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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 8

January 11, 2010

Scripture to Memorize:

She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and words with eager hands.
Proverbs 31:12-13

Passage to Read: Proverbs 31:12-13 Do you bring your Lord (and your husband) good not harm?  Do you work with eager hands?

Guided Prayer: Today’s guided prayer dealt with being selective and becoming more selective.  It also talked about working with eager hands, being diligent and not self-indulgent.  Instead of asking for more energy in the morning, the prayer claimed with faith that God would give us the extra energy making it easier to get up earlier (for those of us that aren’t naturally morning people) each day to spend time with God and get myself and my family off to a good start.

Personal:
Donna stated in her book:  “The more complex the society we live in, the more we need to exercise the art of selectivity.”  She talked about the first mission kid (MK) she ever met who related a story of going to the grocery store to get cereal and becoming overwhelmed by the choices available.  You see, where the MK grew up they didn’t have but one or two choices at most.  I don’t know about your grocery store, but mine has at least one full row of cereal choices!

Do you make your own selections or do you allow others to select for you by going with the flow and unquestioningly following the crowd?  I know from experience it is sometimes hard to swim upstream, but I think that is exactly what we are called to do.  For some of us that will lead us to become dresses only, some may not.  Some women may study the Bible and come to the conclusion they are to marry and raise as many children as God blesses them with; while others may choose to remain single and devote their lives to God.  None of these choices are wrong.  God will call each of us to do what He ordains for us.  As sisters in Christ, I believe we need to support our sisters even when they choose a path that is different than ours unless we can point out in scripture where we believe they are in sin.  Too often, I think we have a tendency to think our way is better, but have we prayed about it and asked God to show us in His Word what He wants for us.

To become the women God wants us to be, we’re going to have to consciously be selective.  Ask yourself the following questions before making your decision and choice:

  • Is this the best use of my time, money, energy, and resources?
  • Is this God’s highest and best for me?
  • Is this the healthiest thing for my spirit, soul, and body?
  • Is this outfit glorifying to God?
  • Is it modest or does it draw attention to my physical attributes?  (Now this goes totally against what the world teaches women about dressing for success, doesn’t it?  I do believe we need modest yet visually pleasing attire.  I also think we need to dress modestly, yet not frumpy.)
  • Do my daily choices reflect my true values or am I taking the path of least resistance simply to avoid the hard work of making conscious selections?  (It really is easier to go with the flow but as we are learning it isn’t always the wisest or the most noble of choices.)

Practical Application:
Rate the following on a scale from 1-10.  With 1 equal to the path of least resistance (conforming to world) and 10 equal to making conscious selective choices.

  • Reading Material
  • Media Exposure
  • Fashion Sense
  • Financial priorities
  • Family Time
  • Home life
  • Diet/Food selection
  • Personal appearance
  • Time usage

In your Notebook add a divider for PROJECTS.  In this section take one sheet and label it SELECTIVITY, divide it into 3 columns with the following headings:

  • BOOKS TO READ
  • RECOMMENDED MOVIES
  • POSITIVE PROJECTS
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