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
“Love talked about is easily turned aside, but love demonstrated is irresistible,” said humanitarian Walter Stanley Mooneyham. His words echo a Biblical principle: “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth,” (1 John 3:18, NIV). In these times when most of our human interactions are through screens, how can we demonstrate love instead of just talking about it? And in this climate of controversy, how do we strike a loving balance between advocacy, activism, and relationship?
When we must communicate with words in the absence of hugs, and sometimes in the absence of facial expressions in video or tones of voice in a call, is it still possible to convey love in the way that we speak? I think so. It requires a few actions of us before we speak.
Before tapping Send or Post, we can ask ourselves a few questions: Do these words exalt Jesus over me, and over any person or human agenda? Have I balanced truth with grace, as my Lord always does? Does this message honor the Creator’s work in every person who might read it, respecting them not because they agree with me but because they were made in His image? What is the Holy Spirit saying to me about the timing of this topic? Have I prayed for the person I’m trying to influence? Do I have an outstanding debt of forgiveness toward the person I’m speaking to?
These questions are my attempt to unpack the guidance of Colossians 3:12-14, NASB: “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.”
Finally, in my own experience I have found that ideas can be exchanged in a crowd, but love is most easily received in a one-on-one or small group setting. So instead of logging on to catch up with dozens of friends, can I give one person the gift of my time and undivided attention on the phone? If I only have a minute, can I text or send a short voice recording of a prayer for a family I love? Could I write out a thank you note or a blessing?
I will never do this perfectly, but with a bit of intentionality every day, I can make more of my words serve the Lord’s purpose for me to love people and reveal the treasure He is.
DEVOTIONAL | SHANNON MILLER.
“Kindness messes people up,” the Convoy of Hope volunteer coordinator told us. As we prepared our hearts to pray with people at the last station of the community outreach, he explained how the toughest people can be affected when they receive one act of kindness after another for an hour or more. By the time they arrive at the prayer station, having received a medical checkup, job placement help, a haircut, a meal, and more, they can be remarkably open to receiving prayer and hearing about God.
Have you ever been overwhelmed by kindness? Maybe a stranger wrote a check to cover what you had no means to pay. Maybe a friend showed up with a homemade meal on one of the hardest days of your life. Maybe a mentor prayed over you, counseled you, and reminded you of your worth at your lowest point. I get teary-eyed just remembering moments like this in my own life.
When I consider the kindness that God has shown me, it messes me up even more. No one has ever been as kind to me as Jesus has – choosing me, loving me, and being crushed under the punishment I deserved, while I was still in sin (Romans 5:8). “So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding,” (Ephesians 1:6-8, NLT).
If I look long enough at the loving-kindness the Lord has lavished on me, my walls begin to crumble, my cynical thoughts about the world fall silent, and my shame dies. As A.W. Tozer wrote, “His love is an incomprehensibly vast, bottomless, shoreless sea before which we kneel in joyful silence and from which the loftiest eloquence retreats confused and abashed.” When I stare into the sea of His kindness, my very identity changes. I realize that if it is true that the God of the universe decided before the foundation of the world, that bringing me close would be worth the agony of the cross, then most of what I’ve believed about myself is a lie. And when I begin to understand how I’ve been loved, I am able to love others freely – out of the overflow of a full heart. I pray that you too will be reminded of how lavishly you are loved today, and that your kindness in turn will be used by God to tear down the painful lies that others have believed.
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.