Friday, March 16, 2012

Proverbs 31: My Utmost Highest Calling

So it's been a while since I have written! Sorry, have been REAL busy with school, and trying to fit home, gym, and church in my schedule. Well see this is exactly what I want to talk about. Did you notice how I listed my priorities here?

1) School
2) Home
3) Gym
4) and the Church

I have it ALL backwards again. Those who know me, know my testimony as a WIFE! And those who don't know me, will read about my testimony soon. See when I first married, I had my priorities out of place, which led to a very hard beginning, and it looks like I have done it again. But I have been listening to this awsome women of God, Ruth Harvey. God has used her preaching to speak to my heart and put me on a path to discover my Utmost Highest Calling.

God brought me out of darkness, to shine, not to sit on the side and hide among the clouds. (Hope what I'm saying makes sense, the thoughts come in Spanish, and I'm translating them as I write.) I know that I am not yet complete. See I once heard a preacher say that when we are asking for healing, we should asked to be whole again. God wants our faith to be like that of the woman with the blood issue. He wants to make us WHOLE, in mind, spirit, and body.
  "And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee WHOLE; go in peace, and be WHOLE of thy plague." Mark 5:34

So why am I not yet complete, or whole? God said "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Genesis 2:24
If we are one, then if my husband is down, so am I, and vice-versa. My marriage went through a very tough time, which I came out of much more victorious than my husband. He strayed away from God during that time, and has yet to return, like the progidal son. I will be WHOLE, when my marriage is not only healed, but made WHOLE with his return to Christ.

Now what does that have to do with my utmost highest calling and my priorities? Well first and farmost, if I am trying to win my husband back for the Glory of God, I have to begin to shine in my home. I have to be the light among the darkness, and for me it begins in ME. Now I know many will say that my husband already knows the way, and it's his responsibility to return to God. But "the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a help meet for him." Genesis 2:1 I am my husband's hel meet, and not just physically, spiritually too.

I posted this on FB: Don't spend more time in front of a dressor preparing your outer appearance, than you do on your knees and in the bible developing your inner beauty! I heard this from Ruth Harvey's preaching. That's when it hit me! I changed it a bit for my situation, don't spend more time in your school books, than you do in the word of God. I have been putting School first, and it's not like that. My priorities should fir my Highest calling.

My Utmost Highest Calling is to be A Virtous Women...
The Provebs 31 woman has 10 virtues that God is calling me to fullfill.

1) A proclaimer of the gospel of Christ. 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) My relationship with Christ is more important than anything else. I have to keep my intamacy with my God alive. This will produce an inner holiness that will then be reflected on the outside, not just how I act, but how I dress. Holiness is not a burden, it's a blessing. It's not our problem, it's our previlage. 

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) God has been working in me for some time now about the wife He wants me to be for my husband. If I had opened my eyes earlier, it would have saved me alot of headaches in my marriage. God wants me to be submissive and please him. In doing so, I'm pleasing God. My home comes next, after God.

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) Even if I'm on a Solo rescue for now, I have faith that one day my husband will rejion me and together we will instruct our children in His ways.

4) 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)

5) 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) This is where my gym comes in. I have been battling with my weight for the longest time. But you see, my weight is not the true problem. My self-control is. I have to take control of my life, and that includes my weight. This brings me to the next priority on my list.

6) 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) This is inner and outter beauty. Remember: Don't spend more time in front of a dressor preparing your outer appearance, than you do on your knees and in the bible developing your inner beauty!

7) 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) Though I may not be the sole provider, we are living off of one income. What I buy affects how we live. I must save every penny I can. I must live a frugal life, which I by the way, enjoy living. I  love getting good things at a cheap price. And if I calculate right, I can still enjoy many things, more so now than I did when I was working. But of course, not forgetting to give God what belongs to Him. I must always be faithful in my tithes and offerings.

8) 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) In order to be a leader, I must first learn to be a servant. Jesus, being the almighty God, came to serve us. Us, who were full if sin, and he did it with a willing and joyful heart. There is no point in serving if in your heart there is no will to do so. Service to my church is next.

9) 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) I am the drum player at my church. I also teach Sunday School to preschoolers. I am pleased that God has given me these talents, and I will use them for his glory. Although I have been leaving church to the side for everything else, I realize that it's not God's will, and I asked myself this question: Who's in control? You or God? And I want God to be the captain of this boat.

10) 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 ) God is teaching me time management. I have 168 hours in a week. 42 of those, I use for sleep. 12 hours I spend in class. 9 hours should be used for church. 3 hours at the gym. 28 hours for studying. That leaves me with 74 hours for spending time with God in becoming a good homemaker of what God has given me.

1) God
2) Home
3) School
4) Church
5) Gym
6) All other

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