Oh, there are so many things we want to be as young ladies. We have passions, desires, hopes and dreams which we cultivate in our imagination and share in dramatic form with others. So, when it comes to forming ruts in the lives of young ladies, we as parents need to be sensitive and aware of the way in which God has designed the feminine form. The door to the heart must be delicately cared for.
Fathers and mothers have unique jobs that are God given in the raising of future feminine leaders in our world. We have distinct tasks, yet the two should be unified in their prayers and hopes for their daughters when possible. The following list is a summary and not at all an exhaustive list in what is to be a godly woman. We will be visiting four more points next week. This list will hit on some key traits that seem to be a struggle for not only women, but all mankind—yet we can take each and pray them over our daughters, walk them through Scriptures, and work through situations practicing these traits. Keep in mind, praying that God will give our children new hearts is the only way these can truly be planted in their lives. God’s gracious Arm of Salvation goes before us!
A godly woman:
- SEEKS WISDOM– “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…” Proverbs 9:10. All is passing in this life. Beauty fades, relationships come and go, but true wisdom gives hope and that is eternal. True wisdom only comes from God. The fear comes in not turning to a Holy God for true wisdom and running away, which leads to destruction. “A woman who fears the LORD will be praised…” Proverbs 31:30. True wisdom gives a lasting beautiful changed heart. Prov. 8:32-36, 16:16, 4:5, 24:13-14, Matthew 7:29
- SHARES JOY– “The joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10. This joy which is possessed first by God and then given by Him to us will not only saturate our hearts in minds, but then it will overflow and touch all those who surround us. Proverbs 15:23, 10:28, Isaiah 12:6, Romans 15:13, John 15:11, Psalm 65:8, 13, II Samuel 22:20.
- SPEAKS SWEETLY– “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1. Words are crucial in our daily lives, because out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45) and it represents who we are on the inside. The phrase “beauty comes from within” is often quoted in the secular world, but as Christ followers, it has so much more depth and meaning! We are beautiful in the sight of God because of the beauty of Christ bestowed upon us! Our words should be fitly spoken and be a blessing to those around us for the glory of Christ. Proverbs 15:23, 16:24, 25:11, Ephesians 4:29, Psalm 19:14
- STUDIES HARD- “Do you best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15. We are all called to be Theologians—even women! Reading, studying and gaining knowledge not only about the world around us, but also about the Creator God of the created universe. God gave us minds that we may work hard and apply what we know not just to our minds but also, we pray that God applies them to our hearts that they may be more conformed to the image of His Son and know what is truth compared to the lies of this world. II Timothy 3:14-17, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:11, 105, Proverbs 3:1-2, I Peter 3:15, Deuteronomy 11:18-23, Romans 12:2, Ephesians 6:11-17, Hebrews 4:12
The four points for next week: SERVES CHEERFULLY, STANDS STRONG, SEEKS CHRIST, SEES GOD -by Allison Yorgey