Written by Heidi McLaughlin
Most days we do the same thing we did the day before. The alarm goes off in the morning, we might check social media, e-mails, take a shower, have breakfast, and drive to work or do a load of laundry. Forty percent of the actions we take every day are not a result of decisions, but a result of habits.
If we want to change who we are becoming, we have to change our habits.
As a new Christian I thought that if I regularly went to church, attended Wednesday evening prayer time, hung around with other Christians and listened to Christian radio stations, I would become this dynamic amazing Christian. That didn’t happen.
Once I got involved in a Bible study I became passionate about being a dynamic Christian. But what would that look like? Did I want to become a prayer warrior…a Bible teacher…a speaker…a worship leader…a mentor…a Christian leader?
One day I heard God’s voice in my conscience and it was clear and simple. Heidi, become a Godly woman. If you pursue becoming a Godly woman I will take care of the rest. I will shape you and prepare you for a purpose that will bring you pleasure and value and bring me the Glory. So for the past three decades that has been my goal. To become a Godly woman. No matter what successes, failures, pain, suffering or accomplishments God brought my way, I clearly see them all as shaping me into a Godly woman.
So what is a Godly woman?
As I continue my pursuit I constantly need to be reminded it is a life not seeking satisfaction for personal gain or accomplishments; it’s through a lifestyle surrendered to God for His will for my life. It’s a lifestyle where we don’t place our value on our net worth, but on God’s worth. It’s not perfect, but it means that no matter what comes our way, our life is surrendered to His way.
To become a Godly woman and a Godly leader, we have to establish Godly habits. For me the most important one is prayer. I don’t know how we can become a Godly woman without a consistent, intimate daily prayer time.
I want to be like Daniel.
What made Daniel stand out? In spite of challenging circumstances, one of Daniel’s habits was a powerful, non-negotiable, unstoppable time of prayer. “Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before” (Daniel 6:10).
Not once, or twice, but three times. Not when it was convenient, but every single day he stopped, sought God and brought His burdens before God and let God direct his steps. Daniel prioritized his time with God. He had made it a nonnegotiable and unstoppable habit.
Never underestimate how God can start something big through one small habit. Something special, something powerful that can impact many people and transform you into a Godly woman.
It takes anywhere from 18-154 days to form a new habit and an average of 66 days for new behaviour to become automatic. Why not take the next 66 days and daily ask God to make you into a Godly woman.