Monday, November 1, 2010
Becoming A Virtuous Woman
My friends, this month I am celebrating "me". As I look forward to celebrating another year of life, I thank God for His mercy and grace. When I look back over my life, all that the Lord has brought me through, I know that I never would have made it without the Lord, so the least I can say is "thank you, Lord." Thank you Lord for forgiveness, thank you for putting me on the right track, thank you for showing up day after day, after day in my life; thank you for deliverance; thank you for redemption; thank you for letting me believe in YOU; thank you for letting me see my worth as a woman.
Becoming that woman, that virtuous woman that God wants me to be, requires work, God's work. One cannot be a virtuous woman and not love herself or her family or her neighbors. A virtuous woman serves the Lord with all her heart, mind and soul.
As I work on becoming that virtuous woman of God, Proverbs 31:10 -31 directs me:
"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates." (KJV)
My Sisters, take that journey with me to become that woman, that virtuous woman of God!
Therese from Belize