BE A LADY OF VIRTUE
Who can find a virtuous woman, for her price is far above rubies Ė Proverbs 31:10
Spring 1997, 19 years old, I donít have a job, a boyfriend, a future or a purpose. God, what is Your Plan for me? What do You want me to do? What purpose do You have for me?
After returning from Bible College these were just a few of the questions that were going through my mind. As I sit here, back in my parents house and reflect on the events that have brought me to this point in time, I realize that past few years have been the most transitional time of my life. This is where God started me on the Journey of Becoming a Lady of Virtue.
It all began as I became involved in our churchís youth group. I was new to the crowd and felt very intimidated to join in as the others were so involved with Godís purpose for their life. As I continued to attend the meetings & seek God, He continued to draw me nearer to Him. It was at this time of my life that I learned what it meant to have a quality quiet time with God, a continuous study of His word and how to live a peculiar life so that others would see my light shine and I would glorify my Father in Heaven. I learned the sound of and how to listen to His still small voice. I learned the meaning of true repentance and the wonderful free gift of salvation it brings.
Then as my journey brought me to Bible College, I learned to not take man at his word but to study the Bible to find out what and why I believe. I learned that having the boldness to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was more satisfying and self-fulfilling then if you just pleased yourself. I also learned how heartache of disappointing news can be turned around as long as you know that you are following the will of God.
And this brings us to the beginning, where I learned what God needed me to do. As I sat on the couch, talking to my mom, trying to decide what my next step needed to be, God laid His burden on my heart. Right then and there, He gave me the conviction to learn how to be the best lady I could be for Him. And He placed in me the desire to tell others what Iíve learned. As you continue you will join me as I reflect on my Journey of Being a Lady of Virtue.
Being a woman of virtue as described in Proverbs 31, presents a true challenge for a lady to be a diligent homemaker, a valuable helper, a nurturing mother, upright and God fearing. The virtuous lady receives a reward for faithfulness because she is not dependent on the temporary outward appearance. A virtuous lady puts her trust and strength in the satisfying fear of the Lord with a reverent and obedient spirit that makes her worthy of praise and honor from her family and her Lord.
| Janelle Goodwin
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| Easley, SC, 29640
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