Becoming A Woman of Excellence ! by Cynthia Heald

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Have you ever allowed your circumstances in life to hold you back ? Thinking you could never measure up to those women in the bible… or maybe those around you…

As I was studying The Word this morning and reading from a devotional I was sent, It finally dawned on me that ” Becoming  A Woman of Excellence ” had nothing to do with my circumstances or what status I was born into or how many times I failed at something in life.

Tweet: “All my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence”

Ruth 3:11

Ruth was a widow, a foreigner and she was out gleaning the grain from fields where those who harvested , had missed some.  So she was not known there only by her actions…  If others watched you, would they see you as a woman of excellence ?  Ruth was not of high estate or well to do ! She merely followed what the Lord had put in her heart to do , Go with and care for her mother in law Naomi.

Reading the book of Ruth , I would say she was ready for a change in life… She chose adventure over remaining the same and she was a loyal friend and daughter !    She had a tender heart and was a very caring woman ! She was a woman of noble character, she was selfless in doing those things that were excellent, she was strong and did those things she found a worthy pursuit in life.

I would suppose that many women would not have been so brave to follow someone to a land they had never been to… Have you ever done that ? Picked up and moved to a land (state) you have never been to ?  I have… not knowing what awaited us there but following what the Lord showed us to do at the time.

Excellence is measured by Success in Life for the most part today.  In what we attain or what we accomplish.  Many times we feel like failures in life as we don’t have the finest things, we have not made it to that position in our career, business or as a stay at home mom we feel that we have not attained some status in caring for our children , home or spouse. Something is lacking in our lives !!!

What is that ?

Tweet: We are comparing our lives to others lives ? or even to ourselves ?

For we dare not make ourselves of the number , or compare ourselves wit some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing  themselves among themselves, are not wise.

2 Corinthians 10: 12

I am here to tell you that you don’t have to allow your circumstances or your current position to keep you from “Becoming a Woman of Excellence” !

Tweet: Kick those could have, should have , would have’s out the door !

Fame, Success, Materialism and Popularity are fading… Today the church has become so much like the world that its hard to tell your brothers and sisters apart from those in the world who follow after such things.  Its no wonder so many find “Christians” to be hypocrites !  They see no difference in those who say they follow Christ, then they do in the world !

As I share this devotional and God’s Word with you, I am hearing the Lord speaking to be as well in the areas I need to change things in my heart and my life…

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Becoming  A Woman Of Excellence even from the first chapter is a very thought provoking study of areas that can be life changing ! I need to be totally honest with you here… though I read my bible and I take notes, I am a list person ! I have never been good at writing in a devotional or journaling, blogging or following through in some ways. But I am going to try to change that, as I wish to be an encouragement as I seek to follow the Lord and the changes he wants me to make in my own life and the life of my family.

Think on this…

Presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice , holy acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12: 1&2 

~ Linda Marie ~

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Women Professing Godliness : It’s Not About You, It’s About Jesus in You !

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As I spent a while thinking on I Timothy 2:10 yet again, its been one of my verses for 13 years now that I keep reading and thinking on. You see many years ago I was asked by my husband to write an article on our website back then called ” Women Professing Godliness “. That was my place to be an older woman and instruct younger women , How to love their husbands, love their children and be a chaste, devout keeper at home.  But also to seek godly holiness in behavior ( character), how I live and carry myself, before God, before my family and before others.  Back then I felt pretty helpless to meet up to the task that Mark was asking of me.

But he said

” Lin, its not about you, its about Jesus in you “

What a profound statement that was in my life.  And he was right, it wasn’t about me or how perfect I could be, it was about letting Jesus Love and perfectness shine through me.  I will be honest, some days I feel like I fail big time…

My attitude isn’t in the right place, I get frustrated and depressed with how the many things in life are going and I loose sight of the ” Goal “.

What was the goal ? and how on earth can I be an example of an older woman having it all together, so that younger women could learn godliness from me ?  I wanted to live a life of holiness before God and everyone.  There are many areas I feel like I fail in, but there is many things I am good at and those areas are the areas where God has given me talents to succeed in.  So here is the goal !

Titus 2: 3 – 5

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things

That they may teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to heir own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

I Tim. 9 – 12

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety, not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array,

But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection

But I suffer not a woman to each, nor to usurp authority over the men, but to be in silence.

OK, so there is the goal straight from the New Testament that deals strictly with women. Keeping in mind that Paul also said 

I Tim. 6: 6

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

There is a lot to be said in these passages but I am going to share what my thoughts were then and now. No they have not changed, they have only become more sure in my heart and mind as to what my goal is…

Today it is still not about me… It is still about Jesus in Me !

If we are indeed Women Professing Godliness, then we need to live as God’s Word says we are to live and not just pick and choose the parts we like and throw out the ones we don’t like.

I am going to share this in several articles I write , hopefully to bless you and help you to see that its really not that hard to attain, even if you feel like you are failing right now.

Today, I want you to mediate on  the verses I shared and that

Its not about you…

” Its about JESUS IN YOU “

Here is a beautiful saying I found online that is so what our thoughts should be.

Enjoy !

The beauty of the house is order;

The blessing of the house is contentment;

The glory of the house is hospitality;

The crown of the house is godliness.

~ Anonymous ~

Blessings

~ Linda ~

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