God wants to partner with you. ~ Alli Worthington, Standing Strong     God’s Plan for Partnership with Us   Alli Worthington, Standing Strong     One of my favorite things about God is that nothing ever surprises Him. I take the greatest comfort in knowing that no matter how crazy the world gets, God is in Heaven saying, “Yep, I saw that coming. I’m still in control. You’re okay.”   Knowing that the Creator of the Universe is in control reassures me that I don’t have to be. No matter what the world looks like.
And yet, even though God is totally in control, totally capable of handling things all on His own, He invites me (and you) to join Him, to share the journey. In fact, He created us for that reason. It’s one of the great mysteries of God.   Just as He created this world with such beauty and diversity, God created us, each with different personalities and the will to make our own decisions. He could have created us to blindly do His bidding, but He didn’t. He made us unique and then gave us the option to use our gifts to serve alongside Him — He gave us a purpose, and then He planted within us a deep desire to live out that purpose alongside Him.   One of the most talked about women in the Bible is the Proverbs 31 woman. Talk about a woman of purpose! That girl had it together.   She got up early, prepared food for her entire family and her employees before the sun came up; was wise with her money and knew how to maximize her Amazon Subscribe and Save. She ran a business, a household, had a great marriage, and was such a great mom her kids called her blessed.   Sometimes when I’m feeling a little less than the Proverbs 31 woman, I do try to remind myself that according to Proverbs 31:1 this was a mother’s dream wife for her son and not an actual woman! “For King Lemuel, an inspired utterance his mother taught him.” Nonetheless, although the Proverbs 31 woman isn’t an actual woman, we can glean so much from this God-breathed description of her.   First, she is a woman of noble character. Her character is deeply rooted in the character of God; and therefore like Him, she has incredible value, she’s wise, diligent, generous, and intentional. For her character to be deeply rooted in the character of God, she has to know Him, intimately.   As strong women of God, called for a purpose, we likewise must develop deep roots in our relationship with God by spending time in His Word and by talking to Him through prayer. Our noble character comes from His noble character.   Secondly, she is trustworthy. In the setting of the Proverbs 31 woman, it speaks specifically of her husband trusting her,   The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.   To live out our purpose in this world, not just in marriage, we have to be worthy of trust.   What does it look like to be trustworthy?   Perhaps it is holding the confidence of a friend in crisis. Or maybe it believing the good you know about someone despite what you might hear from others. Or perhaps it is something as simple as doing what you say you are going to do when you say you are going to do it. Maybe it’s as simple as keeping your word. For me, the most notable attribute of this woman is how intentional she is with her time. The entire remainder of the passage is filled with a description of how she spends her day. Yes, she is busy, very busy, but she’s busy doing the things she has been called to do.   She partners with God to be about the work He has called her to, and because of her obedience to that calling, she makes such an impact in the world that her husband is highly praised.   This is the one that gets me. It is easy to be busy, and it is easy to be busy doing good things. Throwing your preschooler a Pinterest-worthy birthday party isn’t a bad thing. Volunteering at every event that comes up at your church isn’t a bad thing. But when we are so busy doing good things that we aren’t available to partner with God to do the great things He has called us to, we’ve gone too far.   The greatest lesson I have taken away from God’s description of the Proverbs 31 woman is that she spends her life in pursuit of her purpose, doing the work and the will of God.
Your life is part of a big beautiful story, and the impact you are making might not even be something you see. In the season you are in, it may seem like the work you are doing is nothing special. But you may not know the full impact of your calling until you’re in Heaven, when you discover how your work, your yesses, and your partnering with God changed the world.   You may start a Bible study that changes your community for generations to come. You may raise a child who discovers a cure for a type of cancer — or teaches kindergarten, because Lord knows that’s a calling. You may help a woman rebuild her life after her marriage disintegrates in her hands. You may write a book that comforts someone in a season of loss or inspires someone to run for president. No matter what season you are in, no matter how you have questioned God, no matter how often you believe you’ve messed it all up, God still wants to partner with you.   He is continually calling you into your future. The world needs you to answer that calling.   God is standing on the other side of the open door to the next season of your life. And in His hand is an invitation to a great adventure. As women of God, strength and dignity are our clothing, and we can laugh at the days to come.   Written for Faith.Full by Alli Worthington, author of Standing Strong.   * * *   Your Turn   Friends, it’s time for us to partner up with God in a whole new way, fully, completely, doggedly, joyfully! We don’t want to spend our time fruitlessly but to trust Him with designing exactly what is best for us, right? What’s your call? Are you going for it? Let’s do it! Come share with us on our blog. We want to hear from you! ~ Laurie McClure, Faith.Full   Follow Alli on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.   Overcome Adversity and Self-Doubt and Learn to Live with Confidence   Save 30% off   Standing Strong by Alli Worthington     Softcover, Regular Price: $18.99 Sale: $13.29     You can’t break a woman who draws her strength from God. God made you to stand strong in any adversity, and this book will show you how.    We live in a culture that constantly tells you who you should be as a woman. You are told that you are not enough and that you don’t have what it takes — you are asked, “Who are you to dream big?”   For the woman who longs to break free from what holds her back, bestselling author Alli Worthington offers a no-nonsense, guilt-free guide to take back your life from self-doubt.   In Standing Strong, Alli comes alongside as your guide as you:   Eliminate, once and for all, the lies that keep you from being who God made you to be Become an unbreakable woman who finds her strength from God for any adversity Gain strategies for tackling the obstacles of self-doubt, fear, and insecurity Find the confidence to say yes and amen to God’s call on your life           PRAISE FOR STANDING STRONG:   “In her book, Standing Strong, Alli Worthington invites readers to engage in saying yes to God by pushing away the lies that hold them hostage so they can stand firm, move forward, and live purposefully as they were designed.” ~ Chrystal Evans Hurst, author and speaker   “Standing Strong is the book I’ve been waiting for Alli Worthington to write! In a world that often exalts self-discovery, Alli never leaves out the component of pushing through fear, fully trusting and constant dependency on God that will be required. Standing Strong is a must-read for anyone looking for a Christ-centered guide to walking through change, transition, and transformation.” ~ Havilah Cunnington, author and founder of Truth to Table   “If your life has been plagued by self-doubt, by feelings of never being enough, Alli has given us a road map to saying, ‘Yes!’ to who God says we are.” ~ Sheila Walsh, author   Save 30% Off   You are stronger than you think, and you are worth more than you could ever imagine. So let go of the guilt, shake off the shame, and fend off your fears as you fight with your faith. It’s time to remember who you are: a woman God has called to partner with Him — to be a fierce force for good in the world to the glory of God.   Softcover Regular Price: $18.99 Sale: $13.29     Miss any of our recent articles?     Fall Celebration by Myquillin Smith   The Longing for That One Thing You Think You Need… by Sheila Walsh   You Are Invited to the You Are Never Alone OBS with Max Lucado! by your OBS leader, Laurie McClure *Sale prices valid through 10/30/2020, excluding eBooks. eBooks purchases are fulfilled by our partner, Glose.  Free U.S. shipping on orders $30 or more, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.     Join us for the You Are Never Alone OBS       You are subscribed to Faith.Full, the women’s newsletter at FaithGateway   FaithGateway ~ our mission is to help you grow and share your faith.   Copyright © 2020 HarperCollins Christian Publishing. 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