Wednesday, June 27

Authentic Womanhood Part 3

Matthew 5:16
"Let your light shine before all men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

The second characteristic of an authentic woman (these are in no particular order):

An authentic woman is different from the world. The beauty within her is reflected on the outside of her in her character, her speech, her dress, and her modesty. She stands out. She rejoices in her feminine identity.

We teach our children that it isn't any good if you look pretty or handsome on the outside if you're having an ugly day inside. How appetizing does a sparkling crystal wine glass look when filled with sewage and how appealing does priceless vintage wine look in a tuna fish tin can?

What we cultivate in our hearts, whether it be bitterness, unforgiveness, trust, chastity, purity - whatever it may be, it will find it's way to the outside. The sewage in the wine goblet will spill over and the wine will smell and taste like fish.

What character do we possess?

The Bible says that "God humbles us and tests us to prove our character." (another translation is "heart") What is in our inner man, our minds, and our hearts? An authentic woman allows Christ to work in her heart, accepts the testing He allows and disciplines her spirit accordingly. Seeing her character, other woman are encouraged to persevere, continue on, and emulate Christ's character in their own lives.

James 1:4
"So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything."

How do we speak and what do we speak?

In what manner do we speak to our husbands, our family members, our children? Have we picked up the mannerisms from television where the father is a bumbling idiot and the wife runs the roost with snotty kids underfoot? This way of speaking to our husbands is so detrimental, not only to our marriages, but to the little ones who are watching everything.

Do we make a concerted effort to force ourselves to speak slowly and patiently with children, even in moments of exasperation?

1 Peter 3:1
"In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands..."
Proverbs 25:15
"Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can crush strong opposition."

Are we encouraging in our speech? Slanderous? Gossiping? A dangerous method of gossip in the church is, "Oh, honey, pray for so and so, their marriage is just falling to pieces and the husband is having an affair..." The filth of gossip wrapped and disguised in a cloak of prayer.

"Her dress and her modesty":

Who does our dress glorify?
The latest yoga mom trend with words splashed across the derriere.... a frumpy disheveled look.... revealing skirt or shorts... undergarments hanging out when one bends over....
Spend a half hour people watching or more specifically, clothing watching. What is the first thing you notice about each person? Where does their outfit draw your eye?

Gods' word encourages us that we "should be known for the beauty that comes from within."
So how does an authentic woman clothe herself? With modesty.
Webster's defines modesty as "propriety in dress, speech, and conduct". What is appropriate? What is fitting for an adopted daughter of a King?
An old Webster definition defines modesty as "leaving something hidden".

She rejoices in her feminine identity:

Think on this one.
Do we view femininity as a hurdle to be jumped? More on femininity another day, and another time...

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