Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Becoming God's Woman, session 2

A couple weekends ago, some of my friends and I drove to a women's conference for a day of encouragement and refreshment in the Word. The speaker was Nancy Rolinger, and her topic of the day was Becoming God's Woman. It was interesting because she shared that she had not intended to speak about this topic, but the Lord convinced her to at the last minute. And I knew--I just knew!--it was because He wanted to speak to me that day! Oh, of course I believe that He spoke to all of us women, but have you ever heard the Word of God preached and sensed the Spirit of God pricking your heart and ministering to YOU? I am so in awe of how the Spirit does this. Our God is so personal and intimate with us, and He longs to supply all the strength and encouragement that we need to face each day. His Word is available to us every day!
"Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. 'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, 'Therefore I hope in Him!' The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord." Lamentations 3:22-26

I posted about session 1 here. Session 2 was about becoming God's woman in my character. We studied the widow indeed from 1 Timothy 5:5-16 for our checklist on character that pleases God. Here are my notes:

Fixed hope on God v.5, 1:1, 4:10, 6:17, 1 Peter 1:13, 1 John 3:3
Is my expectation set on God? (Not people, things, etc..)
Am I alert and waiting for the Lord's coming?
How can I fix my hope on God more?
This really spoke to my heart, as I thought about all the expectations I have as a mother.

Continues in prayers night and day
Is prayer a habit?
Does it touch every area of my life?

Above reproach
Am I carefully making every choice?

Wife of one man v.9
Am I pure in my marriage?
Am I doing the job of a wife: respect, submit, help, being a friend?

Reputation for good works v.10
For what am I known? What good works should I do now?
Do I have long patterns of doing good?

Brought up children
Am I raising godly offspring? It won't just happen.

Hospitality to strangers
Is my home open to people I don't know?

Washed the saint's feet
Am I serving the saints? (seeing the needs, caring for them, sharing the Word)
We are all needy people, but the way to have our own needs met is to meet others' needs. If you are depressed, bake a cake for someone, etc...

Assisted those in distress
Am I caring for the sick, sorrowing, distressed around me?

Devoted to every good deed
Am I pursuing all of the above?

Not idle v.13
Am I busy at my own things? Am I lazy?

Not a gossip or busybody
Is my nose in everyone else's business?

Keep house v.14
Am I managing the household and its affairs?
Am I able to give up selfish interests for all of the above?

Lord, I want to love what You love, and hate what You hate.


bandanachick said...

Thanks for the post. Man that conference sounds like it was so good. How come I didn't know about it? : )

dave & rachel said...

Would you have come up? It would have been worth it, that's for sure. It was excellent! I could listen to Nancy speak anytime though.