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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A True Lady

I found this in my email today, and was truly inspired to be a better godly woman. I hope it can so inspire you.

"A lady is a woman who understands that she has been bought with a price, and therefore glorifies God in her body and her spirit, which are God's.

'For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.' (1Corinthians 6:20)

"She surrenders every aspect of her being and identity to God. Like a shepherd, she thinks of everyone before herself, and endeavors to lead others back to Christian civilization and obedience to God by her public and private example.

As a servant of the people, she realizes that every attention to her appearance and education is for the benefit of others and not herself. For this reason she thinks carefully about how she presents herself. Because the way she dresses communicates her loyalties, whether she's loyal to pop culture or to her own comfort or to her King and His law. Her appearance can set an example to people and show modesty and
femininity to be as beautiful as they really are. Like the Proverbs 31 woman, she "maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing [is] silk and purple." She thinks carefully about how she speaks and carries herself, because she knows the world is watching, and as an ambassador of the Most High King, she must be a model of strength and dignity.

'But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.' (1 Peter 2:9)

"She wants everything she does to inspire and edify others and glorify God. She radiates regal serenity, grace and poise, a gentle and quiet voice, discretion, self-command, sincerity, peace, cheerfulness and humility.

"No task is too big or too small, too high or too low, for a lady. She'll be able to rise or stoop to the occasion, however demanding it may be, without losing her poise and grace. She is not too dainty or delicate to do the dirty work in serving her family. Understanding that there is a time for everything, she is balanced and flexible; ready to serve tea or to take up a tent-peg against an enemy.

"She is hospitable and warm, gentle and kind, filled with compassion for those with real needs. Her manners show a concern for the comforts of others instead of an absorbing focus on herself. Many girls are inhibited by shyness, and I was one of them. I was so shy and self-conscious that I had a hard time even talking to people, let alone reaching out to people in a Christlike way. A few years ago I
[Elizabeth] realized that shyness is nothing more than excessive focus on self and often a fear of man. These are both sinful. It wasn't until I purposed to focus on the people I was around and their needs, that I was able to overcome my reclusiveness.

"A real lady learns to ignore her comfort zone. Like the pilgrim women, she is intrepid, brave, hard-working and sacrificial. Instead of pursuing her own interests, she has studied to be useful.

"And finally, she is distinctively feminine in a way that complements and completes masculinity, rather than clashing with it."




This excerpt was taken from
Issacharian Daughters #048 - Dominion Oriented Femininity published by Genevieve Smith, she was quoteing from a speech given by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin at the VF Father's Daughter Retreat. Vision Forum will probably be selling CD's of the complete speech soon so keep a eye on their website if you would like to obtain the entire speech.

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2 comments:

A HEART OF PRAISE said...

Thanks for sharing this Lyida!
I remember that you told me about this newsletter awhile back. I had forgotten about it until your reminder here. :) I'll have to sign up.

I really like the old time picture that you used. Do you have a clip art program where you can get old time pictures? We have a few CD's with clip art, but I've never really used them much. I should probably look through them again. :)

Well, TTYL :)
Emily

Alyssa Faith said...

What great quotes - very inspiring! Reading them, I thought, "That's exactly how I want to be." Thanks for sharing!