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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Do You Outclass Other Women?

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Hello girlfriends!
How are you doing?? Are you back in the swing of things? Summer's over, school has begun. It's carpool season! Some people worry about hitting a deer on the road, I think the deer watch out for us this time of year! We are women- hear us roar!!

Give us enough coffee, we can get it done...maybe...but there's so much more to life than just getting it all done.

There's that still small voice that calls out to us...wooing us to quiet our hearts and spend time with our God so that we can be the woman, wife and mother that He's truly called us to be.

Let's look at this verse:

Prov 31:28-30
28 Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her:

29 "There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!"
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised. NLT



I love how the Message Bible says it:
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
"Many women have done wonderful things,
but you've outclassed them all!"
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.

...lives IN the fear of God.

I know that I visit from time to time...but LIVE there...still working on that.

The fear or reverance of the Lord is a beautiful, powerful place to be.
It means so much more than closing ourselves away in our closets to pray...or witnessing to every person that breathes...or even having a great ministry...

Living in the fear of the Lord is an attitude that plays into every aspect of our lives. Recognizing that He is greater, and we are less than...and walking in obedience when He calls us to lay down our own will and desires- no matter how worthy they may seem- so we can serve Him by serving one another, and if we're married, it starts with our marriage.

How are you and your Mr. doing these days??

Is he praising you like this verse says?
Ouch! Yes, I just stepped on my own toes too so don't get mad at me please. :)

Do I (out of my reverance for the Lord) honor my husband and act as his helpmeet?
I believe that is our #1 priority as women and that is a very important part of what makes us worthy to be greatly praised. Especially if you're married to someone who never praises you or takes his role as the leader of the home, God sees your heart and your willingness to serve Him through your husband.

And I am not saying...the only beauty that matters is what's inside...just let yourself go on the outside...forget the makeup and hair color!
LOL, if you know me, you know I wouldn't say that!
Pretty up the outside girls, it's our perrogative as women, but pay more attention to the inside and how we are honoring the Lord with our calling as a wife.

Then we can outclass all the rest!!

I'm praying for our marriages,
Sue

14 comments:

Melissa in Mel's World said...

You continue to speak the truth in Love and I know God smiles when He sees what you do.

No one is perfect, but we have to remember to always try our best!

Thanks for your words of encouragement dear friend!

xoxo,
Melissa

Smelling Coffee said...

I, too, love the way The Message puts that passage. Such a fresh take on a familiar. Thank you for this encouraging reminder today. I'm convicted of something I need to do to bless and honor my husband... so I'm getting off the computer to do it. :-)

Blessings to you today...
Jennifer

Simply said...

My TOES!!!!!!!!
I would like to see the other side of this one- the man's role-- I see so many written articles of the woman's role that God has as a wife and mother; however, I don't see much of God's roles for men written-
I know I am not perfect- I strive for a bit of it.
It seems like with the articles I have read about women have to build up their relationships with their husbands- what about men? Where is their toe stepping articles?

Any suggestions of where to look?

Rannyjean said...

I love the simple way you get your messages across. Yes, I praise my husband everyday. At this time, I am still unable to work due to 2 back surgeries over the summer, but I do my best with what I can do to be the help mate he needs!
I love your messages!

Praise and Coffee said...

Thanks ladies!!

Simply, I know of a great website!
http://www.paulcoughlin.net/

I often get asked about the men's side...but I don't address it because I feel called to speak to women and their part in the marriage.

Paul has some great info for ya and your husband!
And check out his awesome wife's site too!!!

Praise and Coffee said...

PS: His wife's site is "Reluctant Entertainers" in his list.

David and Kelli said...

Thanks, Sue! This is such a wonderful reminder... I know I've been CLINGING to prayer for this since school started.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I ove the Message....always speaks to me

The Hahn Hunting Lodge said...

Great blog! I have a precarious past full of lessons well and truly learned. I knew when I married my husband that I wanted to put Jesus first and I wanted to watch to make sure I was builidng him up, not tearing him down. 6 1/2 years later we are enjoying a successful marriage. Key to a good marriage--Jesus first.

Praise and Coffee said...

So true HHL!

Heather C said...

How I want that to characterize me! Step by step, moment by moment... leaning my whole weight against the One who holds me together... thanks for another great post, Sue!

6p010534a0d1bf970c said...

i love this post! thank you!

Tamatha said...

That's a good word.....thanks for sharing:o)

Amy J said...

owie, ouch, ouch!! *sigh* God has been tugging on my heart with this very thing lately. I'm beginning to become bitter, I think, and I so don't want that. Not bitter against God, or bitter against my husband, but bitter against people who have hurt me. I can say I've forgiven them, but I don't want anything to do with them. It's a big, long, nasty story which ends with my family being left out in the cold all by ourselves (or so it feels sometimes, though there are those I do still trust). We no longer have a church family and I know we desperately need one, but my heart is afraid of being hurt again. I trust God, but it's some of His people that I'm afraid to trust.

*sigh* not sure why this all came out here or even if does pertain to what you're saying, except that I thought I outclassed others and then suddenly here I am, out on my own and beginning to grow calloused.

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