Do you ever wonder how God is using you? Or maybe you feel like He’s calling you to do something you’re afraid to do. It’s not easy to face those fears! The Proverbs 31 woman is a woman who trusts God even when she feels unsure. No matter what your role in life is right now, you can be called to do great things.
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How often do you look around at your ordinary life and all of the ordinary moments and feel discouraged?
I want you to know that God can use you no matter what your life looks like right now.
If God is calling you – whether it’s to befriend other moms in your neighborhood, minister to the women in your church, start an online ministry, or simply raise up children who will be warriors of truth – He can use you.
Reading the story of Esther found in the Old Testament, we see that before she became queen, she was living a simple, ordinary life.
But let’s back track for a moment. Prior to the introduction of Esther, we read about King Xerxes and Queen Vashti:
King Xerxes was incredibly drunk one evening while hosting a party and demanded that she come in and show off how beautiful she was. Queen Vashti declined which made her husband incredibly angry.
Haman, one of the king’s advisors, was baiting the king – that if word got around, no one’s wife would think she had to listen to the king, her husband. Haman urged the king to punish her to death.
The king did not want to live without a queen, so he put out a search. It was basically, a city-wide beauty contest for the most beautiful bride for the king.
Called to Do Great Things
This is where Esther enters the story. She was a simple Jew. Humble. We can see in the scriptures that she wasn’t about this rich, lavish life. Much less all of the attention she was receiving.
But, because of her kindness and beauty, the King chose Esther to be his queen. The Bible tells us:
“The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.” Esther 2:17
When Esther was taken to the palace, her uncle Mordechai encouraged her to hide the fact that she was a Jew. She was afraid of what would happen if the king found out she was a Jew. Despite her fear, Esther eventually revealed to the king that she was a Jew. This was no easy task.
Although Esther started out with a simple, ordinary life, God called her to more. To be uncomfortable. To be scared. To lead.
To be a leader.
He called her out of her ordinary life to take charge. He led her through this extensive process where her calling would be revealed – to save her people!
My favorite part of the story is found in Esther 4:15-17 which says:
“Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
So, Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions.”
Esther placed her life in God’s hands.
Isn’t it amazing how God can use ordinary people for the purpose of His kingdom? She knew she was risking her life, but she chose faith over fear.
Faith Over Fear
Because of Esther’s courage, the people of Israel were saved. But, only because of her living out the purpose God had for her life. Still stepping out in faith when she was afraid.
Remember, Esther was a faithful woman of God, but she was still afraid. No one knew that Esther was a Jew. The Jewish people had been thrown out of Israel 70 years before they were exiled in Persia. They did their best to maintain their lives there. They were hopeful in their prayers – that one day they would be able to return home to Israel.
Sometimes God asks us to do things that make us uncomfortable. He may even ask us to do things we don’t feel qualified to do.
But remember, no matter what God is asking you to do today that you feel unqualified for, He will equip you to do it.
Whether it’s reaching out to a lonely neighbor when you feel too shy. Or whether it’s leading a Bible study group in your home. Or boldly living out your faith wherever you go.
Or maybe… you just don’t feel like you’re a good enough mom. God can and will help you live out your purpose in Him. You don’t have to feel afraid or overwhelmed or frozen in place. The Bible says:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
I wonder how many times you’ve viewed your life through a lens of nothing special. Your life as simple and ordinary – even mundane. Maybe you feel like you don’t have much to bring to the table.
I want to encourage you to not look at yourself as ordinary or unusable by God, but rather a woman whose life has purpose just like the Proverbs 31 woman! Someone who can do “all things through Christ.” Philippians 4:13.
Because God strengthens us, calls us, equips us to do big and mighty things in His name because of His name! You are called to do great things.
5 Questions to Ask to Find Your Calling
Here are five questions you can ask yourself to help you discover God’s calling on your life right now. Keep in mind that God’s purpose or your life can change as your life seasons change.
- What season of life am I in right now? Ecclesiastes 3:1-22
- What talents do I have that I enjoy? Matthew 25:14–30
- What are my spiritual gifts? 1 Corinthians 12
- What experiences have shaped my life into what it is today that have helped me grow? Job 12:12
- What do I have in my hands to use? 2 Kings 4:2
Action Steps to Take Today
- Pray and ask God to show you what He’s calling you to do in this season of your life for His purpose.
- Believe He will equip you to do the job.
- Realize that even when He calls you, you may not get it all right and give yourself grace.
- Print out my free printable worksheets to help you find your calling (below), if desired.
- Answer the worksheet questions and use the journal page to write out your prayers and/ or the words you hear God speaking to your heart today.
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