You may not know my friend, Rita, but I hope you know (or are) a woman like her. Rita hasn’t published any books or blog articles. You’ll not find her listed as a speaker at any women’s conferences, and she’s never taught a Bible study class or been hailed as one of Christianity’s most influential women—but she’s a favorite fierce woman of mine.
*She loves God and others. She’s more focused on giving love than getting love.
That is an apt description of the woman Rita has become. Several years ago, Rita was a struggling church member . . . wanting assurance of her salvation. I’ll never forget her question one day, “Is it possible to ‘want to be a sheep’ but still be ‘just a goat’ instead?” And I’ll never forget the day her best friend led her to a relationship with Christ and Rita called me screaming in the phone, “I’m a sheep! I’m a sheep!!”
As “a sheep” Rita lives out her purpose of bringing God glory through her womanhood. A typical day for Rita consists of serving others . . . from feeding her husband, his co-workers, and whatever grandchildren happen to be spending the day with her, to helping her mom who is in her eighties. She takes time each week to clean our church—not for financial gain, but as her ministry to our body.
Whenever there is a death, a new birth, or a serious illness in our church family, Rita immediately jumps into action placing calls and organizing meals while asking individuals to pray.
Recently, a young couple began attending our church because of Rita and her husband’s influence. The woman wanted to meet with me for counsel, but insisted Rita come along because she has served as a “Titus 2” model in this young woman’s life.
Rita has no idea I’m writing this post about her today, and will probably protest the way I’ve highlighted her life (sorry, Rita, but your example needs to be seen by others). I think it’s important for all of us to remember that being a “Beautifully Fierce Woman” means loving God and loving others, and it is fleshed out by serving those God has placed directly in your life.
I’m thankful for the way God uses women who are gifted authors and speakers to motivate, inspire, and encourage, but I am equally grateful for those who serve in the nameless trenches of life—where only God and a few others glimpse a woman’s faithfulness.
How are you living out womanhood today?
Do you have a Fierce Woman in your life who has inspired you?
I’d love to hear about her!
Adapted from my True Woman post: 9.06.2010 http://www.truewoman.com/?id=1241