Friday, July 22, 2011

a woman who fears the lord.

how do i become a woman who fears the lord? here's a start......
a little from proverbs 31......

First, a woman who fears the Lord is not anxious about the future. Look at verse 25. I love this line, and I praise all you women who are like this: "Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come." Satan dangles in front of her the specter of tomorrow's troubles, but she glances up at the almighty God at her right hand and laughs at Satan's folly. (this is huge for me......i've been torn up for the past weeks with trying to control my future, as i begin another school year and all anxieties that come with being a working mom.......)

Second, the woman who fears the Lord has practical wisdom. Verse 26, "She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue." We've been taught from grade school on that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Proverbs 9:10), so it's no surprise that the woman who fears the Lord "opens her mouth with wisdom." (this is also huge for what comes from my tongue of value???)

Third, the woman who fears the Lord is strong. Verse 25, "Strength and dignity are her clothing." Verse 17, "She girds her loins with strength and makes her arms strong." She will be morally strong. Proverbs 23:17 says, "Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day." The woman who continues in the fear of the Lord will have power to resist all the allurements to envy, to desire what she shouldn't have. (another biggie.......jealousy. it's so ugly, yet so easy........)

Fourth, a woman who fears the Lord will live not for herself alone but for others, especially her husband, if she is married. Verses 11, 12, "The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not harm all the days of her life." A woman who fears the Lord will not squander the family's livelihood on frivolous purchases, but will have the complete trust of her husband because she is for him and not against him. (again, another hard one to swallow as i fight my daily struggle with control......)

i hope this inspired you, as it did me :)

1 comment:

  1. I think struggling with these things can be good. You are trying to learn and grow in these ways and there's something to be said for that. I've got work to do in these areas too!