Last night I went to my friend Gala’s house, where she has a once-a-month Girls’ Night Out. We have a different theme for the food each month, such as Mexican or Italian, and we bring dishes to share. Last night Gala’s husband Don slow cooked lemon-peppered brisket on the grill, and it was delicious! After the meal, our daughter Heather did the teaching. She did great, and I was so proud of her! She shared from the latest issue of Empowered Emagazine, an ezine for Christian women to be equipped and empowered in their walk with God.
Our beautiful, precious daughter Heather teaching at Girls’ Night Out
In our society today, we as women feel pressured to look the way the beautiful and perfect way that models do on magazine covers. Empowered Emagazine’s articles encourage us that we can have God’s beauty inside and out, like the Proverbs 31 woman. She is a great role model for us today, because she was a woman of virtue. She feared God. And she was just as concerned with what was inside of her as her outward appearance. Neither can be neglected. She appreciates all she has, and she counts her blessings. Because she is thankful, God blesses her with more. She knows her strength and hope are in Christ. She trusts in God, and is transformed daily by His word. She takes her eyes off herself and is filled up with His presence each day.
Many of us think that the Proverbs 31 woman was born this way. But Empowered Emagazine challenges us that she learned and grew into a very godly woman, over a lifetime. God’s word transformed her, day by day, by the power of His grace. This gives us hope when we struggle in our roles as wives and mothers. God will complete what He started in us! God is making us more beautiful each day. Let your beauty in Christ shine today!
My friend Gala (hostess of Girls’ Night Out, mighty woman of God)
Debbie and Gala hugging. Girls’ Night Out is a place where we just love on each other!
“A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds (rubies), Her husband trusts in 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 woman 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, The Message)
Amy feeding baby Liam (held by my friend Debbie who is Liam’s grandma)
Liam and his mom Christen at Girls’ Night Out