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SIH STSTA ICONShort of salvation, one of the greatest blessings a man can receive from God is a virtuous wife.   I can say from my life’s experiences, that a virtuous wife is in dispensable in the service of Christ.  What a blessing it is to have Eva as my wife. She is a wife that loves the Lord, and is willing to use her talents and abilities to further the cause of Christ.

I can honestly say that I do not know what I would ever do without my wife.  I shudder to think what my life would be like without her encouragement, care, understanding, advice and sacrifice on my behalf.  I have become a far better and more effective servant of Christ since Eva has entered my life.  I give the Lord all the thanksgiving, praise and honor for raising up a wonderful lady and allowing me to be blessed with her presence in my life.  To God be the glory.

I know that there are many other men who feel the same way about their wives.

Lemuel, the writer of Proverbs 31:, is one of those men who had a great appreciation and understanding of the value of a virtuous woman.  Let’s take a moment to study what Lemuel had to say about the value and characteristics of a virtuous woman…

THE SCRIPTURES:

Proverbs 31:10-31

THE STUDY:

Before we begin our study, let’s try to define what is meant by a “virtuous” woman.  The word “virtuous” in Proverbs 31 is a word that carries the ideas of:

“influential” – others follow her example and the advice she gives to them.

“precious” – she is highly valued in the eyes of others

“resourceful” – she is able to accomplish her goals through her labors and ingenuity

“morally good” – she keeps the moral commands of God for her life

When we say a woman is “virtuous”, we are saying that the woman is resourceful and morally upright causing her to be influential in the eyes of others.  Because of all these qualities, she is looked upon as a woman of great value.

King Lemuel’s writings about a virtuous woman begins in Prov 31:10 …

The Value of a Virtuous Woman…

10) Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price [is] far above rubies.

Lemuel attempts to get our attention to the subject of virtuous women by first describing their great value.  So what is the value of a virtuous woman in our world?  God reveals to us through Lemuel that the a virtuous woman’s value cannot be adequately described.  In the days of the Old Testament writings, a ruby was of very high value.  When Lemuel states that a godly woman’s value is HIGH ABOVE rubies, he is stating that she must be included with the most valuable treasures on earth.

What would our lives be without virtuous women in our families, churches and society as a whole?  It is through the influence of virtuous, godly mothers that our children have been brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

The idea of rubies reflecting value is also used to describe the value of wisdom and knowledge (Pro 3:15. 8:11, 20:15).  The gifts that a Godly mother bestows upon her children, through her example and teachings give them the tools necessary to deal with the many, varied situations they will face in life.  So too, wisdom and knowledge are greatly needed to give us guidance for the world in which we live.

The Characteristics of a Virtuous Woman…

#1 – Trustworthiness

11) The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12) She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

A virtuous woman can be counted upon to always work for the benefit and advancement of her husband throughout his worldly endeavors.  She can be trusted to be a faithful mate, and one that is always there for support, godly advice and counsel.

#2 – She recognizes the physical, and spiritual, needs of her family and works tirelessly to supply those needs

13) She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14) She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15) She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

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.

For those who have the privilege of having a virtuous mother caring for them… there is one thing they can count on… their needs will be met.  Their mother will “go to the ends of the earth” for them, to meet their needs and make sure that they have what is best for them in life.

Sometimes, meeting the needs of their children, requires a Godly mother to say “No” to her own desires.  She is glad to do this for her children and husband.  Her number one goal is to put her family first and put herself second.

Why does she do this?  She knows that her treasure is awaiting her in heaven for serving her Lord by taking care of her family on earth.

#3 – She is compassionate to others in need

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

A virtuous woman’s compassion is not confined to her family.  She also is compassionate towards neighbors and strangers in need.  She is very welcoming and loving to those who are in need of that which she can give.

#4 – She is productive.

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

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

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

24) She maketh fine linen, and selleth [it]; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

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

A virtuous woman is very creative producing items that are needed by her family.  She enhances the testimony and reputation of her husband.  She makes much needed, high quality items of great great value. Her labor is not wasteful.  She shares in the responsibilities of meeting the needs of her household.

She is repaid by having an outstanding reputation among others and she awaits the receipt of heavenly rewards for living a life pleasing to the Lord.

#5 – She possesses the truth and shares it with others.

26) She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue [is] the law of kindness.

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

The virtuous woman not only meets the physical needs of her family and other acquaintances, but she also works to meet the spiritual needs of those around her as well.  She keeps busy actively working for the good of others.

#6 – Her actions demand praise, honor and respect from all that crosses her path

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

29)  Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

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

31)  Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

A virtuous woman DESERVES the respect, honor, praise and appreciation of her family and acquaintances.  After making sacrifice upon sacrifice for others, she deserves to receive others care and appreciation while yet on this earth.

Nevertheless, ultimately, the virtuous woman will receive the praise that she deserves as she stands before her Lord.  All of her works of charity and self-sacrifice will not go unrewarded.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

As adults, we need to stop and consider the influence our mother had on our developing lives as children.  We need to take time to honor them, thank them and  care for them as they grow older.  (Exo 20:12)

As children, we need to love and appreciate our mothers.  We need to be sure they know of our love by obeying them, making their lives more pleasant for them.  We should respect the other Godly women the Lord has placed in our lives.  We should appreciate them and honor them, knowing they are working for our physical and spiritual benefit. (Eph 6:1-3, Exo 20:12)

As husbands, we need to notice and appreciate all that our wives do for us and our families.  We need to love them and cherish them and strive to care for them as Christ cares for His church. (Eph 5:25-31)

But especially, all of us need to thank our Lord for these Godly influences in our lives.  If it was not for the Lord, we would not have these Godly women helping us through life.

For those of us who have received salvation from our sins, probably a Godly mother, SS teacher, or friend had shared the gospel with us.   We need to especially appreciate them for taking the time and concern to share the wonderful gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with us.

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May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

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34 Comments

  1. What a great blog post in advance of Mother’s Day to honour mothers. You are fortunate to have such a good wife and she is fortunate to have husband who knows the meaning of honor and respect for her.

    In your definition of “virtuous woman”, I took particular notice of the reference to influential, as I hadn’t thought about that as a characteristic of “virtuous” before, so appreciated the enlightenment on that point. And thank you for the rest of the contextual information surrounding Proverbs 31. I enjoyed reading it.

    My mother died when I was 5, but I was blessed to spend the next 4 1/2 years with a Christian aunt who introduced me to God. I would describe her as a virtuous woman. So your post resonates within the context of a woman I honored as long as she lived because she sacrificed so much for me and my 3 siblings.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thank you for the kind comments…

      The Lord certainly has blessed me with my Godly wife. Don’t know what I would do without her.

      Sorry to hear you lost your mother at such a young age. But what a wonderful blessing it is to know the Lord placed you with a Godly aunt. And what a wonderful testimony she ad in her life by living for the Lord and influencing your life. Thats what being a virtuous woman is all about.. living for the Lord and then affecting others.

      May the Lord bless you,
      Rob

  2. Hi Rob.
    What a challenge! Reading this makes me feel like I’ve been to a funeral – or rather gives me the same feeling of inadequacy. When I consider what I SHOULD be I know I am better than I WAS but I know that if I surrendered to the Lord in all things I would be better than I am. The big “I” gets in the way too much!

    Knowing that God is continuing His work in me and that He WILL complete His work is a great blessing.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Angela,

      There is no doubt, when we compare ourselves to the standard the Lord has set for us we are all found very much lacking. But it is just as you say, being surrendered to His will in all areas of our lives is the goal we should be seeking. By His grace, we all can grow in His grace and knowledge until He comes to take us home to be with Him.
      May the Lord bless you,
      Rob

  3. Patti (PJ) says:

    Hey Rob! Beautiful tribute to Eva. I love reading Proverbs 31, although I feel I fall short of it. I am definitely working on it though. I’m still trying to “break old habits” (being stubborn, and sometimes contentious with my hubby). He likes to throw “the submissive Bible verse at me constantly, and I explained to him that the verse only applies to those men who “follow after God’s will” and that doesn’t just mean “being a Good Person”. He still doesn’t get it, or gets it and ignores it, I don’t know which. Anyway, as bad as I hate to admit it. I find myself being argumentative with him at times. (Not fighting, just being disagreeable). Please help me pray about that. I would rather be in the will of God, but I’m not sure what that would be in this instance.
    Thank you,
    God Bless,
    PJ

    • Rob Barkman says:

      PJ,

      I’ll sure be praying for you. My hope is that, as time goes by, that the Lord may use your consistant living example, to touch your husband’s heart and show him is spiritual need. Sometimes, when we verbally share Christ and it falls on deaf ears all we have left is our living testimony.

      By the way, I’m sure if you asked my wife, she would describe herself as falling short of God’s standard as well. Thats a part of what makes us Godly people… recognizing our weaknesses and striving to serve Christ in greater ways.

      May the Lord bless you, Rob

  4. Patti (PJ) says:

    OH! I didn’t go into much detail about him. The reason I have trouble with him “throwing around the “submissive verse” is that He doesn’t read his Bible, doesn’t go to church, I know he “knows” where his help comes from because he has said he knew God was helping him on many occasions. He does this because neither one of us were in church when we got together. I got serious about my relationship with God only 12 years ago and we’ve been married 25, so it’s hard for him to adjust to the change in me as he is still the same. I can’t blame him, I just wish he would understand that this is important to me and he shouldn’t make fun of it.

    OOPs! I didn’t mean to whine, or write another book. I just get frustrated because I want to do God’s will, yet I also want to make my husband a good wife who is NON-contentious and loving and easy to get along with. I’ve defintely got some work to do.
    God Bless,
    PJ

    • Rob Barkman says:

      PJ,

      You are in a tough situation, there is no doubt about it. I don’t know what i would do if my wife consistantly opposed me in my service for Christ. The Bible makes it plain that the Lord mever allows more temptation in our lives than we can handle. If nothing else, this helps us to understand how strong you are, and can be in Him. Also, I really appreciate you saying “I can’t blame him”. That shows you are trying to put yourself in his place and recognizing that the change in your life (due to Christ) is not an easy thing for him to adjust to. If you can understand his position in all of this, hopefully, it will help you to be patient and understanding to him.

      May the Lord bless you… you are welcome to write “your books” anytime you like…. there are MANY ladies that are facing the same situation in their lives and I’m sure it will enocurage them knowing there are others facing the same issues that they do.

      Rob

  5. pbus1 says:

    Hello Rob,

    I stopped by your blog the other day, and I thought it was wonderful, the way you described your wife as a virtuous woman! That was what really stood out, to me. Thank you for sharing, the biblical aspects of a “virtuous woman.” From the biblical standpoint, that is certainly a lot to live up to!!! I would imagine, that most women, would look at themselves, when comparing themselves to the biblical explanation of a virtuous woman, and feel as if we may come short, in some areas. Thank God for His grace and for His mercy. I believe the Lord will lead us and guide us, as we continue to strive, to be the women, the Lord has called, and designed us to be! Thank you so much for sharing, on this topic.

    I’ve been to your wife’s website, and she is an extraordinarily talented artist!

    God bless you.

    Paulette

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Paulette,

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. As I said in my blog… I truly would not know what I would do without my wife… she is the greatest thing since chili.. (I REALLY LIKE chili!) Anyhow, the Lord has certainly blessed me.

      What you say not only applies to women, but actually to everyone. As you say, none of us are fully meeting the desires the Lord has for our lives… we all fall short. I just thank HIm for accepting me as I am, continuing to forgive me when I fail Him, and helpin me to continue on after my failures to serve Him in greater ways.

      He certainly is a great Lord!
      Thank you again for your kind posting… May the Lord bless you and continue to use you.
      Rob

  6. Patti (PJ) says:

    Hey Rob! LOL! I am replying to your comment on my blog post. LOL! Did you ever get the feeling that this is a two way conversation instead of a “party line”? LOL! I keep waiting to see some other comments. LOL! Thank you so much for your encouragement. I know it must sound like I’m whining, or complaining about him. I don’t intend it that way. I love him dearly. It’s kind of like “I’m growing up” and he’s happy where he’s at. I know God will change him in His time, but I’m anxious for him to feel the way I do, and understand exactly what the love of God feels like. I know for a fact that it is SO MUCH BETTER when we let His love engulf us with no reservations, doubts or questions. Just basking in His love and excepting His Word for what it says, not trying to analyze it. I think when people just “believe” in God but don’t have a relationship with Him that they have the above feelings i.e. reservations, doubts, and questions and try to bring His word into logic. When we grow and develop a relationship with Him then the trust and faith starts to take over.
    God Bless you and Eva, Rob,
    Thank you for your wonderful encouraging comments Please keep them coming. They give me strength.
    PJ

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hey PJ,

      You dont sound like you are wimpering at all… I know others who are facing the same type of issues in their life and they can make life very difficult, that’s for sure.

      His word certianly does go beyond our HUMAN logic, there is no doubt about that. When He instructed Noah to build an ark when it had never rained before, it definitely went beyond our logic. But when we consider God knew it was going to rain, his request for the ark was very logical. The reason why what the Word says seems to not make sense, at times, is because we don’t have the whole story yet. I am convinced when we enter into heaven EVERYTHING His Word says and He did in our lives will make perfect sense.

      Thats why, as you say, it is all about our faith in HIm. We need to realize what He does is logical and the best thing for us whether we understand it or not. The only reason why we cant understand everything He is doing in our lives is because we don not have the whole story yet.

      It is always good to hear from you PJ. Keep on keeping on the Lord is using you.

      Rob

  7. cindyhfrench says:

    Rob, I want to reply to you and to PJ if I might.
    First, Rob, thank you for liking and following my blog! I am greatly humbled! I started writing over two years ago after seeing the movie Julie/Julia. I figured that if you could “write a book by blogging” I would be fulfilling my Dad’s request that I tell my story. I don’t write like a book, I have a hard time with chapters, even titles. And I can do run-on sentences real well!
    Still I have noticed that as I have been changing because of God’s CONTINUOUS work in my life, I know that my writing has also changed. Even my kids have noticed! I guess that’s a good thing.
    I started writing whatever God put in my mind and fingers to write. Sometimes it would be from my childhood, sometimes recent events I was dealing with or anything in between. I have not held back much of anything–and certainly Nothing that God wanted in there!
    Mother’s Day is coming next weekend. I haven’t been able to go and celebrate it at church yet since my mom passed away. I just find another way to worship. This year I thought to write a tribute to my Mom based on Proverbs 31. To me, she was the epitome of the Virtuous Woman.
    She went home to be with Jesus November 5, 2008 and my Dad joined them 5 weeks later,
    December 14, 2008. This is NOT what I planned to write you about Rob!! But my fingers like my voice are extensions of the Lord when I am in the writing mode so I never know quite what is going to come out.
    AND PJ! are you still with us? I wanted to encourage you to never give up on your husband. I have been married to mine for 32 years this May 22nd. When we got married, he said he was saved when he was 12, but he didn’t go to church anymore. I didn’t care. I was in a “God-mad” for Him letting my first husband leave me with 2 babies for his best friend’s wife-they sang in the church choir together. What a scandal it was! and NO ONE from my church came to help me, counsel me.
    It wasn’t as if we hadn’t been active members! I taught Sunday School to high school girls, he was a deacon as well-we were always at church. I was best friends with the SR Pastor’s wife!! and she knew the whole story! Of course as I look back now 35 years later, I am more understanding.
    It took me about 4 years of marriage before one day, God tapped me on the shoulder and said,
    “You know if I hadn’t let #1 leave, you wouldn’t be married to #2″. All of a sudden my eyes were
    opened. I was married to a man who loved me, who cherished me, who was the other half of my heart and soul! And still is thank the Good Lord! but when I realized that I got down on my face on the ground and cried out for forgiveness. The God mad was over. God always will complete the work He begins in you-and so He began to work on me. first it was just taking the kids to church, then you want to find a GOOD church, so you really start paying attention-that means reading the Bible. Well my husband let that go on for a long time. Eventually I got involved in Bible study and as I learned I would share with him. The kids grew up and away to college and I didn’t have anybody to go to church with me that first Sunday, but I got up and started getting ready anyway, the next I knew my husband was up and getting dressed! He went with me so that I didn’t have to go alone! And so that continued for 5 more years at the same church. We never joined but went every Sunday. I was to have some very serious surgery and i said to my husband my biggest regret would be not having a church home for a funeral if necessary where anyone knew me. The next Sunday, he took my hand and we joined that Church!
    I could go on for another year and a half of stories, but the bottom line is we moved-and that was too far to go to that church and you know exactly what I thought 5more years! But God had a better plan. He took us right away to the right place. My husband didn’t want to visit anywhere else after being in this place. Six weeks later, we joined!! I was in heaven about it. We were even going to a great Sunday School class and making friends. And here is the kicker-we had been members about 6 months. My husband turned to me one Sunday morning and said, I am getting baptized tonight do you want to come? I was flabblergasted! where had this come from
    when we joined, he had reiterated his salvation exp for the pastor and even though it was with another denomination, it was accepted. Obviously this wasn’t the time to ask questions. BUT
    Can I tell you that my husband was a different man than the man I had married? sometime in all of that studying and sharing and listening to good preaching, God had come to him and either said let me in or let me out of this closet you’ve locked me in! I don’t know which it was, but it was 20years of praying….never, never, never give up…. just while I have been sitting here typing, he looked over from his reading and said ” I love you” Hallelujah!!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Cindy,

      I your blog was certainly a blessing to me as well. May the Lord bless your service to Him. Sorry to hear about your loss (your mother & father), I’m sure Mother’s Day is still a difficult time for you, but I am trusting that the Lord will grant you comfort during this time. Yes, PJ is still a very faithful reader of SIH, I’m going to leave her a comment letting her know about your posting here. I know it is greatly appreciated by her and a blessing as well.

      I’m so thankful to hear that you are being blessed and enjoying a wonderful relationship with your husband. The Lord is certainly good to us all. It is an amazing thing what faith and prayer can result in for all of us. I really appreciate your willingness to share your experiences, your willingness to share how the Lord has blessed you is a wonderful testimony and an encouragment to anyone you may tell. May the Lord be glorified.

      ONce again, thank you for the kind words and adding to my blog posting. May the Lord bless you.

  8. When I read about what the Scripture says about a virtuous woman ..I feel that I feel that I fall (fell) short in a great number of ways. I am older now and when I look back at some tumultuous years.I did not live up to what a woman ” biblically speaking” should be …being in a depression on and off for many of those years. However having said that I along with my husband did raise our three children to know God and lean on Him. And worked hard to provide for their needs. Two of them are not walking really close to Him right now ..they are in those ‘busy years’ of working….and striving…to do…to have… but I know that their hearts belong to the Lord.

    My mother was truly a virtuous woman…I loved her so much…She had 10 children (I was the last) and raised them basically by herself as my father was in name only…..he just shouldn’t have been a father..By the time I was born he had been restrained from the home..so I just knew a loving mother who worked two jobs to make ends meet…note she never bad mouthed my father to me…what I learned about him I learned from my older siblings. It was my goal to emanate her love to my own family…..Enjoyed reading your blog…Diane

    • Rob Barkman says:

      All Christians, when they compare themselves to the perfection of Christ see that we fall far short of the standard that he sets for us. Keep in mind the virtues being taked about in this proverb can never be perfectcally met by anyone. What is important is that we all understadn the goal that the Lord has set for us and then we trust Him and allow Him to use us as we reach to meet that goal of perfection He has laid before us. By the way, it sounds to me like you have been a faithful servant of the Lord even during the times you have faced many physical obstacles in your life.

      Like you, your mother sound like a wonderful lady who heart was given to the care and protection of her family. What a wonderful testimony she had.

      Thank you for the comments and sharing your life with us.

      Lord bless you.

  9. pj54 says:

    Hey Rob! Thank you for letting me know about Cindy’s comment. I went to her blog to reply, but it looks like a “business blog”, so I didn’t know if I should place a personal comment on it or not.
    I just wanted to thank her for telling me her story. Even though deep down I know that there are other ladies going through the same situation, it’s always nice when someone is there to “put an arm around you” and give you reassurance that God will make it happen someday. I know He will, but being the “impatient human that I am, it is hard to sit back and wonder when. After all, God doesn’t promise tomorrow, so We don’t know if our loved one’s will “wake up” soon enough. My Pastor said something last night that we shouldn’t dwell on whether our loved ones who have passed made it to heaven, because they are in God’s hands. The thing is, the same is true for our living ones as well. The more I talked to hubby about it, the further away he seemed to get, so I thought I had better “leave well enough alone” and let God handle it”. It is so hard to sit back, and just watch to see when God is going to reach him.
    Hubby thinks he is doing all right. He believes one doesn’t have to go to church to get to heaven. He claims to have read the Bible through several times, but the problem is he also believes that it was written by man, so who’s to say that these are not man’s words rather than God’s? Therefore, while he lives by the Moral code (my words for right and wrong, but not necessarily all of God’s commandments), such as don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t lie, (all of the commandments that pertain to us and not God). he thinks this will get him to heaven. He forgets about thou shalt have no other God before me. (meaning anything you put in place of God), Love thy neighbor as thy self, (he will help people, but then he constantly reminds them about it). Just things like that. I’m not trying to be judgmental. I just am worried, because he takes it so lightly. That is why I have completely quit talking about it to him and am just trying to let God do His work in him.
    I appreciated Cindy’s reply. I am so happy for her to have found a God-fearing man. I have been married 3 times, all before I got serious about my relationship with God, so I didn’t have my priorities straight at the time. I do love my hubby and I don’t regret marrying him in the least, I know how God works miracles and I pray that I will be alive to see my husband get serious, be baptized in Jesus’ name and receive the Holy Ghost. What’s more is seeing him turn around and live completely for God.
    Thank you Rob and Cindy for your support, it means a lot to me. I will keep you both in my prayers.

    God Bless,
    PJ

    • Rob Barkman says:

      PJ,

      You obviously love your husband very much and, because of that, your heart is telling you to continue to actively attempt to share Christ and encourage him to come to the Lord for salvation. Nothing wrong with that… But I believe in somae cases, just as your Pastor said, it is better to live you rlife before him bearing the fruits of the spirit and allowing the Spirit to apply God’s Words and your testimony to his heart. Always keep in mind there is nothing too hard for the Lord. In His time He can work and bring your husband to the Lord. I pray for you everyday PJ. Keep trusting the Lord.

      By the way, the link to Cindys blog is http://cindyhfrench.com/. Lord bless you PJ.

  10. Thanks Rob, women need to hear this message, how important they are to making their home godly, a place of peace and blessings.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi Keith,

      This world would be a different place if all the women sought to be virtuous as the one in Proverbs…. AND the men of this world learned to love their wives as themselves. It seems as if both men and women struggle horribly with these two principles. Lord bless you!

  11. Karen says:

    Brother Rob, it was a blessing to me to read your thoughts on the Proverbs 31 woman as well as being able to look over your other posts on Proverbs 31. I have bookmarked these posts for future reference. Thank you, and many blessings to you in Him.

  12. Godshotspot says:

    Thanks for following God’s HostSpot.wordpress.com. Behind every man is a woman like a mother, wife, grandma, aunt, sister, women in the community working together with God as co- creators to build up ministry, work, business, raise family. It is a great honour to recognise value of the virtuous woman as some women are taken for granted.This is great to encourage all women doing a wonderful job unto the Lord and also highly appreciated. God bless you.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thanks for your kind words. The Godly woman of Proverbs 31 is definitely a great blessing in the lives of all they touch. I tried to visit your site but wordpress said it was taken down. Lord bless you.

  13. […] not yearn for someone who has gone to our Lord. God has not called me to preach a message (see A Devotion for Mother’s Day – The Virtuous Woman). I am just wondering. What possesses us to have […]

  14. The True Light! says:

    A loving wife is to be cherished! This is a beautiful tribute to the love and life of your wife…a woman worthy, I’m sure!

    ~Steve

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