There is only one type of woman I long to be. Maybe this comes with age or spiritual maturity. I’m not sure. There was a time when I wanted to be a different woman. The perfect woman. Being a successful woman was incredibly appealing. Dressed to the nines and her whole life is candy-coated. I no longer want to be her. That candy-coating may be sweet at first, but the bitter center was a turn-off. But this other woman, now she is incredible! She is full of joy and completely at peace. She is comfortable with herself and other women love being around her because she offers LIFE. Who is she? She is the woman who follows after her Lord whole-heartedly. Here are the 7 Habits Of A Woman After God’s Own Heart.
Our Role Model
If we want to know how to be a woman after God’s own heart, we need to take a good look at the life of the man who sought after the heart of the Father. And that is David.
This is the guy who committed adultery. He had Bathsheba’s husband killed in battle so that he could take her as his own. And, yet, God says that David was a man after God’s own heart. Isn’t this amazing?
David’s past didn’t matter when it came to his faithfulness to God. His sin was history. It did not hinder his heart following after his Heavenly father. Our past shouldn’t either.
How did David change his ways? What things did he do to foster his heart for the things of the Lord? Let’s take a look at Psalm 27 for some insight.
Remember Who He Is
One habit of someone after God’s heart is that they remember the character of God, especially when traveling through the murky waters of pain and suffering. That is usually the time when we need to remember God’s character, isn’t it?
He is our light and salvation, therefore, we need not fear. It is the Lord who is the strength of our life, thus we don’t need to be afraid. He is always with us, He will never leave nor forsake us, regardless of how we ‘feel’.
A woman after God’s own heart remembers the character of God, she remembers the promises in His word. She knows that God has not forgotten her.
A woman after God’s heart will root His promises deeply within her heart. She trusts Him fully. She reflects on the past times He has saved her. Seeing His hand at work in her life over the years is something she has trained her heart to do.
She personalizes God’s promises. Note how David did this – The Lord is MY light, MY salvation. The Lord is the strength of MY life. MY heart shall not fear. In this, I will be confident. Personalizing the promises of God helps to anchor her heart in Him, rooting His word within her heart.
Draw Close To Him
A woman after God’s heart will continuously ask to be drawn closer to God. She does not whine or complain about her circumstances. Wallowing in worry is not an option for her. She petitions God to allow her to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of her life. Furthermore, she desires to behold His beauty – to just be in awe of Him.
She loves to just sit at the feet of Jesus. She is comfortable there. This is her hiding place, her place of comfort and joy. In this place, she freely has a heart of worship.
Worship & Praise
The mighty woman after His heart will make time to worship and praise God. This is not an option for her. She makes her worship and praises a priority in her busy life. She understands that her praise and worship inspires a new song within her heart. And she sings it fearlessly.
Worshipping and praising God brings confidence to her heart as she sings. Her head is lifted up and she is assured of who is protecting her. Thus, she relies on her “God-confidence” and not self-confidence – she understands the difference.
Leave It Behind
To be after God’s own heart requires her to leave sin at the foot of the Cross. She is familiar with the age-old tactic of the enemy to remind her of her past mistakes, failures, and sin. When he tries to remind her of her past, she reminds him of her future. She reminds him that Jesus Christ conquered the death of sin when He died and rose again. So, her past has been covered by His precious blood and has been erased from God’s memory. It all has been tossed to the bottom of the ocean floor, and as far as the East is from the West.
When she leaves her sin with Jesus, she does not pick it up again. It is there to stay.
Having a teachable spirit is another habit of the woman after God’s heart. She understands that the ways of God will lead to peace and joy. When the Holy Spirit convicts, she is prepared to confess, repent and turn from her sinful behavior. She does not waste time justifying or making excuses for it.
Reading God’s word teaches her heart and she continuously asks God for His wisdom. Trusting Him to lead and guide her so she does not lose heart.
Finally, the woman after the heart of her Heavenly Father waits expectantly as He strengthens her. She keeps believing that she will see God’s goodness. Rather than act hastily and carelessly, she rests in the expectation that her Lord will come to her aid. Her hope is anchored in Christ, and consequently, her heart is strengthened and her courage is restored.
How are you running after the heart of God? Which one of these habits do you need to be more purposeful in developing? I have created a printable to help remind you of these wonderful habits.
A printable for my blog post: 7 Habits Of A Woman After God’s Own Heart.