Thursday, May 31, 2012

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It Takes a Lot of Strength to Be Soft

I hate to keep re-posting other post. But post says so much and speaks so many things that are in my heart. I just had to re-post (with permission). 

It Takes a Lot of Strength to Be Soft

All To Him I Owe

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Suitable Helper

If you are a married woman, you have the same job description as all married women, you are your husband's helper. With EVERY decision you make you must ask yourself, does this help my husband? If you don't know if a decision helps your husband, ask him. He will know.

Wives, in the light of God's instruction book, we must ask ourselves hard questions on a regular basis.

Do I care for my home in a way that helps my husband?
Do I manage my time in a way that helps my husband or serves my own agenda?
Does the way I serve others support my husband or my selfish ambition?  ( this is a tough one)
Do I ask for my husband's input before committing myself to a plan?
Am I oriented to him and the work to which God has called him?
Do I listen to my husband?
Am I allowing my husband to lead or do I have a better plan?  (Eve had a better plan)
Do I have a quiet and gentle spirit or do I sound like a clanging symbol?
Do I respect my husband when he makes a decision I don't agree with, knowing that the decision is ultimately from God who put our husbands as leaders in our homes?
Do I submit to my husband as to the Lord?
Do I respect my husband just because God tells me to, realizing that he doesn't have to earn my respect? I must respect him because God has commanded me to.

We as Biblical women need to ask these questions on a regular basis? As women we know we can get anything we want. We know that our men want to please us. We must be very, very careful when we assume we know what is best and manipulate the situation to get our way. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate our hearts and illuminate our minds and show us if there are evil or impure motives. Since the fall, one of the curses is our desire to rule over the men in our life. We are not the spiritual leaders in our homes, our husbands are. We must be very, very careful.

Proverbs 31:12 states: She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. Do you?

I must confess that I have not always done good to my husband. Many years I spent undermining my husband's authority and leadership in our home. But, my Good and Gracious Savoir,  gently and lovingly exposed my sin to me. And now my heart's desire is "to do him good not evil all the days of my life."

The only way we can live out proverbs 31:12 is with Ephesians 5:18, "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit". We must daily confess our sins and ask God to fill us with His Holy Spirit so we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

All to Him I Owe,


Friday, May 18, 2012

Femininity - A Biblical Prespective

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them...So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of man, and he brought her to the man......" Gen. 1:27; 2:21-22. "The important point here is that God created us, and being the creation of God determines everything for us as a woman.

We don't look to our culture to find our feminine identity; we don't consult our feelings to discover our purpose. Everything that we are and everything we do must be rooted in God.

 You and I did not become feminine because someone gave us a doll and put a dress on us. We were created feminine. Our femininity is a gift of grace from a loving Father."1

 Our role as women is clearly defined in Genesis 2:18, the Lord said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him". Are you a suitable helper for your husband? Even if you are single, you can begin to prepare yourself to be a suitable helper.

 What is a suitable helper? We will examine this topic in my next post.

 All to Him I owe,

 1 Authors summary of "Femininity" by Carolyn Mahaney