Encouragement for Women

A Heart of Goodness

Goodness

What is at the heart of a godly woman? It’s a heart of goodness that gives to others. As a woman, you know all about giving. You give as a woman, as a wife, as a mother. And that’s exactly what God planned. You are meant to give and to do good and to operate out of a good heart. The goodness you receive from God is a treasure for you to share with others. Don’t hold back when you have the chance to be gracious and generous.

All you have is today. So this is the day that counts for pursuing goodness and for dispensing it to others. Make this little poem your prayer: “This is the wish I always wish, the prayer I always pray; Lord, may my life help other lives it touches by the way.”

God of goodness, let Your love and kindness flow through me.
Guide my words and my first impulses so I am quick to offer help, encouragement,
and Your wisdom to the people in my life.
Show me the needs and hurts of others so I can personally share Your endless goodness with them. Amen.

Drawn from A Woman’s Daily Walk with God, a devotional filled with practical wisdom and encouragement, sure to bring direction and stability to your day. These daily reminders will help you draw near to the Lord so that you find the strength, peace, and confidence you need for both the everyday moments and bigger challenges of life.

Becoming a True Friend

Friend

What are the marks of a true friend? Do you have them? Let’s take a look at five steps you can take to becoming one.

A good friend is … 

  • Forgetful—God has forgiven our sin and will remember it no more, and we are to do the same with our friends.
  • Loyal—… and truehearted, and steady as a rock. During adversity a real friend is present, praying, caring, helping, calling, crying, providing whatever is needed.
  • Not shallow—Real friends pray together and for one another. They share spiritual truths and encourage each other’s spiritual growth.
  • Someone you can trust—… to protect confidences. Keep this Spanish proverb in mind: “Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.”
  • An adviser—… who braces, steadies, and sharpens her friends, pulling them up—up toward God, up in godliness, up in character, up in ministry and service to others.

And as Proverbs 17:17 sums it up, “A friend loves at all times.”

Drawn from Proverbs for a Woman’s Day by Elizabeth George. Don’t guess about the next step and hope for the best. Get a clear view of the right path as you follow God’s wisdom. In this book, Elizabeth takes you on a journey through the 31 chapters of Proverbs, which cover the matters closest to your heart, including friendship!

Faithfulness Like a Diamond

Faithfulness

Meet Abigail (1Samuel 25:1-42). There was little cause for happiness in the soil of Abigail’s life. Her marriage appears to have been loveless and childless. Her husband was a fool, “harsh and evil in his doings,” “a scoundrel,” and a drunk. Yet we cannot miss Abigail’s loyalty, trustworthiness, steadfastness, and reliability. All these were evidenced in her faithfulness to God’s Word and to the people in her life.

When her husband foolishly refused to be kind to the powerful warrior David, Abigail quickly acted. She acted with wisdom to appease the angry warrior and save the lives of her husband, her servants, and herself. The flashing diamond of Abigail’s faithfulness glistened. Even in her problem-ridden situation, she was faithful to her husband. She remained loyal to her household, to her work in the home, and to God.

Does your life seem to be buried beneath generous layers of dust and dirt? Let your faith in God—regardless of your circumstances—shine brightly as you remain “faithful in all things” (1 Timothy 3:11). Never underestimate the brilliance and beauty of faithfulness in the eyes of God. After all, He is more concerned about you being faithful to His standards than He is about you being successful in the eyes of the world.

Start or end your day with powerful reminders of God’s work in the lives of women in the Bible and find encouragement for your own faith journey in Elizabeth George’s book, One Minute With The Women Of The Bible.

It Takes Two to Fight

 

Fight

 

Every married woman learns sooner or later that it takes two to fight as a couple. It’s sort of like a boxing match. There are two fighters in the ring. The husband wearing blue trunks over in his corner, and the wife in pink shorts in the opposite corner. When the bell rings, two fighters are expected to come out and fight until one is beaten or knocked out or gives up or loses.

But what happens if, when the bell rings, only one fighter comes out? It’s obvious: There is no fight. There can be no fight. Why? Because it takes two to have a fight.

When a discussion gets hostile or uncomfortable or out of control, there are several things you can do to create calm. You always have the right to ask for time to think about whatever the issue is. Take time to pray about it and to search the Scriptures about it. And seek counsel about it. Be calm. Pray. Soften your voice and be gracious: “A gracious woman retains honor” (Proverbs 11:16). God will give you all the grace you need to be gracious.

 

Don’t guess about the next step and hope for the best. Get a clear view of the right path as you follow God’s wisdom. Elizabeth George takes you on a journey through the 31 chapters of Proverbs, which cover the matters closest to your heart, in Proverbs for a Woman’s Day.

 

Are You a Home Builder?

Home

Anytime you are present at home is time you can love your family and care for your dwelling place. Here are a few practices that will help you stay focused on your house:

  • Your prayers—Coming before God in prayer lifts the work of homemaking out of the physical realm and transports it into the spiritual realm. Prayer helps you line up your desires with God’s plan for you.
  • Your purpose—Resolve to be a home builder. Purpose in your heart and in your prayers to live out this role and assignment from God. Then put items on your to-do list that will start and improve the process.
  • Your presence—Your presence at home is how a home is built, maintained, and enjoyed. You may have a job or responsibilities that take a chunk of your time each day, but when you are home, determine to be all there. Give it your all. Delight in loving your home—the place where those you love reside or visit.

Don’t guess about the next step and hope for the best. Get a clear view of the right path as you follow God’s wisdom. Elizabeth George takes you on a journey through the 31 chapters of Proverbs, which cover the matters closest to your heart, in Proverbs for a Woman’s Day.

How to Communicate Better with Your Husband

Communicate

From Elizabeth’s Heart—

According to online sources, communication appears consistently on the top-ten lists of reasons couples divorce. I’m sure you have had issues with your husband’s choice of words or means of communication. And I’m just as sure there have been times when he has struggled with your methods of communication.

The first way to improve communication is easy: You must pray. Your act of praying will change your heart—and speech, and it will involve God in your husband’s speech.

The second way to improve communication in your marriage is much harder: You must deal with yourself. Evaluate how much you may be contributing to the downward communications and speech spiral between you and your husband. Try to put your finger on what you may be doing that affects your husband negatively.

The next time you go head-to-head verbally, before you lash out at your husband like a cat with her claws out, and before you jump in to vent at your husband about his speech, and before you lecture him, and before you spout out Bible verses, just stop. Then immediately start praying. “Lord, what is the right thing to do here? What is the right thing to say? The right way to act? Lord, help me. I need Your wisdom.”

This kind of response puts the brakes on an escalating argument. It gives you time to come up with a better plan and much better words for communicating with your husband. Clear, gracious words and a calm demeanor will make it easier for your husband to listen to you.

 

In 15 Verses to Pray for Your Husband, Elizabeth shares how praying the Scriptures is especially powerful and will…

  • bring deeper unity to your marriage relationship
  • sharpen your awareness of God’s work in your husband’s life
  • give your husband a confident assurance you’re on his side

An Ever-Burning Faith

Faith

In just three verses God gives us all we know about Anna. She was a prophetess and a godly woman who loved God into her sunset years. Of her, Luke wrote: [She] did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day (2:37).

  • Anna was a widow. Having lost her husband after only seven years of marriage, this woman knew sorrow. But she apparently allowed her suffering to strengthen her faith. Anna spent her long life in faithful service to the Lord night and day.
  • Anna was a senior citizen. At age 84, Anna still looked for “redemption in Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38), for the Messiah, for the Savior—for Jesus! How blessed she was when God rewarded her years of faith by allowing her to see the Hope of Israel!

The life of Anna shows us the fruit of long-term faith. Faith that “is the substance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11:1).

Nurture an ever-burning faith as you look to God for the hope of Jesus’ Second Coming.

 

In One Minute With The Women Of The Bible, Elizabeth George shares how God comforted, helped, and provided for the women in the Bible. This book will help you grow more and more aware of His amazing love for you.

Sailing into God’s Plan

Plan

We don’t know her name, so let’s call her “Mrs. Noah.” She spent her days loving her husband, Noah, raising their three sons, and caring for their home. Daily life was simple …  until “the call” came from the Lord: “I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you” (Genesis 6:18).

Grieved over the wickedness of mankind, God decided to destroy humans, the animals of the fields, and the birds of the air. Because Noah trusted and walked with God, God chose to save him and his family and told him to make an ark.

As Noah moved forward in obedience, Mrs. Noah may have mused, What can I do? How can I help my husband fulfill God’s plan?

  • Pray. She could pray for mankind as God’s judgment loomed, for her husband as he served the Lord, and for her family to also follow God.
  • Encourage. Husbands thrive on their wives’ cheerful, hope-filled words of support. She could encourage Noah in his work.
  • Believe. She may have wondered about the ark and the possibility of a flood, but she could choose to believe.
  • Help. She could help with the animals and gather the food they would need for their mysterious voyage of faith.
  • Follow. She could—by faith—follow her husband’s leading day by day (for 120 years, the 43,800 days it took to complete the ark!)… right into the ark of salvation that transported her family into an unknown future.

Lord, help me find strength for today and hope for tomorrow as I sail into the plan You have for me.

Start or end your day with powerful reminders of God’s work in the lives of women in the Bible and find encouragement for your own faith journey in Elizabeth George’s book, One Minute With The Women Of The Bible

Married Women … Speak In The Plural

Married

Have you ever had a conversation with a woman who, by the way she is talking, you can’t tell whether she is married or single? Sure, she has a ring on her finger. But as she talks, everything she says is “my daughter,” “my house,” “my last vacation.” I always wonder, Hey, aren’t you part of a married couple?

A mentor of mine taught me the lesson of speaking in the plural. She married for the first time at age 47. Immediately, she went from being an independent woman and CEO to being a wife. And amazingly, her language changed overnight. Everything in her life became “we.” For instance, when someone asked her “Where do you live?” her answer was “We live in San Diego.” The more time I spent with her, the more I got the “we” message!

You and your husband are a couple. Your life now has a partner. You now have joint interests. So it’s “our house,” “our daughter,” “our vacation.”

Say along with Joshua: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). Then back up your talk with your actions. Worship together, pray together, and serve together. Walk through life arm-in-arm, facing and enjoying life’s challenges—as one. That’s exactly where you want to be.

 

In 15 Verses to Pray for Your Husband you’ll discover key Bible passages you can use as a springboard for lifting your husband up to God. Praying these is powerful because you’re praying what God desires for your spouse.

Marriage: Stepping Into The Unknown

From the beginning of time God gave a divine principle for marriage: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

Leaving and cleaving is always a test of faith for a wife. It tests her … 

  • Obedience to God’s Word and His way.
  • Faith in God’s leading through a husband.
  • Trust in her husband’s leadership.
  • Commitment to her husband.

Are you a wife? If so, is your husband the Number One person in your life? Is there stress and conflict surrounding your marriage and your parents? Maybe it’s time to realize and embrace your status as a wife—that you are no longer accountable to your parents, that you are free to be bound joyfully and securely to your husband.”

Are you a mother of married children? If so, have you released them to follow God’s leading with their mates?

 

Start or end your day with the powerful reminders of God’s work in One Minute With The Women of The Bible. You’ll find encouragement in these devotions for your own faith journey as you meet women such as…

  • Eve, who reflected God’s beautiful image to the world
  • Leah, who was remembered and blessed by God in her sorrow
  • Deborah, who became a humble and godly leader in battle

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Elizabeth & Jim George


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