Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Women in the Word Wednesday - 2012 Summer Study Wk 3
Today I am linking up with Good Morning Girls for "Women in the Word Wednesday"
I cannot believe it's week 3 already!
Thursday, May 24th
- Proverbs 16:20
- Proverbs 28:25
- Proverbs 29:25
I really liked today's verses, while they weren't in Proverbs 31 they were all three about trusting in the Lord. I think they made a good addition to yesterday's verse about being a woman that your partner can trust. What I took away from this was that for us as women to be someone that our husbands can trust, and vice versa, we must first trust in the Lord. I think that is something I need to work on. Today I pray that the Lord will help me to trust in him and his plan for me and my life.
Friday, May 25th
Todays GMG assignment was to reflect on what we have learned thus far. I don't have much to add to what I have already emailed about, except that I am very excited to delve more into the Proverbs 31 woman. A lady commented on my blog recently to tell me that she thought it was neat that I was doing this study while I am engaged. And come to think of it, it is. I am learning the type of woman I should be, the type of spouse I should be to Joe and what better time than right now?
Anyway, I finished one of my other devotionals today. The two topics were Suspicious of Suspicion and The Mind of Christ. The main things I gathered from these devotionals were that we shouldn't believe in rumors and to not concern ourselves with what others "may' think of us. I know, easier said than done. But we do need to realize that when we get wrapped up in these suspicions its the Devil working in us. Lastly, in the Mind of Christ devotional I learned that we need to try to think with "the mind of Christ" which led me to think of What Would Jesus Do?
Monday, May 28th
- Proverbs 31:12
- 1 Kings 11:4
- Proverbs 31 book p. 8
"She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life"
In verse 12 we see that the Proverbs 31 woman is with her husband all of the days of her life. She does not leave him. She follows her marriage vows.
While I agree with the book mostly, I do not agree with the part on page 8 that says we must not attempt to lead our husbands, we must have them lead us. While I think this is good in theory, where I take issue is in my relationship where I am a devout Christian and Joe is not. Shouldn't I be leading him? Should I be following his non-Christian acts? I think not.
Tuesday, May 29th
- Proverbs 31:13
- Colossians 3:23
- Proverbs 31 book p. 9-10
"She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands."
Verse 13 shows us her work ethic, she works with eager hands.
I never really pictured myself as a "homemaker" but I suppose that is what I am currently since I am unemployed and Joe is the one who works full time. Reading the above verse and the assigned verse from Colossians 3:23 that states "work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people" got me thinking about my current "work". As of right now I am fully in charge of household tasks in addition to full time studying for the Bar. More often than not I dislike this position that I am in. I miss working at an actual job. Very very very much. I miss my financial independence. Very very very much. However, I know that this is what I have to do right now, until I pass the Bar and am able to have a paying job of my own again. Today I am praying that God will help me to have an eager attitude toward my work, that instead of dreading these daily tasks I will be excited and energized to accomplish them. A quote that struck me from the Proverbs 31 woman book was this: "God never condemns rest. He condemns laziness." I think that this quote goes far beyond just being busy and keeping a household, it can go to all aspects of one's life. I want to live my life with this quote in mind.
Wednesday, May 30th
- Proverbs 31:14
- Proverbs 9:1-2
- Proverbs 31 book p. 11
The focus of today was on the attributes of the Proverbs 31 woman to take care in the food and drink she presents and provides to her family and guests. Proverbs 31:14 says "she is like a merchant's ship, bringing her food from afar." This says to me that this woman does not simply rely on convenience, but rather she seeks out the best possible food for her family. Food is a necessity and the Proverbs 31 woman is quite picky. Not picky in a bad way. To be like Her we should shop to the glory of God, not just looking for convenience and quickness. We need take time and care to find the best deals, food, etc. for our families.
Today I pray that the Lord will help me to be the great hostess and provider that He wishes that I aspire toward.
Some of my thoughts this week...
It is amazing to me how much we can learn from just a few verses through simply delving into them more. Yes, it takes more time, but this is true Bible study, true learning about what God wants us to know.