At long last I am writing this Biblically Feminine post. :) I struggled for a while within myself, wanting to write this but unsure of the format. I decided to just start typing and see what happened. So here goes!
Before I say anything I highly recommend reading the books "So Much More" by Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin, "Before You Meet Prince Charming" by Sarah Mally, and "Beautiful Girlhood" revised by Karen Androlea. They explain the deepest beliefs of my heart much better than I could. And please understand that I do not want to offend anyone by writing this post. I love you and I am hoping that no one will take offense by reading my thoughts on this subject.
First of all, I believe a Biblically Feminine young lady is content where the Lord has placed her - in her home. She does not desire to be continually out with her 'friends' and shunning the home atmosphere.
This does NOT mean she must be housebound! Having good, godly fellowship is very important.
A Biblically Feminine young lady desires to emulate the characteristics of a virtuous woman found in Proverbs 31 verses 11 - 27. (I'm paraphrasing here)
- She is careful with the heart of her husband and faithful to him (v.11)
- She saves her heart and romantic affections (v.12) "all the days of her life"
- She works willingly (without murmuring and complaining) (v.13
- She brings her food from afar (v.14)
- She wakes up early and makes fresh food (v.15)
- She makes wise purchases and plants a garden (v.16)
- She is strong and exercises to keep herself that way (v.17)
- She is strong through difficulties (v.18 - 'night' meaning adversity)
- She is skilled in creative employments such as spinning and weaving (v.19)
- She helps the poor and needy (v.20)
- She keeps her family well-clothed, perhaps mending and sewing (v.21)
- She makes coverings of tapestries (wall hangings and quilts) and dresses in lovely clothes (v.22)
- She's an entrepreneur (v.24)
- She is strong and honorable (v.25)
- She speaks with wisdom and kindness (v.26)
- She is not lazy or idle, and manages her time well.
Of course we will never measure up to everything on the list all at once, it's a growing process, a road we travel.
Anyone desiring to be like Christ will also endeavor to produce the fruits of the spirit found in Galatians chapter 5 verse 22.
- Longsuffering (or patience).
- Temperance - also known as self-control.
1 Peter 3:1-5 "Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands, that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of their wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, and of putting on of apparel; But let it be that hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
Get my drift? It doesn't matter what you show outwardly, what matters most to the Lord is that you have these things in your heart. You can be wearing the most modest dress ever and a head covering and still be acting in a way that is displeasing to him, and harboring sinful things in your heart. (I have nothing against dresses and head coverings, though I myself don't wear a head covering)
Please don't misunderstand - I firmly believe in dressing in a modest yet beautiful and feminine way and arranging hair in lovely styles and wearing tasteful and pretty jewelry, BUT - the most important thing is what you are wearing on the inside. It shows through, trust me.
I am so thankful for each and every person who reads my blog. I'd be delighted if you let me know what you think of this post in a Christ-like manner.
Love and blessings,