Becoming a Godly woman is an incredible and worthwhile ambition. It fills one’s heart with joy and purpose. Being like Jesus is among the most fulfilling things you can pursue. It’s a beautiful commitment to living in harmony with one’s faith and spiritual beliefs, striving to encompass the cherished qualities and values that are integral to one’s religious tradition. A Godly woman draws immense strength from her unwavering connection with God, finding solace and inspiration through prayer, meditation, and the wisdom found in scripture. She embraces the understanding that faith is not simply a set of beliefs but a way of life, a constant (lifetime) endeavor to radiate the love, grace, and compassion God so sweetly shows us every single day. Who wouldn’t want to be like that, right??? As I explore what I think are the 7 characteristics of a Godly woman, remember, everything I’m talking about moving forward can be summed up in this paragraph. But I have much more to say about this topic, so let’s get poppin’!
This 7 Characteristics of a Godly Woman post covers:
As you know, there are so many characteristics of Godly women. However, I’m just going to talk about 7 and how I work to manifest them in my life. Like everyone else, I’m striving and working on it every day.
Ok. Let’s go! One of the first defining characteristics of a Godly woman I want to discuss (and it is not on the list) is her unwavering sense of purpose.
A Godly woman recognizes that her life is a vessel through which she can serve others and positively impact the world for Jesus. Her life isn’t about satisfying her own desires.
Whether it’s through acts of kindness, volunteering, or helping those in need, she actively seeks opportunities to live out her faith by extending a hand to others.
What’s more, she views challenges and trials as opportunities for growth and spiritual refinement, understanding that the journey toward godliness is an ongoing process of self-improvement and selflessness.
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She is smart enough to know it’s all a process. It won’t happen overnight. It takes time.
Sister, I want you to embrace your purpose as you endeavor to cultivate the characteristics of a strong Christian woman. Then do all you can – helping, showing love and more to represent God’s awesome love wherever you are.
Godly Characteristic 1: Faith and Trust in God
Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Being a Godly woman is ALL about trusting in God and having faith, right?
It’s like having this unshakeable belief and realization that Jesus has got your back; come what may, in life.
This confident faith shapes who you are and how you see the world, and it influences everything from your values to your actions – it becomes part of your character. It’s your absolute rock-solid foundation that undergirds you down to your very being.
If you have this one of the 7 characteristics of a Godly woman, this means faith and trust in God, meaning that you rely on your spiritual convictions as a source of strength and guidance. You are Holy Spirit-led.
It’s about surrendering to the belief that God’s plan is greater than your own, even in the face of uncertainty or adversity.
This trust manifests in your decision-making as you often seek His wisdom through prayer. Seeking guidance in both major life choices and everyday situations. I always say the Holy Spirit is there to help you with EVERYTHING! So, in all your ways, acknowledge Him – not just the big stuff.
Being a Godly woman means you understand that your faith assures that you are never alone, even in life’s most challenging moments.
Here are some activities to bolster your faith and help you (and others) build one of the 7 characteristics of a Godly woman. Honestly, each can be linked to another one of the 7 characteristics of a Godly woman. But, I will try to connect them to “faith and trust” for now.
How can you build your faith in Jesus? Here are some ideas that have worked for me and some I hope to try:
Prayer and Meditation: Regular, consistent prayer and meditation on God’s Holy Word will provide a space to connect with Him on a personal level. You’ve gotta spend time in quiet reflection, expressing your thoughts, feelings, and desires to God, and also taking time to listen for His guidance. Encourage other women within your sphere of influence to do the same!
Study Your Bible: Take a super deep and daily dive into the Bible to gain a deeper understanding of God’s ways, teachings and promises.
Don’t just read it.
Spend time reflecting on it. Hey, have you heard of Priscilla Shire’s 5 Ps for Bible study? I do it daily and I wrote about it. Check it out! It is a game changer and is helping me develop this characteristic of a Godly woman. On the other hand, if you are looking for Bible study topics for your women’s ministry experience, click here.
Journaling: who would have thought journaling could be associated with 7 characteristics of a Godly woman? It does! Keep a spiritual journal to record your thoughts, prayers, and experiences about trusting God. Reviewing your journal can help you track your spiritual growth and recognize moments of divine guidance. I often forget about the reviewing part, but it helps me so much to write about my thoughts and feelings.
Fellowship and Worship: Attend Church services (and) join a faith-based group or engage in spiritual discussions with other like-minded women. This is why women’s ministry matters so much. Sharing experiences and insights with other women is powerful. It can really strengthen your faith and trust in Jesus.
Practice Gratitude: Cultivate gratitude by regularly acknowledging and giving thanks to Jesus for all the blessings in your life. I think gratitude can deepen your trust in God’s providence. Letting go of your personal agenda and timeline to completely trust the Lord’s is powerful and transformational.
It’s a distinct characteristic of a mature Christian woman. Remember, no matter what is going on, it can always be worse. Being grateful in spite of life’s challenges is definitely one of the key 7 characteristics of a Godly woman.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone: I love this thought! Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone in faith. Go ahead, and take calculated risks, like trying something new in your ministry or personal life. Assuming a new hobby or inviting a new person to lunch. Maybe you can engage in acts of service that require you to trust in God’s plan and provision! Faith is built by doing something, knowing God is responsible for the favorable outcome! Go for it, Christian Sister!
Practice Patience: Trust always requires patience to some degree. When facing challenges or uncertainties, practice patience by waiting for God’s timing and outcomes. This may sound so haughty and lofty, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be as simple as trying to practice patience (intentionally) the next time you’re in traffic. Or when you are waiting in a long, long line at Walmart. Say to yourself, “Here is my chance to be patient and trust God’s plan.”
Keep a Faith Jar: Create a “faith jar” from an empty mason or old mayo jar. Write down your burdens or worries on small slips of paper and place them in the jar as a symbolic act of surrendering them to God. Review the slips periodically to reflect on how God has worked in your life. Give Him enough time to work, though. 🙂 Don’t check it after a week expecting to see a sudden change. Hey, sometimes, you might. Other times you may have to wait.
Forgive and Let Go: This may sound like a weird activity to build your faith and trust, but trust me, forgiveness is right in alignment with building your faith and trusting God. See, as you practice forgiveness and release any bitterness or resentment you may be holding on to, you are building your ability to trust the Lord with all your interests. Leave other people to Him. He can handle them way better than you ever could, anyway!
Don’t forget that building trust in God is a lifelong journey, and it’s normal to have moments of doubt or uncertainty. Be patient with yourself and continue to engage in activities that nurture your faith and deepen your trust in your Savior.
Godly Characteristic 2: Compassion and Empathy
Wow! Compassion – what an important one of the 7 characteristics of a Godly woman.
Scripture: Colossians 3:12 (NIV) – “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
I’m so glad I did not decide to write these 7 characteristics of a Godly woman chronologically. Had I decided to do so, maybe this would have been first. I don’t know. But I do know that building compassion and empathy is such an important characteristic, and it will bless so many around you.
Let me share some actionable steps you can take to cultivate compassion and empathy (which are super important for a women’s ministry leader):
Practice Active Listening: Truly listening to others without judgment or interruption is at the core of empathy. As a certified talker :), I try to make a conscious effort to be fully present when someone is speaking. It’s often hard in our world of distractions and electronics. You and I can work on putting down the devices and fully engaging with others. Being present. Another good idea is to ask open-ended questions so we can understand the perspectives of others a little better.
If you want to morph this into a women’s group activity, role-playing is a perfect way to practice the art of active listening.
Here is a sorta funny active listening role-play video to help you add this one of the 7 characteristics of a Godly woman into your daily life.
Put Yourself in Others’ Shoes: Try to see the world from someone else’s perspective. Imagine what they might be feeling or experiencing. This mental exercise can help you relate to their emotions and struggles. It’s a sure, time-tested way to build empathy.
Read Literature or Watch Films with Diverse Perspectives: This is an interesting suggestion.
Engage with books, movies, or documentaries that tell stories from different cultural, social, or personal viewpoints.
This can broaden your understanding of the human experience and foster empathy. As I write this, it is Hispanic Heritage Month. As a result, I am attentionally watching documentaries and learning about the Hispanic and Latino experience.
Not only will this build a sense of compassion and empathy, but it will broaden my perspective. Try it.
This is another one that is a good activity to do with the women’s ministry.
Yes, we watch documentaries together and talk about our experiences. Make sure you facilitate the discussion in a way that illuminates empathy and compassion.
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Engage in Perspective-Taking Exercises: Deliberately put yourself in situations where you must interact with people from diverse backgrounds or those facing challenges different from yours.
This could be volunteering or serving the homeless or women in homeless shelters. Engaging in conversations with people you might not typically interact with can broaden your empathy.
Confession. I meet a lot of pastors’ wives because I am one. 🙂 A long time ago, I met a pastor’s wife from a Hispanic church. We said we were going to host fellowships and luncheons with the women of our churches. But it never happened.
Maybe this post is God telling me to follow up on that, huh? The two cultures interacting with one another would be a great perspective activity. It would help us understand one another’s lived experiences just a bit more and possibly facilitate compassion between the cultures.
I really gotta do this one! Note taken.
Let’s keep going.
Practice Self-Compassion: Compassion for others often starts with self-compassion. Have you noticed how easy it is to be super hard on yourself? I am incredibly guilty of this.
I love the idea of showing myself the same kind of love and compassion I want to express to others.
Go ahead and be kind and understanding toward yourself.
Instead of being so hard on yourself, give yourself the same encouragement and grace you would give to a church member. Hopefully, that is more Grace rather than less. Anyway, I think when you’re more compassionate toward yourself, it’s easier to extend that compassion to others.
Read Empathy-Building Books: There are so many books on empathy and compassion, like “The Compassion Quest: A Journey toward the Heart of God” by Trystan Owain Hughes. Find an author that you like and read a couple of books on this topic. Make it easy on yourself and listen to an audiobook!
Prayer: pray and ask the Holy Spirit to cultivate the spirit of empathy and compassion in you. After all, God is the one who created you and put you together. He also knows how to “add to” you as well. Talk to Him about it. He’ll help you!
Remember, Christian Lady, building compassion and empathy is a lifelong journey that requires ongoing effort and self-reflection. You’ll make mistakes along the way. But don’t come down hard on yourself. Just stay committed and work toward perfecting this one of the 7 characteristics of a Godly woman in your life.
Now, for the next one of our 7 characteristics of a Godly woman … drumroll, please.
Godly Characteristic 3: Humility:
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:5 (NIV) – “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another because ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.'”
Cultivating humility is another lifelong endeavor that involves self-awareness, self-reflection, and intentional actions.
Here are some ways to foster and develop humility:
Seek Feedback: Oh boy. Oh boy! This is so true! When you solicit feedback, you will likely get the type of feedback that will rip you to shreds. Of course, that is not what it is intended to do. But I can tell you from personal experience there are some people out there who will use the opportunity to give you feedback as a chance to flex every egotistical, narcissistic muscle they have.
But that’s OK.
The truth of the matter is sometimes you can learn good things from getting feedback – even if it is from a mean butt.
It really is a blessing.
Even when you get the occasional jerk (and I think I found that person at my job), you’ll get some benefit from their feedback. If nothing else, it will humble you anyways you never thought possible. I also think it’s a courageous thing to ask for feedback when you don’t have to.
So go ahead and encourage honest feedback from friends, family, mentors, and colleagues. Be open to constructive criticism and use it as an opportunity for growth. Last point: I think all of the 7 characteristics of a Godly woman could be wrapped up in this one characteristic – humility.
What do you think?
Admit Your Mistakes: I know you to know this. But, I will say it anyway. Everyone makes a mistake.
Nobody is perfect.
People would like to think they are, but they are not. This is why nothing is wrong with admitting that you’ve messed up and moving forward. Now, to be clear, sometimes you have to make amends for that mistake, and that’s OK.
Honey, just acknowledge your errors and take full responsibility for them.
Avoid making excuses or shifting blame onto others. Apologize when necessary, and buy donuts.
This is a different type of blog post for me.
I am speaking directly to women’s ministry leaders and honestly women in general.
But as you read this, if you are a women’s ministry leader,
please think of ways to create activities to build
these 7 characteristics of a godly woman into your Ministry activities.
Read my post on creating activities and get some ideas.
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.”– C.S. Lewis
Serve Others Every chance you get: Engage in acts of service and kindness without expecting anything in return. Volunteering and helping those in need can help you develop a humble and compassionate heart. Of course, I have ideas!
Here are three ways you can serve others:
- Volunteer for a Nonprofit or church: Many nonprofit organizations and churches constantly need volunteers. You can donate your time and skills to causes that align with your interests, whether it’s helping at a local food bank, tutoring students, or participating in community clean-up efforts.
- Offer Acts of Kindness: Small acts of kindness can significantly impact someone’s day. You can help an elderly neighbor with groceries, shovel snow from a neighbor’s driveway, or simply offer a listening ear to a friend going through a tough time.
- Mentor or Teach: Share your knowledge and expertise by mentoring another woman or teaching a skill you possess. Mentoring can be particularly valuable for young women seeking guidance in a specific area.
Try not to be Arrogance: Guard against pride and arrogance. How? Remind yourself that you are not superior to others and that everyone has inherent worth and dignity.
One of my favorite sayings is, “No one is better than you, and you’re not any better than anyone else.” I’m not sure who originally said that, but it’s so wise. Remember, one key to humility is understanding that you’re absolutely nothing without Christ. And the little bit that you are with Him is ALL because of Him and not you.
Celebrate Others’ Success: Instead of feeling envious or competitive when others succeed, genuinely celebrate their achievements.
Be happy for their accomplishments. Spotlight those things that others do successfully.
Brag on God and what he’s doing in the lives of others instead of being so caught up on what you don’t have or being caught up in yourself.
Detach from Ego: this is so important! As a senior pastor’s wife, the Holy Spirit taught me this years ago.
Titles mean absolutely nothing.
In the end, we are all sinners saved by a gracious and wonderful God. Work on detaching your self-worth from external achievements, status symbols, titles, or possessions. Who cares? Life has a way of leveling the playing field for us all. Hardship and illness comes regardless of whether you drive a Lexus or a Volkswagen.
Never forget that your intrinsic value is not based on these things but on what Christ has done for you.
Be Patient Girl: I know I’ve mentioned this before. But humility is at the heart of patience.
Say, for example, you’re waiting for someone running late to meet with you. I think the most humble response you can offer is not to become angry with them. Be humble, remembering everyone makes mistakes.
Ummm.. I’m gonna clean this up a bit because I know that lateness and tardiness are big pet peeves for many people. To be clear, I don’t think you should allow people just to be late all the time, but I think there is some grace you can offer rooted in your humility.
Just as I’ve said with the other characteristics, understand personal growth takes time, and humility is a virtue that develops gradually. Be patient with yourself as you strive to cultivate humility.
Godly Characteristic 4: Integrity and Honesty
Scripture: Proverbs 11:3 (NIV) – “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”
Maintaining Christian integrity brings so much peace.
How? It is because doing the right thing is so much easier than being shady, keeping track of stories and watching your back all the time.
I think integrity means embracing a purpose-driven existence guided by unwavering Biblical principles rooted in Christ’s teachings. Maybe it entails joyfully aligning our thoughts, actions, and words with our Christian beliefs.
Christian integrity for women exudes a radiant spirit of honesty, humility, and transparency that positively impacts personal relationships, professional settings, and the wider community.
It calls us to exemplify love, compassion, and forgiveness, even when faced with challenges or the allure of compromise. I think it makes us very attractive to this dark, adult world.
There may be situations where choosing the path of integrity is more challenging or even inconvenient. But, if ware are to be Godly women, we have to choose integrity.
Like so many of the other 7 characteristics of a Godly woman (or the other 6), cultivating and maintaining integrity is a lifelong journey that requires self-awareness, commitment, and consistent effort. Are you tired of me saying that yet?
You know I have some ideas you can do to be a woman of integrity and teach others to be the same!
Never compromise your values: Start by identifying your core values and principles based on those precepts written in the Bible. What do you stand for? What matters most to you? Why does it matter to you to be a woman of Godly integrity? It would be a great idea to journal about these things or even have small groups in your women’s ministry to talk about them. Integrity is about aligning your actions with your values.
Be Honest with Yourself: Practice self-reflection and be honest about your own strengths and weaknesses. Acknowledge areas where you may have fallen short and your integrity. You don’t want to harp on these things, but if you have a character flaw, and we all do, acknowledge that and confess it to the Lord. Ask him to help you with it.
Set Clear Standards: Establish clear standards for yourself in terms of ethical behavior, honesty, and accountability. These standards will serve as your moral compass. How do you set clear standards? By doing the first thing I said above. Knowing you’re Christian values, don’t be shy about speaking about them. Tell people you are a woman of integrity and that you want God to be pleased with your life. Yes, this will put the spotlight on you, but it will also give you the accountability you need to grow and mature in those areas.
Practice Self-Discipline: Integrity often requires self-control and discipline. Be mindful of your impulses and temptations, and choose to act in accordance with your values. In a previous post, I shared a video by Elisabeth Elliot. She was an amazing Christian Woman who, in my opinion, was a forerunner in women’s ministry. In the video, she said something to the effect of practicing discipline. She went on to give examples like eating junk food and things like that. I was instantly convicted.
Practicing discipline is so hard, but it is a part of our integrity model. Being able to put the important things first is simply …important. Doing what you say you will do and disciplining yourself to do it. That’s what I’m talking about!
Regular Self-Assessment: Periodically evaluate your behavior, decisions AND intentions. Ask yourself if you are living in alignment with your Godly values and if there are areas where you can improve. Sometimes, I do this assessment and disappoint myself. For instance, do I want to lose a few pounds to be healthy or to look cute? I know this is a weird example, but it is the first one that came to my mind.
Godly Characteristic 5: Generosity and Service
Scripture: Acts 20:35 (NIV) – “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work, we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”
Service is not only an important aspect of Christianity, but it lies at the very heart of Christian teachings and values essence of our faith is beautifully encapsulated in the commandment to love one another as Christ loved us.
Look throughout the Bible, you’ll find numerous passages that emphasize the significance of service and selflessness. Like these:
Matthew 20:28 (NIV): “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Galatians 5:13 (NIV): “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
1 Peter 4:10 (NIV): “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
Jesus himself set the ultimate example of service through his acts of healing, teaching, and ultimately sacrificing his life for the redemption of humanity. He performed the ultimate act of service.
He wants us to serve others, particularly those in need, as a direct expression of our love for God.
If you are a women’s ministry leader, you can create chances for women to espouse the very same.
Service is a way for us to show our appreciation for all the good things they believe God has given us.
Just the other night, I thought of the saying “service is the rent for living on the earth.” Did I get it right? Anyway, it is true.
It’s kind of like saying “thank you” to the Lord when you help people.
Godly Characteristic 6: Strong Character and Virtue
Scripture: Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Immersing yourself in the depths of Scripture will expose you to the endless wisdom that cultivates strong Christian character. Your faith will be stronger and you’ll be well on your way to building this one of the 7 characteristics of a Godly woman.
I also think being part of women’s ministry events help build Christian character. By having awesome chats, hanging out together, and diving into the Bible, you can totally boost each other’s faith game. You can totally spill the beans about your challenges and be there to cheer each other on. Chilling with other ladies who are also seeking God is a great reminder that you’re not alone on this spiritual journey. You will build one another’s character as you spend time together, learning together and serving the Lord.
Prayer builds character too.
Prayer is like the foundation for building a solid, godly character. It’s not just about asking God for stuff, it’s about getting in touch with Him on a deep level and trusting His plans for us.
When you pray, you invite the Holy Spirit to guide you and transform you into the image of Christ.
And you know what? Building a Godly character is a lifelong adventure, and as a Christian woman, you have the awesome power to shine and show God’s love in everything you do and say.
Godly Characteristic 7: Prayer and Spiritual Growth
Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Did someone say prayer? For the record, i’m referring to my previous one of the 7 chracteristics of a Godly woman. A poor attempt at humor, I guess. 🙂 Oh well.
Seriously, you simply have to be a woman of prayer to be a woman of God. Prayer provides us with the opportunity to reflect on our thoughts and emotions, strengthen our faith, and establish a deeper connection with the Lord.
I can tell you a regular prayer practice can help calm your mind, find inner peace and serenity, and experience a more profound spiritual journey. Through prayer, we can shake off our distractions and inattentiveness and focus on what truly matters.
In the busyness of everyday life, it can sometimes be challenging to find time for prayer.
Creating fixed times for prayer can help ensure that it has a consistent place in our lives. It creates a routine.
Prayer is a super strong discipline, Christian Sister! It can totally boost your faith and give you a solid base for our continued spiritual growth as Christians. When we get into a prayer rhythm and make it a regular part of our lives, we can tap into the awesome transformation power of the Holy Spirit.
One more thing: we can integrate short moments of prayer throughout our day to consciously reconnect with Jesus. but it’s not the same as designating uninterrupted time to be with the Lord.
My final conclusion on building the 7 characteristics of a Godly woman…
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