Both women are physically beautiful, but the righteous character being built in them from the ground up through God's unique processing in each of their lives in recent years has impacted my emotions the most. Knowing them has personally blessed my life, and my heart's desire with this two-part post is to praise our loving God for them both, and encourage their hearts with the truth of their immense value and meaning to the Kingdom of God.
Antonia Monique Green
This woman has a quiet strength I admire greatly. Though just 25 years old, "Tonia" has a spirit more mature than many nearly twice her age, mainly because of how earnestly she seeks to know the father heart of God. She made that decision very quietly and earnestly before I ever knew her and, over the years, God has been unfolding the flower and fragrance of her life right before our eyes. Though she has an amazing testimony (best told by her), my heart here is to praise and thank Abba for what He's caused her Godly character to mean to me.
You know, I've said several times in this blog that, unless we are willing to allow Daddy to lovingly expose "the uglies" in our flesh, we're not going to progress very far in our acquaintance with His heart and knowing the deeper things of His Spirit. Antonia is willing. She works in media and, regardless of various outside influences and pressures encountered in that world, she allows God to maintain that "bottom-line love" of Him so critically necessary to persevering in Christ and continuing to obey Him no matter what. In truth, the Lord told us that those who are His "Generals" in Christ's Body are those who've earnestly said within their hearts: Lord, I want everything You have for me, no matter what it costs. Antonia's a General.
She's learned to take every example of life's occurrences and hold them up against the light of God's Authority, truth, and directives to contrast and compare God's holy way versus the enemy's evil influences. That's no small development. At times, I've literally sensed her young spirit "working it out", monitoring the things of God and stepping out of His way so that He can accomplish His will in her. That takes courage, y'all. I don't know that I possessed quite that level of resolve in knowledge and unabashed obedience and understanding at that age. That's part of what makes her tenacious faith such a shining example to the youth of today, and such a passionate delight to the heart of God.
When we kiss the Father's heart through sincere obedience and loyalty to Him - following hard after His desires in our lives - manifold blessings, protection, and favor will be ours. That's all He really asks us to do:
"Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay your vows unto the most High: And call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." (Psalm 50:14-15)Through her ever-increasing commitment to Godly living and interceding for others in her family and in the workplace, Daddy has shown Antonia the way to life lived on eternity's scale; she is always astonished by it.
The works of His hands continually rivet and amaze us all, and Antonia is one of the best examples I've experienced of a life changed and prospering in Abba's great love.
Lord willing, Thursday's post: Evelyn Nicole Green
"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."