The Wife of Godly Character, Day 31 and Beyond
Our journey together is coming to an end as yesterday was the last day for the 30 Dates in November Challenge. It has been my privilege and honor to come alongside you in this process. I had 220 different women sign-up for the challenge, and I believe many more were doing the challenge unofficially from the number of women who told me they had friends doing the challenge too. This is a significant, mind-blowing leap from last year’s 40 women. Thank you. You’ve been such a blessing and a testimony to God’s goodness. To God be the glory!
I will be taking the month of December off actively publishing posts on the blog as it is my traditional period of rest and rejuvenation.
If you are just joining us or you care to recap, we have learned that the Proverbs-31 wife, the wife of godly character, is
- good because God is good in her
- precious, valuable, and significant, finding her worth in Christ, and understanding the importance of “soul care”
- trustworthy in her words and actions
- enriches her husband’s life through fulfilling his desire for relationship and his yearning for beauty, and allows him to experience her sweet love,
- filled with the Spirit, doing her husband good, not harm
- a woman of action – caring for her home and seeking quality for her family
- eager to uplift her husband emotionally, sustain her husband relationally, stimulate her husband intellectually, encourage her husband spiritually, and please her husband sexually
- diligent in her financial choices and planning for her family
- eager to rise with the Son with a positive attitude, making her husband and family a priority
- fruitful in daily living – considering carefully her decisions, involved in financial planning, and working hard alongside her husband
- hardworking, regardless of the trade or task, bringing glory to God in all she does
- strong, working her intellectual and physical muscles, worshiping God and honoring her husband by taking care of her body
- glowing because of the light of Christ in her
- clothed in patience
- prepared for trouble in life because she is secure in Christ
- effective in creating a peaceful haven for her husband
- beautiful, dressing her best to appeal to her husband and to glorify God, avoiding the lie of false modesty, and shining beyond her attire
- honorable, respecting her husband through her attitude, words, actions, presence, and physical body
- clothed in dignity, making God-honoring choices in her wardrobe, confident in what she is wearing and that she was made to be beautiful, respecting her husband by not drawing unwanted attention to herself, distinctive because she fears God, and is equipped with God’s honor
- trusting – believing God will help her, taking her worries to God, understanding fear and worry aren’t of God, knowing He will provide, and knowing who she is in Christ
- wise with her words – speaking words that are pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, respectful, merciful, full of good fruit, impartial, and sincere
- kind with her words – speaking words that reflect unconditional love, that are soothing, healing, and promote life, that are gentle in instruction, and restorative and refreshing
- proactive – attentive to the needs of her household and what’s going on around her, protecting her husband’s heart, and arming herself with God’s strength
- productive, rather than busy, staying focused on her most important priorities – God and her husband
- a blessing to her husband
- humble, recognizing what isn’t fleeting and pursuing it passionately, serving with a joyful heart, admitting her weaknesses and her strengths equally, putting her husband first, and accepting advice from her husband
- fearful of God, not in a way where she is scared of Him, but in a way where she pursues genuine relationship with a relational, loving God, she isn’t anxious for the future, uses her words wisely and gently, stands for her husband, not against him, and is strong in Christ
- praiseworthy because she is in Christ and Christ is in her
This is my encouragement, my prayer, and my parting words for you:
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.
Fight for marriage! Love your husband with purpose and passion. See you in January.
In the immeasurable blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Adam’s Eve :o)