Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sturdy Womanhood

Just a few days ago, I was in the grocery store, on my way to the checkout carrying a 5 lb. bag of flour. A little boy wandered past me and patted his mother on her arm. "Mommy, do ladies have muscles?" Looking down at her son, she smiled. "Ladies do actually have muscles, just not as big and strong as men's muscles." Confidently, the little boy added, "I'm quite sure that ladies have hardly any muscle at all."
I chuckled as I finished my purchase, but it set me to thinking. In today's culture there has for certain been a de-feminization of women. Even those of us who are desiring to be a feminine and Biblical woman may fall into the trap of becoming lazy, complaining, complacent people. What if we aren't living like the true women we ought to be?

A study on the word "virtuous" found in Proverbs 31:10 revealed the following quotation:
"'Virtuous' is a translation of the Hebrew 'chavil' (or 'havil'). According to the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament 'chavil' is used to denote 'strength, power, or might' in a variety of ways. It may refer to the strength of God (Ps. 59:11), the physical strength of man (Eccl. 10:10), or even the strength of a plant (Joel 2:22). And, according to Young's Analytical Concordance, 'chavil' is translated 'valor' 37 times and translated 'army' 54 times.

"'When used of a woman (Ruth 3:11; Prov. 12:4; 31:10) it is translated "virtuous", but it may well be that a woman of this caliber had all the attributes of her male counterpart' (TWOT). The masculine attributes described seem to indicate an individual not only with physical strength, but also strength of character, and possibly one of some wealth and social standing. And the attributes of the 'virtuous' woman as shown in Proverbs 31 seem to fit that pattern.

"The Septuagint translates the Hebrew 'chavil' of Ruth 3:11 into the Greek 'dunamis', which means 'power'. Proverbs 12:4 and 31:10 are translated 'andreia', which means 'manly'.

"From this we see that though 'virtuous' would include the moral purity which evidences strength of character, it would not be limited to moral purity. A virtuous woman would be a woman strong in all facets of her life!"
-Sandra Cobble from

So, it began to dawn upon me that the weak and wimpy form of womanhood we see today is also a part of the de-feminization of women.

What would it look like if women were hardy workers, patient sufferers, and faithful helpmeets and mothers, doing much but expecting little in return? What of women who not only did domestic duties of a household but joined their husbands in manual labor? What of women who had great fortitude that settled the wild frontier and killed the invading beast when her husband was away?

What of women who made the commitment to be hard workers, strong in fortitude and labor, ever vigilant in the duties of home and family?

Let's be sturdy women, content in the present and brave to the future!

"She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms."
Proverbs 31:17

Thursday, November 24, 2011

How Great Thou Art!

All pictures but the one immediately below were taken on a recent jaunt to the Continent.

 "When through the woods
And forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds
Sing sweetly in the trees;
"When I look down
From lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook
And feel the gentle breeze,

"Then sings my soul,
My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art!
How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul,
My Savior God to Thee,
How great Thou art!
How great Thou art!"
"Enter into His gates with Thanksgiving, 
     And into His courts with praise.
     Be thankful to Him and bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
     His mercy is everlasting,
     And His truth endures to all generations."
Psalm 100:4-5

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


"As the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.
These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full."
John 15:9-11

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Glorious Occupation

“Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is placed in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse in to the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into its soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,--she would see that in all God's world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her.”
-J.R. Miller

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

St. Crispin's Day Remembered

Today, we remember St. Crispin's Day and the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. In that historic battle in 1415, on French soil, an overwhelming number of French soldiers were soundly defeated by the ragtag English army. 
God's hand of Providence was clearly shown that day, and continues to be shown today in our time.
What follows in the video is a rousing speech, one of the most famous speeches in history, given by Harry (King Henry V) to his men before the Battle of Agincourt.

"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will."
Proverbs 21:1

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Rainy Day

Today is a rainy day. Overcast, with a biting wind, cold raindrops hurling themselves on my windows, and mud-- mud everywhere. It's a day we could easily allow the weather to affect our attitudes, to feel gloomy and dissatisfied.
Instead, let us us think on the blessings we have been bestowed today. We have a solid roof over our heads, and some provider of warmth, whether that be a roaring fire on the hearth or a furnace in a side closet. Today is the perfect day for settling down on in a cozy nook with a piping mug of tea and a good book. Busy yourself in whatever tasks you find at hand to do, and enjoy the blessings of doing a job well.

This rain is preparing the ground for winter, and soon after that, spring. The rain shall nourish the soil which will later yield spring delights. Soon, the rain shall cease, and for a time we shall enjoy the warmth of the sun and the autumn breeze.

So, what storm hangs over you today? Do you see the gloom and fail to remember that the sun still shines above those clouds? Persevere, and remember:

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Psalm 30:5

Take some time to strengthen your heart in the promises of God's Word today. 

"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised)" Hebrews 10:23

Today is a rainy day... but remember, the sun still shines above those clouds!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


"Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:
Wait, I say, on the LORD."
Psalm 27:14
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