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Welcome to my blog: Today's Lady Virtue. This site is for women--wives, mothers, singles, widows, family, friends, etc.! My heart is to share loving encouragement coupled with timeless truths from God's Word, the Bible, to enlighten, uplift, and empower women of today. At Today's Lady Virtue we're about "Reclaiming Virtuous Womanhood today the Time-tested Way!" Here you will find a variety of posts from poems, to "Put into Practice" principles, to pictures and more! I invite you to voyage with me on the quest to become Today's Lady Virtue.

Monday, August 13, 2012

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

On pause--my bloggy words.

On pause--my bloggy words.
But Book 'n Website accept
Every donation of these.
So "God pockets of time" I seize
when it's not the right time to write,
Your reminder--Thank you, Lord!

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

God in heaven, I praise You for Your higher-than way, Your perfect plan, Your impeccable timing, and seasons for everything! Grow my faith as I trust Your lead. I echo this prayer for the woman reading right now. How kind of You to give us a yoke, so light. In Jesus' name, Amen!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Persuasively Bone Crush your "rulers" of Home

Rulers are needed and not all are bad, but some rulers rob joy and life. Some rulers swap truth for lies. Often selfish interest and personal pride drive a ruler's pursuit of power. A ruler rises up like a sovereign--s/he or it exercises supreme authority over a limited sphere. If a ruler doesn't honor God, then struggle and struggle against this ruler we do.

Many rulers regularly vie for authority in my home, what about you? Who rules your home?

Dad? Mom? The kids? The dog? Or God.
It may be a schedule, perhaps it's a list.
Maybe you're ruled by a clock.
Poor attitudes and unproductive habits, as well.
Disobedient spirits may try to rule the home where you dwell.

But the God of all rulers says even rulers can be persuaded. And it's not through anger and argument. It's not by force and fighting. Rulers can't be cutout to conform like gingerbread men or manipulated to mesh into a mold like Jell-O. But plug in your crock-pot and get on your knees because this one, like a roast will take time.

God, "I've suffered long by this ruler of home, but grant me longsuffering and gentle lips to convert him." "Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone" (Proverbs 25:15).

Sssshhh. Be very, very quiet. It's counter-intuitive. I will not deny it. But I'm learning to practice this skill, this art. It's bone crushing, persuasive. And it displays fruit like a tart!

Try voice not loud, louder, or loudest. But turn voice quiet, soft, gentle, and low. Whisper, "Come . . ." then wait long and slow. Time you must give to this ruler of home. But time is what's needed to persuade him.

The fruit of the Spirit is patience.
The fruit of the Spirit is gentleness.

Lord, God in heaven, help us to be patient with ourselves and with other people as we grow. Humans are frustrating! We get frustrated. We frustrate others. We lay our "rulers" down and pray You'll raise up patience, gentleness, and fruit to honor You. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Opportunities Expire: Perspective for After the Fact

Years ago a friend of ours suffered the tragic loss of the wife of his youth to cancer. He was a "wayback" friend that we didn't see very often. We lived on opposite sides of a big city and our paths didn't naturally cross. Only two live events in a span of about six years of time reconnected us with our friend. But we close enough to send/receive friendly correspondence--like baby announcements and Christmas letters.

A few hearsay rumors had trickled in during that time, but we didn't connect with our friend to verify. We didn't know our friend's wife was so sick. We didn't know of her carepage until she had already passed away, leaving the husband of her youth and precious toddler son to wait for heaven's reunion. 

A missed opportunity. To listen. To pray. To care. To serve. To be a friend to a friend in need. I've shed many after the fact tears and offered many after the fact prayers for God to help this friend.

And I'm not saying I "beat myself up" with "What ifs" and "If onlys." God's grace I boast!

And I'm not saying I now always seize every opportunity to be a friend to a friend in need. Not even close!

But what I am saying is this:
God used my after the fact realization to teach me that opportunities expire.
So with opportunities, be wise!

Have you ever missed out on an opportunity? Shown up late to serve or not served at all. Been too busy to call, to write, to stop-by . . . To have talked the time away and left no time to pray. Your heart to have shared so long that you didn't ask to your friend, "What's wrong?"

God reminds us to live wisely! Jesus our lives can shine. Like mirrors for God reflect Him. Opportunistically share God's love. Take the Greek exagorazo chance to "make wise and sacred use of every opportunity for doing good" towards people for the glory of God and His everlasting kingdom. Opportunities expire, so with opportunities, be wise!

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Ephesians 5:15-17

God's yoke is easy and His burden light. Heavy laden list, He's not heaping on us--alright? He's just giving us a little nudge to think about others in addition to ourselves. To ask Him, "God, how can I show Your love to the people You've put in my life to think of?"

Lord, help us to see our individual opportunities to love others like You do. In Jesus' name, AMEN. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Following Suit: But the Queen has Fallen and Hearts have Broken

I won’t pretend as if I’m a stellar card player because I’m not . . . but served here is a tangible lesson for the teachable heart. . .

Following suit. In the game of Hearts, play begins with a low “club” card. All players must follow suit, that is, unless they don’t possess the leading suit in-hand and must discard from a different suit. Exception: the Lord has mercy on the first round of play; a “heart” may not fall OR the formidable Black Maria (i.e. Queen of Spades).

High card wins. Winner takes all. She leads again—but when will the Queen fall?

After Black Maria descends, hearts may fall (i.e. “breaking” hearts). Hearts have broken.

Following suit. We (humans) do this. Not just in cards, but in the “game” of life. We are driven by following something . . . TV shows, cool blogs, cultural icons, weather channel, and the news. We follow Wall Street, sports teams, life dreams—, and everything in-between. Tethered to I- or E-somethings, we so easily follow the card led right before us.

I was struck last week by a card (i.e. door flier) played before me: “Christmas lights? Plan NOW.” It’s September. We haven’t even prepared for Thanksgiving! And frankly, my friends, my heart sank. There are 30 fewer houses to “light up” for Christmas this year in my very own backyard—and we’re just 1:6 counties affected by the recent Texas wildfires!

Following suit. The world tells me I need Christmas lights in September. Now I do love Christmas lights, I do. But we’re not in the first round of cards. I can play a different suit!

The Black Maria has come down. Homes have burned. Hearts have fallen. Many material things—reduced—“discarded.”

I realize I have a choice which card to play next:

Will I follow suit with the world?

Or will I ask God, “What do You want to do in and through my next card move because hearts have broken?” Will I follow God's suit?

And frankly friends, I see hearts broken all around me. Do you? Doesn’t your heart ache and spirit grieve for the people who hurt right now, right around you? Stop and think about which card you will play next. Will you follow God's lead or the world’s suit? And fire didn’t have to visit your neighborhood for hearts to have broken right around you. What card will you play?

God lays His cards down: SEE, HELP, and REMEMBER.

“If you see your brother’s donkey or his ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it. Help him get it to its feet” (Deuteronomy 22:4).

“The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: “‘After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things’” (Acts 15:15-17).

“Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place” (Revelation 2:5).

As Christ followers, God calls us to SEE and to HELP people—physically and practically. But He also says, “REMEMBER Me!” Remember God--His character, His wonders, His works! We (Christians) possess Living Hope in Christ. As we see people and help them, God wants us to play that next card, “REMEMBER God.” As He leads, follow God’s suit and share your hope in Christ with real people right around you--the queen has fallen and hearts are broken.

God’s lead—Follow suit!

Lord God in heaven, I am humbled by the challenge to follow Your suit. I ask You to tenderize my heart, to open my eyes, to unclog my ears so I will see and hear people’s cries right around me. Please use my hands and my feet to follow Your suit because the Queen has fallen, hearts have broken, and I am free to play a different suit. I echo this prayer for my sisters, too. Lord, help us follow Your suit! In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

What do you think? How did the son get "UN-stuck?"

The Parable of the Two Sons

What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’

“‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

“Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.

“Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him. Matthew 21:28-32

If I find myself stuck in a rut,
If you find yourself stuck in a rut,
How can we get UN-stuck?
Turn and repent.
With God, link back up.
No more "short" or dire disconnect.

Change our hearts, Oh God. We cannot make ourselves clean. Help us to stop, surrender, submit ourselves to You. Thank you for Your forgiveness. Purify our hearts, minds, souls, and bodies. The pure in heart will see God! We turn to You, gracious and compassionate Lord.
Pry our lives UN-stuck! In Jesus' name, Amen.