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abbreviated thoughts on Godly womanhood

In thoughts on God, thoughts on me, thoughts on people on November 30, 2010 at 2:45 am

I’ve been doing this Bible study once a week, with women of all ages.   I started in January, unaware that I’d still be sticking with it, happily.  Earlier this summer we finished the book of John, and this fall we’ve been studying the beautiful and challenging book of Isaiah.

It had been quite some time since being in presence of so many ladies, especially those older than me, and it has been so refreshing.  It is my steady, my once a week time that is consistent, encouraging, and enlightening.

On a personal level, I have been ministered to just being around women who have had years growing in their relationships with the Lord.  When they speak, I listen.  They’ve cooked countless meals, juggled jobs and families and encountered many years of joy and trials.  In it all, they have learned to trust their God.  It’s better just to listen to them.

There have also been these sweet moments when I’ve realized something lovely and difficult to pinpoint into words about Godly, beautiful womanhood.

It is in the way the room smells when we gather together as a group, the subtle sweetness of perfumes, morning coffee, and years of stories each woman brings with her.  It is in the way an older woman flips her hair as she walks, and I realize she has had years in marriage and it started in the romance of her youth.  It is in wrinkles and a soft heart that treasures the Lord in its secret places.  It is teary eyes at a Scripture that resonates deeply.  It is in knowing that God made women in His image and likeness.  We create, love, serve, and adorn ourselves in the truest beauty and glory of the Holy Spirit of God.  We are emotion and warm arms to hold and care and nurture.  There is God in us, and He redeems those parts of Himself in us, refines unto beautiful perfection.

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.

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In thoughts on God on November 22, 2010 at 2:14 am

I was a paper tree falling at the slightest breeze.


Even in my swaying may I trust you,

may my heart be what is most pleasing to you.

Break it in your power, a roar,

a call to bow, a call to return

to rest, to worship, to lavish love

to bathe in your glory, true cleanliness,

true beauty.

Warm it in its most barren of places

make me disciplined, in love

and in choice

a sacrifice of the heart

a test of trust.


I was a paper tree falling at the slightest breeze.

Please make me an Ariel,

a lion of God.