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Let's look at a few passages. First of all, take Titus 2:3-5.
"Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled."
Okay, so, taking that apart, what do we get? A Biblical woman is to be...
-Reverent in behavior
-Not a slanderer
-Not addicted to wine (or anything else)
-A teacher of good
-Loving towards her husband and children
-Working at home
-Submissive to her husband
There we go. Some of that sounds a bit hard... I'm beginning to think that I can't do this on my own. Oh... wait a minute. I'm not supposed to anyway. I'm supposed to do all of this through CHRIST who strengthens me.
Let's look at Proverbs 31:10-31 now, that famous passage of Scripture which outline's a godly woman's character and actions. It's a bit long to post, so you can click on the link and read it for yourself if you like. Okay, what do we see? Some of these things are actions, so we have to think what characteristics these actions spring from and denote.
A Biblical woman is...
-Trustworthy (v. 11)
-A doer of good (v. 12)
-Industrious, a willing worker (v. 13)
-Goes to great lengths to provide for her household (vv. 14-15)
-Economical (vv. 16-19, 22, 24)
-Caring towards the needy (v. 20)
-Devoted to caring for her household (v. 21, 27)
-Clothed with strength and dignity (v. 25)
-Not anxious (v. 25)
-Always teaching kindness (it's on her tongue; I take that to mean, she is always teaching it) (v. 26)
-Always speaking with wisdom (v. 26)
-Not idle (This one, for me, is sometimes a verse that causes pangs in my heart when I compare it with my life.) (v. 27)
-Praiseworthy (vv. 31)
Wow. That is quite a list to live up to, isn't it? Certainly, it is quite overwhelming. After I read through all of that, I have to just pray and say, "LORD, I can't do this on my own. Father, You have commanded me to be like this, but in my own strength, I cannot. Give me the strength I need to bring glory to Your name."
Alright, last passage. Let's take a quick look at 1 Peter 3:1-6.
Wow. Yet again, a bit overwhelming. Some of the characteristics we have already seen in the other passages, but some we haven't. Let's break it down.
A Biblical woman is...
-Subject to her own husband
-Adorned with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit
-Not afraid of anything that is frightening
So there we have it. The characteristics of Godly, Biblical womanhood. A woman is submissive and respectful towards her husband (or, in our cases, the head of our earthly life is our father, for the time being), pure, reverent, kind, and trustworthy. But what I find very interesting is that, while feminism makes this sound as if women are hiding behind their husbands and fathers, and are being held back, a Biblical woman is commanded to "not fear anything that is frightening." She is also strong, both in spirit and body, and she laughs at old age. She is fearless and beautiful, worshiping God in spirit and in truth. This is, indeed, a beautiful woman, and one who I want to be. Will you join me?
Or, if you'd rather have that in English...
"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
What did you do on your mission trip?
We stayed at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Denver. They were so kind to provide room for us while we were there. As for activities, one of my favorite ones was Living Water. We went to a few parks and bus stops and handed out water bottles and sandwiches to people, which was a fabulous way to get conversations started. My favorite place doing that was at the bus stop, because there were always new people coming in, even if only for a short time. We also fixed up a health clinic, handed out fliers for a Christian school, fixed up a woman's yard, volunteered at a food bank and clothing store called Acts 2, painted over graffiti in a few alleys, and helped a worship band set up their equipment.
What was the best thing about the trip?
I was given so many opportunites to trust God, which is pretty scary sometimes. To just go up to someone and introduce myself was very difficult, but I was so blessed as I saw God work through me to impact others, even though I was terrified at times!
What was the hardest thing about the trip?
The hardest thing was probably to same as the best thing: trusting God. I had to constantly be reminding myself that He was in complete control over the whole thing.
What was it like to share your faith? I know that would be very scary for me- How did you overcome those fears?
I'd never shared my faith with anybody before, and I was so frightened every time. I don't think it can ever be something you're completely and totally at ease with. Sharing my faith opened me up to criticism, which definitely took me out of my comfort zone. Some of our key verses on the trip were Acts 18:9-11, which reads: And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not keep silent; for I am with you and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city." And he settled there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. God reminded me of these verses so much over the course of our missions week. My dad, who is my youth pastor, taught a lesson on these verses before we left, and showed us that the literal rendering in the original Greek for the words "Do not be afraid any longer," were actually "Stop being afraid, for you have no reason to fear!" There was no reason for me to be afraid, and I think that that knowledge definitely strengthened and encouraged me in a mighty way.
What was the most important lesson you learned on the trip?
That God is in complete control. I already knew that, but I learned it again on the trip. He showed it to be so true as He took my fears away and showed me how to trust Him in new and exciting (albeit scary) ways.
Do you plan to go on any mission trips in the future?
Missions is what I plan to do with my life, actually. I have one more year of high school, after which I'll be attending the community college here to get my degree in dental hygiene. Once I graduate I feel that the Lord has called me to work in India, possibly at an orphanage, and thus spend my life serving Christ and others. As to trips in the near-future, my dad is planning a youth group missions trip this summer. We might be going to a Native American reservation, or maybe back to Denver. I'm excited to see where the Lord leads!
Thank you so much Sarah! I love your heart for God~
Sadly, I forgot about this incident soon after it happened. Or, when I did remember it, I brushed it off as a notion that didn't have any true significance. I was bringing out the beauty that God had given me, and making myself beautiful so that I would show that HE is beautiful! Or was I? Just yesterday, I was reading through some articles. One was on cosmetics. The author's premise was that make-up does not bring glory to God, but that rather, it is wrong to wear it. After thinking it through, I don't totally agree with this young woman. God has given us means with which to bring out our natural beauty. He created beauty. He made everything beautiful. He loves beauty. He Himself is beautiful. So it is not wrong to use the means He has given us to bring out our beauty. But there is something wrong with the way we do it.
I do not wear much make-up. I merely put on light eye-liner and a bit of eyeshadow, in order to bring out my eyes. But when I put it on, I give no thought to bringing glory to God's Name. Instead, I am focusing on how I can make myself most attractive. I want my friends to see my beauty, and love me for it. I want young men to think that I am beautiful. I do not want to be plain. I want to be noticed. That is why I wear make-up.
THAT is what is wrong with make-up. I am sinning when I put it on, not because I am putting it on, but because of what I am doing in my heart. So I would like you to ask yourself today, Why do I put on make-up? What are my motives in doing so? Examine your heart, hold it up to the Scriptures, and ask the Lord to show you whether it is at fault.
For me, right now, I have decided to stop wearing make-up, at least for the time being. When I decided to do this, I felt a panic rising in my chest. What would people think of me? No one would notice me, no one would love me! I would be nothing exceptional, nothing beautiful! I would be... myself. The girl God made me to be. This is proof of the position of my heart. Right now, make-up is one of my idols. I feel that I need it. I am not content with what the Lord has made me to look like, and thus I want to make myself more beautiful in the eyes of the world. That is just plain wrong.
I am resting in His mercy, because this is an impossible task on my own. I pray that you will do the same.
Chrissie has gone home to be with Jesus. Her heart has been healed and now she spins and she sways to the Cinderella song with Jesus as her dance partner.
Please continue to pray for her family and thank God that she is finally healed and home with Him!