There are those of us who were lucky to have a great upbringing and were taught values, morals and ethics. We learned about setting and maintaining expectations and boundaries.
Then, unfortunately, there are those of us who have had to just "wing it." We typically learn by mistakes/trial and error and often become frustrated and wished there was an instruction manual.
Ladies...GREAT NEWS! There IS an instruction manual on how to become a good woman. It's called the Bible. Scripture teaches you the qualities that are important when it comes to growing from a young lady into a woman, and from a woman to a woman of virtue; of noble character. Everything around you in main-stream media tries to push you to be a "wayward" woman but scripture is TRUTH.
Gentlemen...GREAT NEWS! There IS an instruction manual on what kind of man you should be and what qualities you should seek and find in a woman, especially if you plan on marrying her! It's called the Bible. Great men in history all have something in common. A great partner...supportive, loving, dependable, loyal. They made a great team because TWO are much stronger than one. So if you picked a wayward woman, maybe you need to refer to your instruction manual next time.
We all fall short and this woman is hard to keep up with, but this is a great guide!
PRINT THIS when next time you are either doing a self-evaluation (ladies) or evaluating a woman (gentlemen)
The Proverbs 31 Woman ~ Proverbs 31: 10-31
A Noble woman, who can find?
For her worth is far above rubies.
(rare, precious, hard to find)
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
(kind, loyal, supportive)
She looks for wool and flax
And works in delight.
(works joyfully with cheer and a smile)
She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
(goes extra mile)
She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.
(Disciplined, Humble, Leadership Quality)
She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
(enterprising, intelligent, good with money-investor)
She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
(energetic and healthy)
She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
(good steward, hard-working, has goals)
She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.
She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
(compassionate, generous, caring for the less fortunate)
She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She makes and wears coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
(Elegant, representative of Gods favor and blessings)
Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
(influential, chose a partner to compliment her)
She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen.
Strength and honor are her clothing,
And she smiles and laughs at the future.
(Confident, Poised, full of hope and faith)
She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
(wise, optimistic, words of encouragment and kindness)
She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
(manages her home, watches over her children, is not lazy)
Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her,
Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all."
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
(Loves God and spreads His word)
Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.
(Honored and favored, her actions speak loudly)
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