She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.

Proverbs 31:17

What makes a strong woman? Is she a woman who speaks her mind freely? I’m not sure–some women who speak too much cause frustration to those around them. Is she a woman marked by her independence? Maybe, as long as her dependence is focused on God and not herself. Is she a woman who is successful in her career and home? Perhaps, if the fruit of her work can stand the test of fire from God.

In the world’s view, a strong woman may not always match what God has described as a strong woman. The strongest women of faith aren’t always recognized for their sacrifices, prayers, and service to the kingdom of God. These women aren’t necessarily the CEOs, politicians, and activists hailed and admired by the world. Many of these women forsook earthly treasures and fame in order to do accomplish the good work of God. How do we become women of strength?

We become women of strength when we trust in God in spite of life’s problems. Strong women of faith don’t waiver when it gets hard. In fact, we seem to get more spiritually driven when the odds are stacked against us. Our faith and trust in God is continually strengthened because of our commitment to the study and meditation of the Holy Scriptures.

We become women of strength when we hold onto a consistent prayer life. Praying to God isn’t just over our meals or before we go to bed. We are in constant conversation with God all day. We seek His wisdom and discernment right in the moment. Strong woman of prayer have no problem praying for others openly and immediately rather than waiting for later.

We become women of strength when we refuse to allow the devil room in our lives. When we recognize the flesh or sin in our lives, we don’t make excuses. We women of strength confess and repent our sins to the Lord and to those we may have offended. We forgive just as we want to be forgiven.


Dear Lord, I want to be a woman of strength. Give me insight into how to deepen my walk with You so that I will be found faithful in your eyes. Amen.

In His Service,

Crystal McDowell Signature