I was doing some “tag surfing”, following some links to key words that were posted for my site to find similar sites, and I found this posting that I was very impressed with. I found two actually; I’ll get the other one up momentarily, by the same author. Her blog is The Gentle Home. Check it out!
Last week I shared with you how my heart had been stirred to find out what Godly femininity really was- that is, what does God, as our Creator, have to say about His female creation? Surely, as our Designer He would have a few things to say to us. (Read Part I here) As a Christian woman, I knew there were certain ways I should conduct myself, but after studying a few scriptures that described femininity as God truly intended it to be (Ephesians 5: 22-24, 1 Timothy 2: 9-15, Titus 2: 3-5, 1 Timothy 5:14, 1 Peter 3: 1-6, Proverbs 31) I was shown by the perfecting light of God’s word how far I was from His original and beautiful design. And why was it I failed to find very many women who I could also look to and say- “Yes, she follows the word of God. She is modest, loving, discreet, gentle and quiet, submissive to her husband- yes that is a Godly and feminine woman.” Although I am blessed to know some lovely Godly women! (And by submissive I just mean living in the order of the family as God made it: Christ the head of the husband, husband the head of his wife. It is not a bad thing! See Ephesians 5:22-33)
I was also shown in His word that God’s standards for maintaining purity in this world are much higher than I realized, but the end result of becoming a Godly woman much more glorious than I could have imagined! I began to have a deep “heart hunger” to reclaim the life of Godly femininity that our society has rejected but God has wondrously and clearly defined in His word, the Bible, and through Jesus given me the power to walk in it. And not only that, but to see other women also throw off all else and eagerly pursue this journey of knowing, understanding and walking in the light of the Biblical definition of what it means to be made female.
There are a lot of things I thought I would write about here in Part II…none of which I am going to do. I realized anything that I wanted to say I could not give justice to in just one or two posts. I thought I would simply leave you with some verses that may inspire you, encourage you, convict you, or just make you think. I pray you continue to study the Bible and allow it to transform you.
“Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31: 10-12
“The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things- that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their husbands, that they word of God may not be blasphemed.” Titus 2: 3-5
“Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.” 1 Peter 3:1-2
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification…that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor.”
1 Thessalonians 4:3-4
“And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So shall your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62: 5
“So the King will greatly desire your beauty; Because He is your Lord, worship Him.” Psalm 45: 11
[God talking to Jerusalem, but also to us, His beloved] ” ‘You were exceedingly beautiful and succeeded to royalty. Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you,’ says the Lord God.” Ezekiel 16: 13-14 (emphasis mine. Read all of Ezekiel chapter 16- it is stunning)
There is a radiant vision of womanhood, of femininity that we have lost so much of and now are continuing to lose in this society. I am on a journey to reclaim it- for myself, for my daughter especially, but also for all the women everywhere who don’t yet know how they long to step into this place of rest. This place of Godly femininity.
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Oct 03, 2011 @ 15:38:19
Beautiful. You do a wonderful job of writing about this subject. I will share this one also if you don’t mind.
Oct 03, 2011 @ 21:31:47
Oh thank you, yes that is fine with me!
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Oct 05, 2011 @ 03:04:30
I think you should just write. write write write! so what if you end up with Godly femininity part 1000. I think you should just do it. I think it is great you are discovering the woman God wants YOU to be! I think the only thing that made my heart sink was Identifying godly women. Its wonderful to see other women just like us but we also have to keep in mind that just because there are women not like us that doesn’t mean they are not Godly themselves. Like you I am building myself. Im doing it differently but I am still following a calling. And even though yours is different then mine, I can still see the same divine quality in you as I see in myself and many other women. Girl go deep with this. If not on your blog then in a special diary that’s for you and God. ( my mom has mountains of these journals lol). Heck write a book!. Yes you are going to piss off alot of people but atleast you are following your heart and following a greater calling rather than the latest issue of Cosmo.
- Lloyd Duncan
Nov 05, 2011 @ 13:05:21
Oh, my! Your friends are correct; you have a natural talent for writing. I’m not sure how much study, if any, you put into this but, the scriptures aren’t as important as having in your heart an understanding of what God wants and that you can freely express that in your writing. I don’t know you, either, and I’m not doubting you but, if you wrote all of this out of your thoughts, whether your own or divinely inspired, you have a gift. This is the very gift I’m trying develop my self. I simply mean that what I just described happens to me some, too, and by writing more it may happen more often.
Now, here’s the important part; Even though I did like your modesty post this one seems to be, and let me explain this, more righteous! You may say what’s the difference. I’m about to post a study, a revelation, on the core, deeper understanding of righteousness in about a week or so, come see it. And I wish I had mentioned this in the comments to you and your friend Mea yesterday. Anyway, here’s the point, righteousness is much more than “just right living”, as I have often heard it explained. The core definition is to put God first! And that’s what you’ve done here. In modesty for yourself it is ok to help your brothers not to lust, as the other blog you linked to pointed out. It is ok to want to fit in at church, or make a statement of your femininity. However, those things MUST be the after-thought. You must do all things for God first. In this post you stayed right on track with stating what God desired in these issues and that you were wanting to do these things for Him. I’m glad you see the ways that you can help others by living for God but, helping men not to lust, being submissive to your husband and ALL that other stuff HAS TO BE the beneficial by-product of doing it because The Lord wants it done. Have a great day, and thanks. PS: I’d like to put some of these on my site, if you don’t mind?
Nov 05, 2011 @ 14:59:03
Thank you again for your honest comments, I appreciate them! I certainly don’t mind if you want to share the posts, I am encouraged knowing that my writing may be an encouragement to someone else. I think I do understand what you are saying…that everything should be done because you love the Lord first, because more than anything you are listening to the Holy Spirit and following what He says, not because of any other reason- no matter how well meaning.