Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What is a Lady?

     To me a lady is not frilly, flouncy, frivolous and fluff-brained, but she is gentle, she is gracious, she is godly and she is giving. You and I have the gift of femininity… the more womanly we are, the more manly men will be and the more God’s glorified. Be women, be only women, be real women in obedience to God.”  ~Elisabeth Elliot
     In today’s society, a feminine woman is not exactly valued. However, a woman who is making her own way in the big wide world, climbing the corporate ladder, whisking through the social scene, knocking out glass ceilings- this is the woman that’s held in high esteem.
     While Proverbs 31 mentions a woman who is business woman (she considers a field and buys it….” The majority of Proverbs 31 is talking about what kind of a wife, mother and homemaker she is.
     Sometimes it seems like the Proverbs 31 woman is a dream.  I mean, really… who accomplishes everything that is written about in that chapter?
     The quote above from Elisabeth Elliot gives us a good insight into what we should be striving for as a godly woman. We are to be gentler. (That means we shouldn't yell at our children all day long.) You may think that’s quite a challenge, but it can be done! ;)
     A godly woman is gracious. That means she is courteous, kind, and pleasant. Again, some days make this feel impossible, but it can be done!
     A godly woman is giving. She extends herself to others, but she is always mindful of the needs of her family. Nowhere does it indicate that the Proverbs 31 woman extended herself to others at the expense of her family. She knew how to balance the needs of her family with the needs of others.
     While the Proverbs 31 woman may at times seem like an unattainable dream, I believe God placed those verses in his scriptures to call us to vision of godly womanhood for the benefit of others. If we continue faithfully in our efforts to live up to her beautiful example, we too will find out families rising up and calling us blessed. 
     "Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates." ~Proverbs 31:20-31~

7 comments:

  1. Good post Caitlin! Blessings to you!

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  2. That's funny; I'm studying a Proverbs 31 woman right now. :)

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  3. I loved this post! Thanks for sharing your heart.
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  4. Hi Caitlin! I think it's so cool that you are secure in being a stay-at-home daughter. I only wish my own family/society around me would be as supportive of me in this critical time of my life. Endless pressures to do and be something else. More and more society looks down on those who choose to stay at home, especially children, calling them "freeloaders." I'm glad to see God has provided a way for you to become a wife. As for me, I must endure until that time comes. God bless.

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  5. Hi Caitlin! I think it's so cool that you are secure in being a stay-at-home daughter. I only wish my own family/society around me would be as supportive of me in this critical time of my life. Endless pressures to do and be something else. More and more society looks down on those who choose to stay at home, especially children, calling them "freeloaders." I'm glad to see God has provided a way for you to become a wife. As for me, I must endure until that time comes. God bless.

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    1. Hi there! God will give you the grace and perseverance to endure! Praying for you!
      Caitlin

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