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In Transition…A Becoming

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I’ve decided to wear the armor of the Proverbs Woman. Notice please, that I did not limit this to the Proverbs 31 Woman.

While she is a clear and complicated portrait of a Godly woman, a Proverbs Woman  has many more facets. Explained in more detail, throughout the book of Proverbs! As if  the  discription  of her, in chapter 31, is not enough to achieve!

Yet, if it were not achievable, God would not have set her portrait where He did.  He would not have us desire something outside of our reach. Therefore, difficult as it may seem. Becoming a Proverbs Woman will prove to be an achievement that is closer than she appears in the rear view mirror of our lives!

I recently read a devotional that discussed the concept of wearing someone else’s armor. You know what I mean. A friend gives you advise as to how you should be praying. Or you think the way you pray in tongues is not as effective as that really spiritual lady you always see in prayer, whenever you see her. You somehow get the idea that there something lacking in how you pray. Or you lack something…

Proverbs Woman Armor

Proverbs Woman Armor

                                                       …because you don’t feel the Spirit guiding you to intercede, or prophesy or whatever. When these doubts within ourselves begin we often decided to try on the armor of another color or design. Like in 1 Samuel when David was going to fight the Philistine Goliath.
 
1 Samuel 17: 38-40
 
38 Then Saul had his own military clothes put on David. He put a bronze helmet on David’s head and had him put on armor. 39 David strapped his sword on over the military clothes and tried to walk, but he was not used to them. “I can’t walk in these,” David said to Saul, “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off. 40 Instead, he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the wadi and put them in the pouch, in his shepherd’s bag. Then, with his sling in his hand, he approached the Philistine.
 
When we attempt to perform our calling in, or we “try on” another calling it does not fit. We are uncomfortable, the armor of another does not fit. Like David we cannot move with the ease we have in our own armor. This is one of those times we cannot “be moved by what we hear”!
 
Our calling is something God has given us. Listening to ourselves or anothers ideas as to how to improve something God has provided seems silly when you think about it. However it is much more damaging, at times, than just silly can be on it’s on.
 
However, there are clear instructions as to how every woman should be, even how every man should be. But we are discussing us ladies here.
 
The Proverbs 31 Woman is a dynamic woman who bases her life on service. Service to her God, to her husband and to her fellows, she even serves her servants meals. Having been brought up in today’s society, I for one could not even picture myself  “trying on” this role. Ask me how amazed I have become with the realization that I now desire  to conduct myself in this portrait. Please know that this woman is not anywhere near who I am right now! Yet, I find myself in Proverbs looking for direction.
 
I had been diligently and purposely holding my tongue. Mind you I do not believe that I was doing all that well, and I was very frustrated. Our Wednesday night Praise and Prayer service brought forth a dynamic message from our Pastor Carol. She began it by saying that  ” we do not have the right to say anything, anyway we want to our friends and family. Just because we have that familiarity.” She defined this as judgement and causing one another to feel judged. Causing the person we “gave our advice” or “our opinion” to, to be quiet. We are quieting someone else’s spirit. My thought was ” man what is the penalty for that one!”
 
I had been feeling judged by a very close friend. However, when that happens, God had revealed, I begin to judge others! Creating the vicious circle that the enemy counts on. I was not walking in my calling, because someone had made me feel “less than”, ultimately causing me to focus on someone I felt was “worse” than I.  Causing me to judge them, causing them to…and now the enemy no longer has to focus on this circle because we are no longer wearing our armor, or focusing on the battle or even the Kingdom at that point!
 
The judgement I felt, from my friend, caused me to seek God. I am getting much better at this. I looked up in my pain and feelings of rejection to seek my help. I can’t say that I didn’t indulge in judging someone else, however it did shorten that cycle.
 
So while I have my own armor of Worship, of Praise, for battle, the Proverbs Woman’s armor is like the lining of that call. I first must slide on that slip, as close and as sensuous as a second skin. Then layer over “her” my calling, and then the shield, breastplate, belt, the helmet, shoes and sword. Now, I am in my armor, ready for my battle. I can move with ease and agility, speaking the Word of God and wielding the Sword of Truth with the precision God intended.
 
All of this armor fits better on us women, however, when we first put on the Proverbs Woman. This is wear I started: (from the message on that Wednesday evening service). She also used Hebrews 10:22-25, but that is another post.
 

Proverbs 15: 1-5

 1 A gentle answer turns away anger
    but a harsh word stirs up wrath.     2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive,
    but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness.

    3 The eyes of the LORD are everywhere,
    observing the wicked and the good.

    4 The tongue that heals is a tree of life
    but a devious tongue  breaks the spirit.

    5 A fool despises his father’s instruction,
    but a person who heeds correction is sensible

I have highlighted the parts of the verse that are my focus. I am particularly enamored with 4a ~ the tongue that heals…is a tree of life~ this stirs my spirit! Amazing sensation!

While we focus on the Love Challenge over on Hopeannfaith’s Hope Chest, I believe this is where I begin to learn to love without judgement.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

4 Love is patient;  love is kind. Love does not envy; 

    is not boastful; is not conceited; 

    5 does not act improperly; is not selfish;

    is not provoked;  does not keep a record of wrongs;

    6 finds no joy in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; 

    7 bears all things, believes all things,

    hopes all things, endures  all things.

    8 Love never ends.

 

Blessings Everyone and Happy Valentines Day! Love one another well today!

 

 

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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