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Setting Fall Goals: Letting go of the past….embracing the future

 

I love Philippians 3:13-14 because when I read those verses I get inspired.

Pressing on toward the goal….

To win a prize…

Forgetting what is behind…

Straining toward what is ahead.

Forgetting what is behind. Why are we called to forget? Because we have been forgiven for our past sins. We have to believe, if we repented and asked forgiveness, Jesus has granted us the forgiveness we were needing. Let go of the guilt!!! If we don’t, we are holding onto baggage that will hurt our “race.” Jesus has forgiven us, have faith in that knowledge and freedom. As Jesus forgives us, so should we forgive ourselves. If we don’t we are only hurting ourselves and not being obedient to Christ.

 

Join me today at Roomag where I share on the importance of letting go of the past and embracing what God has for your future!

 

What are some of your goals for this coming fall?

Love God Greatly!

The Proverbs 31 Woman- Week 12

 

Welcome back! Our journey through Proverbs 31 is almost over…….it’s been such a joy for me to learn about the inspirational Proverbs 31 woman right along side of you! Thank you so much for joining us this summer!

We will announce at the end of the week our fall session so please stay tuned!!!

This week we are going to focus on verse 30.

Proverbs 31:30

Charm is deceptive, and beauty if fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.


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Can I be completely honest with you???? I think verse 30 is the hardest verse for me in all of Proverbs 31. You see I get tempted to think like the world when it comes to beauty……I like to think that beauty is NOT fleeting when in fact it really is. I struggle with not wanting to “age”. I try to eat right, exercise and wear my sunscreen….and yes, I even get tempted to buy all those “wrinkle eraser” creams!!! But the fact still remains……my outward beauty is fleeting! I am the youngest I’m ever going to be today, so I may as well embrace it and enjoy the way I look right now.

That’s why I need to invest and cultivate my inner beauty……the beauty that will never fade.

Instead of worrying about what I put on my face, I should be more concerned about the words that come out of my mouth.

Instead of worrying about the wrinkles that are beginning to form around my eyes, I should be more concerned about the tenderness of my heart.

Instead of focusing on what I’m wearing, I should be more concerned about what I’m feeding my mind.

Instead of worrying about my fading beauty, I should be actively cultivating my inner beauty………investing in what will last forever.

I know many women look at the Proverbs 31 woman and get discouraged and intimidated…..but we really shouldn’t. Instead we should allow her example to inspire us. She is an example in the way she lived to glorify God through every aspect of her life. That’s why, at the end of her life, she is praised……..she is praised by her children, husband and others.

She lived her life well…a life that was completely focused on God.

She couldn’t have done all these amazing things on her own, in her own strength…….she was able to accomplish so much because she knew where to go to get her strength.

She was a woman who feared the Lord…..not fearing in a negative bad sense, but fearing the Lord as in bringing Him glory and realizing that He is HOLY.

Our God is the same God of the Old and New Testament…….He is full of grace but He also is completely Holy too. Let’s focus on living lives that bring Him praise out of our love and respect for the One who sacrificed it all on our behalf…….the One who went to the cross for us.

Weekly Challenge: This week focus on cultivating your inner beauty more than your outer beauty. Pay attention to the type of information you are filling your mind…..is it helping you to be more loving, kinder and bringing you closer to God? As you go about your week, try to be aware of God’s presence in your life…..see if it makes a difference in the way you talk and the decisions you make.

To find the videos and posts from week 1-11, click here.
To find the Proverbs 31 reading plan- click here and begin on Week 12 today.

 

What are some ways that you cultivate inner beauty in your life?

 

Love God Greatly!

My goofy kids

 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
Proverbs 31:28-29 ESV

I’ve never met anyone who does not like to be praised. I know I sure do. It feels good. It spurs me on to do even better. It makes me feel loved and valued and I am guessing it makes you feel the same.

In this weeks verses we see the Proverbs 31 woman receiving praise from her husband and her grown children. She is being praised for living well, for being a cheerful servant to those around her and for caring well for all the material things that God blessed her with. The praise she receives stems from her being generous with her time, talents and treasures. For being a level headed woman whose words are laced with wisdom and who speaks kindness from a sincere heart. She is a woman whose heart beats first and foremost for God and her family see this.  Her love and her faith pour themselves out in all the different facets of her life.

Here are 3 things I see in the Proverbs 31 woman that elicit praise from those around her.

1. She is honest

It is not good to pretend that everything is okay or that we have it all together when things are otherwise. It is deceitful and not something that others will admire in us. I know the temptation in wanting to pretend that life is great and everything is easy, but the truth is that it reveals a heart filled with pride and not humility.  It is okay to say that we are having a bad day, or that we are struggling with certain things while at the same time working on having a godly attitude in the midst of our struggles.  It is fine to admit that having 4 kids under the age of 5 is stressful or that your teenager is keeping you up late at night worrying. By being honest we allow others to pray for us, we can seek wisdom from those who have gone before us and we can get encouragement from those around us.

2. She is consistent

Consistency seems to be a very important part of living life well. If you want to be a strong Christian you need to be consistently in the word and in prayer. If you want to have a strong marriage you need to be consistently spending time with your spouse and consistently working on your relationship, if you want happy, obedient children you need to be consistent in your parenting and if you want to be a Proverbs 31 woman you need to be consistently striving and working on the godly character qualities that she exhibits. It is consistency that others notice and value.

3. She is dependent

We must all come to a point where we see and accept how weak and frail we are and become completely dependent on God. Apart from him we can’t even breath. But Christ is full of power, strength and life.  He is our true knight in shining armor. He needs to be our one true love.

Tell yourself today that you are surrounded by other lovers seeking to woo you away from the one central love that should shape your life – Paul David Tripp

The proverbs 31 woman is completely dependent on Jesus and we should do the same. We must find our joy in him. He is a stronghold, a fortress that cannot be shaken and when we are close to him we find strength during temptations and comfort during hardships.
If we can come to see how very small we are compared to Christ’s greatness we will find ourselves clinging to our Redeemer for every breath and every decision. We will run to him for all of our wisdom,  comfort and encouragement.

These qualities affect those around her. They can’t help but see Christ in her and it will bring about her praise.

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that
you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel
Philippians 1:27

Let’s live in a manner worthy of the gospel. Let’s make sure that we are unashamed of the things we say we believe. Let our faith and the word of God affect every area of our lives so that people see that we are different. It can bring scorn from those who do not understand, but it will lead to praise and encouragement by those who love Christ.

Looking to Jesus,

{Week 11} WIWW Link-Up Party…..To the Unmarried and women without children…

To the unmarried and women without children……my sweet sisters I speak to you today. I know reading through Proverbs 31 can be hard at times. At first glance it seems to only speak to women who are married and who have children…..but please let me invite you to dig a little deeper and look a little longer…..Proverbs 31 is for ALL women. Regardless if you’re married, unmarried, have children or don’t have children…..God’s Word is for everyone!

This week we are covering verses 28 & 29:

Proverbs 31:28
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her.

Proverbs 31:29
Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.

This past year I have went to more funerals than ever in my life. In November my dear grandmother passed away and then just last week one of my favorite uncles went to be with the Lord unexpectedly while I was away on vacation, during that same trip one of my dear friend’s mother-n-law also went home to be with Jesus.

Even in my church family this past year, I could share stories of friends’ loved ones going home to be with Jesus.

The importance of how you live your life has been heavy on my mind…..especially this past week.

Proverbs 31 is more than just how to be a good wife or mother……it’s about how to live your life well.
It’s about the importance of servant hood.
It’s about the importance of being intentional with the days, years, months and breathes we are given.
It’s about staying focused on one person…….Jesus.

When I read verses 28 and 29, I see more than just a mother and wife. I see a woman who lived her life fully for God’s glory!

A woman who lived to bring honor and glory to her King!

Married or not married…….bring glory to the King in how you live your life right where you’re at.

With or without children……bring glory to the King in the example you set for the younger generations.

Bloom where you are planted.

TOGETHER we can reach more women for Jesus!

Do you not realize how important you are? We need you!

So many women need good role models to follow…..women who have went through hard times and have a beautiful testimony of how God was with them every step of the way. We need to hear stories of God’s faithfulness. We need to hear that a woman is complete not because of her marriage status or if she has children……but a woman is complete because of who she is in Christ!!!

My sweet friends, please remember we ALL need beautiful examples to follow! Be that example for someone else!

The accolades the Proverbs 31 woman receives are for all women…..regardless if she is married or not. Regardless if she has children or not.

She is praised not because she is a wife and mother, she is praised because of how she lived her life.

A life that was totally focused on serving her Lord as she served others.

When my time here on earth is finally over I pray that those who knew me will remember me as a woman who loved her Lord with all her heart and with every breath her good Lord gave her. I pray that I “run my race well” and that I too, will hear the ultimate accolade from the King of Kings…..“Well done good and faithful SERVANT!”

 

 

Love God Greatly!

 

 

 

 

Women around the world are IN THE WORD!

Every Wednesday we will have a link-up. If you are a blogger we invite you to link-up any blog posts that you have written about your quiet time that week. We ask that you put our button in the post or on your sidebar so we can find each other. We do not have code for this link up button. Just right click and save as. Then link it to http://www.goodmorninggirls.org

 

 

 

 

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The Proverbs 31 Woman – Week 11

This week we are looking at Proverbs 31:28-29

28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”

A reader emailed me and asked the question:

How can I be a Proverbs 31 woman with a husband who has an alcohol problem and can’t hold a steady job?”

Here are my thoughts on this:

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The Proverbs 31 woman knew her husband’s needs, met them and as a result he praised her. If we neglect what our husbands ask for, ignore their advice, withold love in the bedroom *wink*, refuse to respect them – it’s inevitable – we will not get a whole lot of praise from our husbands.

We can be the best room mother, best career woman, best servant at church, or best friend another woman can have but when we come home – if our husband’s needs are not met – we have failed to be like the Proverbs 31 woman.
{excerpt from the ebook}

Now let’s reverse the above scenario – let’s imagine that you do respect your husband and do all of the above…and he does not praise you…this is a very real scenario for many many wives. I stood in the hallway at the Proverbs 31 conference while a woman told me the story of how she loved her husband and always sought to please him…and he was cheating on her. This was not her issue – this was his! It was not her fault that he walked away – it was his.

Proverbs is a book of principles NOT promises. The principle stands that a woman who strives to be noble – will have a husband who at the end of her days praises her. But this is not a promise…and for some – their husband’s will never be the Proverbs 31 husband – and it is HIM who is falling short of what God has called him to be in Proverbs 31 and in Ephesians 5.

We cannot change our husbands or be their Holy Spirit. We must simply pray for them and walk in obedience to God’s word.

This week’s challenge: Go to your husband and children and ask them…what is it that I do or say that makes you feel loved? Find out what is most important to them…is it a backrub, a homemade meal, tossing a football in the back yard, gifts, words of affirmation, or something else? Write it down somewhere so you never forget what makes each individual in your family most feel loved and be sure to do whatever that thing is as often as you can this week.

Walk with the King,

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