everything and everyone she’d ever known, and moved from America to Uganda – where she is now the mother of 13 little girls. On International Women’s Day women all over the world tell of those who inspire them, and Katie Davis would be the woman I chose if I were asked. She is a gloriously inspiring example of the joy God can bring to your life when you die to self, and enter into a new life with Him. Katie did hard and holy things. She knew God was calling her to leave her home, and go elsewhere. She left her family, her boyfriend, all her friends, and abandoned college – all because the desire God had placed in her heart to live for Him, and to go where He would send her, was stronger.
As I read Kisses from Katie, God spoke to me through her words. There were too many similarities in our journeys to feel that me picking up that book had been anything other than God’s will. As I worked my way through the book, what I was experiencing in my personal life correlated exactly with whatever chapter I happened to be reading at that time. It would have been an incredibly spooky coincidence did I not believe in a wonderful God, with wonderful plans and perfect timing. I could read about this incredible woman who, like me, felt God was calling her to make changes within her life, and hear God encouraging me. ‘Look.’ He told me, ‘See how I look after My own. I did not bring you this far to leave you.’
It was all the encouragement I needed to go forward in this new life I’ve been called to.
I encourage you today, as a Christian woman, to do hard and holy things. Give up whatever is holding you back from having an ‘all-in’ approach to God. I do not say this lightly. There’s a reason they’re called hard and holy things. But I can promise you wholeheartedly that the joy you experience as a result is worth it, and through God all things are possible – nothing will ever be too hard for Him to carry you through. Your faith in Him and your love for Him will increase tenfold, and that alone is more than reason enough.
I’d love to hear from you all, either in the comments below or over on my social media pages, about what being a Christian woman means to you. What are some verses that inspire you? What has God taught you or told you, that has helped shape you into the woman you are today? On International Women’s Day, I can think of no better way to share in our love for each other – as sisters in Christ – than in sharing our wisdom. We support each other on these journeys we’re taking, we’ve all got the same goal in our sights, so let’s help each other get there.
Sending love to you all,
Kate – Tales of Faith