You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
Last week we looked at four points in regards to raising up our young ladies to be women of character. Our prayer should be, as we face the world’s ideas of beauty, desire and fame is that God will use us as vessels of honor for His glory alone.
Our daughters need to be loved, cherished and protected—not desired, worshiped, and ignorant of what this world claims as glorious and good.
Four more traits of truth that can be prayed over our daughters ultimately will point toward the Giver of all good gifts.
A GODLY WOMAN:
- Serves Cheerfully: “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…” Philippians 2. True beauty comes not only from within but that very beauty from within has a source as well. Christ is the very Source of True Beauty and through a changed, contrite, humbled heart God can work. Then, and only then, can we serve cheerfully as unto the LORD. Serving with nothing expected in return is what Christ showed us in His life and death and it was we are called to do. It is a hard task, but by the power of the Holy Spirit—serving others cheerfully can be accomplished. It is also important to recognize that Christ is the Rewarder and the Reward of living a life of service here on earth. To teach toward the eternal and not the temporal should be at the forefront of our hearts according to our Father God, who is the Giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). Psalm 116:16, Matthew 20:28, Luke 22:26-27, Hebrews 13:1-3, 16, Psalm 100:1-5.
- Stands Strong: “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the time to come.” Proverbs 31:25. A woman has the privilege to be diligent in any duty God places in her path. Now there is a difference in being busy and being a hard worker. Wisdom and discernment must be prayerfully asked for according to what tasks are most important and how many tasks she should wisely undertake. Knowing that all strength comes from God will help with completing a task well and as doing them as unto the LORD instead of an “I can do this all by myself” attitude. Another aspect to standing strong is remaining firm in the faith according to the Truth. It is important to teach the truth of Scripture and that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In this day of a lack of logic and absolute Truth, it is crucial to pray over and instill the Absolute Truth of God’s Word into the tender hearts of our girls. Our prayer should be that they would be strong women of honor and beauty–changed by the very God who breathed air into their lungs and breathes life into their very hearts. I Corinthians 15:13, Colossians 1:23, Ephesians 6:11, I Peter 5:9, Hebrews 3:14, 4:14, Joshua 1:9, Psalm 27:14, Deuteronomy 31:6.
- Seeks Christ: “Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.” Psalm 119:2. May we teach our daughters that nothing satisfies other than Christ Himself (John 11:25-26)! Do we show them we thirst?—He is the Living Water! Do we show them we hunger?—He is the Bread of Life! Through Him we are creatures of the Creator—we may become daughters of the Divine and sheep of the True Shepherd. This world will offer glitter and gold that will pass away with created time, but His glorious radiance will never fade and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). May they see that He is not only the Rewarder but the Reward of those who trust in Him and diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). Matthew 6:33, Isaiah 55:6, Matthew 7:7-8, Psalm 63:1, I Chronicles 16:11, Psalm 34:10, Amos 5:4.
- Sees God: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” Romans 11:33. The engine which propels all hearts, thoughts, motives and desires—the truth that drives us to our knees and to Look up and Live is God the Father Himself! His attributes and His ways are vast and beyond measure. He is boundless, measureless, limitless, uncreated, all-knowing, and all-powerful. When we begin to see Him in His true majesty and holiness and see that He is Sovereign over all, then and only then will we know how much we need Christ in order to stand before the Perfect Sovereign of all. Our daughters must see God in His fullness, through His written Word in order to see who they truly are—a sinner in need of a Savior from the wrath of God. He is the Father of Lights of whom there is no variation or shifting. He is Father God, who gives every good and perfect gift in accordance to His will and good pleasure—for it is all for His fame and glory (James 1:17). He is the very definition of beauty and goodness and from Him all good and beauty flows. May we teach our daughters to see God and study His awesome attributes, that we may see the Otherness of God the Father. Isaiah 6:3, 29:19, Jeremiah 10:12, 23:23-24, Psalm 27:5, 99:2-3, 115:3, 139, Exodus 34:6-7, 3:5-6, Malachi 3:6, Acts 17:27-28, Revelation 4:8. -by A. Yorgey