HAPPY WOMEN'S DAY
To all the moms, the students, the girls who rock their heels and girls who prefer a top knot and fresh kicks, HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY! What a gift to be women, and an even greater gift to be women called by God! I pray that this blog post reminds you how special, beautiful and valuable you are. I pray it inspires you to be the girl you were born to be! :)
This week, on my Instagram, I shared eight simple tips to be the best version of us. Today, I will be sharing with you where I learned the tips and a few women who are an inspiration to my life. Let’s dive in! :D
We are going to be looking at a few verses from Proverbs 31 (in the message translation). Verse 14 says, “She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises”. I get that we don’t sail to faraway places every day, but I have three friends who have shown me that making others happy is as simple as a small gift or surprising someone with their favorite Starbucks order. Saida, Viviana and Ivette have all inspired me to go the extra mile to celebrate the important people in my life. These three sure know how to celebrate birthdays, how to make holidays personal and memorable and how to make any afternoon special. Thanks girls! :) Who do you know that has gone out of their way to make others happy?
Having a good day is as simple as starting it the right way. Proverbs 31:15 says, “She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day”. Someone I’ve personally seen set up her family for success is Pastor Johanna Castellanos. I’ve had the great privilege of being close to her beautiful family, and have witnessed the impact a godly woman has on her home. I think when the Bible says she prepares breakfast, the Lord is not just referring to flipping pancakes and making fresh orange juice. I think preparing breakfast also means serving your family a big plate of encouragement, love and support before they head out for school/work. Pastor Manuela Castellanos has also taught me the importance of making the most of my time and keeping an organized schedule. Success is as simple as a good cup of coffee, a structured schedule and passion for what you do. I admire both of these women so much. How do you stay organized and make time for a healthy breakfast? :)
Verse 16 says, “She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.” When I read this, I immediately think of Pastor Lorena Castellanos. She is a woman who manages her money, time and energy very well. She is a mother of three beautiful children, leads worship bands around the world, is such a Boss Lady, and makes it all look so easy. From her, I’ve learned the power behind being generous with what I have, diligent with what’s been entrusted to me and value the place I’ve been given. Who has taught you about the importance of investing and saving?
If I had to choose two verses from the Bible to describe my good friend Isabella, Proverbs 31:17-18 would be it. “First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.” I think one of the most important truths we need to live by as women is knowing that what we do is important. Stay at home moms are changing the story of their generations. Cashiers have the opportunity to spread kindness to hundreds of people a day. Students are missionaries in the fields they’re studying. The beautiful thing about living for Jesus is that we can rest assured we are in the right place doing the right thing. Dressing the part isn’t just buying a pair of sparkly shoes or sporting a nice red lipstick to the office. I think it also means to dress with love, joy, peace—with the royal robes. Did you know Jesus laid down His life and paid the high price of His holy blood so that you would be a royal. Get rid of the pity-cardigans, guilt-shoes and put on the attire the Father has set out for you! What’s your favorite way to dress up a casual outfit? :)
Sabrina, my cousin, and my Aunt Natasha have a true gift to make any space feel like home. Sabrina is quick to light a candle and make a cold room feel cozy and warm. Since I can remember, every time I visited my aunt, her walls were painted with colorful drawings, goals, pictures and motivational quotes. Proverbs 31:19 says, “She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking.” God put something in you to make different spaces special. Diligent in homemaking means to take what you have and give it your personal touch. Remember, we were made in God’s image and likeness, so giving things our personal touch is giving them God’s personal touch. ;) What’s your favorite way of adding some “you” to different spaces? :)
Verse 20 says, “She’s quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor.” Let me tell you about my friend Clara. She is always giving more of herself than asked, always ready to lend a helping hand and welcomes everyone with open arms. She is kind, thoughtful and generous. Maybe helping the poor sounds like something to do on a volunteer weekend or during the holidays, but the truth is there are a lot of people around us that are poor in joy, peace, life, dreams, faith, and we have what they need. Helping those in need is as simple as donating clothes, smiling at the people on the street and being kinder today than we were yesterday.
Two friends who have taught me how to “own it” are Alexis and Madison! Verse 22 says, “She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks”. These two have very different styles and personalities, but through their friendships I’ve learned to add a little strut to my walk and enjoy who God has created me to be. The day you realize that you are perfect because that’s God’s default creating-setting is the day you’ll be able to walk in confidence, knowing that who you are is enough! What’s your favorite thing about yourself? :)
Verse 26 says, “When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly”. I think there is something so powerful about a woman who knows that her story is worth sharing. Being honest about what’s on our heart doesn’t mean we get to babble out anything that comes to mind. God has given us the opportunity to give life (or death) when we speak, and that privilege should not be taken lightly. Valentina is someone who is honest and kind. She always has loving words to say that uplift and encourage me. She’s one of those people who “wake up” the better you with her words. What can you swap out in your vocabulary to always speak what’s edifying, motivating and comforting?
A woman who embodies all of this is my MOM! I am so thankful and feel so privileged to have grown up in a home with a woman of intercession, faith, a woman who is diligent and organized, a woman who on days she works from home dresses up just to keep her husband happy. A woman who has taught me the most important lessons not with words, but through her example.
Ladies, you are all lovely, talented, unique, and special. What I wanted to show you with this blog post is that applying Biblical principles is not always hard and theological, it’s fun and simple. God’s Word is our how-to and it’s doable! Happy International Women’s Day friends!
“She always faces tomorrow with a smile: she is resourceful with her talents, invests in personal growth and the joy of the Lord is her strength.” Proverbs 31:24-25
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