Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Word Filled Wednesday




Last week I spent some time in doctor's office waiting rooms. To pass the time I read some popular magazines geared towards women. While I read, I found out a few things about myself:
According to the magazines;

  • My hair which is beginning to gray, makes me look washed out. They had a solution.
  • My clothes were not in style and did not compliment me, but they had a solution.
  • If I gained any weight, a few dollars could help me buy the remedy.
  • I was not outspoken enough and therefore, was not headed anywhere in life.
  • My make up was outdated, but they showed me how to get a new beauty routine.
  • I need to spend abundant (which I do not have) time on myself.
There is a reason I do not read many of these magazines. They are centered on self with an easy solution obtained with money or time. They promote selfishness and a continual changing to keep up with the current trends.

God's Word gives me guidance and direction on how to be His woman. A beautiful model is found in Proverbs 31:



Now, I do love to read and strive to read books that encourage me as a Christian woman. Books that go beyond my gray hair, make up, clothes and weight. Books that are biblically based and provide insight for lasting changes which are rooted in the heart and reflected in love and service to others. Books that enable me to seek after traits that relate to a woman of God.

Some of these traits are:

Virtue ~ Moral excellence and righteousness; goodness.

Graciousness ~ Characterized by kindness and warm courtesy, tact and propriety, Of a merciful or compassionate nature.

Wisdom ~ the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight.

Prudence ~ the exercise of good judgment, common sense, and even caution, especially in the conduct of practical matters.

Goodness ~ The state or quality of being good.

These are traits of a woman whose beauty is from within and reflects to the outside. These traits aren't cheap and there is no quick way to get them. They are to be sought after as precious jewels. And when they are bit by bit worked into our heart they bring forth "an incorruptible beauty, which is precious in the sight of God. I Peter 3:4

I am nowhere near the Proverbs 31 woman, but step by step, action, attitude and word, her attributes can be worked into my heart. These are the lasting changes that only God's Word can bring.

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30


9 comments:

  1. Thank you for this, very inspiring.

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  2. So encouraging, wonderful scripture !

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  3. This is so true sis...very Amen to this! Thanks for sharing...God Bless!

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  4. What a beautiful and comforting post. Amen.

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  5. Beautiful ~ I choose to read His Word in doctor's waiting rooms or magazines on health. And the Word says gray hair is a crown of glory! That's why I am not concerned a that all my high school friends have dyed hair.

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  6. I agree, it takes lots of time to keep up good grooming habits. Inner and outer beauty are goals to strive for--but not always achievable in the way we would like. :~D

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  7. thank God i'm still a work in progress and not a hopeless case. thank you for this verse. very inspiring.

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  8. Vanity...all of that (in those magazines) is vanity :). We should spend our money and time wisely for God's glory and we should put others above ourselves.

    Wonderful WFW! Thanks for sharing this and thanks for visiting my blog.

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