Thursday, March 27, 2008
The book begins by explaining the "language of Biblical womanhood." Granted, because of our culture and time, the language of Biblical womanhood sounds outdated and much different than what our culture says a young woman should be. But I found the descriptions of Biblical womanhood, a Godly woman, to be beautiful. Here is an excerpt from the beginning of the book:
"We find this language scattered throughout the entire Bible. Tucked in Titus 2:3-5 is a summary of some of the qualities of a godly woman, such as purity, self-control, kindness, love for husband and children, skill in homemaking, and a heart of submission. But we find more traits in passages such as Proverbs 31:10-31, I Timothy 5:9-10, and I Peter 3:1-6 - steadfast faith, good works, strength, and wisdom, united with a gentle and quiet spirit.And then at the end of the book:
Together theses characteristics comprise the language of biblical womanhood. They provide for us a composite sketch - to imitate and copy like an aspiring artist would copy a great masterpiece. Throughout this book we'll attempt to trace these lines, to discover what biblical womanhood looks like for a mother and daughter in the twenty-first century."
"This is why it is vital to forge strong mother-daughter relationships. Together we must prove that purity is possible and that homemaking is honorable. We must parade a beauty that does not rely on outward adornment. We must put good works on full display.
In so doing, we will silence the opponents of the gospel. Mothers and daughters, whose conduct is consistent with the message they profess, put the critics to shame. Scripture says they will have 'nothing evil to say about us' (Titus 2:8). We give them no opportunity to dismiss or ignore the gospel. By speaking the language of biblical womanhood, we disarm the enemies of God's Word.
And what's more, the language of biblical womanhood presents the gospel as attractive. It says to our hostile culture, 'Come and see the beauty of the gospel.' When the world catches a glimpse of a mother and daughter enjoying their friendship or gazes at a girl who dresses modestly and does not strive for attention, when they observe a young woman ambitious to serve in the home and do good works in the church, when they detect the heart of a true friend or the lovliness of purity, these qualities will provoke their curiosity."
The book is full of insights and encouragement for the mother-daughter relationship. So, if you have a daughter I would highly recommend this book. But even if you don't, it is still very worth the read, just to think on the qualities of biblical womanhood and their importance.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
And can it be that I should gainAn interest in the Savior's blood?Died He for me who caused His pain!For me who Him to death pursued?Amazing love! How can it beThat Thou, my God, should die for me?Chorus: Amazing love! How can it beThat Thou, my God, should die for me!Amazing love! How can it beThat Thou, my God, should die for me!
He left His Father's throne above,So free, so infinite His grace!Emptied Himself of all but love,And bled for Adam's helpless race.'Tis mercy all, immense and free,For O my God, it found out me!
Long my imprisoned spirit lay,Fast bound in sin and nature's night;Thine eye diffused a quickening ray;I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;My chains fell off, my heart was free,I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
No condemnation now I dread;Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;Alive in Him, my living Head,And clothed in righteousness divine,Bold I approach the eternal throne,And claim the crown, through Christ my own!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Isn't it funny how the babies are looking at each other?