Virtuous: A Woman Who Embodies Love and Grace In Every Area of Her Life – Proverbs 31; Ephesians 5:22-24 #GodIsLove #Faith #Hope #Love

 

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Hi, loves! Recently, I wrote a blog post entitled: Ode to Womanhood (a homage to all of us amazing women!) that included some of my poetry and creative writing, and I wanted to follow-up for the ladies and my sisters in Christ to exhort, encourage, and edify in virtue! I am currently in a very busy and chaotic time of my life where nothing is predictable, and I wanted to write a post that slows both me and you down so that we can focus on what’s most important: Our life and our identity in Christ.

If we are truly living virtuous lives – active in love and service – at times, our schedules are super hectic; there is so much that we have our hands on (inside and outside of the home), and sometimes we can lose focus! Sometimes, we can lose sight of what’s most important and take our gaze off of Christ and our Heavenly Father. I pray that this post invites you back into an intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior and reminds you of who you really are: A woman loved perfectly by an amazing God.

I will be quoting from scripture, from my book Happily Ever After, and sharing other highlights from what I have personally written and posted, so…sit back, relax, read, remind yourself of who you are in Christ, and glory in His presence!

Identity

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.

Genesis 1:27

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Jeremiah 1:5

For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:27-28

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.

Proverbs 31:10 

Beauty and Appearance

Favour (charm) is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

Proverbs 31:30

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139:14

A virtuous woman is a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord. Her beauty comes from her unwavering faith and trust in the Lord.

External beauty is a gift, but always remember: Beauty fades. True beauty lies in the heart and spirit.

Modesty and Adornment (Beauty continued)

The adornment of a true virtuous woman is not in her external appearance; but the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

1 Peter 3:3-4

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.

1 Timothy 2:9-10

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Gentleness and Quietness

A virtuous woman knows when to speak and when to be silent. She cultivates a gentle and quiet spirit – a spirit which is pleasing to the Lord.

A virtuous woman’s presence, heart, and spirit alone is oftentimes more powerful than anything she can say.

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

1 Peter 3:4

Grace and Poise

And of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

John 1:16

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Ephesians 2:8

But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

James 4:6

A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.

Proverbs 11:16

Wisdom

A virtuous woman “has the firmness to bear up under crosses and disappointments,” and she does it with poise and grace.

“A virtuous woman is wise with her words. Everything she speaks is with purpose and to the glory of the Lord. She edifies and encourages the Kingdom of God, her husband and family, and mankind. Whether it is exhortation or loving rebuke and correction, she opens her mouth with wisdom – and kindness is always on her tongue (Proverbs 31:26). She is quick to share the wisdom she has attained in Christ to encourage others to reach their full potential.”

Pg. 121, Chapter 9 of my book Happily Ever After

The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

Psalm 37:30

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Proverbs 4:5-7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7

Love and Kindness

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

Proverbs 31:26

And he said, Blessed be thou of the Lord, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.

Ruth 3:10

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8;13

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:8

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.19 We love because he first loved us.

1 John 4:18-19

Fearlessness and Faith

A woman of virtue has faith that is unwavering. Faith that is steadily growing. Faith that does not turn back. Faith that is being strengthened in the author and finisher of her faith – Jesus.

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

Proverbs 31:25

And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

For He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is His name.

Luke 1:45-49

And He said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Mark 5:34

Acts of Service 

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

Proverbs 31:13

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

Proverbs 31:19

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

Proverbs 31:20

Marriage and Family

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Genesis 2:18

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the saviour of the body.

Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Ephesians 5:22-24

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

Proverbs 31:11-12

She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

Proverbs 31:14-18

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Proverbs 31:21-24

A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that makes ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

Proverbs 12:4

“A virtuous woman is a married woman. She is a wife. She honors, respects, affirms, and supports her husband. She is trustworthy, compassionate, and brings her husband nothing but good all the days of his life. She gives her husband a security that he lacks in the world. She is a helper (helpmeet) to him and covers his vision in prayer. She remains in full submission to her husband as he continues to be the head of the home while following Christ.”

Pg. 119, Chapter 9 of my book Happily Ever After

Scripture References: Genesis 2:18; Proverbs 31:11-12; Proverbs 31:23; Proverbs 31:28; 1 Peter 3; Ephesians 5:22-24

As always, there will be more posts of encouragement, sisters! I pray this has lifted you and given you immense peace.

Be Virtuous. Be Blessed. 🙂

With God’s Love,

Porsche R. Armstrong

 

 

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