We are Virtuous Women.
Our Core Values
It’s all about Jesus: We seek to give Christ preeminence in all things. We exist for His glory, and not to exalt ourselves or this ministry.
The Bible is our Authority: We believe the Bible is the infallible and inspired Word of God, the only foundation for life and our ultimate authority. We want to be women who meditate daily on the Word and apply it to our personal lives.
Unity of the Church: The greatest witness to the world that Jesus is the Son of God is the unity of His church. We are determined to foster and maintain unity among believers and churches. Virtuous Women will empower women to strengthen their local churches.
Discipleship is the Goal: We are called to make disciples, not just converts. We are driven by a desire to see the Great Commission fulfilled.
Empowered by Prayer: We submit our plans and decisions to God in prayer and intentionally encourage women to make time with God a priority in their lives.
DEVOTIONAL | SHANNON MILLER.
In ancient Jewish custom, getting married was a two step process – couples would go through a formal betrothal ceremony, and months later a celebration where the groom would take the bride to the addition to his family’s home he had prepared for her. At the betrothal, a contract would be spoken or written, specifying the dowry the groom would have to pay, and any other conditions for making the bride his. Then the couple would symbolically share a cup of wine. The ceremony was legally binding and could not be undone without a divorce. At any time within the next year, he could come to her family’s home, show that he had fulfilled the terms of the contract, and take her away in a festival procession to become his wife.
At the Last Supper, Jesus echoed parts of this betrothal ceremony with His disciples. He spoke about a new covenant “between God and His people,” in which the bride-price would be His body and His blood, symbolized by bread and wine (Luke 22:14-20). He promised to prepare a place for them in His Father’s house, and return to take them there (John 14:1-4).
And now anyone who will receive His sacrifice to atone for sin is given a place at the table of communion, and a reserved seat at the marriage supper in glory (Revelation 19:6-9). We drink the sweet wine of forgiveness, because He drank the cup of bitter suffering that we deserved (Matthew 26:42, Isaiah 53:4-6).
In this shockingly unequal exchange, He gave His life to wed an unworthy, sinful bride. But He miraculously renders us spotless. All that was ours is now His – the sin, the pain, the shame – and all that is His falls to us – the righteousness, peace, and freedom (Ephesians 5:25-27). By betrothal to Christ, we are legally transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God’s beloved Son (Colossians 1:13). We are baptized into His name, united with the perfect Bridegroom (Matthew 28:19, Galatians 3:27), and we wait for Him to take us home. In the words of Sinclair Ferguson, “It isn’t Adam’s life and your past that now determine your life. It’s Christ’s life, and Christ’s past, that determine your life.” What a blessing to be called by His name!
Sinclair Ferguson’s awe-inspiring sermon on union with Christ:
DEVOTIONAL | SHANNON MILLER
Have you ever started to compliment the grocery checker, ask a postal worker how their day is going, or thank someone in military uniform for their service, only to stop short because they seem too busy? When someone rushes through the moments with you, not even making eye contact, it feels impossible to give them any encouragement. Maybe this effect only happens to introverts, but it illustrates a principle for life: when you aren’t present in the moment, you miss the blessing of the moment.
In her book One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp describes God as being found and experienced in the present – it’s in His name, the I AM. But like the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-34), if you don’t expect Him to visit as you hustle along your way, you can miss Him when He is walking at your elbow. Ann quotes a friend, “I cannot think of a single advantage I’ve ever gained from being in a hurry. But a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, lie in the wake of all the rushing… Through all that haste I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away.”
How can you keep from being caught up in hurrying? It starts with letting the Lord set the boundaries of your life and of the load you need to carry. He says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light,” (Matthew 11:28-30, NLT). If your daily to-do list leaves you with no rest for your soul, chances are that some of that list doesn’t belong to you. His yoke is easy!
You can slow the rushing of time for yourself by letting go of burdens He hasn’t given you, and by cultivating the habit of pausing to listen for Him in your everyday moments. What if today by choosing to slow down, you could begin to scoop up all the blessings He has laid along your path instead of hurrying past them?
DEVOTIONAL | SHANNON MILLER
Let’s consider today the story of the woman with the issue of blood. When we meet her in the Gospels, she had already “suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse,” (Mark 5:26, NIV). In modern terms, she had gone to the Mayo Clinic or Johns Hopkins, tried the best treatments out there, and had finally been told there was nothing they could do for her. How many times had her hopes risen and been dashed again? How many times had she thought herself on the way out of the deep, only to be plunged back in? The darkest moment of her story was not when she first faced this trial, but when all her most promising solutions failed.
Can you relate? Like a late frost in spring, has disappointment struck down your budding hopes, and left you to wonder how a harvest could still come from the seeds you sowed in tears?
After twelve years of sickness and isolation, she heard that there was a divine Healer in town. She was done grasping for practical cures, and now she reached for the hem of His garment. We don’t know how much she had already prayed and sought the Lord’s help, but we do know that this turned out to be her day. She was instantly healed, and in place of reproach for her touch that would have made a rabbi ceremonially unclean, she received the honor of being the only woman in Scripture whom Jesus named “Daughter.” (See Luke 8:43-48.)
Are you in the starless night of your story, having exhausted all your best ideas and most promising hopes for a way out of your suffering? “If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God,” (Isaiah 50:10, NLT). When there’s nothing you can do, there is still nothing He can’t do. You are not out of options and your story is not over, so long as you are willing to reach for the hem of His garment.