About a year ago, I read the book, Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes. What an amazing challenge it was! The Lord used this book in so many ways to convict me and change me. Since then, some of the areas in my life that the Lord started changing I have allowed continued growth. Some areas I have chosen to close off to His changing power. Some areas I just needed reminding. So I have made it a goal to read this book every year. It has been so helpful for my spiritual growth with practical applications for obedience.
It would be an excellent book for all women to read. I picked my copy up from OM books. Her husband, Kent, has also written Disciplines of a Godly Man.
I particularly want to reflect on the third chapter of Disciplines of a Godly Woman: “The Discipline of Submission”. The next few posts I will make are some things that I missed or had forgotten since the last time I read it.
“Some people correctly believe that submitting involves acting in a kind and considerate way toward another person, but far more often submission is regarded to be degrading or belittling.” (p. 34)
For so long I have seen submission as a negative concept. I have rights and I intend to stand up for those rights no matter what! Because of my negative understanding of submission, I have treated many people unkindly and inconsiderately to make sure I was treated fairly.
But submission is treating others kindly and considerately by putting their needs ahead of mine. That doesn’t mean I can’t stand up for my rights, it just means I consider others’ needs before I blurt out my needs and “rights”. I can still make my needs and opinions known, but it should be in a gentle and kind way, not a demanding and inconsiderate way. We should all submit to one another, treating one another with kindness and consideration (Ephesians 5:21).