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David was referred to in the Bible as a "man after God’s own heart". Well, I am not a man. I can not be a "man" after God’s own heart, but I can be a woman after God’s own heart. THAT is what I am striving to become. . . A WOMAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART. This is also the title of a book by Elizabeth George. This book is one of my absolute favorites. It is on my list of must read books for women.

So in my private devotions I have started looking for what I call portraits of a Godly woman.

Here is one:

James 3:17 "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be intreated, full of mercy, and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy."

One of my desires as I am striving to become a Woman after God’s own heart is to grow in wisdom. I have often wondered "How will I know when I have widom from God like I so often pray for"? This verse gives the tangible evidence that I need to look for to see if I have that wisdom from above.

Am I pure? ~ in my thoughts, my attitudes, my actions, my conversations? Am I peaceable, a peacemaker? Am I gentle? ~ with my children even when I am frustrated with them and they aren’t behaving. I do not mean not disciplining them when they need it, but to even do that with gentleness. Am I easy to be entreated. Am I full of mercy as I deal with my neighbors and any one I come into contact with through out the day. Do the good fruits of Galations 5:22 shine forth? Am I partial in my dealings with people or do I treat each person the same? Am I without hypocrisy? ~ This one is a big one as I look at how I strive to make sure that no one thinks bad of me and that everyone likes me. Am I doing things just for show and to make others think well of me when in actuality things are not as they seem?

This is a very large portrait! It affects so much of my life as I strive to become a woman after God’sown heart. I lot to think about and digest. I love you Lord. Strengthen me, my heart, and my resolve as I strive to become a woman after Your own Heart.

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