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.
“No one has yet discovered the word Jesus ought to have said, none suggested the better word he might have said. No action of his has shocked our moral sense. None has fallen short of the ideal. He is full of surprises, but they are all the surprises of perfection.” – John Watson, Scottish minister and author in the late 1800s
Would you agree with Watson? I have definitely questioned the words and actions of the Lord – from His confusing sayings and parables, to the strange ways He healed, to the way He set aside earthly honors, to the impossibly small number of disciples He left behind to change the world… The stories of Jesus’ life on earth continually surprise me, but when I take a closer look, I find He is better than I had guessed. As Timothy Keller put it, “He is tenderness without weakness, strength without harshness, humility without the slightest lack of confidence, unhesitating authority with a complete lack of self-absorption, unbending convictions without the slightest lack of approachability, power without insensitivity, enthusiasm without fanaticism, holiness without Pharisaism, passion without prejudice. Nothing he does falls short. In fact, he’s always surprising you and taking your breath away because he’s so incomparably better than you could imagine for yourself. Why? The surprises you get when you read the life of Jesus are the surprises of perfection.”
What about the ways He has worked in my own life? Sometimes it’s very hard to see His perfection in my own story. I’ve asked so many times, “How could _this_ be Your will? How could _this_ be worked for my good?” And then weeks, months, or years later, I look back and see that through the very worst things, He was working the very best for me and those I love. Ann Voskamp writes that “when we look back, we see God’s back” – in that situation where His presence was invisible to us, later we see how He was working on our behalf, standing as our wall of protection, and showing us His glory as He showed Moses. She continues, “God reveals Himself in rearview mirrors. And I’ve an inkling that there are times when we need to drive a long, long distance, before we can look back and see God’s back in the rearview mirror. Maybe sometimes about as far as heaven — that kind of distance.”
I pray that today you can look back on your life so far, and see in it the surprises of Christ’s perfection. And for those dark patches where you just can’t see it yet, may you find assurance that one day in glory, it will all reveal a beautiful, loving plan.
DEVOTIONAL | SHANNON MILLER.
Are you struggling with anxiety these days? Maybe you didn’t until 2020, or maybe, like me, you knew how to get tied up in fears and worries almost before you knew how to walk. I recently found hope for my troubled mind, in the image of thorns.
Dr. Anita Phillips draws connections among several passages of Scripture to illustrate how Christ carried our fear as well as our sin to the cross. In Genesis 3, the soil we were made from is cursed to bear thorns and thistles. In the parable of the sower, Jesus describes those thorns as “the cares of this world,” (Matthew 13:22, ESV). And in Luke 22:39-46, we see Him, having entered into our humanity, now weighed down with cares. He experienced the full range of human emotions, and in the garden of Gethsemane He experienced terror, anxiety, and pain.
The passage states that He was so distressed that He sweated drops of blood. Other recorded instances of this phenomenon were cases of extreme fear, in life-threatening circumstances. The Greek word often translated “agony” in verse 44 can also be translated “terror of death.” Fully God, He knew exactly what He would suffer on the cross for our sake. Fully man, He was not spared from fearing the pain of betrayal, abuse, crucifixion, death, and spiritual separation from His Father as He bore our sins. Soon after His anguish in the garden, Jesus was crowned with thorns (John 19:2) – the symbol of our cares and anxieties, piercing the mind of the Son of God who always preferred to draw closer to us by naming Himself the Son of Man.
What a comfort in anxious moments, to know that “surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows,” (Isaiah 53:4, ESV). “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin,” (Hebrews 4:15, BSB).
Our fears and worries were laid on our Lord’s head, and now we are invited to continually cast our cares on Him, and receive His peace instead (1 Peter 5:7, Romans 15:13). As Max Lucado put it, “Jesus promises you His vintage of peace! The peace that calmed His heart when He was falsely accused. The peace that steadied His voice when He spoke to Pilate. The peace that kept His thoughts clear and heart pure as He hung on the cross. This was His peace. This can be your peace.”
DEVOTIONAL | SHANNON MILLER.
Do you feel pulled in a dozen directions right now? Pressed and molded to fit the expectations of one person after another, until you’re left a bit battered and bewildered? Whether in your family, in the workplace, in education, or in ministry, you may be faced with impossible choices, and a foreboding that you will be harshly judged no matter which path you take.
Close your eyes for a moment, take a slow breath, and picture yourself walking into an open meadow bathed in sunlight. Only one other Person is there, and He has no harsh judgments to speak over you. His presence is the place of peace and freedom you can always return to when you’re feeling frayed at the edges.
Jesus has no unrealistic expectations of your abilities… just wild dreams He plans to fulfill in you, beyond anything you could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). He greets you not with reluctance or begrudging acceptance, but with outright joy, when you’ve blown it and you turn back to Him (Luke 15:11-24). He does not ask you to earn your way, because in His finished work on the cross, it is paid in full.
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be FULLY SATISFIED for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit,” (Romans 8:1-4, NLT, emphasis mine).
Here is grace that shatters our performance-based thinking, as Tullian Tchividian writes in his book One Way Love. “You are not who others see you to be, and you are not who you see yourself to be; you are who God sees you to be – His beloved child, with whom He is well pleased. I’ll say it again, because I need to hear it as much as anyone: the one-way love of God frees us from the oppressive pressure to perform, the slavish demand to ‘become.’ God is not waiting for us to do or not do something in order to unlock His love. The Gospel declares that in Christ, we already are everything we need to be.”
What a wonder, that the only One whose opinion of you truly counts – the One worthy to judge the living and the dead – has chosen to categorically rule that you are righteous, blameless, spotless, pure, by His own blood (Acts 10:42,43; Hebrews 9:11-15)! Breathe this truth in deep and walk in freedom today. You have nothing to prove.