Daughters of mine,
Womanhood is a vast adventure and there are countless opinions and ideas about what it means to be a woman. I want to teach you some of the lessons I’ve learned and things I’ve come to understand. I’ve learned these lessons through watching women I admire and strive to emulate, through painful mistakes, misplaced hopes & dreams, and the school of life. Most of all I’ve learned them as a result of my relationship with Christ.
That is why we’re beginning our “40 Lessons in Womanhood” with this: SEEK GOD FIRST. It’s the most important thing you will do in your entire life. Everything else pales in comparison to the joy and fulfillment of knowing God.
When your deepest and primary desire is to know and see Jesus, the path for your life will fall into place. Knowing God doesn’t mean your circumstances will be easy, but a relationship with Him will result in a life that is meaningful, and brings about the beautiful and purposeful destiny that God designed for you.
As a daughter of God, you must decide that the one thing you will place ahead of anything else in your life is to seek after God and live in His presence. Of course we know that God is everywhere. And He promises that He is always with us. But to know His beauty and His matchless love in a tangible way, we must continually set our mind, heart and affections on God.
So, how does a girl go about seeking after God? Here are three ways to begin: (these three steps are modifications from a John Piper article referenced below.)
1. First, you must make a conscious choice to seek Him, and set your mind on Him – as you read your Bible, spend time with other people who reflect His character, and as you enjoy the beauty of His creation.
2. Next, you must avoid things that dull your sensitivity to hearing, seeing, understanding and knowing God. Start your morning with prayer, and during that time ask God to open your eyes and reveal himself to you. Continue with that heart as you go about your day. If there are things that cause you to feel distant from God, RUN from them!
3. Pride is a massive roadblock in our lives, and causes us to turn away from God instead of seeking after Him. When you feel yourself reaching a position of not needing or wanting God to be involved in any area of your life you can be sure you are not walking in humility. Ask God to change your heart.
In closing, here’s a quote that I love very much. Please carry this with you for the rest of your life:
The great promise to those who seek the Lord is that he will be found. “If you seek him, he will be found by you” (1 Chronicles 28:9). And when he is found, there is great reward. “Whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). God himself is our greatest reward. And when we have him, we have everything. Therefore, “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” ~ John Piper
As your mother, my deepest longing is that you will seek after and know Jesus. There is no greater treasure to me, or measure of successful womanhood, than seeing you walk in the knowledge and fullness of His immeasurable love for you.
Verses to meditate on:
Chronicles 22:19a”Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God” 1 Chronicles 22:19a
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:1-2
My main source of reference for this post is this incredible, beautifully written article: John Piper’s “What Does It Mean to Seek the Lord”. Please take time to read it, I know it will encourage you!