Let your personal success be how you define it — but work hard to make it happen! Think about the present and the future. What is success in your eyes?

I am successful. I am not bragging. What is success? At nearly seventy, my husband and I are in love, our three sons are married to the most wonderful girls and our grandchildren, all seven, are precious — loved by their parents, growing to know what is good and right. You see, I decided that giving a good start to our sons, making them and our marriage a priority was my goal.

When I was young, my fervent prayer was: “Lord, please give me a man of God who loves me.” That happened and (over the years, through trial and error) I finally feel like a success. Here is your cue: “Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.” (Proverbs 4:26, empahsis added)

Ponder this: You overflow with potential because you are created in the image of God. With all of this, what do you want out of life? In your contemplations about yourself, your life and future, what is the desire of your heart?

Never does your Creator keep you as a woman in the dark, or down, or isolated, or ignorant. There are those who might, but when you see it you will have the strength to “walk away” from control and disrespect. It is your privilege and it is in your power. You are an autonomous human being. Jesus Christ, the God who gave you all the advantages and gifts you possess, has made you unique. He is on your side. The gifts, abilities, personality and passions in you are created for a reason: to be invested for your good and satisfaction, and for the good of mankind.

You and every woman has the potential power to enrich — even greatly influence the world, beginning with those closest to you. They need your best self.

Anyone who believes the Lord, listens to His voice, reads the Bible as God’s personal word will grow wise. And the wisdom within you should not be controlled or silenced. “Does not wisdom cry? And understanding put forth her voice?” (Proverbs 8:1)

The inspiration from within is where growth starts. Listen to the inspiration in your head.
You and I desire to make a difference: let it begin.

Elizabeth the First, 1558-1603, Queen of England had a nation isolated and poor at the beginning of her reign; but when she ascended the throne her nation rose to one of the most important in Europe: the “Elizabethan Age” came about in part because of her personal initiative and care for her people and courage to make the most of her position.

A wise woman defines her success.

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  1. Roxanne says:

    Lizzie, i just love your writing. Thank you for giving women an inspirational and insightful point of view!

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