Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Woman: The Mighty Warrior

Have you ever wanted to know what God thinks of women?
You probably have.
 But, before I tell you what He thinks of women, let me tell you what He doesn't think of us.
He doesn't see us as weak and inadequate.
 When He created us to be a help meet, He created us to be a partner in a union of marriage.
He doesn't want us to be slaves to men.
But, He does want us to respect them and have a servant's heart.
He doesn't want us to be permanently glued to the front of the kitchen sink doing dishes for the rest of our lives.
He wants us to be wives and mothers, but He also wants us to be able to live up to our full potential.
Now, this is what He does think about women.

  This is a picture of the word woman in ancient Hebrew. It means mighty warrior.
In a rough translation it says this:
A strong defender leading.
A mighty warrior. 
That's what God thinks!
He sees us as mighty warriors.
He loves us and knows our strengths and our weaknesses.
He created us to fulfill a role.
Proverbs 31
"Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
A Virtous Woman is Honest.
 She does him good and not evil.
All the days of her life.
A Virtous Woman is Honorable.
 She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands...
       ...She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
A Virtous Woman is Industrious.
She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms...
A Virtous Woman is Strong.
 ... She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
A Virtous Woman is Generous.
 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet...
...Her clothing is fine linen and purple...
  ...She makes linen garments and sells them...
 A Virtous Woman is Prudent.
...Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
'Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.' 
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."
A Virtous Woman is Humble.

This our goal...
  To be virtuous.
 To be kind, but firm. To be meek, yet strong. To follow, and to lead.
 To take pride in motherhood, and to excel in our careers.
To be faithful and pure.
To set the standard for women and girls alike.
The battle lines have been drawn.
The stakes are high.
Will we hold to the plans God has for us?
 Or will we be swayed by the Father of Lies and accept the pitiful image the past generations have concocted...
 and call it womanhood?
 This is the call to arms....
Will you live in the plans and purpose God has for you? Will you be a woman of God?
Will you answer?
(Artist Unknown)

Teen for the Lord
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