Sunday, 18 March 2012

On Mothers' Day - Becoming a Woman of Virtue

Making it personal
“Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands” (Proverbs 14:1).
1.      Am I building up my house or tearing it down?
2.      Am I investing in my marriage? Am I nurturing the heart of my marriage?
3.      Do I frequently express admiration and gratitude to my husband?
4.      Am I reserving the best of my physical and emotional energy for my family?
5.      Am I creating a climate (through words, actions, and attitudes) that makes my husband want to be at home?
6.      Am I content to be “at home”? Am I finding my “fulfillment” through reverencing and serving my husband and family?
7.      Do I reserve intimate communication, looks, words, and touch for my husband? Am I giving of my emotions, attention, affection to a man other than my husband?
8.      Am I meeting my husband’s sexual needs?
9.      Am I trustworthy? Is there any behavior or relationship I am involved in that I am keeping from my husband? Have I been totally honest with my husband?
10.  Does my husband have the freedom to be totally honest with me?
11.  Am I fueling sensual thoughts and desires through books, magazines, TV programs, music, or movies that are not morally pure?
12.  Have I become a “refuge” for a man who may be struggling in his marriage?
13.  Am I looking to a man other than my husband (pastor, counselor, colleague) to be a primary source of counsel or to fill an emotional vacuum in my life?
14.  Do I have a more intimate relationship–physically, emotionally, or spiritually–with any man than I do with my husband?
15.  Does my demeanor tend to be “loud and defiant,” or do I communicate a meek, quiet, and submissive spirit?
16.  Am I a “wall” or a “door” (Song of Songs 8:12)? Am I a “loose” woman? Do I communicate to the men around me that I am “available”? Does my demeanor invite them to “partake” of intimate parts of my body, soul, or spirit? Do I engage in flirtatious speech, looks, or behavior?
17.  Is there anything about my speech, actions, dress, or attitudes that could defraud the men around me?
18.  Am I discreet and restrained in the way I talk with men at work? Is my conversation ever loose, crude, or unbecoming for a woman of God? Am I expressing admiration for a man that should more appropriately come from his wife?
19.  Does my dress help men to keep their thoughts pure and Christ-centered? Is my dress feminine and modest?
20.  Have I erected (and am I maintaining) adequate “hedges” in my relationships with men? What are those hedges?
21.  Am I currently in a situation that is (or could become) compromising? Am I in a situation that could appear to others to be compromising?
22.  Would my husband, as well as other men and women who know me, say that I am a woman of moral virtue and purity?
23.  Have I purposed in my heart to be morally pure? Am I making myself accountable to my husband and to another godly woman for my walk with God and others?
“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10).
©1998 Life Action Ministries. Used by permission.

1 comment:

  1. Right On Time. God bless you and thank you!