Are You a Strong Woman?

Are You a Strong Woman?

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The other day I listened to a podcast featuring several best-selling thriller writers discussing their strong female characters. They talked about female characters who were cops, private detectives, and adventurers—characters who demonstrated they were tough, strong women. What caught my attention was that several times these authors commented that women who filled more traditional female roles were (and needed to be) just as strong. In other words, a strong woman is not defined as one who shoulders her way into a male-dominated arena and proves her worth. A strong woman is not defined as an assertive, type-A person who climbs to the top of the ladder. The women who do those things may be strong, but that is not the only way women show their strength.

Strong Woman in Our World

Women can be strong in whatever careers, roles, and temperaments God has given them. We all need strength to face life, no matter our situation.

It takes strength to…

  • Parent children from infancy to adulthood
  • Be a compassionate nurse/doctor/social worker day after day
  • Invest in generations of students, whether they ever appreciate it or not
  • Put our art out there for people to see (and perhaps criticize)
  • Care enough to get involved in ministry to some slice of our broken world
  • Be consistent role models and ambassadors for Christ when surrounded by peers who practice a different worldview and morals
  • Hold fast to our Christian beliefs and values when faced with opposition, ridicule, or dark times when it seems God doesn’t see or care.
  • Practice self-control, good stewardship, generosity, and forgiveness in a society that does not value those ideals.
  • Persist in our calling despite setbacks, disappointments, and failures.
  • Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ instead of holding fast to our “rights” or insisting on justice and fairness.

The list could go on. And on.

This fallen world is not an easy place to live. It takes fortitude to get through each and every day. Our bodies need strength to do all that must be done. We need strength of character to handle the decisions and situations that crop up. We need strong faith to hold fast to hope and godly attitudes in the face of opposition or unexpected trauma.

Finding the Strength That God Created in You

How often do we overlook the strength we exhibit day after day? How often do we perceive ourselves as weak or wimpy simply because we are not involved in an activity that looks tough? Can you accept the fact that you can be a strong woman in whatever calling and circumstances you are in today?

What if you aren’t feeling strong today?

Perhaps you are suffering from illness or feel like life just pulled the rug out from under you. We all have days when we are weak. When we simply cannot face normal life for whatever reason.

On those days we can have the strength to admit we are weak, the strength to forgive ourselves for being weak and allow whatever healing is needed. The strength to be vulnerable and accept help instead of pretending all is well and we are fine.

Where do you need to be strong today?

Know that whatever you face, God is with you and will be your strength today.

I can do all things through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

About Lisa Betz

Lisa Betz writes from an empty nest perched on a wooded Pennsylvania hillside. When not volunteering at the church or library, she blogs about intentional living and writes historical mysteries.


  1. It’s good to remind women that we don’t all fit in the same box and being strong doesn’t necessarily mean surviving in a ‘man’s world. Thank you.

  2. Thank you, Lisa, especially for including the paragraph about strength in the midst of weakness.

    • I will give the Spirit credit for those thoughts. It wasn’t my original idea, but the more I wrote, the more I realized how many different ways there are to show strength.

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