Introducing Part Two for Cultivating Biblical Femininity 🙂 Although I do think these points are Biblical and essential; I’ll be the first to say that I certainly don’t have this all figured out- it’s a working progress 🙂 So let us proceed…
The essence of womanhood- being a helpmeet, requires an outward focus, also it is essential in our roles as servants of Christ,
“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13
Turning outward has so many avenues of what it may look life. Here are just a few ideas,
Share the gospel
Mentor a younger girl/woman (Titus 2:4-5)
Build meaningful relationships
Sponsoring children through programs such as Compassion
Check out the Set Apart Girl article on Turning Outward.
5-Be a Helpmeet
You may wonder why I stuck this here, as not every woman is an Eve with an Adam, but God gave us all authorities. My Dad for example is my male-authority, I have the opportunity to be (in a daughterly fashion) his helpmeet! Biblical womanhood & being a help as God created us to be is not limited to the married women. Psalms 144:12 says,
“That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:”
Daughters as “corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace” This creates a word- picture of strength & beauty. According to Wikipedia, the cornerstone is the first stone set in the construction of masonry foundation, important because all of the other stones will be set in reference to this one stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure. To be compared to polished corner stones gives the impression that how we spend our lives affects has a profound effect!
Ephesians 5:22 says
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”
The ten commandments also give us the command to honour our parents, so we all have a duty to the authority in our lives.
I’ve always admired my Mom for this, keeping schedules, making plans and time management is something that she’s worked to make a reality for everyone in our family. Being of a spontaneous nature, this is a lesson that I am still growing in! 🙂
Concerning teaching younger women, Titus 2:5 says (emphasis mine)
“… To be self controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God”
Self-control is for everyone; it gives us the ability to govern our conduct, have discretion and redeem the time. I love AW Tozer’s quote concerning time;
“ When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection”
Scheduling is extremely effective in showing us how we are spending our time, and giving us vision for what we actually want to spend out time on. I find it helpful to prioritize what I need to spend my time on, then make a list of things to do during the day. I work through the list as the different ‘to-do’s’ work with my schedule. I’m sure the Virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 didn’t accomplish anything by relying on the spontaneity of the moment! 😉
That’s all for now, I hope you found this helpful!