CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN 12

character #12

Proverbs 31:21 “She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed with scarlet”.

Snow, just like Harmattan, is part of nature, a season bound to happen within the year. What is left to do is prepare very well to face it head-on. What the virtuous woman does is sew scarlet way ahead of time for each member of her home, so as to be at peace knowing that her home shall be warm whenever the snow falls.

A conspicuous lesson from this is: As the days go by certain situations/ circumstances/ events (like failure, disappointment, difficulties) are inevitable. What you should do, as a virtuous wife, is to prepare the “scarlet” today for such inevitable situation tomorrow. Weave the scarlet with encouraging words, hopeful words and words of motivation. Share your life experiences with your children, bring out the lessons from that movies you are watching, discuss various scenarios. This will equip the people in your home to face the issues of life with wisdom and maturity. They will become immovable, unshakeable, and unbreakable.

So when her son trails an exam (God forbid), or her daughter goes to college and is far away from home, or her husband is heavily disappointed by friends, she is not stressed over the possibility that any will commit suicide or take any other negative action. For she is confident that her family can face 2bfd4be7853725376b6daa6c6d731deaany situation wisely: true overcomers.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN 8

Character #8

The 8th characteristic of the virtuous woman is that she is HARDWORKING.

HA…AAAARDWORK

What I mean by hardworking is that the virtuous woman has taken full responsibility of all the duties expected of her, and she’s committed to ensuring that productive results are achieved. To the extent that even when her day had been so rough and tiring, she is quick to folds up her sleeves as soon as she gets home to diligently attend to all her duties as a wife and a mother.

That is when she girds herself up with strength and strengthens her arms (Proverbs 31:17); to get the supper ready,  bath the kids and wash the dishes. Any help on her way to delivering her duties is embraced, but not requested by her.

And let’s not confuse a hardworking woman with a busibody. There is a clear cut difference between the two. The Hard-worker gets the job done without complaint whereas the Busybody appears to be very busy working something but nothing really gets done by her. So it’s a Saturday and Mrs. Busybody brings out the clothes to do laundry, she seem to be scrubbing the bathroom too as well as attending to the flowers in the garden, she promised to deliver a parcel too at a friend’s party. By the time the day is over she ends up getting nothing done.

wp-image-286104283jpg.jpgLaziness is non-existent in the dictionary of the virtuous woman. Never! She does not come up with flimsy excuses  as to why there’s delays in delivering her responsibilities. You cannot be lazy if you have chosen this road of curiousness with me. Let the young man who is choosing a wife be wise and not overlook hard work.

If you are a woman, especially from the part of this continent that I am from (Ghana), then permit me to remind you that cooking is your duty as well as laundry, washing dishes, tidying up the house, bathing the kids and getting them ready for school, some errands, etc. The earlier you gird up your loins the better. 

Come to think of it, what relief it will be if your husband and children take responsibility for some of these chores. On behalf of the virtuous wives, I humbly plead with their faithful husbands to try and help out with house chores. 

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN 7

Character #7

The 7th character of a virtuous woman is her business-mindedness and her mastery over money. 

BUSINESS MINDEDNESS

Yes every virtuous woman is well vest in the basic principles of business and wealth creation. Whether it be savings, investments, leverage, asset acquisition and/or setting up enterprises, the virtuous woman knows at least the basics. Proverbs 31:16 says she carefully considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard.

No virtuous woman is controlled by money or it’s demands.  “Mmaa ani ne sika”. This is an Akan adage literally translated as “women eyes and money”. It means women love money. I want to announce to you that when it comes to money, the virtuous woman is on another level. The virtuous woman is not overtaken by the demands of money like most women, instead, she controls the “sword of money” with much skill.

My dear virtuous lady, you ought to understand money, how it operates and how you can manipulate it to your advantage and that of your family as a whole. It’s not enough to know, get to work now!

CHARACTERISTICS OF A VIRTUOUS WOMAN 6

Character #6

In the book of Esther, the Bible gives an account of how Queen Esther arose in the night and provided the “food of freedom” for her people, the Jews. Similarly a virtuous woman rises while it is yet night to provide food for her household  (Proverbs 31:15).

Obviously, am not referring to food meant for the stomach neither am I referring to the time of day. The night hour includes sicknesses, failures, deaths, calamities, unfaithfulness, disobedient children, etc.

Now when these nights engulf a home,  the virtuous woman rises above all odds as a WARRIOR and engages in constant, persistent, effectual, overcoming prayers. She comes out of the prayer room with solutions to every problem. 

The 6th characteristics of a virtuous woman is that she is PRAYERFUL. She overcomes every dark hour by seeking divine solutions in prayer.

On a very lighter note, men need good food. Do your best my lady to cook delicious meal for the family.

THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN

​It should be the utmost priority of every woman to be a virtuous wife. Likewise, all men should be greatly concerned in discovering a virtuous woman for a wife. 

In the days ahead, I will be giving a highlight of the TRUE CHARACTERISTICS of a virtuous woman as described in Proverbs 31. 

Don’t miss it.

​THE PLOTS OF THE ENEMY SHALL RATHER BRING OUT GOD’S POWERS

Scriptural reference: Daniel 6:1-28
6:1} It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an

hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the

whole kingdom; {6:2} And over these three presidents; of

whom Daniel [was] first: that the princes might give

accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.

{6:3} Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents

and princes, because an excellent spirit [was] in him; and

the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

{6:4} Then the presidents and princes sought to find

occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they

could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he [was]

faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

{6:5} Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion

against this Daniel, except we find [it] against him

concerning the law of his God. {6:6} Then these presidents

and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus

unto him, King Darius, live for ever. {6:7} All the

presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes,

the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to

establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that

whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty

days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of

lions. {6:8} Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the

writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the

Medes and Persians, which altereth not. {6:9}Wherefore

king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

{6:10} Now when Daniel knew that the writing was

signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open

in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees

three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his

God, as he did aforetime. {6:11} Then these men

assembled, and found Daniel praying and making

supplication before his God. {6:12} Then they came near,

and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree;

Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask

[a petition] of any God or man within thirty days, save of

thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king

answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of

the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. {6:13} Then

answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which

[is] of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not

thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but

maketh his petition three times a day. {6:14}Then the king,

when he heard [these] words, was sore displeased with

himself, and set [his] heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he

laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.

{6:15} Then these men assembled unto the king, and said

unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and

Persians [is,] That no decree nor statute which the king

establisheth may be changed. {6:16} Then the king

commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast [him] into

the den of lions. [Now] the king spake and said unto Daniel,

Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver

thee. {6:17} And a stone was brought and laid upon the

mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet,

and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not

be changed concerning Daniel.

{6:18} Then the king went to his palace, and passed the

night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought

before him: and his sleep went from him. {6:19}Then the

king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto

the den of lions. {6:20} And when he came to the den, he

cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: [and] the king

spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living

God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to

deliver thee from the lions? {6:21} Then said Daniel unto

the king, O king, live for ever. {6:22} My God hath sent his

angel, and hath shut the lions mouths, that they have not

hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in

me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

{6:23} Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and

commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den.

So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of

hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

{6:24} And the king commanded, and they brought those

men which had accused Daniel, and they cast [them] into

the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and

the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones

in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

{6:25} Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations,

and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be

multiplied unto you. {6:26} I make a decree, That in every

dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the

God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for

ever, and his kingdom [that] which shall not be destroyed,

and his dominion [shall be even] unto the end. {6:27} He

delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders

in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the

power of the lions. {6:28} So this Daniel prospered in the

reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
What an amazing story! When Daniel was elevated to that feared and enviable position in the province of Babylon, because he had been able to interpret the dreams of King Nebuchadnezzar, he made a lot of known and unknown enemies. 

Behind Daniel, his enemies plotted ways to kill him, but unknowing to them, it was a way they were going to make Daniel’s God glorify Himself through Daniel and be worshipped by all in Babylon. And when King Darius called out to Daniel in the Lions’ den, Daniel replied, “My God sent His angel, and he shut the mouth of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was innocent in His sight. Nor have I done any wrong before Him.” Then King Darius said this about the God of Daniel and you and I, “I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. For he is the living God, and he will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end. He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”

Don’t worry about the plots of your enemies against your life, because the God we serve who has been able to send his angel to protect Daniel in the lions’ den is poised to do more for you and I in our innocence , these days and ever more. Amen.

OUR IDENTITY

I found a few verses about who we were, either Jews or Gentiles, and how God has given us His identity. Now we have become God’s people.
   
1 Peter 2:10
10 “Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”*

Even the Jews, at a point, were not God’s people.       
Hos 1:6
6 Soon Gomer became pregnant again and gave birth to a daughter. And the LORD said to Hosea, “Name your daughter Lo-ruhamah—’Not loved’—for I will no longer show love to the people of Israel or forgive them.
   
Hos 1:9
9 And the LORD said, “Name him Lo-ammi—’Not my people’—for Israel is not my people, and I am not their God.

Glory to God that it was part of His plan to make us all His people: both Jews and Gentiles.
23 At that time I will plant a crop of Israelites
and raise them for myself.
I will show love
to those I called ‘Not loved.’
And to those I called ‘Not my people,’
I will say, ‘Now you are my people.’
And they will reply, ‘You are our God!'”
   
Rom 9:25
25 Concerning the Gentiles, God says in the prophecy of Hosea,
“Those who were not my people,
I will now call my people.
And I will love those
whom I did not love before.”

And for we Gentiles, our identity as God’s people is a treasure. For God to make us a part of His people through the disobedience of the Jews.

Rom 10:19-20
19 But I ask, did the people of Israel really understand? Yes, they did, for even in the time of Moses, God said,
“I will rouse your jealousy through people who are not even a nation.
I will provoke your anger through the foolish Gentiles.”

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