Will the Real Proverbs 31 Woman Stand Up?

The Real Proverbs 31 Woman

The Real Proverbs 31 Woman

Have you ever found that you learn more of the Word every time you read it? It does not change but it changes you even if you read it a thousand times? I have many favorite passages but one of them for certain is Proverbs 31.  I have been reading this passage since I was a young wife.

As I grow older, as I read and study, I have to say, I have misunderstood this passage, have been convicted by this passage and just plain given up trying to be ‘The Real Proverbs 31 Woman“. I am a linear thinker and I like black and white issues. I am one who likes to do lists and planners and am a pretty conservative thinker and I make no apologies for this as this is just who I am :) But, I am so glad that God is never finished teaching me! He has given me a desire to continually learn and discover all there is to know of His Word and it is a lifetime adventure!

I have found that there are so many misunderstandings about that passage and I’m gonna admit, I have held these misunderstandings, believed them and taught them. I taught only what I knew and like a light hidden, I knew only a part. I am still learning and growing and hope you are with me on this journey to know His Word in all its fullness!

I am hoping to dig deep. I want to become all He desires me to be and I want to know Who He is and I know the two are tied together. He calls us to know Him and become like Him. He calls even the meekest one to join the great commission which states in Mark 16:15-18,

15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (esv)

Dear Ones,

I want to invite you to join me in discovering truly who God calls each one of us to be. To discard the stereotypes, shelves the misconceptions and embrace all He calls each one of His daughters to be… An Excellent Woman, His Jewel. Come with me as we learn Who the Real Proverbs 31 Woman is!

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Mk 16:15–18). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

 

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Be Quiet and Wait

Be Quiet and Wait

Be Quiet and Wait

How hard is it for you to be quiet and wait? I mean, to take time and really be still? To steal away and be by yourself and God..this is something that used to come natural to me. I am an introvert by nature yet with my life transitioning into a new season, I am finding it hard to be quiet.

For me, I define myself  by what I do, but God specifically created us to ‘be’ who we are because of Him.  We are ‘beings‘ not ‘doings‘. He loves me because He created me. He loves me because He is love. He sees me through Christ’s atoning sacrifice and I am accepted alone because of Jesus.

So, I can be quiet. I can rest. In the waiting, I am able to serve Him, to wait on His need through spending time in the Secret Place, on my knees in worship. We were created to worship Him and live our lives to glorify Him. When I spend time at His feet in worship, I become renewed and refreshed

a simple command …

Psalm 46:10

Be still and know that I am God.

WAIT!

The word wait in the bible has several meanings but the most widely used word is qwl which means specifically-to await; hope; to wait for; wait.

Psalm 39:7

And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.

Psalm 130:5

Why is it so hard for women to be still and become quiet enough to rest?

Is. 40:31

but they who wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

We are growing in strength when we spend time in the secret place. It is when we are quiet that we hear His voice. It is when we are waiting that we do not miss where He wants to lead us.  It is time to be quiet and wait.

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Weekend Worship-Worship the King!

Weekend Worship-Worship the King!

 

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It is that time again for weekend worship! let’s bow before the Great I Am! The Maker of Heaven and Earth, our Savior and Redeemer King! If you are needing a refill, click on the video. Come and bow before our King, the One Who makes all things new!

 

 

to watch directly on youtube, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgpoOhoc4Hs

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A Colorful Idea

A Colorful Idea!

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For all those Mommies with young children, I caught a colorful idea online today. While it is not necessarily the healthiest idea, it would be a fun project that a young child could participate and enjoy. It comes from Little Things and I wish I had this idea when my children were little. I am saving this for grandchildren!

 

All you need is some different flavored jello, large marshmallows and water.

 

In my studying,  I’m doubling in Biblical and Theological Studies and Christian Counseling from Liberty University. One thing that is standing out in my counseling children and teens class is the effect of stress and how quickly our culture is changing. Parents today need to be grounded and remember, it is not necessarily how many toys a child has or how big a home he or she lives in but how precious our time spent with them is.

I am sure I have said this much too many times but here I go again.. Dear Ones, they grow so fast. In a blink of an eye they are in our arms and next  they are heading off to school. Be wise, be present and be a God-focused momma. This is not a stay at home or work outside the home piece of advice. It is a conscious choice every mother and father must make. I pray you chose wisely! Our children are a heritage of the Lord, and you, momma, are more precious than jewels!

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Spirit Week Memories

 Spirit Week Memories

This past week at my high school we had Spirit Week, a week devoted to class competitions and creating school unity. Some of you reading this may be cringing as memories of skits gone awry, staples, paper, and glue from the class wall are literally everywhere, and those kids who refuse to dress according to the dress up day flood your memory. Yet, some of you are smiling as you remember how close you became with your peers and all of the fun you had cheering on your class and school at the big game.

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The theme my fellow members of ASB and I selected was social media, and my senior class had to create a wall and skit that revolved around Facebook. Out of a class of about 60 people, only about ten showed up to help decorate the wall. With a whole lot of team work and imagination, we turned a Valley Christian hallway into the Facebook of a member of the class of 2015 in a matter of six hours. It contained status updates and profile pictures of everyone in our class along with throwbacks to our previous spirit week themes, such as, Trix Cereal, Pop Music, and Disney Channel.

To be quite frank, my class was struggling in the spirit department in the beginning of the week. You see, last year we came in last place, so our hopes weren’t too high coming into this week. On Monday, our dress up day was Nerds and Jocks, and we had the second highest percentage of our class dressed up. Who came in first place? The Sophomores. For the rest of the week, it would be a battle between the Seniors and the Sophomores.

As I said earlier, in our wall we did a throwback to our past skits. Well, that was because in our skit we were pretending to be planning our fiftieth reunion, and we were using Facebook to reminisce and invite people. Although we were only 68, we acted like we were 90; the judges, administration and teachers, loved that. From glow in the dark dances, a student pretending to be Miley Cyrus, a dance to “Ice Ice Baby” and “Let’s Get Physical, basketball, and a bunch of teenagers pretending we needed walkers, our skit was actually funny. We went ten minutes over the time limit, but we couldn’t help but enjoy ourselves. Shock of all shocks, a Spirit Week skit that we never completely ran through until we were performing actually helped us gain school spirit.spiritweek1

So now it’s Thursday, and with only one day left of Spirit Week we were still struggling to beat the Sophomores. We knew that while our wall and skit were more interesting than theirs, but theirs was cleaner. Thus, who won Spirit Week was up to the judges’ opinions and who won dress up on Friday, who had the highest percentage of attendance at the big basketball game, and who donated the most for the canned food drive. Thanks to some of the teachers dressing for my class on school colors day (my school colors are black and red), we won dress up with 106%. One of the boys, Matt, collected ten dollars from every senior and bought 200 cans. After some of the Sophomores bragged about how many cans they had, we realized that we needed a huge amount more in order to beat them. The Interact Club would count the cans at five o’clock, which meant we had three hours to collect more money, buy more cans of food, and get them into our advisor’s classroom. With ten minutes to spare, and attempting to dodge multiple tenth graders, we had collected over 1,000 cans. While in the midst of trying to figure out how we were going to beat the lower classmen, a guy named Thomas reminded us of why we’re doing this for. Whether we win or not, we’re helping our brothers and sisters, and that’s what really matters.

Fast forward to the game, and we’re playing our rivals. Our gym was literally booming with energy from excited students and adults who were ready to cheer on our teams. Our Lady Vikings crushed our rivals, the Owls, with a 60 point lead. Then, our Varsity Men’s Basketball team crushed it as well. Our games weren’t just fun because we got to find out who won Spirit Week or because we were beating the Owls. It was fun because we came together as a unified school and rooted for the home team. Instead of chanting some of our beloved anti-owls chants, we cheered in a positive manner. Were we fired up? Absolutely. Did we need to tear down another school in order to encourage our players to play better? No.

What we ended up learning is that, as cliché as it sounds, it’s not about winning. It’s about coming together as a unified school, having a memorable time, and helping out some people along the way. Also, teamwork tends to go a long way when people decide to set aside their negativity and work as a team. Lastly, school and life are stressful, but it doesn’t have to be that way all of the time. It’s perfectly fine, and healthy, to let loose and have fun every once and a while.

Oh! I never told you if we won! OOH AHH YOU WISH YOU WERE A SENIOR!

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