Back to Blogging: A Post I Wish More People Had Read

17 Sep

This weekend I will be participating in The Secret to Success is in the Sauce (SITS Girls) Back to Blogging Series. This series as been going on this week and ends on Sunday September 19th! This series is sponsored by Standards of Excellence , Westar Kitchen & Bath , and Florida Builder Appliances .

In the beginning I wrote a post that I would love ALL women to read, posted September 29, 2009. this is a devotion that i wrote to share with my department when working for World Vision:

The Proverbs 31 Woman

I do not know about you but the super woman featured in Proverbs 31 intimidates me! When I am reading that passage I am tempted to jump ahead to the book of Ecclesiastes where the theme “everything is vanity” is considerably close to where I live.One day out of frustration, I asked the Lord why He would put such a seemingly unattainable example of motherhood in the bible. That perfect woman, I vented to Him makes the rest of us feel like features in comparison.

When God answered He spoke right to my heart. Because that is how I see you too! He told me gently I see all of the good things you have ever done or ever will do. Remember all your sins are covered by Jesus blood. The bad stuff is gone!

I suddenly understood that I should read Proverbs 31 from my heavenly fathers perspective – that of a proud and loving parent. It makes sense doesn’t?

For example if my mother were to write a paragraph describing me it would look something like this.

My daughter Jeanie is an amazing christian woman. She is a creative mother. She has been very financially successful and made a lot of money. She is a ballet, tap and jazz dancer, talented musician and a great cook. She keeps a beautiful home, her nails look gorgeous, she sews her children’s clothes and she keeps a record of their lives in scrapbooks. She is up before dawn having her devotions and she’s a record setting race car driver.

Now the description is true but it leaves out several pieces of significant information. For starters I have accomplished those things over the course of the last 32 years and I do not do them all now. The account also gives half of the story. It leaves out many of my secrets a few embarrassing that only my mom knows, however I will now be sharing them with you.

Here is my life as I see it:

I am an amazing woman some of the time usually after I have had my shower and and at least a half a pot of coffee.

I am a creative mother if you do not count the yelling and nagging.

I have been financially successful at times and have made a lot of money. I have also paid a lot of bills, spent a lot of money and went through a divorce.

I was a ballet, tap, and jazz dancer from the ages of 4-8.

I am a talented musician who can now play 5 songs on the piano.

I am a great cook if you count my six special company meals.

I keep a beautiful home with the help of my husband and children one hour before company arrives.

My nails are gorgeous because they are fake.

I have sewn my children’s clothes however the sewing machine has not been touched since the day I made a pair of shorts and the inseam was off about 2 inches.

I keep a record of my children’s lives in scrapbooks. I am almost finished with my 9 year old first year.

I am up before dawn having my devotions most days of the week and have fallen asleep on God several times.

I am a record setting race car driver at Ocean Shores Grand Prix go cart track.

Now both of the perspectives are true but one of them is told through the eyes of a loving parent. I believe that even more that our parents would., our heavenly father would write a glowing description of us too. As He reminded me, He sees the good in us. When we put our faith in Him, He chooses not to remember our mistakes and instead focuses on our successes. So from God’s perspective, maybe the Proverbs 31 woman is not so unattainable after all.

I encourage you all to take some time today to write at least a dozen nice things about yourself from your heavenly fathers perspective.

Here is my list:

good mother
beautiful daughter
daring individual
honest
sincere
passionate
good role model
loving
a learner of time
confident
faithful steward, humble
well organized

Lord thank you so much for being such a loving parent. I am so grateful that you see the good in us, even when we mess up and fall short of where we think we should be. Help us not to compare ourselves to other people and to focus on your love and your desires for our lives.

In Jesus precious name, AMEN!

Hymn to a Good Wife
A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!
(Proverbs 31:10-31, The Message)

Blessings & Giggles to you & yours,

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2 Responses to “Back to Blogging: A Post I Wish More People Had Read”

  1. LBDDiaries September 18, 2010 at 12:12 PM #

    Wow. Just wow. The best sermon I ever heard about Prov. 31 was by Cheryl Pruit Salem (former Miss America) but this tops that – you are so right – it is how HE sees us, because we are always too hard on ourselves. Thanks for a great posting today.

    • Jeanie Cullip September 19, 2010 at 3:53 PM #

      Thank you so much for saying Nan! This is one of my favorites that I put together for a devotional and spoke to me and a lot of my co- workers. I am so glad it spoke to you as well 🙂

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