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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 9

January 13, 2010

Scripture to Memorize:

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

Passage to Read: Psalm 1:1-3
Today’s passage talks about a blessed man (or in our case woman).  One who is blessed will listen to the wise, avoid standing with sinners, or sitting in the seat of mockers.  The blessed ones will delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on it day and night.  (Ooh, there’s that word meditate, and here so many people think of meditation as something only those that practice the far Eastern religions do.  We need to be like trees planted by streams of water, yielding fruit in season and having leaves that do not wither so that everything we do will prosper.

Guided Prayer: Today’s guided prayer starts out with us thanking God for all His blessings bestowed to us.  Then renew your commitment to Him to not walk with the wicked, stand with sinners, or sit with mockers.   Now ask God to show you anyone or anything that might lead us in the wrong direction.  Ask God for His help in finding our delight in the study of His Word by granting us insight.

Personal:
Ouch, I don’t know about you but I often fail to persevere in situations that are difficult.  The Proverbs 31 woman shows us that we need to persevere even when we don’t see instant results.  Raising children is a perfect example of a time when this is ever so important.  Many woman during the years of raising small children feel like the invisible woman (one Christian comedian even does a skit based on this).  Yet this is one job we must persevere in doing the Lord’s work even when we don’t see immediate results.  It will only be when our children are grown and raising our grandchildren that we may really see the results of our endeavors.  We may get glimpses of it while they are growing but the “proof” will be when they are adults.

I’m going to quote from Donna’s book here:  “God’s Word says that a person who meditates on Scripture — who remains faithful and sinks deep roots into the living water — that person will prosper in season.  However, in season may not mean next week.  That’s the problem with most of us.”  I don’t know about you but I often want instant results.  My oldest son, who just happens to have Down Syndrome, is a perfect example of instant results — he complains of a headache, I give him a Tylenol, he swallows it and headache’s gone.  Yep!  Just like that it’s gone.  Now, for me it takes a while to get the headache to go away after I take the medicine, but not him.  (Did it really go away that fast, or does he just have that much faith that it will work so therefore it did work?)

A tree begins as a small seed and it takes many years to grow large enough to produce fruit and then only in season and if conditions are right will it produce fruit.  Our children are the same way.  They start out smaller than a grain of rice and it will take many years for them to grow enough to produce fruit.  It is our jobs as mothers to make sure the conditions are right so that when their season comes we can be confident that we have followed the Lord’s teachings and provided them with the right conditions to produce fruit.  We need to stay planted in God’s Word and teach our children to do the same so that we may produce fruit in season as God has promised.  Please don’t think the Proverbs 31 woman became God’s ideal woman overnight, she didn’t and we won’t become like her overnight either.  If we practice what God has ordained though and stay rooted in His Word we will become a woman everyone will hone and be clothed with strength and dignity.

Practical:
Spend some extra time reading and studying God’s Word today.  (If you have a MP3 player check out this website http://firefighters.org/kjv/bible/index.cfm and download God’s Word (KJV) to listen to as you go about your day.)

In your Notebook, add the sheet entitled BIBLE STUDY WORKSHEET from http://www.donnapartow.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/biblestudyworksheets.pdf.  Print out and place 7 copies in the TAG section of your Notebook.

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