You may be hurting today. Suffering. Living with a diagnosis. Dealing with marriage issues (what married person isn’t?). Continually trying to blend a blended family. Perhaps your kid’s not exactly on the straight-and-narrow. Whatever it is that you’re facing, you’re not alone. If we’re honest, all of us must make the best of some difficult circumstances on a daily basis, even though we love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). The rains will fall and the winds will blow (Matthew 7:25), but what will be the testimony of your life?

No matter how ordinary your situation may seem, you can become no ordinary woman, experiencing the glory of God right where you live. What do I mean by that? I think it’s really quite simple.

Here are some earmarks of a woman who carries God’s glory:

Most importantly, she lives by faith!  For me, marriage, child rearing, and home educating is a faith venture. My version of Luke 1:45 goes something like this: “Blessed is she that believed [and believed, and believed, and believed...against all odds, despite how she feels],” because living by faith is a daily process of applying one’s active faith again and again, tirelessly, in order to experience “a performance of those things which were told...[us] from the Lord.”

When Mary said “yes,” agreeing to bear the Savior, it wasn’t just one decision. It was the one decision that led to all the others, determining the course of her destiny. It was a “yes” not only to carrying a miracle baby but also to carrying a stigma her entire life. Jesus was born a stumbling block (1 Corinthians 1:23), creating controversy wherever He went, and He died a criminal’s death, placing Mary in a position that drew harsh criticism and loud public opinion until the day she left the planet. Surely Mary had to apply very intentional faith to her circumstances not just once during her encounter with the angel—but repeatedly throughout her journey on earth.

It’s easy to say “yes” when angels visit during prayer. But then comes Monday! Girls, what are we at home? Are we truly faith-filled women or women with a little faith? One-minute devotions may do the trick for others, but we are called to live devoted lives, 24/7.

Mary knew her God. We must know our God. Let’s endeavor to build an altar daily and connect with Him, whether it’s on our knees in our living room or in an airplane seat at 36,000 feet above ground. Psalm 132:3–5 inspires me: “I will not enter my house or go to my bed—I will allow no sleep to my eyes, no slumber to my eyelids, till I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Women of faith choose victory every single day. It’s my only option. I hold fast to the promise of 2 Corinthians 2:14: “Thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.” I’m determined that shouts of joy and victory will resound in my home daily (Psalm 118:15), because as an obedient child of God, according to Psalm 1:3, every [little] thing I do is going to prosper!

Believing women should be delightful people. What are you radiating as you go about your daily routine? There’s a lot of truth in the adage “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Are you unknowingly casting a shadow over your household by your uncomely demeanor? Take a peek at Galatians 5:22–23 and see if an adjustment is in order. Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance should be qualities we strive to embody.