I always dreamed of being Wonder Woman. I tried jumping off my garage roof a few times when I was younger, complete with a cape and my underwear on the outside of my pants, only to get to the roof and realize I've always been scared of heights. I thought Wonder Woman could do anything; and those gold wristbands—if only I had a pair of them—I could achieve the impossible!
My aspirations of becoming a superhero came to naught, as countless other little girls' dreams have. But aren't there days in our lives when we feel like we have to be Super Woman if we're going to get through it alive? Sometimes it can seem like everybody wants a piece of you: your kids want lunch and want to be driven to sports training, your boss needs that report, your mom says you never visit, your friend is on the phone because her marriage is in crisis, you have bills to pay, dinner to cook, and when you finally think the day is over and you climb under the covers, your husband wants to make love!
The "secret" I'm about to reveal won't eliminate these kinds of days (disappointing, I know), but it will take the stress out of living through them. The secret (drum roll, please) is: you don't have to be Super Woman; you just need to be supernatural!
In Proverbs 31, we see a picture of a supernatural woman. This woman was an excellent wife and mother, she worked diligently, provided food for her family, arose early in the morning, was an entrepreneur, she dressed immaculately, helped the poor and the needy, and was wise, kind, strong and dignified. The fact that this woman exists in the Bible, and long before cell phones, computers and dishwashers, shows us that we can have and do it all in life without having a nervous breakdown.
I understand that for some of us, simply reading about this Proverbs 31 woman can make us feel tired, weary, and stretched to capacity. Rather than motivating us, she only serves to remind us of how much we are not doing. However, I see this woman not as a superhero but rather as one who sets the standard for every Christian woman. In the midst of a normal life, she discovered a secret—the God factor—and came to realize she didn't need to be superhuman at all, but supernaturally empowered by the Holy Spirit. Through His strength, wisdom and endurance, she was able to have and do her "all." As a result, within the context of her family and her world, she enlarged her capacity to live the abundant life God wanted her to live.
And this abundant "Proverbs 31" life is exactly what God deeply desires for every one of His girls. He wants us to learn how to tap into the supernatural empowerment of the Holy Spirit because this is the only way we will be able to fulfill our God-purpose and destiny without burning out or giving up along the way. The Holy Spirit is the helper Jesus promised would be with us always, and He will enable us to live the supernatural life. With Him and through Him, we really can be like the Proverbs 31 woman and be able to have and do it all, despite the screaming children, traffic jams, work deadlines, sleep deprivation, laundry piles, date nights...and the list continues.
God's "all" for your life is right before you, ready to be seized, enjoyed, bring you tremendous fulfillment, and stretch you to your limits! You absolutely can have and do it all, and live the life you've dreamed of...if you understand that your "all" will be a journey of a lifetime, and that sometimes your "all" can shift and morph when you least expect it.
No matter where you are in life right now, where you've come from, or what you may have experienced, God has an "all" designed specifically for you to embrace so you can become a force that can change your world!
This article is excerpted from Christine’s book, Can I Have And Do It All, Please?