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My journey towards Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be — Day 3

January 7, 2010

Sorry, the boys didn’t have school today so my morning didn’t flow as smoothly as I hoped.  Just now getting around to today’s post.

Scripture to Memorize:

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.

Proverbs 31:10-11

The passage to read today is Psalm 119:9-11, 15-16.  These passages deal with how a woman (it is directed towards a young woman but I believe applicable to any woman) can keep her way pure.

The guided prayer touched on modesty both for myself and so as not to lead men astray.  I realize that most women don’t understand why it is our responsibility to dress in such a way as to not provoke thoughts of lust from men, but we as women have to remember that men are visual creatures.  God created all of us to enjoy beauty but for most women it takes more than good looks to lead us astray (not so with a lot of men).  I’m not saying we should all wear burkas (I honestly think there are some men who could create a fantasy even in that scenario), but I do think we need to think more about what we wear and try to be mindful of others so as not to cause them to wander astray.  The prayer also touched on meditation and learning the Word of God.

Personal Application:
In order to truly become capable, dignified, virtuous women of noble character, we must do more than casually read the Bible.  We need to meditate on what we read so that it becomes a part of the very fiber of our being.  We want to be like Christ when tempted, to use the very Word of God to renounce the temptation.  Eve didn’t have that luxury and when tempted by Satan couldn’t say exactly what God had said and so fell into Satan’s plot to lead her (and by extension Adam) astray.

Many Christians tend to fear meditation because of the connotations that it is something the far-Eastern religions do to communicate with their various gods.  The sad thing is God’s earliest followers often meditated on His Word.  The easiest way to do this is to take the time to think about what you are reading and/or memorizing, pray over the words even as you read/learn them.  Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you the meaning and the applications of each word and what it means for you in your life.

The practical suggestion for today was to create memory verse cards (actually if you have the book you can cut them out of the back of the book), place the cards in a binder pocket that you carry and then whenever you have a moment study them.  Place extra copies throughout your home, car, or office where you can see them.  Write them over and over (if that’s helps you memorize them) in your Personal Notebook.

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