If you have ever felt challenged or insecure as a woman in following your dreams, or in your career, or in your personal pursuit of God, this is your study. Kat Armstrong urges women to wholeheartedly love the Lord beyond our heart and soul, as well as with our mind and strength. She dares to ask and explore what faith and life in general would look like if we broke through the barriers holding us back and lived giving Jesus our ALL. "Don’t be afraid. Give me your everything." Dare to answer his invitation to show up daily, holding nothing back.
God did not design half of his priorities for women and the other half for men. Yet loving God with our hearts and souls is usually considered women's work, and loving God with our minds and strength is usually considered men's work. It is these messages we hear in church that hold women back from loving God with our all.
A very common message that holds women back is, stay in your place. But, we are commanded by Jesus himself in the Great Commandment to pursue him. Which inevitably means we can't stay in our place. We have to move toward God.
Loving God with all our hearts is so much more than Jesus-focused mushy gushy stuff. It's about loving God with our truest inner selves. It's about exchanging our old heart for a new heart. It's about not losing heart, but persevering through hardship, building character, and producing Christ-centered hope.
If we properly understand the profound meaning of the word soul, then there is a far deeper significance to loving God with all our soul. We should love the Lord with the very fiber of our being, with everything that makes us human! Jesus is looking for women to love him through all aspects of our lives—the good, the bad, and the ugly.
In addition to a new heart and a real soul, God redeems our minds too, so that we can understand the truth of the gospel and so that we can keep our minds pure. With our minds, we stay open to new ideas, constantly ready for God to change our minds through his Word. But be warned! Becoming mindful Jesus-followers is going to be a battle.
We tend to think of power in relation to physical strength only, but the word power in the Bible usually refers to spiritual strength—the strength of the Lord. This means you should "love the Lord your God as completely as you can." What are your strengths? In what ways are you exceptionally capable? A lost and dying world needs your full potential to be exercised for His great purpose.