Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Best of All

Thinking this would be good to read on Mother's Day, this morning I picked up The Best of All by Gien Karssen (1982). About the Proverbs 31 woman, she writes: “This passage reveals a God who wants each one of us, with our abilities and in spite of our shortcomings, to be our best for him.”

“To become the jewel she is meant to be, a woman must completely accept God's offer of eternal life through Jesus Christ. She will enjoy happiness and true freedom in proportion to how much she yields herself to him.”

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.” (1 Peter 3: 3-4)

“How beautiful, how grand and liberating this experience is, when couples learn so to help each other. It is impossible to over-emphasize the immense need men have to be really listened to.” (Paul Tournier in To Understand Each Other)

“If I could give one piece of advice to young brides, and only one, it would be this: study your man.” (Mrs. Norman Vincent Peale in The Adventure of Being a Wife)

“Discouragement looms ahead of a man daily. Therefore, a man needs a woman with whom he can share his feelings of failure. She must not let him down in adversity, but must keep believing in him even when his own courage fails and he is about to give up. He needs a companion who will remain faithful to him through thick and thin.”

Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands—all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.” (Luke 6:38, Good News Bible)

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:4-5)

A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.” (Proverbs 12:4)

“We reveal much about ourselves through our attitude toward work, and the Proverbs 31 woman demonstrates a positive, energetic enjoyment of life. Her happiness and joy are no doubt based on a secure relationship with God, for joy and security go together. The happiness and energy of her life mean she is at peace with herself. A woman cannot be happy unless she accepts herself and her situation.

Joy and strength are strongly related to gratitude, which is another mental attitude necessary for victorious living. Gratitude can be cultivated—it has little to do with possessions. Some people possess much but still grumble for more. Others have very little, but seem to bubble over with gratefulness.”

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13)

Where there is no vision the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV) vision = “redemptive revelation of God” (AMP)

“Having vision means learning to visualize the overall purpose of your life and work, understanding the importance and significance of your existence, believing that who and what you are is by divine appointment, and trusting that you can influence history for God in the situation he has you in.”

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24)

“The counsel and instruction of the Proverbs 31 woman are marked by skillful and godly wisdom and kindness. She apparently knows not only why, but also how and when to speak with heavenly wisdom that is “first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17)

“More than revealing to us the life of an extraordinary woman, this passage reveals to us the magnificence of God and what he can do with a woman who first yields to him. Through her, his invitation comes to each one of us: “Dear woman, won't you be the best of all to me?”

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