Women to Praise Wednesday 

Listen I’m not gone say too much!! This week two on the Topic of Transforming into a Woman of God.. We have the honor of hearing from Dr. Ashley Green!!! Please read below as she discuss “What happens after the transformation?” I was totally blessed by this blog and you will be too!❤️

 Last week, Minister Angela Hood spoke about detaching from the unfamiliar while transforming into a woman of God. You might ask, what does transforming into a woman of God look like? A woman of God should be committed to following God and His ways (in her thoughts, decisions, words, and actions). Becoming a woman of God is about seeking God’s word and living according to it. Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” This means we should consult with God regarding our decisions, thoughts, responses and actions. Before we react, we need to stop and ask God, “What would You have me to do or say?” Being a woman of God is trying to be obedient to God. There should be something different about you. As God begins to direct your life realize that “if any man be in Christ, (s)he is a new creature; old things are passed (2 Corinthian 5:17). As you begin to live more Christ-like, some things and people won’t be appealing anymore. Some places won’t be fun or comfortable anymore. When God has called you to a higher standard, you will be set apart and that is OK. People shouldn’t be comfortable to do and say just anything around you. People should know that you are a woman of God by the light that you shine in dark places.  

 So once you’ve made the transformation into a woman of God, and begin to live and operate like a woman of God, how do you deal with the things that come along with it? At first I was honored to be invited to write for the blog but then I admit, I got a little nervous, apprehensive, and very doubtful. I don’t claim to be a minister or preacher so how could I write a Christian blog and be as effective as the minister who had gone before me? Then I realized that this opportunity may indeed be a part of my transformation process. God will put people in your life to help push you to your purpose and help you cultivate your Godly gifts. Always remember that God will make room for your gifts; and when you are weak he is strong.

 I was asked to discuss how to not be ashamed of God’s blessings. I was hesitant about this topic because I am actually still learning to embrace my many blessings. I have often downplayed my achievements because I never want to come across as bragging so I rather just not discuss, and let my work and accomplishments speak for itself. By the grace of God, I’ve always been a high achiever and accomplished everything I set out to do. There wasn’t a goal that I didn’t meet, a competition I didn’t win, or a material that I didn’t own. Most would celebrate that, but I always felt pressure because of the expectation that everyone has. It can be overwhelming and exhausting at times. But every time I am exhausted I am reminded of the scripture “To whom much is given, much is required” (Luke 12). Nothing resonates more than the phrase “people want what you have until they learn what you did to get it. You don’t know how hard I worked, the sacrifices I made and how much I prayed!” Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. When you focus on God and his plan for your life, blessings begin to flow. Psalms 37:4 says “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. I find comfort in knowing that God wants to bless his people. 

 In my reading I learned that God desires us to enjoy our blessings while using them to bless others. The Bible teaches us that we are blessed not just so we can be happy and comfortable, but so that we will bless others. God told Abraham in Genesis 12:2, “I will bless you … and you will be a blessing” (NIV). When we bless others, God continues to bless and take care of us; and blessings don’t always have to be financial or material. You can bless someone emotionally, spiritually, or physically simply through your prayers, presence, and support. 

Transforming into a woman of God will bring many blessings but realize that things aren’t always going to be great. When things get rough, tough, and stressful, (and sometimes they will), remember God is not punishing you but preparing you for something greater. There will be challenges. God never promised sunshine without rain or happiness without pain. When in times of trouble don’t let your faith waiver. Know that “all things work together for the good of them that love God, who are called according to [his] purpose (Romans 8:28).” Whatever you go through during your transformation, know that it’s ALL working together for your good. For the purpose to build you, strengthen you, and develop you into who God called you to be. 

 Don’t be ashamed of the things that God blessed you with. Your life can be a testimony or motivation for someone else. Let others see that you don’t have to struggle. You can be prosperous. You can be happy and in love. You can be successful in your career and have a family. You can be a woman of virtue, a woman of God! Still understand that trials may come but trouble won’t last always. God will give you double for your trouble. There’s always a rainbow at the end of the storm so let your light shine. YOU ARE BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING!

With Love, 

Dr. Green

  
  

 

 

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