This week I came across some characteristics for God’s idea of a virtuous woman. Each characteristic was referenced as to where it was found in scripture (although I did not include that here). What I wanted to include for you as wives and mothers, however, was the meat of what it said and how knowing these things can actually free us instead of burdening us. Here’s what I found: I realized upon reading the list that it did not mention that God expected us to be computer experts, it never said we had to organize the perfect “Pinterest inspired” birthday parties for our children, it never mentioned that the toilets in our homes had to be clean enough to eat off of, and it never even said we had to feel like making love to our husbands every night that he felt the urge. What it did allude to is that if we are women of God then all the aspects and requirements of us as wives and mothers will be natural things: things that happen because we carry within us the love for Christ and therefore the love for others. This is what the list said:
Faith - A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways.
Marriage- A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him well all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a helpmate.
Mothering - A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go.
Health - A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family.
Service - A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable.
Finances - A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and she spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs.
Industry - A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks.
Homemaking - A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her.
Time - A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord.
Beauty - A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones.
Moms and wives, please take a close look at these statements. Notice that staying close to your Heavenly Father is all you need to be called “Blessed” and to possess the desire to serve your family and others well. He doesn’t ask for perfection but for giving your best in a loving manner. It’s the attitude I believe He desires not so much the action. He asks for us to put Him, our families and our neighbors at the forefront of everything we do and every decision we make. Basically, he’s asking us to keep our eyes on Him and not the world as we climb out of bed each morning. So let’s push off the heavy loads the world has placed on our shoulders and live letting Jesus lighten every step.
Walking the road with you,
Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Even in darkness, light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. -Psalm 112:1-2; 4
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