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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Let Her Works Praise Her!

Give her the reward of her labor, and let her works praise her at the city gates. 
~ Proverbs 31:31

Godly Woman, what is your role today? Wife? Mommy? Sister? Friend? Teacher? Neighbor? Or all of the above?

Everyday as we fulfill these roles, our works will fall into one of two categories...whatever the task. We will have accomplished them along the 'broad way' or we will have accomplished them along the 'narrow way'.

Consider our ideal model carefully described for us in Proverbs 31 - a woman so near the heart and mind of God that not only do her works praise her, but her God does as well!

Paul reminded the Corinthians that ...He is our Master. He is the One to Whom we will render our accounts in all the works our lives have produced in the 'olam hazeh (the present world).

And it is only by HIS grace that we will be found faithful stewards of that grace. The Hebrew word for works ma’aseh that results in a finished product(good or bad).

Does this bring to mind the Proverb that teaches even a child is known by his deeds (Pr. 20:11)?

May I ask what are you known for?

Have you ever thought about it?  Really, really thought about it?

Do you believe our Great and Holy God would praise you presently in your works (present responses to trying situations)? Do you believe on that Great Day that HE will praise you because of your faithfulness to Him with those rich, heavenly graces that He bestowed upon you as His servant on earth?

What does your fruit-ometer reveal - is it on E or F?

Which kind of seed are you sowing into your future harvest...right now?

I heard a preacher once say that there are only two types of Kingdom workers - those who build up (Builders) and those who tear down (Destroyers). I used to mistakenly believe that there was a third group - those who do nothing. But, the Proverb (18:9) revealed that ...

‘the lazy man is brother to the destroyer’.

Oh My! There really are only TWO WAYS in life! Which worker are you? Do your words, thoughts and deeds build up or do they tear down?

May we make it a point to remind our (sheepish) selves that BOTH kinds are workers, indeed. Both the Builder and Destroyer do their WORK...but only one’s work will escape the fire (2 Peter 3:11-12). Remember, we have no permanent city (home) here (Hebrews 13:14).

"But we seek the city that is to come..."

Woman of God, may we pray for one another - for His Name’s sake - that we each learn to carefully examine our works (Galatians 6:4) before our Great Shepherd and Faithful Father. And may each of us receive that glorious praise from our works (seed-sowing) done in faith... but especially, may those praises ring from our Great God, HaG'dulah BaM'romim (The Greatness on High)!

The God of shalom brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Yeshua, by the blood of an eternal covenant. May that God equip you with every good thing you need to do His will; and may He do in us whatever pleases Him, through Yeshua the Messiah. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. ~Hebrews 13:20-21

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Blogger Stephanie said...

Carmen I believe that God is trying to tell us all something, this week on the blogs that I read the majority of them have been about Praise and Worship and the works that we are doing for the Lord. I have really enjoyed your post, thanks so much for sharing

February 21, 2009 at 6:45 AM  
Blogger Betsy Markman said...

Very convicting and inspiring at the same time. I so want to do better in this area!

February 21, 2009 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Beth in NC said...

Well Carmen, I think it depends on who you ask re: my fruit. If you asked those who live with me - it might be different than the others in my life who see me at church, etc ... Sad, but true. God has really been dealing with my heart about loving my husband as I would a friend. Very convicting Sister.


February 21, 2009 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

My fruit-ometer .... well; Not looking back, and only looking forward, I can honestly say I hope I will forever think about this and aspire to be a builder than a destroyer. I totally loved this post.
Be ENCOURAGED, that God used you to Lift His people. Thanks for the boost!

February 21, 2009 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Amazing post, bless you.

February 21, 2009 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Carmen said...

Ladies, thank you all for your precious words of encouragement!

Bountiful blessings Sisters as you continue to minister in every way as unto the LORD...

February 21, 2009 at 4:24 PM  
Anonymous Promise In My Pocket, God's Word on the Go... said...

one moment please, I need to check my fruit-ometer.

February 22, 2009 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Great post Carmen!!

I really enjoyed this...

February 22, 2009 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Amydeanne said...

wow.. you hit it on the nail.. i've been struggling with this week.. what am i known for?? thanks!

February 23, 2009 at 4:10 PM  

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