1 Corinthians 15:57-58, 2 Peter 1:2-5, 2 Thessalonians 3:7-13, Being available, Faithful mothers, John 13:34-35, Matthew 6:9-11, Mothering doesn't require giving birth, Motherly Wisdom, Philippians 4:12-20, Proverbs 31:10, Proverbs 31:14-15, Proverbs 31:16-19
(A repost of Bible Ballistics: BBs #726 ) Sharing Motherly Wisdom??? Bible Ballistics: Vol. 18 No. 25
“Who can find a virtuous woman?
for her price
is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10
A virtuous woman is a treasure, not because I said so, but because God’s Word says so! But what is virtue?
Virtue: moral excellence; goodness; righteousness—
Conformity of one’s life and conduct to moral
and ethical principles; uprightness, rectitude…
God seems to be telling us that “virtue” is a prime character trait of the godly woman, and as the Proverb goes on to reveal, a godly woman will also be a godly, virtuous mother; and we are surely in need of virtuous women and mothers today. As Mother’s Day approaches, I thought it would be a good time to address godly womanhood, and motherhood; I have said this before and I’ll say it again, even women who haven’t given “birth” to a child still affect the lives of the children around them whether or not they ever give “birth” to any particular child. We need women who value life, goodness and righteousness, ever learning—ever teaching. We are surely experiencing a drought of godly women and mothers; so, what can we do? I/YOU can live a godly righteous life before God and whoever is watching us each day. What should that look like? Let’s check out God’s Word and see.
“She is like the merchants’ ships;
she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night,
and giveth meat to her household,
and a portion to her maidens.” Proverbs 31:14-15
A godly woman, wife and mother takes care of her home—she provides nutritious food as her means allow, she is diligent to take care of the needs of her household and, as Solomon puts it, she takes care of her “maidens”. While most of the people in my circle don’t have household helpers in the flesh, we do have helpers and we should take care of them and be grateful for them—such as your washing machine, a dryer, a dishwasher (even the teens you’re teaching to do that task– 🙂 ), a vacuum…you get the picture. We are to appreciate our blessings and use them to care and provide for our families with all love and strength.
“She considereth a field,
and buyeth it:
with the fruit of her hands
she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength,
and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good:
her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle,
and her hands hold the distaff.” Proverbs 31:16-19
Here we have a woman who is not idle, but spends her time being productive—and whether you are being productive as a “home-maker” full time or working outside the home we are each responsible for the welfare of our home—for our husband and our children! Many say today that being a “full time” mom is a waste of a woman’s gifts and talents—I beg to differ! The greatest work a woman can do is to raise godly, mature, productive children who can pass on the baton of godliness and a scriptural worldview, and work-ethic. And how is this biblical? Paul says it best (though many don’t care for this passage), it is truly foundational to a godly, healthy, and productive society.
“For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us:
for we behaved not ourselves
disorderly among you;
8 Neither did we eat any man’s bread
night and day,
that we might not be chargeable
to any of you:
9 Not because we have not power,
but to make ourselves an ensample
unto you to follow us.
10 For even when we were with you,
this we commanded you,
that if any would not work,
neither should he eat.
11 For we hear that there are some
which walk among you disorderly,
working not at all,
but are busybodies.
12 Now them that are such
by our Lord Jesus Christ,
that with quietness
and eat their own bread.
13 But ye, brethren,
be not weary
in well doing.” 2 Thessalonians 3:7-13
We are to be diligent and not grow “weary in well doing”—and we need to take note of this and be reminded that “well doing” can get tiresome! As women we can understand that truth. Jesus Himself got weary during His ministry and you and I will get weary in ours; but we can walk on in confidence that our God will supply as we go about doing HIS will.
“I know both how to be abased,
and I know how to abound:
and in all things
I am instructed
both to be full
and to be hungry,
both to abound
and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things
through Christ which strengtheneth me…
…. 19 But my God shall supply
all your need
according to his riches in glory
by Christ Jesus.
20 Now unto God and our Father
be glory for ever and ever.
Amen.” Portions of Philippians 4:12-20
We can be confident in our God—and whether you work outside the home or are a ‘staty-at-home’ mom, you can “do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”. I would just caution each of us to consider truth “in all things”—don’t fall for the lies of the world, that ‘caring for your family is not fulfilling’; or the one that says, ‘you can have it all’; as a friend once told me “you can have your cake and eat it too, just not at the same time”! What we must consider is, how is GOD calling you/me to use our resources? You can’t spend time with your spouse and children if you’re never home! You can’t see the needs of your children if you are never with them! You can’t grow in a relationship with your spouse if you never make time to be together! You can’t KNOW God intimately if you never spend time with HIM! We must consider God’s Word to be the dictate of our heart, not the world’s standard! We are to be faithful to God, home and others, considering the limitations of our soul, mind and body—with God’s help, and at HIS direction! Yet we are never to be presumptuous on God’s grace, provision and sovereignty. Praying always!
Our praying should always align with what Jesus instructed:
“After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day
our daily bread.” Matthew 6:9-11
Our prayer life should keep us in tune with God’s position as our total provision, then doing our part to be faithful workers—at home, at work, or wherever God leads us! Being godly examples of HIS love—starting at HOME!
“A new commandment I give unto you,
That ye love one another;
as I have loved you,
that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know
that ye are my disciples,
if ye have love
one to another.” John 13:34-35
Ever loving Jesus—our family—and the world—all to God’s glory, in HIS will, keeping our eyes on Jesus, being godly women of faith and joy in HIS WORD and all it teaches us.
“But thanks be to God,
which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast,
in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know
that your labour is not in vain
in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
So, we can choose, as men, women, boys and girls to follow Jesus, follow His Word, and be true reflections of HIS glory! Or we can reject Jesus and go our own way! It’s your choice Mom, what will you do? And remember there is a test—and not only a test–there are little feet following in your/my steps no matter what our words say!
“Grace and peace be multiplied
through the knowledge of God,
and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power
hath given unto us all things
that pertain unto life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him
that hath called us
to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us
exceeding great and precious promises:
that by these
ye might be partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption
that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this,
giving all diligence,
add to your faith virtue;
and to virtue knowledge;” 2 Peter 1:2-5
‘Nuff said! Amen and Amen!