We celebrated Women’s International day last week. According to Timeanddate.com International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. There are a few women who have been an inspiration to me, for various reasons, throughout the years. Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Pricilla Shirer, Mandissa, Blair Linne, Janet Parshall, Joni Erickson Tada (to just name a few) are admired for their stance on the Word of God. Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou are admired for their courage. I admire Michelle Obama and Princess Kate for their fashion sense.
But what about our own achievements? My mom is my hero. She will take the clothes off her back to give to someone in need. My mom never refuses anyone help. She is hard working. Frugal is her middle name. If she can’t afford something, she will make it herself. She sees the good in most people. My mom is my superstar.
But there is someone else I want to emulate. There is someone else I have been called to be; to become. Usually I just read over this verse, but recently it caught my attention. ‘Give her of the fruit of her hand’. What if she didn’t do so well, what does she get? ‘Give her of the fruit of her hands’, not her mother’s hand, or her sister’s hand, not even her friend’s hand. ‘Give her of the fruit of her hands’, not one hand, but two. What if she wasted her time? What if she didn’t use her time wisely? Will she reap nothing? ‘Let her OWN works praise her in the gates!’ What does that mean? John MacArthur says, “the result of all her efforts is her best eulogy”. What’s her commendation then? Should she be one who encourages her husband? Perhaps she is trustworthy, she uses her time wisely. I am so sure she is ambitious and industrious. She works diligently and is economical in her spending. Maybe she plans her day, but holds these plans loosely, she prepares for the unexpected. I suppose it’s conceivable that she sees people and is always ready to help, she seeks nothing in return. It’s likely she serves her family well. She dresses well and takes pride in her appearance. ‘Let her OWN works praise her in the gates’… her own works. She speaks wisely and kindly to others. She is known as an honorable woman, integrity becomes her. But she knows the Key that unlocks her full potential. She has a relationship with Him. She spends time with Him and in His Word. She fully submits to His authority and surrenders her control. She accepts her need for the Lord. She realizes that this standard of living is beyond her natural self.
‘Give her of the fruit of her hands’, that’s a pretty scary verse, isn’t it? What if she does badly? What if she was mean? What If she lived life carelessly? What if she lived in her world, caring very little for those around her, in fact hardly noticing them? ‘Give her the fruit of her hands’. Will she ‘reap then, what she sows’?
Wow! I had better remember that, Lord. I can’t hide behind my family name, I can’t hide behind the works of my husband, or even that of my children. What did I do with my time? Did I make it profitable? Did I serve my King well? ‘Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates’.. Let’s live life well.
Who are some women you admire and why?
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Have a blessed day and remember: God’s love is unfailing, unwavering and unconditional.