How a Reverent Woman Guards Her Conversations

How a Reverent Woman Guards Her Conversations

It was the neighbor ladies’ typical gab session, and it must’ve been getting pretty juicy because my grandmother shooed me out of the house promptly when she noticed my wide eyed interest in what they were saying. It made quite an impression on me. I remember her distinctly saying, “You’re too young to be listening to this!” and she pushed me out the door into the hot summer sun on the front porch.

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A Reverent Woman is Not a Slanderer

A Reverent Woman is Not a Slanderer

We’ve all experienced the damage that slander can bring. Probably everyone reading this post has been impacted, in some measure, due to slander. It may not even be that we’ve been personally slandered—perhaps our parents, our husband, our pastor even, has been the target for slander . . . and that has resulted in a course change for our lives. We’re continuing in our study of Titus 2:3 and have reached a word of instruction that every woman needs to hear loud and clear:

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Fears that Drive our Attitudes and Decisions

Fears that Drive our Attitudes and Decisions

When I was on a prayer call with a friend this week, she mentioned that she was needing to make an important decision, but she didn’t want her decision to be influenced in any way by fearing how people would view her decision. I’m so glad that she is conscious of that and is watchful for that. The fear of our peer’s opinions is a trap we must watch out for—daily. It’s important to understand what it means to “fear the Lord” because if we’re not functioning under an active practice of fearing God—we will be making decisions driven by other fears. Below are a few that are a common struggle:

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A Reverent Woman Walks in the Fear of God

A Reverent Woman Walks in the Fear of God

Even uttering the words “the fear of the Lord” brings a negative reaction rather than being appealing. The fear of God, though, is actually a protection, something to be cultivated and practiced which leads to spiritual health and maturity. When we talk about “the fear of God” I think it’s necessary to define what we mean by that. The Protestant Reformer, Martin Luther distinguished between what he called a servile fear and a filial fear.

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Living in Sacred Realities

Living in Sacred Realities

Adorned (week 4) In a conversation with a couple of teens several years ago, I used the word “sacred” in talking about the marriage relationship, as a sacred covenant before God, and they looked shocked. They seemed startled by the idea, then one said, “Sacred—what a cool word. But I never would’ve thought to put that word together with marriage.” The idea that there are “sacred realities” is not just a mystical romantic notion. To live as a “reverent” woman is to live in the awareness of the sacred and adjust your life accordingly.

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