CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN #20

Praise #2

I present to you the exact words of the virtuous woman’s husband as he rendered his praise “many daughters have done well, but you excel them all”. This is found in Proverbs 31:29. If you are fortunate enough to go through life with a virtuous woman as your partner, please do not deny the lady her praise.

hebrew-music-tambourineMy dear lady, I agree with you that virtuous living is tough, but see, it is possible! Whatever that you are doing, do it as unto God and not unto man.

Permit me to borrow the words of J. H. Hitchens concerning people’s mindset of women. “Women are necessary evil. If there is any mischief you may rest assure that a woman has to do with it. It cannot be denied that the devil employed woman to accomplish the ruin of race; that by her he disturbed Abraham’s home and heart, cast innocent Joseph into prison, robbed Sampson of his strength, brought life-long trouble upon David, seduced Solomon into idolatry, caused John the Baptist to be beheaded and drove Paul and Barnabas from Antioch”. To this I say loudly to all you men and women out there that there still exist a galaxy of pure-minded, consecrated women who lived, are living and will live in the future. Get the veil off your face and search for these treasures.

Virtuous one, may you always be the Virtuous #1 on your husband’s ranking list.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN #19

Praise #1

If you ask me what phrase I’d love others to constantly say to me it is “THANK YOU”. I will not hold it against anyone who thinks otherwise but for me it means a lot. Do nothing else but say thank you and it’s enough for me. However, it is unfortunate that “thank you” isn’t a greeting. It comes as a result of a good deed done.

Someone may be wondering what at all is the reward for becoming a virtuous woman? I cannot say all but I know that the best that a man can do for you is to say “thank you”. 8880501According to Proverbs 31:28-29 the children of the virtuous woman  rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her saying many daughters have done well,  but you excel them all. Beautiful!

It looks too small a reward for all the sacrifices, huh? Were you expecting something else? 😊 Well let me remind you that you have not done more than fulfil a duty that God entrusted into your hands as a wife and a mother. Must a servant be praised for doing what is expected of her?

I know not of a better reward than being eternally adorned in praise by the lips of men. A reward, though not seen (for the things that are seen are temporal but those that are not seen are eternal) yet it will forever be cherished in the hearts of many lives.

A crown of praise awaits you! You will be celebrated for your sacrifices. Keep on keeping on!

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN #18

Character #18

The Bible verse in Proverbs 31:27 is represented with the Hebrew word “Tsade”. Tsade means a small swath: a path. This introduces us to the 18th characteristic of the virtuous woman as a REAL GODLY ROLE MODEL.  

Bible entreats all believers to live lives worthy of emulation. This, has the virtuous woman made manifest in her life and now it has become her very nature. Her current state in life is so charming that it draws others to journey on the very path she has trod. Am talking of A REAL GODLY ROLE MODEL which will eventually lead to a glorious state of “virtuousness” . People have diverse reasons as to who they make their models and why. But let us consider Ruth and Naomi in the Bible,  I believe Ruth did not decide to follow Naomi just out of determination but also due to something peculiar she saw in her (Naomi). Ruth_asks_Naomi_C-206She left everything to follow her path even unto death “… where you die I will die,  and the I will be buried… “(Ruth 1:16-17).

What swath is your life creating and to what end? Let it be your desire and your prayer to forever live a life that will be an example unto others. You might be the only living epistle that someone will read.

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JESUS’ LAST WORDS TO ME and YOU

Acts 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ was taken up to Heaven before the very eyes of His disciples and loved ones. Prior to that, He gave not too long a speech full of assurance and instructions (command) to the whole Christendom through the handful that witnessed His ascension.

And He assured them that He was going to send them a comforter, a supporter, and prime of all the power for the work He was leaving them to continue. Lo and behold, on the day of Pentecost the Helper (Holy Spirit) showed up in the midst of the believers when they were together praying, and they were empowered like Jesus promised and three thousand (3000) more people were added to them.

After the words of assurance, came the instruction to go across the length and breadth of the entire globe to spread the Good News. This command happens to be the last words Jesus spoke to His disciples. As a believer I have taken this command personal and I want to entreat you today to do same and help spread the word, “Jesus is the savior of the world.”

Jesus_Ascension-04I believe not all of us, believers, will have the calling, task, privilege, and the chance to travel from Nation to Nation with the Gospel, but the mere presence of the Holy Spirit in us, and His desires, grant us the enablement and the power to carry and spread the Word as we commute daily.

How ashamed I felt having realized the number of people I sat with each and every day as I traveled in and out of home to work without saying, “Our Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven.”, and all that I engaged in was go through all that bunch of unnecessary ‘WhatsApp’ messages, might be completely lost. At least four different people on my way in and out of work daily. Estimating this number for five days in a week for a month informs me that I have bypassed a crowd of at least eighty (80) without telling them of my faith in Christ and its saving capability. I have been a very selfish Christian.

Not only have I passed by this crowd without telling them who I was and am, I have not followed Jesus’ instruction to tell the whole world, both far and near, about Him and the message He came to preach. I want to believe I am the only culprit of this ignorance. I could evangelize on social media and it is alright but, one on one evangelism makes the message as real as it is very real to the hearer.

And let me tell you how bad this is. On two different occasions have two of my close pals recounted to me how they have been robbed of their valuables in a ‘Trotro’ by the passengers that sat next to them. Lest I forget to tell you that your, ‘Hello’, ‘Hi’, ‘Bro, sis Jesus loves you and He died like a thief for you to be saved forever. You only need to believe and take Him your savior, and ladder to Heaven.’, will go a long way to save a fellow passenger’s soul and consequently save your valuables.

The first disciples and Christians were not only people who did good and taught others to be good and kind to their neighbours. They had a message, and no matter what difficulties were put in their way they proclaimed it. This same message lies before us today, lets heed to the words of Jesus before he ascended into heaven and proclaim it too.

Lord make me brave to speak the truth at all times. Amen.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN 17

Character #17

The mouth is a crucial part of the human body. Bible says he who controls his tongue controls his whole body. There are people who’s words really hurt, others speak words that pierce the soul, others speak without thinking when angry and yet there are people whose words bring life, words that calms the troubled breast. What kind of words proceed from your mouth?

a8b33-freedom2bof2bspeechThe virtuous woman seasons her mouth with milk and honey so the words that come out of her mouth is wisdom and kindness. The 17th characteristic of the virtuous woman is that SHE ALWAYS SPEAKS WITH WISDOM . Proverbs 31:26 puts it this way “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness”.

A classical demonstration of this character was evidently seen in Abigail the wife of Nabal. Her words and acts saved her household from doom (1 Samuel 25:1-36). Hear what David testified of Abigail “blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand” (1 Samuel 25:33).

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But like I have always said, you cannot give what you don’t have. It is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. The virtuous woman speaks with wisdom and kindness because she feeds on wisdom and kindness from the Bible, good books and godly sources.

May your words bring warmth to the heart, hope to the hopeless and wisdom to the simple.

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Peace

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN #16

Character #16

INFLUENCE and INTEGRITY are the two great virtues that clothe the virtuous woman. Wherever her feet has trod, influence and integrity was seen all around her. Proverbs 31:25 “Strength and honour are her clothing : she shall rejoice in time to come”.

i-am-a-woman-of-integrity-i-do-what-i-say-my-actions-define-meOh I love influence! I long for a life of influence. Wherever I go, I am determined to leave behind an indelible mark in the hearts of men. I make sure that someway somehow I add value to the life of others, especially by attacking people’s mindset. Virtuous woman in the making, you too must be influential.

The Proverbs 31 woman is a woman of integrity. A woman of complete moral soundness: her conscience alone will not permit her to be immoral, let alone the word of God.

So influence is her strength and integrity her honour.


CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN 15

Character #15

Some women have been made to believe that they will not have enough time for their husband and children if they get serious with their careers,  dreams, or wealth creation. Many women have abandoned their aspirations with the sole reason of becoming good wives. This mentality, although profitable to those who followed it  is not what the good book teaches. Because the Proverbs 31 woman was a successful business woman and a successful wife. The issue lies with how best a lady can keep her life balanced. Bible says false balance is an abomination and so my fellow ladies let’s invest time to discover how best we can keep all aspects of out lives balanced.

The virtuous woman was an international business woman and yet a successful wife. She began her fabric career with producing flax and wool from her field, then she spindled them into sashes, tapestry, scarlet and finally linen garments.Black woman paying bills online

Her business was very progressive: from sewing for her household to sewing for her community folks and then exporting them to other nations via the merchants. “She makes linen garments, and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants” (Proverbs 31:24). Out of her profit she bought a field and started vineyard probably to start a brewery.

So you see? Heaven wants to see you reach your full potential, just be well balanced. There is an adage in Akan which literally translates “If your farms are many you still have to weed them all”. I have said it before; the success of a wife is primarily assessed from her home.
I personally believe that the husband of the Proverbs 31 woman was very supportive in his wife living her dream. So let no man stop his wife from fulfilling her aspirations, support her instead and guide her to live a balanced life.