What does it mean to be a strong woman?
This generation has been raised with the idea that it’s important for women to be strong. The Bible agrees. It says this about the ideal woman:
She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. Strength and dignity are her clothing. —Proverbs 31:17, 25
Unfortunately, culture’s idea of what makes a woman strong doesn’t always align with the Bible’s. Even as Christians, we aren’t immune to having a skewed image of what constitutes strength.
In 2 Timothy 3:6-7 Paul called out a group of women in the church in Ephesus for being weak. This is how he described them:
“[False teachers] creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.”
This passage is extremely enlightening. Because if we break it down into clauses, we can discover seven unhealthy habits that shrunk those weak women down into tiny spiritual minikins.
Seven Strength-Sapping Habits
A weak woman:
- Tolerates creeps (“creep into households”).
- Fails to guard her mind (“capture”).
- Lets things pile up (“burdened with sins”).
- Is governed by emotions (“led astray by various passions”).
- Doesn’t apply what she learns (“always learning and never able to arrive”).
- Doesn’t have solid convictions (“knowledge of the truth”).
- Embraces the wrong kind of strong (“weak women”).
If we want to be strong, we must avoid these strength-sapping habits, and develop strength-building ones instead. That’s the focus of my new book, “The Right Kind of Strong.” It offers a biblical guide to what it means to be a woman who lives in God’s mighty power rather than her own. By guarding against seven habits that can sap our strength—letting issues pile up, failing to guard our minds, being governed by emotions, and more—we can walk in freedom and grow to be strong God’s way.
Imagine what it would be like to be a genuinely strong woman.
I’m not talking about the brash, worldly kind of strength that relies on your own capacities—the
kind of strength that’s brittle and fragile and shatters when tested—but a soft, quiet, confident strength that relies on the power of the Holy Spirit. The kind that makes you bold to stand for truth and brave to navigate through any kind of storm.
The surprisingly simple habits in The Right Kind of Strong offer you more than Girl Power ever could. You only need to take a series of tiny steps, consistently, over time, to strengthen your spiritual core. Just think: you can become bolder, braver, and stronger than ever before . . . and best of all, it will be the right kind of strong.