Habits of a Godly Woman


By Joyce Meyer

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Overcome the issues that affect your heart, mind, and soul with encouraging wisdom and biblical advice from #1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer.

In this book — small and portable enough to fit in a purse, suitcase, backpack, briefcase, or even a pocket — Joyce Meyer addresses the many issues that women face today, and encourages them to embrace their unique identity in Christ. Joyce touches on topics like:

  • Living beyond feelings
  • Overcoming fear and insecurity
  • Being wise with words
  • Establishing proper priorities
  • Defeating negative circumstances
  • Overcoming an “I can’t” attitude
  • Enjoying the favor of God

Women need inspiration today more than ever, and Habits of a Godly Woman will encourage and motivate you to make it through the day with God at the forefront.



If you change your habits, you’ll change your life. That may sound like a bold statement, but I believe it’s true. To a great degree, your life consists of your habits—the things you think, say, and do repeatedly. The way you spend your time, your money, and your energy each day is largely based on habits. If you’re like most people, you have some kind of routine for every day. Even if the daily routine varies, you may have a routine for each week—certain things you want to do and certain things you have to do. Over time, those things have become habits for you.

All kinds of habits are at work in our physical lives, sometimes without our even realizing it. We have a habit of going to work, a habit of brushing our teeth, a habit of seeing the doctor for an annual physical, a habit of taking out the trash on certain days of the week, habits for cooking and cleaning at home, and habits with friends and family. We may also have habits regarding exercise or lack of exercise, or habits pertaining to the amount of time we spend watching television or looking at the screen of an electronic device.

We also have habits in our minds. We may have positive mental attitudes and thought patterns that cause us to be confident in everything we do. Or we may have habits of negative thinking that make everything feel like a chore. We may have ways of thinking about resources, such as money or time, that allow us to use them wisely, or ways of thinking that keep us continually in debt or stressed because we’re running late.

In addition to our physical and mental habits, we also have many emotional habits. We may be in the habit of feeling sorry for ourselves when we don’t get what we want. We may have a habit of becoming fearful when we hear thunder and see lightning. An emotional habit of anger or judgment toward a certain person may be ingrained in us. Or, when we see people who are obviously needy or struggling in life, we may have a habit of feeling compassion and reaching out to help them.

The habits I have mentioned are only a few of the habits that determine how we live our lives. I’m sure, if you stop and think about it, you could identify a lot of habits you live by. Some of those habits would be good, such as keeping your car clean, using coupons to save money at the grocery store, or visiting someone in a nursing home each week, and some would be ones you’d like to change, such as biting your nails, drinking too much caffeine, or being easily frustrated. The good news about habits you’d like to break is that they can always be changed! Every day you live, you have a chance to develop a new habit or to break a bad one and replace it with a good one.

When I hear women talk about their habits, they usually don’t mention their good ones, but they do talk about wanting to change their bad ones. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t have some good habits, but I’ve also never met a woman who didn’t have other habits she would like to change. All of us have a mixture of good habits and not-so-good ones, so we all have room to improve.

In this book, I don’t simply want to talk about changing habits, though you will read a lot about that. I also want to specifically explore with you the habits of a godly woman—not just any woman, but one who wants to keep growing in God and live every aspect of her life as He would have her to live it. The book doesn’t address every single habit of a godly woman, but it does focus on some that are most important and that will help you go far as you seek to become a more godly woman.

Many adjectives can describe a woman. She can be successful. She can be beautiful. She can be smart. She can be a talented artist or singer or homemaker. She can be gifted in all kinds of ways and have lots of different attributes. But the best quality for any woman to have is godliness. I believe a godly woman is someone who is confident, peaceful, and enjoys life. She has developed habits that make her like Christ in her behavior, and she delights in continuing to grow in Him. She represents Him well everywhere she goes and is a blessing to everyone she comes in contact with.

Becoming a godly woman is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight. The apostle Paul says we “are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory” (2 Cor. 3:18), which is a New Testament way of saying that God keeps changing us, continually taking us from one level of spiritual maturity to the next. One way to be disciplined and diligent about our spiritual growth is to purposefully develop habits that will help us become more and more godly. Instead of spending our time trying to break habits, I suggest focusing on making good habits. Focusing our energy in positive directions is usually a better path to change than continually focusing on our weaknesses, which can cause us to lose heart and remain stuck in the very habits we most need to eliminate. Through staying focused on positive change, we move toward becoming the people God wants us to be, and we get to experience the joy and sense of purpose that comes with fulfilling His plans and purposes for our lives.

God’s desire is for you and me to be “conformed to the image of his Son” (Rom. 8:29). When I first read this verse, I read it in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition, which helped me understand that being conformed to the image of Christ is to “share inwardly His likeness.” God is ready and willing to help us become more like Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, but He won’t do it all for us. We need to be obedient to His direction and work with the Holy Spirit to develop godly habits. I’ve written this book to help you do that.

At the end of each chapter, you’ll find a list of three or four Scripture references under the heading “Habit Builders.” These Bible verses and passages will help you know what God’s Word says about each habit and support you as you integrate each practice into your life. Experts say that developing a new habit or replacing a bad habit with a good one can take twenty-one to thirty days, so you can expect the development of godly habits to be a journey. It will take time to develop each habit, but once it becomes part of your life, you won’t have to build it again; you’ll simply need to maintain it.

When you reach the end of the book and have read about the various habits of a godly woman, you’ll find some helpful encouragement and advice on practical steps you can take to develop and strengthen the habits you’d like to see in your life. I’m happy to be able to share these insights with you, and I pray you will find this book valuable as you continue to become the woman God has created you to be.


A Role Model for a Godly Woman

Oh, to have a church built up with the deep godliness of people who know the Lord in their very hearts, and will seek to follow the Lamb wherever he goes!

—Charles Spurgeon

For years, people have thought of the woman described in Proverbs 31:10–30 as the kind of person Christian women should aspire to be. You can find greeting cards, wall art, decorative plates, coffee cups, T-shirts, and other items with this passage printed on them because so many women know someone who exemplifies this woman’s traits and so many want the words that describe her to apply to them. Many obituaries and funeral services include these words because people feel they are appropriate for godly women who have lived exemplary lives.

We don’t want to make the mistake of being legalistic in our understanding of the qualities of the Proverbs 31 woman. While her habits and practices provide great examples for us, God made each one of us to be unique. Because it is often our very uniqueness that equips us to do and be all He has planned for us, we want to be careful to emulate the habits of the Proverbs 31 woman in ways that are authentic, not legalistic or rigid. This is why the guidance of the Holy Spirit is so important to this process. We aren’t striving to become like someone else; we are prayerfully seeking to become the fullest expression of who God intended each one of us to be. Nevertheless, the Proverbs 31 woman definitely demonstrates many qualities of a godly woman, and for that reason, I want to start this book by looking closely at the way she lives her life.

An excellent woman [one who is spiritual, capable, intelligent, and virtuous], who is he who can find her? Her value is more precious than jewels and her worth is far above rubies or pearls.

The heart of her husband trusts in her [with secure confidence], and he will have no lack of gain.

She comforts, encourages, and does him only good and not evil all the days of her life.

She looks for wool and flax and works with willing hands in delight.

She is like the merchant ships [abounding with treasure]; she brings her [household’s] food from far away.

She rises while it is still night and gives food to her household and assigns tasks to her maids.

She considers a field before she buys or accepts it [expanding her business prudently]; with her profits she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.

She equips herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong.

She sees that her gain is good; her lamp does not go out, but it burns continually through the night [she is prepared for whatever lies ahead].

She stretches out her hand to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle [as she spins wool into thread for clothing].

She opens and extends her hand to the poor, and she reaches out her filled hands to the needy.

She does not fear the snow for her household, for all in her household are clothed in [expensive] scarlet [wool].

She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is linen, pure and fine, and purple [wool].

Her husband is known in the [city’s] gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.

She makes [fine] linen garments and sells them; and supplies sashes to the merchants.

Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; and she smiles at the future [knowing that she and her family are prepared].

She opens her mouth in [skillful and godly] wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue [giving counsel and instruction].

She looks well to how things go in her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired); her husband also, and he praises her, saying, “Many daughters have done nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all.”

Charm and grace are deceptive, and [superficial] beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD [reverently worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect], she shall be praised. (Prov. 31:10–30 AMP)

I hope you’ll take time to read these words more than once and think about yourself and your life. You’ll probably see some characteristics of the godly woman that you think describe you fairly accurately and recognize some things that she did well and that you do well, too. As you read about her, you may also realize that you want to improve in certain ways, and you may find areas in which you do not excel.

Part of growing as a godly woman means building on what you’re already good at and improving in areas that are not your greatest strengths. It also involves knowing yourself well enough to recognize what your strengths and weaknesses are. I have a friend who absolutely is not a good cook. She doesn’t like cooking, has no desire to like it, and doesn’t do it. So, either her husband cooks or they order carryout, and that is okay. Part of being a godly woman is embracing your uniqueness and feeling no shame if you aren’t like other women you know.

Throughout this book, you’ll recognize that some of the habits that will help you grow in godliness are mentioned in Proverbs 31. For example, there’s a verse on excellence, one on serving others, one on discipline, and one on generosity. All of these describe the godly woman.

A godly woman possesses great strength and is a blessing everywhere she goes. I believe this is what you want for yourself and what God wants for you. You can count on Him to help you!


The Habit of God’s Word

When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, “It is talking to me, and about me.”

—Søren Kierkegaard

People today are desperate for truth, direction, wisdom, and peace. I have observed this to be the case for people of all ages and from a variety of life experiences. Sadly, I have also seen many people chasing after these things in ways that will never satisfy them. We all have so much information bombarding our minds that it can be extremely difficult to determine which claims and promises to trust.

The fact that you are reading this book suggests that you are a woman who is hungry for trustworthy truth, direction, wisdom, and peace. There’s only one totally reliable source—and it’s absolutely trustworthy. It’s God’s Word, the Bible. One of the best habits you can develop is the habit of knowing and studying God’s Word on a regular basis. This habit is essential for any godly woman, and it is also a practice that will bless and encourage you each day.

Many women struggle with keeping their priorities straight. So many things compete for our energy and attention—caring for family, being a good employee, managing job stress, spending time with friends, fulfilling church and community responsibilities, grocery shopping, bill paying, and other duties involved in running a household. On top of all of that, sometimes we’d just like to sit on the couch and watch a movie without interruption. We’d appreciate a few moments to prioritize self-care. This isn’t a book about priorities, so I won’t spend any more time on this subject except to say this: If you make God’s Word a priority, everything else will fall into place. You may have to restructure certain commitments or adjust your schedule in some ways, but putting God’s Word first in your life will bring you strength, clarity, peace, and guidance like nothing else you can spend your time doing.

I have said this many times, but I want to repeat it here: God’s Word is very precious. It is worth prioritizing


On Sale
Jun 2, 2020
Page Count
240 pages

Joyce Meyer

About the Author

JOYCE MEYER is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the world’s leading practical Bible teachers. Her broadcast, Enjoying Everyday Life, airs daily on hundreds of television networks and radio stations worldwide. Joyce has written nearly 100 inspirational books. Bestsellers include God Is Not Mad at You; Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits; Living Beyond Your Feelings; Power Thoughts; Battlefield of the Mind; and The Confident Woman. Joyce holds conferences throughout the year, speaking to thousands around the world.

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