Since I’ve started blogging Godsy Girl, I’ve gotten a few emails about the term and what it really means. I envisioned it as being a Christian lifestyle blog and that’s what it is!
A Christian lifestyle blog for real.
Essentially, Godsy Girl is a blog for today’s Christian woman.
My hope is to write and feature encouraging articles, ministry tips and spiritual insights. I really want to do so through my lens of my own experience albeit imperfect. 🙂
Warning: I am 1) a typo queen. Sorry.
Secondly, I am a direct communicator. Some are offended by my communication style and, thus, should find another Christian lifestyle blog. It’s ok.
I realized long ago, everyone is not for me and I’m not for everyone. Like with food, some like it hot others, not so much.
What the heck does GodsyGirl mean anyway?
Godsy Girl is a term the Lord gave me a few years ago.
Long before the WWJD movement, I’d often ask myself “What would a Godsy Girl do?” during life’s temptations.
The name kind of stuck with me. It became part of who I am.
Similarly, it must have hit a “nerve” with other women too, because I’ve been getting emails from Godsy Girls all across the country!
I never expected this much interest! So cool!
More about my Christian blogging life…
I want the term GodsyGirl to refer to any woman of God.
A Godsy Girl is a Christian woman [of any age] consumed with becoming just like Christ according to I John 2:6.
6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.I John 2:6
Yeah, a woman who wants to live like Jesus – this Christian lifestyle blog is for you!
She strives to walk in love, patience and kindness; but she’s no pushover. She knows her identity in Christ and doesn’t settle for foolishness – just as Jesus didn’t.
Godsy Girls can be single Christian women, married Christian women or divorced Christian women.
She can be raising children; not interested in children or living the life of a seasoned Christian dynamo.
All she has to do is be God’s girl. Does this sound like you?
GodsyGirl is a heritage.
Above is a pic of myself and a very special “Godsy Girl” in my life, the late Mother Georgia Walker Rivers.
Christian women are significant to one another. Our journey is similar, yet different. We must support one another.
Just as other women sowed into my life,like Mother Rivers, I want to do the same. I want my “real life” situations to encourage you and help you grow. That’s why I’m keeping this Christian lifestyle blog going. I want us to grow together in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.2 Peter 3:18
A masterpiece in the making…my Christian lifestyle blog..and me too!
Do know: a GodsyGirl embraces the journey of doing and becoming. While we serve, work and be a blessing to the Kingdom, we are – at the same time – growing into the image of the Lord.
I want you to be like that. I want to be that person too. I hope my Christian lifestyle blog will help.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.Romans 8:29
Secure in Jesus and my Christian lifestyle blog
A GodsyGirl doesn’t need a lot of attention either. Why? Her esteem comes more from the Lord than from people.
While she may enjoy compliments, she doesn’t need them or seek them out.
She’s confident in her skin and finds joy in walking out her destiny and pleasing her God (Jesus Christ!)
A GodsyGirl is not jealous of others nor worried about the future because she believes Ps 16:5.
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.Psalms 16:5
My ultimate inspiration for this Christian lifestyle blog (and my entire life)…
For me, the original Godsy Girl (OGG) in my life was my grandmother, Mother Ethel Mills (pictured above). Her investment of life and services was in Quindaro Church of God in Christ in Kansas City, Kansas. She’d be so proud of my Christian lifestyle blog.
Godsy Girl and Ministry
A Godsy Girl finds creative ways to utilize her spiritual gifts in ministry, service and excellence!
Her treasure is her spiritual growth, her investment into the Kingdom and drawing others to Jesus Christ.
But, the sort of woman I label a GodsyGirl is also innovative.
She earns money to build up her household. Just like my GodsyGirl online shop featuring my own designs on t-shirts and other things.
I hope you understand what I am hoping to accomplish here. As singer, Sada K says in her song. I want us all to win!
It’s also important to note that I am not a pastor, preacher or evangelist. Just a Christian wife and mom eager to be a blessing and see what the “end is gonna be”. Grow with me!
Women referenced in the Bible …just a few of my favs.
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
Deborah – The Judge
From the Message (which you know I love!)
Judges 4 The Message (MSG) and BibleGateway – which I also love!
4 1-3 The People of Israel kept right on doing evil in God’s sight. With Ehud dead, God sold them off to Jabin king of Canaan who ruled from Hazor. Sisera, who lived in Harosheth Haggoyim, was the commander of his army. The People of Israel cried out to God because he had cruelly oppressed them with his nine hundred iron chariots for twenty years.
4-5 Deborah was a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth. She was judge over Israel at that time. She held court under Deborah’s Palm between Ramah and Bethel in the hills of Ephraim. The People of Israel went to her in matters of justice.
6-7 She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “It has become clear that God, the God of Israel, commands you: Go to Mount Tabor and prepare for battle. Take ten companies of soldiers from Naphtali and Zebulun. I’ll take care of getting Sisera, the leader of Jabin’s army, to the Kishon River with all his chariots and troops. And I’ll make sure you win the battle.”
8 Barak said, “If you go with me, I’ll go. But if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”
9-10 She said, “Of course I’ll go with you. But understand that with an attitude like that, there’ll be no glory in it for you. God will use a woman’s hand to take care of Sisera.”
Deborah got ready and went with Barak to Kedesh. Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali together at Kedesh. Ten companies of men followed him. And Deborah was with him.
11-13 It happened that Heber the Kenite had parted company with the other Kenites, the descendants of Hobab, Moses’ in-law. He was now living at Zaanannim Oak near Kedesh. They told Sisera that Barak son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor. Sisera immediately called up all his chariots to the Kishon River—nine hundred iron chariots!—along with all his troops who were with him at Harosheth Haggoyim.
14 Deborah said to Barak, “Charge! This very day God has given you victory over Sisera. Isn’t God marching before you?”
Barak charged down the slopes of Mount Tabor, his ten companies following him.
15-16 God routed Sisera—all those chariots, all those troops!—before Barak. Sisera jumped out of his chariot and ran. Barak chased the chariots and troops all the way to Harosheth Haggoyim. Sisera’s entire fighting force was killed—not one man left.
17-18 Meanwhile Sisera, running for his life, headed for the tent of Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite. Jabin king of Hazor and Heber the Kenite were on good terms with one another. Jael stepped out to meet Sisera and said, “Come in, sir. Stay here with me. Don’t be afraid.”
So he went with her into her tent. She covered him with a blanket.
19 He said to her, “Please, a little water. I’m thirsty.”
She opened a bottle of milk, gave him a drink, and then covered him up again.
20 He then said, “Stand at the tent flap. If anyone comes by and asks you, ‘Is there anyone here?’ tell him, ‘No, not a soul.’”
21 Then while he was fast asleep from exhaustion, Jael wife of Heber took a tent peg and hammer, tiptoed toward him, and drove the tent peg through his temple and all the way into the ground. He convulsed and died.
22 Barak arrived in pursuit of Sisera. Jael went out to greet him. She said, “Come, I’ll show you the man you’re looking for.” He went with her and there he was—Sisera, stretched out, dead, with a tent peg through his temple.
23-24 On that day God subdued Jabin king of Canaan before the People of Israel. The People of Israel pressed harder and harder on Jabin king of Canaan until there was nothing left of him.
Esther was so brave!
Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.
15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.
16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.
17 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
The Canaanite mother
A portrait in persistent faith! – Matthew 15:21-28
21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
I LOVE Abigail in the Bible!
Read this story also with commentary on BibleGateWay.com
1 Samuel 25:1-42
2 There was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel. This man was very wealthy;[b] he owned 3,000 sheep and 1,000 goats. At that time he was shearing his sheep in Carmel. 3 The man’s name was Nabal,[c] and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was both wise[d] and beautiful, but the man was harsh and his deeds were evil. He was a Calebite.
4 When David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep, 5 he[e] sent ten servants,[f] saying to them,[g] “Go up to Carmel to see Nabal and give him greetings in my name.[h] 6 Then you will say to my brother,[i] ‘Peace to you and your house! Peace to all that is yours! 7 Now I hear that they are shearing sheep for you. When your shepherds were with us, we neither insulted them nor harmed them the whole time they were in Carmel. 8 Ask your own servants; they can tell you! May my servants find favor in your sight, for we have come[j] at the time of a holiday. Please provide us—your servants[k] and your son David—with whatever you can spare.’”[l]
9 So David’s servants went and spoke all these words to Nabal in David’s name. Then they paused. 10 But Nabal responded to David’s servants, “Who is David, and who is this son of Jesse? This is a time when many servants are breaking away from their masters! 11 Should I take my bread and my water and my meat that I have slaughtered for my shearers and give them to these men? I don’t even know where they came from!”
12 So David’s servants went on their way. When they had returned, they came and told David[m] all these things. 13 Then David instructed his men, “Each of you strap on your sword!” So each one strapped on his sword, and David also strapped on his sword. About 400 men followed David, while 200 stayed behind with the equipment.
14 But one of the servants told Nabal’s wife Abigail, “David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet[n] our lord, but he screamed at them. 15 These men were very good to us. They did not insult us, nor did we sustain any loss during the entire time we were together[o] in the field. 16 Both night and day they were a protective wall for us the entire time we were with them, while we were tending our flocks. 17 Now be aware of this, and see what you can do. For disaster has been planned for our lord and his entire household.[p] He is such a wicked person[q] that no one tells him anything!”
18 So Abigail quickly took 200 loaves of bread, two containers[r] of wine, five prepared sheep, five seahs[s] of roasted grain, 100 bunches of raisins, and 200 lumps of pressed figs. She loaded them on donkeys 19 and said to her servants, “Go on ahead of me. I will come after you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.
20 Riding on her donkey, she went down under cover of the mountain. David and his men were coming down to meet her, and she encountered them. 21 Now David had been thinking,[t] “In vain I guarded everything that belonged to this man in the wilderness. I didn’t take anything from him. But he has repaid my good with evil. 22 God will severely punish David,[u] if I leave alive until morning even one male[v] from all those who belong to him!”
23 When Abigail saw David, she got down quickly from the donkey, threw herself facedown before David, and bowed to the ground. 24 Falling at his feet, she said, “My lord, I accept all the guilt! But please let your female servant speak to you! Please listen to the words of your servant! 25 My lord should not pay attention to this wicked man Nabal. He simply lives up to his name! His name means ‘fool,’ and he is indeed foolish![w] But I, your servant, did not see the servants my lord sent.[x]
26 “Now, my lord, as surely as the Lord lives and as surely as you live, it is the Lord who has kept you from shedding blood and taking matters into your own hands. Now may your enemies and those who seek to harm my lord be like Nabal. 27 Now let this present[y] that your servant has brought to my lord be given to the servants who follow[z] my lord. 28 Please forgive the sin of your servant, for the Lord will certainly establish a lasting dynasty for my lord, because my lord fights the battles of the Lord. May no evil be found in you all your days! 29 When someone sets out to chase you and to take your life, the life of my lord will be wrapped securely in the bag[aa] of the living by the Lord your God. But he will sling away the lives of your enemies from the sling’s pocket! 30 The Lord will do for my lord everything that he promised you,[ab] and he will make[ac] you a leader over Israel. 31 Your conscience will not be overwhelmed with guilt[ad] for having poured out innocent blood and for having taken matters into your own hands. When the Lord has granted my lord success,[ae] please remember your servant.”
32 Then David said to Abigail, “Praised[af] be the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you this day to meet me! 33 Praised be your good judgment! May you yourself be rewarded[ag] for having prevented me this day from shedding blood and taking matters into my own hands!
I want to feature women in the Bible on my Christian lifestyle blog and scriptures like the ones below
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
And said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
And so train the young women to love their husbands and children,
1 Corinthians 14:33-37
For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. Or was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you the only ones it has reached? If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord.
And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them.
An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. …
I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well.
House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.