Saturday, 22 April 2017

Proverbs 31 Woman Part Two

Virtuous Woman Part 2 

From the previous post on this chapter it can be concluded a virtuous woman is; selfless, diligent and was ahead of her time. In this post we will conclude the discussion of what a virtuous is woman and will again outline practical example one could adopt to follow such model of a woman.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

For those who have seen and experienced the snow, I am sure you can testify that although the snow looks beautiful its touch is chilling. Whenever we have snow in the UK the nation seems to always break down and laments over the money lost due to the bad weather. A lot of this may be due to a lack of preparation. In the verse above we see the women referenced does not fear the cold of the winter because she is prepared. Scarlet connotes material which is expensive therefore would be of a good quality. All of her household is clothed in such. I am assuming this is made possible because of her preparation.

This woman does not fear the chilling aspects of life for she has not only made preparation for herself but her household.

Live the life of faith day by day. Do not become anxious and distressed about the time of trouble, and thus have a time of trouble beforehand. Do not keep thinking, “I am afraid I shall not stand in the great testing day.” You are to live for the present, for this day only. Tomorrow is not yours. Today you are to maintain the victory over self. Today you are to live a life of prayer. Today you are to fight the good fight of faith. Today you are to believe that God blesses you. And as you gain the victory over darkness and unbelief, you will meet the requirements of the Master, and will become a blessing to those around you. HD 142.3
Some of us Seventh Day Adventist may be anxious of the coming crisis but why should we be worried if we are prepared? It is because of a lack of preparation why we fear and also due to a disbelief in God’s word

Philippians 4:6 (KJV) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

Tapestry is material, which is thick, with images or a design that is formed by weaving coloured weft. Weaving is not a quick process so for this woman to do such implies she has a lot of patience and skills. “ Her clothing is fine linen”, linen has the connotation of righteousness and purity in the Bible. This woman is clothed with righteousness.
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” Revelation 19:8.  Righteousness is to be without sin, right acts, justice, pure, holy, blameless, upright without fault, and perfect. The Law of God and God himself is the standard of righteousness,

My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.”-Psalm 119:172

He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” Deuteronomy 32:4(KJV)

This woman is perfect, living a sinless life, purity and justice envelopes her life. We that aspire to such how can we also have a sinless life? Christ is the ultimate example of righteousness – “If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.” 1 John 2:29 (KJV)” so we are to copy his examples:

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” Luke 6:35  (KJV)

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

The woman mentioned here is married, I want to mentioned one does not need to be married to be a virtuous woman.  This post is to inspire both married and unmarried women. There are many women who are married and are lacking the characteristics outlined in this chapter.

There is not one marriage in one hundred that results happily, that bears the sanction of God, and places the parties in a position better to glorify him. The evil consequences of poor marriages are numberless. They are contracted from impulse.”—Testimonies for the Church 4:504.

If one is greatly lacking in these virtuous characteristics then one should not enter into the marriage union. Marriage is a very serious and impacts your life on this earth and the earth to come. “Marriage is something that will influence and affect your life both in this world and in the world to come. A sincere Christian will not advance his plans in this direction without the knowledge that God approves his course” AH p. 43

The spouse of this woman is clearly a man who is upright and sits in the counsel of the Godly. Elders often have connotations of being wise, it is often said birds of the same feather flock together. Therefore if this woman’s husband sits with those who are wise in society then he too will become wise if not already. Seeing as those who are like minded tend to gravitate towards one another, the husband must be the male equivalent. Those who are aspiring to become such a woman and believe it is God’s will for them to be married must ensure that their spouse is the male version of themselves.     

24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.I will not be expanding on this verse as it is similar to verse 22

25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

When looking at a concordance the word strengthen in this verse not only implies being strong but also boldness. In many societies today woman are still very much expected to look cute and stay mute. This should not be the case! More women need to have Godly boldness and need not to be afraid to voice their opinion. “Honour are her clothing” synonymous for the term honour in the concordance are excellency, beauty and goodliness. Strengthen; boldness and the former are part of her makeup.

She shall rejoice in time to come. Rejoice evermore- 1st Thessalonians  5:17
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God of Christ Jesus concerning you. 1st Thessalonians 5:18  It is common that we dwell on the areas of our lives where we  would like improving while neglecting the areas that are worth celebrating.  
“Let praise and thanksgiving be expressed in song. When tempted, instead of giving utterance to our feelings, let us by faith lift up a song of thanksgiving to God.” – Ministry of Healing p. 254

How can we live this out? As the servant of the Lord rightly suggests we should have a song of thanksgiving. Pick a hymn or sing a verse that will bring comfort and will take your mind off a bleak situation.  My sister advised each day we should list the positives that took place in that day. I have also seen online what is known as a positive jar. This jar consists of pieces of paper that has positive words. Write a list of encouraging words, place in the jar and take one piece out and read daily. 

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. The word of God teaches that there is power in the tongue. What we say has the strength to kill or to heal. The Lord admonishes on how we should speak. Christ being our example spoke in a way that honoured God ““Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:”  1 Peter 2:22, sin was not found in is mouth.Christ would bless with his mouth and give counsel to many (see Matthew 5:2-10).

Christ did not speak for speaking sake but spoke wisdom. He taught that EVERY word we would have to give an account for it in the day of judgment. “36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” – Matthew 12:36 KJV

Could the veil which separates the visible from the invisible world be swept back, and the children of men behold an angel recording every word and deed, which they must meet again in the judgment, how many words that are daily uttered would remain unspoken, how many deeds would remain undone.” – The Great Controversy P 487

The above texts are truly something worth thinking about and implementing. Imagine if we thought about this, every word we say is being recorded and we will have to give a account for it in the day of judgment. How many of us would shun from ungodly comments?

“But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” 2 Timothy 2:16

“Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:6

As women who aspire for virtue, let us be careful in our speech and may we too speak the law of kindness.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Again we can see the theme of selflessness. Her household cares are met she see their needs and is diligent with her work. “But a life of idleness is a life of sin. Satan finds employment for idle hands and minds. We want you to grow up healthy and useful.” -An Appeal to the Youth p.76
Those of us that are aspiring to be amongst the saints marching in, need to rid ourselves from every idle state. The kingdom of Sodom were rebuked for their laziness, this abundance in idleness saw their ruin. ““Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.” Ezekiel 16:49

Laziness is a sin.

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

The family of this woman appreciates her efforts. Some may have the characteristics of the woman in this chapter but their family may not acknowledge their efforts. Remember that there is a God in heaven he sees all the efforts we make and is pleased. Though humanity may not see God sees all.

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
 This woman is above and beyond the average woman, from what has been illustrated it can be noted she is persistent in her doings.  What can we do eac day to excel even more in our walk with Christ? Comment your answers below

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

In a world that seemingly values beauty over character woman can feel a pressure to beautify the external as opposed to internal.

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”- 1Timothy 2:9-10 KJV

Paul admonishes us that women should not be focusing on the adoring of the outward but should be focused on developing good character. As cliché as as it may seem beauty comes from within.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.  

The concluding verse reminds me of the discourse of faith and works. The work of woman spoken of in the chapter is an expression of her faith. Her faith in God compels her to do good works. Let us as woman exercise more faith. How? “17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17
 “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” James 1:25

The more we expose ourselves to the things of God our faith in God will grow, because of this the desire to do what her requires will also grow.

In conclusion, in the post we have outlined some of the characteristics of a virtuous woman, as well as practical examples of what we can do to reach such.

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Friday, 24 March 2017

#Ask Rae


This year is going to be a year of firsts. I had been sitting on the idea of starting a podcast for months and finally decided to give it a go!

I intend to speak about the Word of God and I hope to help my fellow sisters in Christ. Having said that I will be a series called #AskRae if you are a woman of God with a question on faith, womanhood or anything  feel free to send me an email ( or use the hash tag #AskRae via twitter.  You could also ask an anonymous question via I hope to answer your questions  via podcast. (Please note some questions I may not answer)

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Proverbs 31 Woman

A Virtuous Woman 

Seeing as the month of March celebrates women, I thought it befitting that I create a post where we outline the characteristic of a virtuous women.  The content of this post will be taken from Proverbs 31: 10-31. In this post I will be outlining some of the attributes of a virtuous women and how we can aspire to such title.

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

We can see that such a women is rare as God says her value surpasses precious jewels.  In proverbs 19:7 is mentions a prudent wife comes from the Lord, this woman is not ordinary and from the proceeding verses we see why she is not.

Her husband trusts the woman referenced, I want to note that one can aspire to becoming such a woman without a husband. I would even suggested that it is imperative that before a women considers marriage that she has some of these attributes mentioned in the chapter. 

She does her husband good and not evil all the days of her life. What does it mean to do good? Waggoner an Adventist pioneer states that doing good or the act of being good is to show great levels of benevolence. This woman is selfless, compassionate and charitable. Altruism should be part of the Christian; the Lord instructed his disciples that if they wanted to be first they had to be servants for all.  Mark 9:35 (KJV)
35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. The life of Christ was a life of service in the same respect we too are to service others. There is a whole book on Christian Service I really encourage you to read it.

Verses 13- 15 speak on the work ethic of this rare jewel. She works hard with her hands, goes far to find the best and wakes up earlier to work to look after her household. Such woman understands the danger of idleness and the need to be diligent in all aspects of her life. Proverbs 24:33-34 (KJV)
33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 (KJV)
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

The above Bible texts illustrate what one will occur if they are lazy.  Laziness will result in being without. I am aware that being without is not always a result of laziness but a result of the social imbalances that profit from impoverishing certain demographics. This post is not looking at such, for post on more social issues click here and here.

“Action, action, is seen pervading the whole living machinery. And man, his mind and body created in God's similitude, must be active in order to fill his appointed place. He is not to be idle. Idleness is sin.” CET 75.3

The prophet of the Lord has rightly mentioned that idleness is sin! Wow. Imagine if we saw the serious of having a poor work ethic how many of us would buckle up.

How can I improve my time? How can I stop being so idle? If we look at the fifteenth verse it can be noted that the woman gets up whilst it’s still night. Get up early! I have found when I get up early I feel more productive. I get the sense that a virtuous woman is well organised. How can we adopt such? Write achievable goals daily. This helps with time management as well as organisation.

Speaking of time management I saw a tweet were it spoke on the misuse of social media. It did so in a comedic manner, however it really struck a cord with me and made me ponder on how I need to use my time online wisely. A virtuous woman would not squander her time but maximize it to some extent I am trying to do this here.  How do you manage your time? Feel free to comment below.

 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

In the sixteenth verse we see what I believe to be the entrepreneurial aspect of a virtuous women. Those who may be familiar with the developing world may know for a woman to buy land is revolutionary even in the twenty first century. The latter part of the verse also notes that the women in the text makes her own income “and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.” Again the diligence of the type of woman is echoed. This verse also dislodges some of the erroneous ideas about women and mirrors how this woman did not follow the status quo.  

The home is a women’s first priority however this does not mean a women should not aspire to be independent in all areas including when it comes to economy. “Is [she] an economist, or will she, if married, not only use all her own earnings, but all of yours to gratify a vanity, a love of appearance? Are her principles correct in this direction? Has she anything now to depend upon? ... I know that to the mind of a man infatuated with love and thoughts of marriage these questions will be brushed away as though they were of no consequence. But these things should be duly considered, for they have a bearing upon your future life....” AH 46.2

The portion of text is in reference of things to consider when looking for a wife. Is she an economist…? An economist thinks before they make a purchase or an investment. We see a similar reference in verse sixteen. A virtuous woman is one that fugal when it comes to economy. How can we become economist?

Set a weekly budget, each month save some of your income and lastly when out shopping ask yourself do I x amount need this (Do I £30 need this jacket)?

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

Both verse seventeen and nineteen denote a diligent work ethic, I want to focus on verse eighteen in particular.  18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.” She assume what she is selling is good. I love this section of the verse as it connotes such a woman does not put a low estimate upon herself!

This world often through the use of media platforms, retarded regulations and theories have caused women to put such a low estimate upon themselves. This is contradictory to the Word of God!  Psalm 139:14 (KJV)
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

The Lord is disappointed when His people place a low estimate upon themselves. He desires His chosen heritage to value themselves according to the price He has placed upon them. God wanted them, else He would not have sent His Son on such an expensive errand to redeem them. He has a use for them, and He is well pleased when they make the very highest demands upon Him, that they may glorify His name. They may expect large things if they have faith in His promises. DA 668.1

Those of use aspiring to be like such women need to stop putting a low estimate upon ourselves. Let us believe that we can bring something to the table. God has mentioned that we are to expect large things if we have faith in His promises

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

Not only is this woman good with money she ensures she gives a portion of what she makes to the poor and needy. Again we see the act of benevolence towards others.  Looking after the poor and needy is vital for the Christian, poverty will always be a part of the make up of this world.

Mark 14:7 (KJV) For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.”

“Although God had promised greatly to bless His people, it was not His design that poverty should be wholly unknown among them. He declared that the poor should never cease out of the land. There would ever be those among His people who would call into exercise their sympathy, tenderness, and benevolence.” PP 530.3

With this in mind we must find ways to help the poor. I am conducting a mission trip to Senegal where I hope to put the latter into practice. However helping the poor and the needy does not mean we are to fly to a foreign land to do so, we could do things where we are. For example we can pray, donate to charity or help with feeding the homeless.

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