May 23, 2022|In Christian Living|By Admin|11 Minutes

The times we live in present an exciting opportunity to thrive as a Christian woman. Unlike our Biblical sisters, we get to enjoy modern-day conveniences which enhance our quality of life. Sure, we still have our fair share of challenges, and some might say advances in technology can lure us away from our First Love. There will always be something, right? No matter how times have changed, our goals remain the same: to know God, serve Him and make Him known. 

Just think! The life you live today can inspire the up-and-coming generation of women, carrying the Christian faith to the ends of the earth, starting right where you are. Before you get overwhelmed and think it’s a bit too much pressure, keep reading.

To help keep the torch burning, we are sharing five ways you can thrive as a Christian woman in modern times. We hope you’ll find some encouragement for your Christian walk and some practical tips for shining the light for the next generation. Read on and let us know which tip speaks to you most.

1) Stay Close to the Savior

This might seem obvious but with so many things calling for your attention, you can’t take this one for granted. The first key to thriving as a Christian woman is a deep and personal relationship with God. And like any other relationship it needs to be nurtured.

Attending church or listening to an online sermon, are some great ways to be fed spiritually. But if you want to thrive, you will need to prioritize your personal time with God as well. Thankfully, there are some fantastic ways to add a spark to your devotional time.

Devotional apps

Devotional apps offer a convenient way to get into God’s word daily, even when you’re on the go. Choose your favorite from this list of devotional apps that were hand-picked by women just like you. 

Devotionals

In addition to the Bible, devotional books can bring a fresh new perspective on some time-tested truths. Some devotionals offer an in-depth study of your favorite book of the Bible while others may be topical, so you’ll likely find one that’s right for you. If you’re stretched for time, but still want to spend quality time with God, check out my book, Time to Thrive: A Busy Woman’s Devotional Journal. 

Journals 

Speaking of journals, a blank journal like this one is perfect for jotting down those new-found insights and inspiring Bible verses during your devotional time. 

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. – Matthew 11:28-29 NIV

2) Seek Out Community

Have you ever heard of a Lone Ranger Christian? Good, because I haven’t either. God created us to be in community, and today we have lots of ways we can foster community with other believers. Whether it’s your church family, a small group of like-minded Christians, a neighbourhood Bible study fellowship or a group of friends gathered around your table, you will find so much value in community.

Surround yourself with others who will lift you up spiritually and help you stay faithful. We all need to encourage and be encouraged, and being in community is a fantastic way for that to happen.

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. – Hebrews 3:13 NIV

3) Run After Discipleship

If you truly want to thrive as a Christian woman, one of the best ways to do so is to run after discipleship. This simply means having a heart to learn from and be trained by a more mature Christian.

Maybe there’s a Titus 2 woman who’s willing to take you under her wings. Pray and ask God to lead you to someone who can play that role in your life. And remember, discipleship is a two-way street. As you grow and mature as a Christian, commit to also training and encouraging other women in their faith.

 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. – Titus 2:7 NIV

4) Seek, Save and Serve

In Matthew 28 we find Jesus’ parting words to His disciples where He commissioned them to ‘go and make disciples’. This ‘Great Commission’ wasn’t just for the disciples of old. We too have been called to make disciples and carry the gospel to our families, friends and wider community. To thrive as Christian women, we must actively be about God’s business of making disciples.

When we seek out those who want to know God, making time to teach and train, and serving those in need, we become the hands and feet of Jesus in our generation – and what a beautiful thing that is.

As for serving, maybe a picture of your local soup-kitchen comes to mind, but there are many other ways to serve. Perhaps you have the gift of singing, creating websites, or simply offering a listening ear. Are you willing to use your gift to build up God’s kingdom? I hope so!

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. – Matthew 28:19-20 NIV

5) Adjust to the Seasons

Thriving as a Christian woman also means knowing when to adjust to changing seasons. Afterall, no one wears a winter coat and snow boots in 90-degree weather when it’s sunny and warm outside. Instead, we adjust to the seasons accordingly. Similarly, we need to adjust our attitudes, actions and expectations depending on the changing seasons of our lives.

A season of raising young children is very different from the empty nest season. A season of caring for aging parents has its own unique needs. A season of homeschooling is not the same as pursuing a career outside of home. A season of loss may demand more from you than seasons of joy.

Seasons come and go, ebb and flow, and each season will require something different from you. Seek God’s guidance to help you adjust to each season with grace so that you can thrive.  

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens. – Ecclesiastes 3:1

NOW, IT'S YOUR TURN

Do you have a tip you’d like to share on how to thrive as a Christian woman? We’d love to hear! Also let us know which tip you found helpful. For even more impact, choose one tip you can put into practice this week based on an area you’d like to grow in. 

We are living in a unique time and we have the special honor of being Christ’s ambassador. Our prayer is that you will thrive as a Christian woman and share His love and hope with the next generation. 

Let’s thrive together!

ABOUT MARVA SMITH

Marva Smith is a Caribbean-based management & leadership consultant, work and life strategist, author of the best-selling book, Time to Thrive and co-author of She Writes for Him: Black Voices of Wisdom. Yet, her favorite titles are daughter of God, wife to her husband of 18 years, and mom to two teens. As a Certified Life Breakthrough Coach, she is passionate about equipping, inspiring and empowering women to thrive beyond the nine to five, and does this through her courses, coaching and online community Time to Thrive Women. Her ideal day starts while it’s still dark with her Bible in one hand and coffee in the other.

To connect with Marva start with her free THRIVE Assessment at bit.ly/gettothriving. You’ll also find her on her website MarvaSmith.com and on social media using the handle @marvatsmith on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Subscribe to her YouTube channel where she hosts How She Does It – an interview series showcasing real women sharing real hope about how to thrive in work, life and faith.

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