Category: The wise woman

Don’t be materialistic!

But his(Lot’s) wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26

“Remember Lot’s wife. Luke 17:32

Scripture: Genesis 19

When we read Genesis 19th chapter, we see that God decided to destroy Sodom. Yet He wanted to save the righteous – Lot and his family. So He sent two angels to drive his family away from the town. But Lot’s wife was worried about the house that they had built in Sodom and the money and things they left there.

Since they led a moral life in the town of Sodom, the angels held them by their hands and led them out of the town and said,

“…Escape for your life. Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.” Genesis 19:17

The angels insisted Lot and his family not to look back but to move forward. But Lot’s wife looked back because she was materialistic. She could’ve chosen to be thankful for her life but her thoughts were in the materials that she was losing. This hid the life God has given for her graciously and made her disobey God’s word.

How are we in our lives? Are we looking back even after accepting Jesus Christ? Or are we looking forward, focusing on what is in front of us?

I know a man who was running his business in India. He was a God-fearing man. He used to organize gospel meetings and provide financial support to some of the ministries. But his wife was a materialistic woman who did not like her husband providing support for ministries. She considered that as a waste of money. She always wanted her husband to concentrate on his business full time. She kept complaining of him for helping the needy as well. This kept irritating the husband and eventually, he became an alcoholic. He slowly became so addicted to alcohol that he couldn’t take care of his business and ended up in loss. They lost their house and everything they had because of his addiction. If you see, had the woman been supportive to the husband he would have been doing so well in his business. But her intentions weren’t good and that spoiled everything!

“…And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.” Proverbs 19:13

Sometimes when our husbands come back home after work for lunch or dinner we keep complaining about the things at home and begin a quarrel. The husband who is hungry, will he have the heart to eat? If we keep picking up on our husbands all the time, we won’t have peace at home and our children growing up in such a situation will also become quarrelsome.

I remember a testimony by a man that I saw on a TV channel when I was young. These are the words he said. I am married for seven years now. I used to be so arrogant. I won’t even say a nice word to my wife. I never used to be loving towards her. But because of her patience, I have accepted Jesus Christ today. She is a woman of God and she has turned my life into a pleasing one in the sight of God.

Can your husband give such testimony today? If not, spend time in the word of God today, I am sure God will change you and make you a blessing to your family. He will build your family through you.

…will be continued!

The continuation of this wise woman series will be posted next Wednesday.

Every Wednesday the wise woman series is written on this space to encourage and help every woman out there to lead a life of Proverbs 31 woman. I am sure the wise woman series will help you grow more in faith, draw closer to God, identify your falls, and build your family with the help of the Holy Spirit. 

Flee from sin…

Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her and lay with her, and violated her. Genesis 34:1,2.

Dinah was a young woman. As we read in the above verses she went out to roam with her friends and ended up losing her virginity. Not only that, she brought disgrace to the nation of Israel.

A gracious woman retains honor… Proverbs 11:16.

As a woman, our priority should be our family. Staying at home and taking care of the needs of our family is more important than roaming out with our friends and gossiping. Today take time in examining yourself. Where do you spend most of your time? Where are your legs staying? We see how Dinah roamed with her friends and brought curses to the family. It is not bad to have friends or spend time with them. But how healthy the friendship is and how fruitful the friendship is to your life? Is it bringing a curse to your life or is it building your life in Christ? 

What kind of woman are we? Do we lead a holy life? Are we living a blameless life in the sight of God? It is good that we are praying and reading Bible. It is good that we have a prayer with our family every day. But how is our life in secret? Is it holy? Is it pure? Is it blameless?

God is expecting holiness in us. Sometimes we talk about unwanted things and destroy our family life. The Bible says,

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking. But he who restrains his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19.

God hates lustful thoughts, sexual immorality, and adultery. We should not give place for such things in our lives. As a woman, we should pray more to overcome such temptations that satan brings into our lives. 

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Ephesians 6:1.

During our young age, as a young girl, we should choose to obey our parents at home, teachers at school/college. We should not lead an undisciplined life. We should be very cautious about our youth days. 

Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12.

Let the above verse be engraved in your heart today. We should be an example to others. We should run away from sins and temptations like Joseph. If Joseph could do that why not you and I do that too? We serve the same God whom Joseph served. The God who helped Joseph to flee from sin will help us to flee from it as well. The only thing is we need to seek His help.

Today, take a firm decision to flee from all sinful ways and be a blessing to your family.

…will be continued!

The continuation of this wise woman series will be posted next Wednesday.

Every Wednesday the wise woman series is written on this space to encourage and help every woman out there to lead a life of Proverbs 31 woman. I am sure the wise woman series will help you grow more in faith, draw closer to God, identify your falls, and build your family with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Are you building your family? – 2

Last month we read satan questioned Eve, “ “Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1). Here is the continuation…

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; “but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” (Genesis 3:2,3)

Immediately the serpent replied cunningly, “You will not surely die. “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4,5)

Eve should have chosen to obey the Word of God. But she gave hears to satan and ate the fruit which is in the midst of the garden. Not only that she also gave it to her husband Adam. Adam also ate it and they both sinned! Now that their eyes were open when God called them, they hid because they were afraid of their nakedness. (Genesis 3:8)

Eve who has to build the house has destroyed it. The family is cursed now because of Eve. We can see how a family is cursed because of the woman in the family.  

…that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. (Titus 2:4-5)

Eve should have informed her husband before taking the fruit. Because she obeyed satan and ate the fruit, the family was cursed. And today because of the first woman the entire world s cursed. 

Once I read in a newspaper that two young boys were killed in a bus in a small village in India. And the story behind the news was like this. Those two boys were actually siblings and their father was killed a few years ago by some men. They also killed their father’s brother and their grandfather. Since they killed all the men in their family, the mother of these boys, kept telling the boys from their very young age how their father, grandfather, and uncle were killed. She also went to an extent and insisted they to kill the opponent when they grow up. This was deeply inscribed in the heart of the two children and when they grew up, they killed everyone who was involved in the murder of their father, uncle, and grandfather. Now the opponent’s family waited for the right time and murdered the two boys on the bus and burnt the bus. The mother who has to give wisdom to the children taught evil things, thus the family was cursed! A mother should teach her children the word of God, incidents from the Bible, worship songs but she taught her children to take revenge, and that brought curses to the family. 

As a woman, we should not bring a curse to our family. We shouldn’t destroy our family. If we are being such a woman, if we repent, God will bless our family and make us a blessing to our family. 

…will be continued!

The continuation of this wise woman series will be posted next Wednesday.

Every Wednesday the wise woman series is written on this space to encourage and help every woman out there to lead a life of Proverbs 31 woman. I am sure the wise woman series will help you grow more in faith, draw closer to God, identify your falls, and build your family with the help of the Holy Spirit. 

Are you building your family? – 1

The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands. Proverbs 14: 1

She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants. Proverbs 31:15.

She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night. Proverbs 31:18.

She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” Proverbs 31:27-29.

What do your children tell about you? Does your husband give good testimony and feel proud of you. “Good children”, “good wife”, good family” – This is what God should declare about you!

There was a woman whose husband was addicted to alcohol. But this woman was a child of God. Whenever she gets time she enters into her room and meditates on the Word of God and keeps praying. One day when her husband was partying with his friends, one of his friends asked him, “You say that your wife loves you and takes care of you. No matter how late you go to your house, she receives you with a big smile on her face. You have never said even once that she has been angry with you. But when we go to our homes, it is not the same. Our wives are always angry with us. They keep shouting at us for being alcoholic. Sometimes they don’t even open the door when we are late to home. Even if they allow us to enter the house, they don’t give us food and don’t bother about any of our needs. But your wife is different and we want to see how your wife could be so good to you. So arrange us a feast in your house?” This man came home and told his wife that his friends would visit us for dinner the next day. And the wife happily agreed to prepare dinner for them. The next day the woman prepared some delicious food for everyone and was ready to receive her husband and his friends for the dinner. She found them coming home fully drunk even on that day. But she did not bother about anything and invited them with a smile on her face. After some time she started serving food for them. One of the man’s friends asked his wife, “How do you love your husband so much even after him being addicted to alcohol? How do you take care of him so well? How do you serve him every day without murmuring but showing only love? How is it possible?” The woman replied, “I don’t have any problem in my life. I am a child of God. I have Jesus in my heart. I keep talking and praying to God all the time. That is my happiness and that gives me great strength. Not only that, if I die today I know that I will go to heaven. But I am worried about my husband. I don’t know what he will do!” These words touched her husband and it started changing her husband’s heart. Immediately her husband decided to leave the addiction and accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior the very same day at the very same place.

…a prudent wife is from the Lord. Proverbs 19:14.

Are you being prudent? Are you building your house/family or destructing it with your hands?

There was a woman who had a beautiful family and all the wealth. Her husband was always busy with his work. He goes to work early in the morning and returns home late every day as he was holding a very important position in the organization he was working with. But the woman started having affair with one of the servants in her house and one day she eloped with him. After few months, the man with whom she eloped took all the money and properties she had with her and escaped from her leaving her all alone. Not knowing what to do she kept crying. Days passed and she realized how she betrayed her husband and her children and how she gave place for sin in her life because of the lust she had! You know what happened later, the woman who had so many servants in her house, now started working as a maid in a house to meet her daily needs. Look at the life of this woman. She had more wealth and money. But she did not have Jesus Christ in her heart. Because she did not have Jesus in her heart, she gave place for sin and the lust stained her life. She destructed her family with her own hands because she wasn’t wise.

Yes! We are the ones who build the house and we are the ones who destroy the house!

Today’s Bible Character: Eve

We are going to see about four foolish women from the Bible as a series every Wednesday. The first one is Eve.

Scripture: Genesis 2 and 3.

…” she(Eve) was the mother of all living. Genesis 3:20.

The serpent deceived Eve (Genesis 3:13). God created Adam and Eve and He brought into existence a place(Eden garden) for them to live (2:8) and gave them a job(to tend and keep the garden – 2:15) and gave them the guidelines to live(2:17). He gave them everything they need, in fact, more than what they needed. God allowed them to eat everything that was found in the garden except that one fruit. And that was where the devil worked very cunningly. Genesis 3:1 says the serpent is more cunning than any beast that the Lord God had made.

And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 1 Timothy 2:14. 

The serpent perceived that it is easy to make Eve eat the fruit than to make Adam eat it. So it entered into their lives through Eve and questioned her “Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1)

…will be continued!

The continuation of this wise woman series will be posted next Wednesday.

Every Wednesday the wise woman series is written on this space to encourage and help every woman out there to lead a life of Proverbs 31 woman. I am sure the wise woman series will help you grow more in faith, draw closer to God, identify your falls, and build your family with the help of the Holy Spirit. 

Have a close relationship with God!

Today’s Bible characters: Martha and Mary

Scripture: Luke 10:38-42

Israel is a nation surrounded by mountains, hills, and valleys. Jesus during His period ministered in and around those areas. Every time Jesus visited Jerusalem, He made sure of going to Bethany, a small village. Because Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, the most loved family by Jesus lived in Bethany.

Once when Jesus entered the village, Martha welcomed Him into her house. She wanted to serve Jesus as he might be tired of traveling to places preaching the law of God. Martha not only invited Jesus into her house but also served Him as much as she could. Like Martha, we should also invite Jesus into our house and make Him the head of our house.

In this modern world, we see many women dominating in families. Women try to take control of the family. But the Bible says that the husband is the head of the family. No matter if he is a drunkard or involved in evil things we should give him respect and love. We do have equal rights, but we should consider him, involve and inform him about everything in the family. Above all, we should pray for their well-being. If your husband is addicted to any sinful nature, pray for him. Your prayer will definitely change his behavior. We should never forget that it is God who has made the husband head of the family.

Although Martha welcomed Jesus into the house, her sister Mary had a close relationship with God. She sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. Being a woman who builds the family, we should also spend our time in the feet of Jesus. Like Mary, we should also have a close relationship with Jesus. When we pray to God regularly, He will talk to us. We will be able to listen to His voice. We should receive the good portion – the Word of God in our lives just like Mary did. For that, we should have a close relationship with God.

“But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42

As a woman who builds the family, we should spend time meditating the word of God and praying every day. When we do that God will bless our family.

The adulteress came to Jesus and He forgave her for all her sins

The Caananite woman came to Jesus for her child and was delivered.

The woman with 12 years of infirmity came to Jesus and received healing.

Martha invited Jesus into her house.

Mary chose the good portion – the Word of God for her life.

Let us not live a life-pleasing world. Rather let us strive to have a close relationship with God, to grow more in our spiritual life, to lead a life of example. When we ask God for His help to lead such a life, He will not only help you but also make you flourish and keep you as a blessing to many.

God will heal you!

A strong woman is the lifeline of her family. She carries within her the power to endure pain and the courage to sacrifice. She has the power to create and nurture life. She is indeed the epitome of love and sacrifice.

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Woman plays an important role in building a family. Even the scripture agrees with that. That is why we read in Proverbs 14: 1 as,

The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.

A woman has to be wise to build her house(family). So I am dedicating this space to encourage each woman who reads this to be a wise woman through female Bible Characters.

As a woman, we need to start every day with prayer and meditating Bible. When we do that we gain strength and wisdom to deal with the things that are laid before us for the day. You also gain peace and confidence to face the day. When we go to God through prayer early in the morning we can be at peace that we have submitted the day to God and He will take care of everything that is in front of us. We should also meditate on the Word of God with love. The Bible says,

Abundant peace belongs to those who love Your instruction; nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:165.

The Word of God speaks to us and teaches us the right way. Hence, we need to read the Bible every day. Also, it is important to pray together as a family. Even if your husband or children are working far away from your place, we have all the technology to connect to them today. We should use them wisely! Family prayer is a shield and protection for your family. So do not omit it. The Bible also warns us as,

…because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children. Hosea 4:6.

As parents, one should bring blessings to their children not curse. So prayer and the Word of God are the keys.

Every Wednesday we will meditate on one Woman from the Bible and try to learn something from the character to build our life in Christ. I hope these Wednesday posts build your faith and help you become a wise woman.

Today’s Bible Character: The Woman with an affliction for twelve years.

The Bible talks about the woman who came to Jesus because she had constant bleeding for twelve years. It is mentioned in Leviticus 15:22, If you touch any object she has sat on, you must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening.  Such was her suffering.

God wants each one of us to be healthy without any complications. Even the Bible tells us to live our fullest with prosperity and good health.

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2.

The woman who was suffering for twelve years with bleeding heard about Jesus and came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. And Jesus knew that power had gone out of Him, asks “Who touched my clothes? The woman, fearing and trembling, knowing that what had happened to her, came and fell before Him and told Him the whole truth. Jesus appreciates her faith and said, your faith has made you well. “Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” (Mark 5:25-34)

Today, you might also be suffering from any kind of disease. But if you pray to God with faith as small as mustard, the God who healed the woman with twelve years of affliction can touch and heal you. (continuation will be posted next Wednesday)

Dear Lord,
I believe in your mighty power of healing and I call upon your name Jehovah Rapha -The Lord who heals! Heal me today O Lord. Amen