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Worthy of Display

I’m not sure where to start with this post. So I’m just going to jump right in.

For the last couple weeks, I’ve been unconvinced that I could publicly call myself a Kingdom Woman.

First, I thought I couldn’t be a Kingdom Woman because I just don’t have it all together. But I quickly discovered through my readings that being a Kingdom Woman is not defined by having it all together.

Dr. Tony Evans defines her this way: “A Kingdom Woman is a female operating under the rule of God in every area of life.” That definition does reflect the true desire of heart.

But really, could this be me? So much self doubt kept me from believing I could PUBLICLY call myself a Kingdom Woman.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to hear Chrystal Hurst, the co-author of the book speak about the Journey of a Kingdom Woman. You know that feeling when you hear a message and you realize God is speaking directly to your heart and your situation?

Chrystal talked about the process of a diamond coming out of the deepest parts of the earth and going through a refining process. She also told us that the final beautiful product that we all cherish and desire is not perfect – it has flaws, but in the end, it’s still worthy of display.

Is this me? Flawed, yet still worthy of display?

What I’m learning to embrace is that if I live for Christ and publicly proclaim my quest to be a Kingdom Woman, Christ can use me to draw others to HIM.

And I’ve seen this happen several times in just the last week. Several friends have asked me what this Kingdom Woman thing I keep talking about. Some have purchased the book. They are now on their own journey to embrace biblical womanhood. If I hide in the corner and keep this to myself, I will miss opportunities to be used by God.

I also realized that Satan wants me to live defeated.

Satan wants me to feel unworthy.

Satan wants me to give in to my self doubt.

BUT, when I embrace my True calling as a Kingdom Woman, I remember and proclaim I am a daughter of the King.

Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” John 15:16

Chosen. Appointed. Directed. Favored by the King of KINGS.

How empowering. How motivating. How amazing!

Jesus knows my faults and fears and yet He still wants to use me.

How humbling!

So I’m breaking free from my own negative self-talk (weight watchers anyone?) and proclaiming PUBLICLY:

Yes, I am a Kingdom Woman – worthy of display!938467ac65c49edb4013c609768a7d42

Chanda

3 Things Thursday: Confessions of a Work in Progress

Today’s post is inspired by Chrystal Evans Hurst’s blog post of her 20 personal policies.

I thought I would share just 3 things today. Only 3 because if I shared more, you might just learn too much about me in one day – let’s spread it out a little why don’t we.

photo(30)Here are my 3 confessions for this week – very, very small things drive me bananas:

    1. Happy New Year is the most annoying greeting in the WORLD to me! Why? Because it goes on way to long. I think there should be a time limit on how long the phrase can be used. Like, if I see you on January 1st, ok – that’s fine. BUT, but, but, if I don’t see you until January 13th, then NO, you can’t STILL say Happy New Year to me – you’ve missed your chance – I’ve moved on.
    2. Good Morning. Good Morning makes my blood bubble. When I worked in an office cubicle setting the 8 to 9 am hour was the pits. All those sparkly, happy people greeting each other back and forth.
      Tim: Good Morning, Jane
      Jane: Good Morning, Tim
      Tim: Oh Becky, I didn’t see you at your desk! Good Morning, Becky
      Becky: Good Morning, Tim
      ARGH! Can’t everyone just go to their desk and put their headphones in a wait quietly until 9 am when I feel like being social?
    3. Happy Birthday. This is another one that goes back to my cubicle days. You know that office tradition where everyone decorates your cube for your birthday? Well my cube was near the kitchen so all day coworkers who I’ve never met before (and I haven’t talked to since my last birthday) would stop by and say a cheery Happy Birthday! Which would force me to respond with an with an equally cheery “Oh, Thanks!” How about if you don’t know me, just skip it, really, I don’t mind!

I know after reading these confessions you may be slightly (or majorly) concerned about me….

Probably rightly so.

But there’s hope and help for me!

James 5:16 says “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Get to praying friends! Apparently I need it….

Chanda

 

 

Who Is This Kingdom Woman?

Kingdom Woman.

When I first heard the title, I was instantly intimidated.

Surely this Kingdom Woman has it ALL together, right.

Surely she’s just like that Proverbs 31 woman who’s always making me feel inferior, right?

Surely her house is in order, she’s a wonderful chef and her children are always tidy and obedient, right?

How could one be a Kingdom Woman if one is not perfect….right?

In God’s ongoing quest to let me know that He sees me, He had Dr. Tony Evans and Chrystal Evans Hurst write a book just to me to show me exactly who this Kingdom Woman is.

I was happy to learn this Kingdom Woman is just like me in a lot of ways. Chrystal, the co-author, is a wife and mother who’s spinning plates and juggling schedules and duties just like me. Her writing is so genuine, authentic and real (she said there’s sticky stuff on her floor too!).

After reading her first Chrystal’s Chronicles entry, I started to thinking maybe being a Kingdom Woman was attainable.

995125_10151567238767992_603367216_nIn the closing paragraphs of chapter one, Dr. Evans writes, “Let your actions, thoughts and words reflect a heart that seeks to honor God above all else. As you do, God will continue to give you what you need to develop into the Kingdom Woman you are destined to be.”

So here are a couple truths I’ve learned so far:

  • If I give my actions, thoughts and deeds to the Lord, He will produce in me what He desires me to be – a Kingdom Woman – a woman chasing after His heart.
  • Kingdom Woman does not mean “got it together all the time” woman.
  • What your friends (and foes) think or say about you does not help/hinder your quest to be a Kingdom Woman. (I’m still praying to be freed from the opinions of others!)

All this and I’m JUST wrapping up chapter one.

I think the most exciting part to me about this book so far is learning that I AM a Kingdom Woman! A work in progress, yes, but a Kingdom Woman nonetheless!

I will be sharing more of my insights as I journey through the book. Get your copy so we can share nuggets over McNuggets…I’m not to that chapter that talks about a healthy lifestyle yet….

#KingdomWoman is HERE! Buy it today!

Chanda