We are called to be women of faith. We are called to live by faith.
In the last post, we talked about faith, and looked at some verses from Hebrews 11 and discovered 4 characteristics of a woman of faith. In this post, we’re going to continue talking about faith from Hebrews 11.
Most of Hebrews 11 talks about the heroes of faith, and describes the actions they took by faith. Noah building the ark. Abraham leaving his homeland and having a son even though he was old and his wife was barren. Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. The Israelites passing through the Red Sea on day land. Rahab hiding the spies. The walls of Jericho falling after the Israelites marched around them for seven days. And many more are mentioned for their faith in God: Joseph, Gideon, Samson, David, the prophets.
My middle name is Faith. Jessica Faith Hagen. That’s me.
And you know, I think my middle name is my favorite part of my name. I’ve answered the ice-breaker question, If you were to change your name, what would you change it to? with different first names over the years. When I get married, I’ll be all for changing my last name. But I always say my middle I’d never change.
Because a woman of faith is who I want to be. I want that to be my true name; my identity. I want to be known not for accomplishments or successes, but for my faith in Jesus lived out in love and joy.
How about little Christmas in July?
There’s this passage of Scripture that normally only gets read around Christmas time, but has some timeless truths about friendship.
In this series, we’ve looked at the confidence to be you, the confidence to stand firm, the confidence to step out, and the confidence to be still.
When we live with confidence in Christ, we shine, radiating the light of Jesus’ love. We reflect Him who is our confidence and who gives us courage.
We are dearly loved daughters of the King of kings, and we are called to wear our crowns, not in selfish conceit, but in sacrificial love. Confidence isn’t about simply being comfortable in our own skin, or having the courage to try new and adventurous things. Confidence is about boldly living and loving like Jesus. It is about following God over fear and serving others over insecurities.
This crown wearing and confident shining makes me think of the story of a woman who became a brave queen. Her courage came not from her earthly title of queen, but from her heavenly identity as daughter of the King.
Often when I think of being confident and courageous, I think of action. That stepping out. That pulling off the mask. That facing of fears.
But confidence is also found in being still. That ceasing of the striving for approval. That letting go of the attempts to control. That stopping of the hustle to plan it all, do it all, figure it all out. And being still brings more confidence for the stepping out, the pulling off, the facing.
For in the stillness, we find strength. In the stillness, we find rest and renewal. In the stillness, we hear the whispers of God.
It can be hard to be still. Because we like to be in control. We like to accomplish and do and strive, and we try to do it in our own strength, relying on our own abilities. We wear busy like a badge of honor, but we’re heading straight for burn out.