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Memorial – serving to help people remember some person or event

 

When the world looks at me do they see Jesus?

When the world looks at me what do they see?

Do they see hope?

Do they see love?

Do they see charity?

When the world looks at me what do they see?

 

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. KJV

 

Example – something selected to show the nature or character of the rest

Set an example – to behave so as to be a pattern or model for others to imitate 

1 Peter 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: KJV

 

Word – a promise, affirmation, assurance; as he kept his word

Matthew 5:37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. KJV

“Never swear: for he that swears will lie;

and he that lies will steal;

and, if so, what bad things will he not do!”

 

Conversation – talking together, verbal exchange of ideas or information

Ephesians 4:29  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. KJV

“Minister grace unto the hearers”, but grace is unmerited favor, does that mean I’m to speak gently and kindly to others even when they don’t deserve it? I’m sure that is what it means. 

Proverbs 31:26, She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. KJV

 

Charity – the love of God for man or of man for his fellow man

                        The quality of being kind or lenient in judging others

 

John 3:16-17  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. KJV

 

Spirit – real meaning: true intention, attitude

2 Corinthians 9:7  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver KJV

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  Rejoice evermore.   Pray without ceasing.  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. KJV

 

Faith – complete trust; confidence (steadfast adherence)

Mark 11:22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God KJV

John 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. KJV

Hebrews 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. KJV

 

Purity – free from anything that taints, unmixed, clear

            Free from sin or guilt;

 

1 Peter 1:22-23  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. KJV

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. KJV

 

When the world looks at me do they see Jesus?

When the world looks at me what do they see?

Do they see hope?

Do they see love?

Do they see charity?

When the world looks at me what do they see?

My friend did this study on the Proverbs 31 woman. She says “I just picked out the bits and pieces that made sense to me — and helped me get some perspective on where I should be “pointing” myself.”

 

Who can find a wife with a strong character, a woman of valor, an excellent
wife? Her worth is much greater than jewels.
 
The heart of her husband confides in her. He trusts her with all his heart.
He does not lack anything good. He will not need to use any unlawful means
to gain his living. She helps him and never harms him all the days of her
life.
 
She encourages work by her example, illustrating the duty of all persons to
improve all their talents and use of their time, to the service of God and
to the good of their community. She seeks out wool and linen with care and
with delight she works with willing hands.
 
She is like the trading-ships, getting food from far away. By the sale of
her homespun commodities she purchases the choicest goods. She wakes up
while it is still dark and distributes all necessary provisions to her
family and portions of food to her female slaves.
 
After looking at a field with care, she gets it for a good price, planting a
garden with the profit she has earned. With her great diligence, speed, and
purpose, she improves the land to the best advantage. She “rolls up her
sleeves” and puts forth her utmost strength in her business. She goes to
work with energy.
 
She finds great comfort in her labors. Her candle signifies her unwearied
care and industry. She senses that her earning is good and that she is
making a good profit.
 
By her own example she provokes her subordinates to work hard. She puts her
hands on the distaff, and her fingers hold a spindle, although it is
considered common labor.
 
She opens her arms to the oppressed; yes, she is open-handed to those who
are in need.
 
She hath provided enough clothing to her family, not only for their
necessity, but also for their delight and ornament. She does not worry when
it snows because her whole family has plenty of warm clothing.
 
The furnishings of her house meets her high quality and standards. She makes
quilts for herself. She makes carpets of tapestry. Her clothing is fine
linen and purple.
 
Her husband is observed and respected, not only for his own worth, but for
his wife’s sake, in counsel or judgment. He is a man of note when he sits
with the responsible men and leaders of the land.
 
She makes linen robes and is paid well for them, and traders take her cloth
bands for a price.
 
Strength of mind, magnanimity, courage, and activity are her ornament and
glory. She lives in constant tranquility of mind, from a just confidence in
God’s gracious providence. Strength, nobility, dignity, and self-respect are
her clothing. She faces the future with a smile.
 
She is neither sullenly silent, nor full of rude or meddlesome talk, but
speaks discreetly and devoutly. Her speeches are guided by wisdom and grace,
and not by passion. On her tongue there is tender and faithful instruction
and the law of mercy. And this practice is called a law in her tongue,
because it is constant and customary, and proceeds from an inward and
powerful principle of true wisdom. Her tongue is a book by which one might
learn many good things: for she delights to talk of the word of God.
 
She diligently observes and gives attention to the ways of her family, the
management of her domestic business, and the whole carriage of her children
and servants. She keeps a close eye on the conduct of her family, and she
does not eat the bread of idleness.
 
Her children get up and give her honor, and her husband gives her praise,
saying, Many women have done noble work, but you have surpassed them all!
 
Gracefulness is deceptive, and beauty evaporates, but a woman who has the
fear of the LORD should be praised.
 
It is but just that she should enjoy those praises which her labors deserve.
If men be silent, the lasting effects of her prudence and diligence will
trumpet forth her praises in the most public and solemn assemblies. Reward
her for what she has done, and let her achievements praise her. Give her
credit for what her hands have made.

This post can be found in two places on this blog; because the continuation was written by the author of Words of Wisdom it will be on their page, however I also wanted to post it on the main page since it was a continuation. (Is that more complicated than necessary? Probably, but oh well…)

To read ‘God is still God‘ first, click this link or scroll down till you find it.

 

‘God is still God Continued’

Proverbs 31:21  She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.    (Does it really snow in Lebanon ?)

 Psalms 46:1-3, 5, 7, 10-11   God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

             God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

             The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

             Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

             The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

 Amos 4:13  For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and he declareth unto man what is his thought, he that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. KJV

                         I added the extra “he” s and the bold.

 Trust God for your Day, Today.

 

 PS. Words of Wisdom recieved this response from ‘God is still God‘ and the above:

As to the snow in Lebanon… I once had a friend from Lebanon and he told me it is much like California, only narrower. So, in fact, you could be at the beach on the same day you went skiing in the mountains. The Proverbs 31 mother must have lived in the mountains… or perhaps made snowsuits for them all!
 
And replyed with:
So I stand corrected on my assumption about Lebanon, and I stand firm on my belief, that if the unthinkable happens, God is still God, and I will trust Him and His plan even as I struggle with tracked in snow, mud and piles of wet scarlet clothes.

With the statistics of today, can we find a virtuous woman? It is hard to imagine and probably just as hard to find. But with God’s help, his daughters can become virtuous women.

 

Guidelines for how to be a Woman of God

 

Proverbs 31:10-31

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. (PRICELESS) 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. (TRUSTWORTHY) She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. (ECONOMICALLY CONSCIOUS) She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. (FOOD PROVIDER) She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. (INDUSTRIOUS) She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. (STRONG, MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY) She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. (WISE, PREPARED) She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. (CONSTRUCTIVE) She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. (HOSPITIBLE, CHARITIBLE) She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. (CLOTHING PROVIDER) She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. (MODEST, PRESENTABLE) Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. (SUPPORTS HER HUSBAND) She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. (PROFITABLE) Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. (ENDURES, PATIENT) She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. (CAREFUL TO SPEAK, EDIFIES) She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. (RESPONSIBLE) Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. (WORTHY OF PRAISE AND HOUNOR) Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. (ABOVE MEASURE) Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. (HUMBLE, GOD FEARING) Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. (FRUITFUL, REPUTABLE) KJV

 

In parentheses I summarized each verse with an attribute. These are the characteristics that become a virtuous woman. As Christian woman, we should strive to include in our character as many of these as possible. As the Bride of Christ, all of us should be conscious of the need to become more like the virtuous woman. While it may seem daunting or even impossible, this passage wasn’t put in the Bible for us to glorify the unknown virtuous woman, but to give guidelines for us to become a virtuous or godly woman for with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) As women, wives, mothers, daughters, and even men that are apart of the Body or Bride of Christ, let us all become “virtuous women”.

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