Can an Ordinary Woman be Fierce?

In my last post, I invited you to join God’s sacred mission: filling the earth with His glory. Glorifying God is the passion and purpose of the beautiful fierce woman. I realize those words may sound trite or surreal. Let me explain what I mean by that, and how God works this out in an ordinary woman’s life.

Before I Open My Eyes In the Morning

For me, filling the earth with His glory starts before I even open my eyes in the morning. It begins by acknowledging my need for Him to fuel and flood me with His Spirit. I surrender my day to Him, asking Him to direct my every moment. I pour truth into my heart and mind as I prepare to enter the day’s activities.

I have to.

I need His truth to direct me and hold me accountable through the day. I hold an on-going conversation with Him because I love communicating with Him, but also to protect my heart and mind from wandering too far off-track.

My days look very different now than they did when I had little ones. (In those years, I counted it a huge accomplishment if I was able to get dressed by noon!) Every season comes with different challenges and responsibilities, but the mission remains the same. The fierce woman’s mission is to glorify God in the ordinary course of her day.

A Typical Day

My typical day can include driving my mom to the grocery store, spending time counseling a woman, catching up on email, and grabbing time to write a blog post. I’ll often take a pot of chicken-and-dumplings to a friend who’s recovering from surgery or has just delivered a newborn. I might have time to curl up on the couch to read a new book by Piper (or an old one by Tozer) before cooking dinner. Or perhaps it’s a day when our church is holding a service in a local prison, and we’ll be grabbing something to eat on the run.

It Often Includes . . .

My days often include asking forgiveness, confessing I’ve blown it again, and starting over. I don’t have big plans or too many stressful deadlines (been there–and thankful this is a slower season!) but I still have the same mission. Wherever I go, whoever I talk to, whatever I do–if I let the peace of Christ rule my heart and the love of Christ flow through me, others will see a reflection of Him.

And that’s filling the earth with God’s glory.

Whether I’m visiting with a total stranger on the mall parking lot, or holding the hand of a loved one who is taking their final breath, I want to speak His truth and demonstrate His grace. I seek to share the joy of abiding in His presence through my smiles, laughter, hugs, and service. I ask that my life will be yielded to His plan for my day, and that others will see He is worthy of all devotion.

That’s my mission: glorifying Him.

Will you join me?

How will you glorify Him today?

Adapted from my True Woman post: “How Can an Ordinary Woman Glorify God? 11.01.11


  • Susan DePuy

    Wow! That is the best definition I’ve heard of for: “filling the earth with God’s Glory” …letting the peace of Christ rule my heart and the love of Christ flow thru me.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Wow, Susan ~

    Somehow I failed to leave you a reply here. You may not ever see this, but I hope you do! When I came across this (old) comment of yours it was a precious encouragement to me. I pray that today I am “letting the peace of Christ rule my heart and the love of Christ flow thru me.”

    I needed to receive this reminder ~ thank you!

    Blessings, friend!