Hi! I'm Leigh Ann Dutton.
Let me ask you a question. What's the first thing you think of when you hear these two words: biblical womanhood?
I don't know about you, but these two, seemingly innocuous terms, make the hair on the back of neck prickle.
My first instinct when this phrase, biblical womanhood, flies up in conversation is to be on guard and listen carefully.
Because biblical womanhood has become a buzz word among women's ministry groups, bloggers, authors, and teachers.
And here's the deal.
We live in a world that loves to tell each other what to do.
Women, love your husbands… manage your home… submit … be respectful!
These are good things.
I'd even argue that they are biblical for women of the Word.
But, and this is a big BUT!
Good things can become obstacles to our faith when not used properly…
Not taught properly…
Not lived properly...
Giving my life to Christ was the greatest day in history for me, but after I said, "Yes, Lord" I really didn't know what to do.
What are we supposed to do now that we are saved?
This is a logical train of thought, and one the church is eager to help you with.
But I think we have a gap in the Christian culture.
A gap that I fell into when I turned my life over to Christ, and a gap that I want to eliminate for you…
Because you see, I missed a very key, foundational ingredient to living out my faith in Christ.
I said, “Yes,” to Jesus, and then I jumped right into trying to live right, act right, and be right in everything.
And that’s totally normal… sort of.
The problem is that I started trying to live out "biblical womanhood" before I actually understood what I was supposed to be producing.
Or the One I was seeking to produce for.
As Christians, we tend to look around us at what everyone else is doing and build our lives on what we see everyone else doing.
And we tend to just start imitating, behaving, and getting in line with the Christian culture.
I mean, our lives should change when we take ourselves off the throne of our hearts and put Jesus, the Son of God, on the throne instead.
He’s Lord, and we know it now!
We want our lives to reflect that.
But still, we rush ahead in the doing, and I don’t think we spend enough time in getting to know the One who made us.
This was the case for me, and in 2013 my faith shattered.
I was done with Christianity.
I was done with this so-called "community of believers."
I was done trying to live out my faith in Christ.
I was done.
Now, my faith didn’t just one day blow up, everything exploding all at once.
It was more like an unraveling that started one drizzly, gray night and just kept unraveling until one day I found an enormous gap in the sweater I had been knitting all my Christian life.
And I sort of just fell through it…
As I look back through the last decade, I've come to realize that many of my struggles and questions were rooted in one thing ...
I had no idea who I was in Christ.
It was like I understood in my mind what Christ had done for me, and I had a genuine desire to please Him.
However, I wasn't seeing the changes I had hoped for, and I certainly wasn't experiencing the joy Jesus had promised!
Have you ever felt this way?
This is when I knew...
Something was missing!
I want to share more of this journey with you.
I want to get really personal about my struggles with biblical womanhood, my faith, and who God has created me to be.
Would you consider inviting me into your inbox?
I see your inbox as sort of your virtual home. The place where I can enter a heart-to-heart conversation over tea or coffee in a more private setting - confidential even.
I want to link arms with you to reclaim our faith, our womanhood, and our culture for the glory of God.
Enter your name and email address below, and I'll link arms with you on this life-giving journey to becoming the woman of God you were created to be.
By Grace Alone,
Leigh Ann Dutton