Friday, August 3, 2012

A Woman's Encouragement...from Linda Paulk, Sky Ranch CEO and President

A Woman's Encouragement...Challenge to be a Proverbs 31 Woman

Dear SkyMoms,

My husband Bob and I have known each other since Kindergarten, dated since we were 15, and married for 27 years.  We have two grown children.  As a Christian I have been aware of the Proverbs 31 woman for as long as I can remember.  Recently, however, I was at a couple’s 50 year wedding anniversary where the children stood up and honored each of their parents individually and then together as a couple.  The children referred to their mother as truly reflecting the Proverbs 31 woman.  I don’t know why, but somehow at that moment as they read the scriptures, God instilled a desire in me far more intense than ever before to be the full expression of what God intended me to be as a woman.  I can’t explain why, but it really hit me hard.  Not that I looked back and thought that I had failed at this, but it did give me a renewed desire to revisit and commit to excellence in this area of my life.  Today, let us all be reminded of what God desires of us as wives, mothers, and Christian’s.  Below are ten virtues of the Proverbs 31 woman with scripture references I found when researching, that I wanted to share with you today.   Let’s together challenge ourselves to daily commit to being a Proverbs 31 woman and allowing God to work in our lives refining us.
Father God, thank you for reminding us of your plan for us as women and instilling in each one of us a renewed desire to be all that you created us to be.  Thank you for loving us so much that you provided specifics on who you want us to be.  Thank you for your provision in the areas that we are blinded…open our eyes and give us the mind of Christ.  Lord continue to refine us as we seek you for guidance in every area of our lives.  May we reflect you in every way and glorify you in everything we do.  May her children arise and call her blessed.  In the name of Jesus, Amen.
1. Faith - A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 31: 29 – 31, Matthew 22: 37, John 14: 15, Psalm 119: 15
2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a helpmeet. (Proverbs 31: 11- 12, Proverbs 31: 23, Proverbs 31: 28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis2: 18)
3. Mothering - A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31: 28, Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 22: 6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18: 16)
4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Genesis 1: 29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)
5. Service - A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20, 1 Corinthians 13: 13)
6. Finances - A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)
7. Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31: 31, Philippians 2: 14)
8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27, Titus 2: 5, 1 Peter 4: 9, Hebrews 13: 2)
9. Time - A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16: 9, Philippians 4:8 )
10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10Proverbs 31: 21 – 22, Proverbs 31: 24 -25, Isaiah 61: 10, 1 Timothy 2: 9, 1 Peter 3: 1 – 6)
Grateful to serve, 


Linda S. Paulk
President and CEO
Sky Ranch

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