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Displaying Beautiful Fierceness

Do you ever get the idea that being a godly woman means becoming a mousy doormat?
Or being as unnoticeable as a doorknob?
Only seen and not heard?

Do you feel like getting a personality transplant would be the answer to all your problems? Let me assure you, that is NOT what God had in mind when He created you . . .

What if I told you that God created you to be a fierce woman?

Usually the word “fierce” has a negative connotation, but today it’s a term women seem to embrace. I recently asked a group of women their thoughts on this topic and received varying responses:

Fierceness is a good thing! I’m glad my mom fiercely stood for truth while I was growing up. In a world with so many confusing messages, it’s good to have women who know God’s Word and fiercely stand against the cultural tide.

When I hear the phrase “fierce woman” I think of a woman who’s loud, pushy, obnoxious, arrogant, and demanding.

A Fierce Woman? She’s a sharp dresser. A woman who’s strutting her stuff! 

No matter what terminology we use, I think there are at least traces of fierceness within each of us. But the question is—how is your fierceness being demonstrated? Are you the pushy, demanding shrew or is your fierce strength being used by God for His purposes? 

Whether you’re an extrovert or more introverted—women are a compelling force. You may not see yourself as beautifully fierce or even slightly strong, but what if woman was created to be fierce? What if we were designed to use our strength? What if God has placed a powerful fierceness within you, within every woman? And what if this fierce power was meant to be used in a way that is BIG, I mean REALLY big . . . like staggering the imagination big!

There is a beauty to the right kind of fierce strength. I’m not talking about recklessly walking over people or a fierceness coming from self-centered goals. But a fierceness that is refined strength and power under control. The fierceness I admire stands strong in the face of opposition, the fierceness that looks fear in the eye without blinking and confidently forges ahead. A fierceness that grabs onto the hem of God’s will and won’t let go.

There’s a verse I love in Daniel 11 that says, “The people who know their God will display strength and take action.” Demonstrating your fierceness may look a lot different than it does in a courageous martyr or the leader of a movement, but it is no less important.

Your fierce beauty may be seen when your husband’s at his point of greatest failure, and you stand beside him, giving him the courage to press on. Your fierceness may be heard in your voice of truth, when the enemy tells your daughter she’s worthless, but you assure her she matters.

God wants to use the strengths He’s placed within you to fulfill His calling on your life. Today I want to challenge you with this question—How are you using your fierceness?