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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

The #Woman in #Marriage - #WiseWoman

Welcome to the continuation of The Woman in Marriage series.

Series four is titled - The Wise Woman

About a month ago, I mentioned in series one that I was invited to speak to a group of married women about - The Woman in Marriage - during their Mother's Day Symposium.

To read the first post on The Forgiving Woman, click here & the second post on The Praying Woman, click here & for the third post on The Virtuous Woman, click hereToday, I'm going to share some truths about The Wise Woman in marriage.

4. The Wise Woman – Queen Esther – The Book of Esther

“The wise woman builds her house but the foolish woman pulls it down with her hands.” Prov 14:1.

(i) The woman in marriage builds her home with love (cement) peace (bricks) joy (sand) and understanding (water).
(ii) She knows when to speak to her husband and when to hold her peace. A wise woman speaks wholesome words because a wholesome tongue is a tree of life, while vile words breaks the spirit. And out of the lips of a wise woman comes out a soft answer which turns away wrath. Prov 15:1.

(iii) A wise woman fears God and departs from evil (Prov 14:16) because she knows that a woman who fears the Lord, shall be praised. Prov 31:30b.

(iv) A wise woman has a merry heart. “He who has a merry heart has a continual feast (Prov 15:15b). She smiles, she is always cheerful and has a positive outlook on life.

(v) A wise woman respects her husband at all times even when she is hurt or angry.

Queen Esther

Esther was a Godly woman in the foreign land of Shushan. She was an orphan raised by Mordecai, her cousin. Her ancestors were taken as captives from Israel. Esther was a woman full of wisdom.

An orphan and a foreigner eventually married the powerful and influential King Ahasuerus who ruled  127 provinces from India (Asia) to Ethiopia (Africa).

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In everything, Esther sought the face of the Lord. When her nation, Israel was under threat of extinction by the self-seeking Haman, she listened to Mordecai’s wise counsel.

Mordecai asked Esther to go into the King, her husband. Esther told Mordecai; “I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:16b. She told Mordecai to ask the entire Jewish people to fast for her for 3 days. She knew the power of God to save.

(vi) A wise woman knows the power of God to save.

On the third day, she went into her husband, King Ahasuerus. Queen Esther risked her life. But the king put out the scepter (If he hadn’t, she would have  been put to death). The king told Esther to ask for anything up to half his kingdom.
Through Queen Esther’s wisdom and courage, the nation of Israel was saved and the enemy destroyed.

In contrast to Queen Esther, I want to share the story of an unwise Queen with you.

The Unwise Woman (Queen Vashti) - Esther 1

Queen Vashti was the dethroned wife of King Ahasuerus before Esther took her place. Vashti lost her exalted place at her husband's side, because she single-handedly pulled down her own house with her own hands.
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The king sent for her to appear before him on the last day of the feast he held for the princes, nobles and the people throughout the provinces. He asked for her to wear her royal crown. The king's intention was to show off Queen Vashti's beauty.  

But she refused to appear before the king. Queen Vashti humiliated her husband, his authority and the people.

For her foolishness, Queen Vashti was stripped of her position and she never appeared before the king again. Her place was taken by a more worthy woman, Esther.

Dear women, the power is in your hands. By your words and actions, you have the choice to strengthen or tear down your home. 
Be very clear about this; The woman in marriage has the power to build or destroy her home.

The series continues next week with The Submissive Woman. Thank you for visiting.
You can listen to the presentation by clicking; The Woman in Marriage Video
If you missed any post in the seven series, click on the links below;

Series 1 - The Forgiving Woman 

Series 2 - The Praying Woman

Series 3 - The Virtuous Woman

Series 4 - The Wise Woman

series 5 - The Submissive Woman

Series - 6 The Faithful Woman

Series - 7 The Patient Woman
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