Oh, yes you can! While a man is commanded to be the spiritual leader of the home and chart the way for his family, that does not mean that he does it alone. A healthy marriage works together as a united front to raise their family, relying on one another’s strengths.
The truth of the matter is women bring their own God-given qualities and beautiful gifts into a marriage. And a husband who is confident in her abilities will lean on her for support.
In retrospect, he can also direct her with truth, grace, and support, willing to protect and defend her when needed.
Women can lead in so many ways from opening her home and showing hospitality to a bunch of kids at a playgroup, to heading up a Bible study for other women, to mentoring other moms, to facilitating an outreach program.
The possibilities are endless. All you need to do is tap into your strengths and ask God to place you where He needs you!
However, there is much confusion about women and leadership, so let’s take a look at two popular and often misunderstood verses that pertain to this issue and unpack them.
1 Timothy 2:11-12 and 1 Corinthians 14:34 can easily raise a few eyebrows and have always been a bit controversial. It leads many to believe that women must remain silent, be completely submissive, and never teach.
However, Paul is encouraging both men and women to find their suitable place in the church as God sees fit. Parameters were put in place, especially around women, by a God who loves His daughters and cares deeply for the gifts she can contribute.
Remember that God’s design and order are perfect. He calls men to lead in the church as He does in the home for a reason.
But we must also realize there are still so many places that need women to lead, such as teaching other women and leading those precious little ones. And that is vital to the kingdom of heaven!
Ladies, I will close with this: your role in your family matters. And it immensely matters to our God! What you contribute is valuable, your role is critical, and you have the impact, qualities, and potential to make your home a warm, inviting, and loving space for all who enter.
So, hold your head up high, and walk in the confidence of your precious place in your family, because God is using you to do a great work for Him.
For further reading:
7 Lies Women Believe about Hospitality This Thanksgiving
Are Traditional Gender Roles Created by God?
Is God a Feminist?
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