Something I’ll remind Daniel of in years to come…

I was writing out our prayer list for the day and I asked the kiddos what I should write. Daniel (my sweet 5yr. old) wanted to pray for “a clean heart and wisdom”. Be still my heart…as the saying goes, ‘from his lips to God’s ear!’

Kiddos this summer (Ezra must always be napping when I have the camera)

Lewd – Loyal – Sidetracked

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.”

II Peter 1:3-7

I’ve been sidetracked away from my original intention to post about the ‘voluptuous’ woman and the ‘virtuous’ woman. Last week, I was sidetracked by comments. However, I am thankful for the opportunity to break from regular stuff to really think through some of my responses – it was a good thing for me. However, this week, I’m working (not my usual routine) and then we’re with family at their campsite every night.

So, I’d like some of your thoughts for the first contrast… SHE IS LEWD(Proverbs 6:24; 2:17). SHE IS LOYAL (Proverbs 31:11). I’m slightly stuck in my thinking as far as lewd. Not that I don’t know what it means, but I’m trying to make the appropriate contrast for Lewd/Loyal based on the excellent chart already posted (not my own creation!). What say you?

In the meantime, I’ll keep looking at it, but I’m not sure when I can get a respectable post up.

Just as He is…

“Everyone wants God to take them just as they are; but no one wants to take God just as He is. Modern evangelicals, in particular, commit blasphemy against God and stumble headlong into idolatry by spending more time examining their personal experiences — trying to make sure God belongs to them — and less time examining the Scriptures to make sure they belong to Him.”

– Alex Burroughs

HT: Truth Matters

Maintenance

I’ve finally decided to not allow anonymous comments. Most of the anonymous comments that I’ve received since I started my blog are rude and mean-spirited. They are not offering a different opinion in the spirit of debate, etc. I feel like I’ve opened my home to allow someone to come in and spit in my face. So – if you want to spit in my face, you have to at least tell me who you are.

Definitions…

To start – it might be helpful to include some definitions and perceptions of voluptuous and virtuous.

Voluptuous:
1. Giving, characterized by, or suggesting ample, unrestrained pleasure to the senses: voluptuous sculptural forms; a voluptuous ripe fruit; a full, voluptuous figure.
2. a. Devoted to or indulging in sensual pleasures.
2. b. Directed toward or anticipating sensual pleasure: voluptuous thoughts.
2. c. Arising from or contributing to the satisfaction of sensuous or sensual desires.
See synonyms at sensual.
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[Middle English, from Old French voluptueux, from Latin voluptusus, full of pleasure, from volupts, pleasure; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.]

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vo·luptu·ous·ly adv.
vo·luptu·ous·ness n.

Now virtuous:
1. Having or showing virtue, especially moral excellence: led a virtuous life.
2. Possessing or characterized by chastity; pure: a virtuous woman. See Synonyms at moral.
virtu·ous·ly adv.
virtu·ous·ness n.

Perceptions that exist – Well for one, I googled voluptuous and needed a filter for what came up. It is automatically linked to adult sites. Virtuous – not so much. In our culture, greater value is given to voluptuous and virtue is scorned. To be virtuous is to be prudish and outdated. Sensuality is exalted and something that is to be attained. I see teenagers (even girls that I believe are nice girls) try to appear sensual on their myspace with their poses and their ‘bumper stickers’, etc. The argument is that the girls are not really that way, it’s just the way all girls pose and act – it’s just a spoof. Can you appear immoral and actually be moral? Miley Cyrus comes to mind!
Is there value in virtue. Yes! It is valued by God and by godly men and women (which we’ll see in Scripture as we go forward.) As a woman and a mother, I desire to show that virtue is worth going against the flow for and is not outdated or ugly. Can I do that and still seem ‘with it’? Probably not – ‘with it’ isn’t even a popular term, I’m already showing my age! However – sensuality vs. virtue has nothing to do with age. We can’t be tricked into thinking that it’s ok to play around with sensuality and appearing sensual as young women – even if it’s for a season and then hope to ‘settle down’ when we get older. It’s dangerous.
For us already ‘settled down’ women, it is still something we need to look at. I may not seem overly sensual (hopefully), but am I a Proverbs 31 woman? I have a long way to go, sisters!
So do you want to be virtuous or voluptuous?

Virtuous or Voluptuous?

We just got a book by Richard Baxter called, “The Christian Directory”, which is actually a huge book that biblically addresses almost anything you could imagine. As we were leafing through it with Mr. Ben, we noticed a heading about the dangers of a voluptuous woman. I never realized that voluptuous had a meaning with a moral – actually immoral- connotation and was not just a description of the physical attributes of a woman. Today, in many contexts, to be physically voluptuous is something that women work for and something that men admire. Teenage girls hope to be voluptuous and even Barbie is considered voluptuous. (I’m getting tired of typing it already!) Realizing that Richard Baxter was not addressing a body type (way back in the 1600’s), but a type of person, I dug in a little more. Al mentioned that he recently saw a chart that contrasts Voluptuous vs. Virtuous on a blog. So I googled the internets and found a contrast chart of the Proverbs 31 woman and the voluptuous woman described throughout the first 9 chapters of Proverbs.

Here are some of the links – including where Al saw the post originally…
Contrast Chart
Recover the Gospel – Virtuous
Recover the Gospel – Voluptuous

The following is the chart in the only form I could paste here. I’m not really blogpost savvy…

Each pair begins with the voluptuous and ends with the virtuous…
SHE IS LEWD(Proverbs 6:24; 2:17).
SHE IS LOYAL (Proverbs 31:11).

SHE IS A HOME BREAKER (Proverbs 7).
SHE IS A HOME MAKER (Proverbs 31).

SHE IS EASY TO FIND (Proverbs 7:10-12).
SHE IS HARD TO FIND (a rare gem) (Proverbs 31:10).

SHE IS CHEAP (Proverbs 30:20)
SHE IS PRECIOUS (Proverbs 31:10)

SHE HAS OUTER BEAUTY Surface attraction (Proverbs 6:25).
SHE HAS INNER BEAUTY Heart attraction (Proverbs 31:30; 1 Peter 3:4).

SHE WORKS WITH HER MOUTH(lively lips but no life) (Proverbs 21:9,19; 25:24 etc.).
SHE WORKS WITH HER HANDS(a lovely life producing loving words) (Proverbs 31, many verses).

SHE IS RELIGIOUS (Proverbs 7:14).
SHE IS RIGHT WITH GOD (Proverbs 31:30).

SHE IS OUTSIDE THE HOME (Proverbs 7:11-12).
SHE ABIDES IN THE HOME (Proverbs 31:27).

SHE DOES HER HUSBAND NOTHING BUT HARM (Proverbs 2:17).
SHE DOES HER HUSBAND GOOD (Proverbs 31:12).

SHE IS ON THE LOOSE AT NIGHT (Proverbs 7:9,18).
SHE IS RESTING AT NIGHT SO SHE CAN AWAKE EARLY (Proverbs 31:15).

SHE KILLS HER VICTIMS (Proverbs 7:23).
SHE BLESSES HER FAMILY (Proverbs 31:28).

SHE LIVES BY LUST (Proverbs7:10).
SHE LIVES BY LOVE (Proverbs 31:20).

This list alone is convicting – but I’m stirred on to look at each contrast individually and will post as I go along. Feel free to leave your comments to help move me in the right direction.