How often do you look in the mirror and criticize yourself? According to a January 4, 2016 article for News Corp Australia Network, the answer is eight times a day. Eight times day we find imperfections about our weight, our appearance, and even compare ourselves to other women. That doesn’t include finding fault in our careers, finances, or relationships. We only see the negative but God sees our purpose.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.- Genesis 1:27
God said in Genesis 2:18 that “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Matthew Henry, best known for his biblical commentary Exposition of the Old and New Testaments said, “Women were created from the rib of man to be beside him, not from his head to top him, nor from his feet to be trampled by him, but from under his arm to be protected by him, near to his heart to be loved by him.”
The Bible gives us an example of this virtuous woman in Proverbs 31. She is a partner, an equal, a comforter and encourager, trustworthy and hardworking. She cares for others, devoted to family and speaks with wisdom. She is beautiful on the outside as well as the inside.
A woman is not only admired for her outward appearance; she is admired for her inner qualities as well. A woman should be gracious. Proverbs 11:16 tells us that a gracious woman maintains honor. She should also have good judgment. In Proverbs 11:22, a woman lacking in discretion is compared to a ring of gold in a swine’s snout.
In the book What Men Want, Bradley Gerstman, Christopher Pizzo, and Rich Seldes write, “…Men like women who are nice. Men are suckers for kindness and consideration. We love women who are affable, flexible, easygoing. Most men cannot resist a sweet woman.” This is the woman a wise man seeks and hopes to find.
They’ve just described the Proverbs 31 woman. A woman who is competent and capable of doing many different things. A woman who continues to grow in her talents and abilities. A woman who is admired by her family, community, and church is a woman who can be trusted to do the right thing.
The dreams and aspirations of women over the generations may have changed, but at the end of the day – a woman is still a woman who should be valued and respected.
We still have a long way to go toward gender equality, but progress is being made. I can go to work in the morning, play basketball in the afternoon, clean house and cook dinner, put the kids to bed and still be treated like a princess. Forgive me if I sound a bit old-fashioned, but I like having a man open the door for me and all that chivalrous stuff. After all, I am the daughter of a King and He expects nothing less for His daughter.
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Recently diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Tonya Masoner continues to write for BoP when she is able. She doesn’t ask “Why me Lord?” She embraces the journey God has set forth for her. The battle has already been won. God has walked before her and now He leads her to victory. Her Breath on Paper bio can be foundhere.