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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 47

March 6, 2010

Evaluate Your Countenance

Scripture to Memorize:

She makes coverings for her bed;

she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Her husband is respected at the city gate,

where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

Proverbs 31:22-23

Passage to Read: 1 Peter 3:3-5 Today’s passage reminds us that our beauty shouldn’t come from outward appearances but from within.

Guided Prayer:

Ask the Holy Spirit to transform you from the inside out.  Only God’s power at work within your spirit, soul and body, can make you and keep you a truly beautiful woman.  Ask Him to do that work within you.  Lord, teach us to cultivate a gentle and quiet spirit.  Ask for forgiveness for those times when we’ve been so focused on our outward appearance that we’ve neglected the inward reality.  (Sometimes we even neglect both.)  Thank God for his many examples of godly women in the Bible.  Ask God to make you beautiful, inside and out.

Personal Observations:

I’d like to share something Donna wrote:  You can read the character of a man on the countenance of his wife. Reading that I wondered, does my countenance truly reflect Jeff’s character?  I know I often feel stressed out and over-whelmed — not by Jeff but from dealing with Nick (specifically) and three boys (in general).  I pray that my countenance reflects a wife that feels precious and honored (because I know that is how Jeff feels — he tells me and show me that often enough).  Donna goes on to say that some women reflect that love and care they receive not from an earthly husband but from a heavenly one.  So, don’t give up hope if your earthly husband isn’t providing it — look to your heavenly husband.

A countenance that reflects a gentle and quiet spirit grows out of God-confidence; while a contentious spirit is rooted in insecurity and a lack of self-confidence.  Like Sarah, in the Bible, we can place our faith and confidence in God and we know that through Christ all things are possible.

What exactly is self-confidence?  Well, self-confidence is based on your level of trust in your own ability and resources.  It’s based on your interpretations of things and that interpretations is based on many factors, including who your parents were; what kind of family life you had; what schools you went to; which side of the tracks you grew up on; your social status; how others treat you; how you judge yourself compared to others; etc.   In other words, self-confidence looks inward (and often finds itself lacking).

What is God-confidence?  Well, that’s where you trust completely that God has a purpose for your life and that he is more than capable of seeing it fulfilled regardless of what the evidence says to the contrary.  You trust that God will take care of you even if your earthly husband won’t.   In other words, God-confidence looks upward (and doesn’t find itself lacking).

Practical Application:

Evaluate the basis of your confidence.

  • Are you operating on self-confidence or God-confidence?
  • What does your countenance reflect?
  • What does  your countenance tell the world about your husband (both earthly & heavenly)?

Remember, Saturday is review day — you should know Proverbs 31:1-10-23, catch up on anything you’ve not gotten finished and confirm that you are routinely incorporating the changes into your daily routine.   Sunday is our day for devoting extra time on meditating on the entire Proverbs 31 passage, memorizing verses, praying and preparing for the week ahead.  See you on Monday!

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