Monday, July 4, 2011

Visionary Monday: Daughterhood

Some amazingly inspiring quotations for the week...Amen!

We must teach our daughters that their value and identity lie in the fact that they are image-bearers of the God of glory. This will protect them from seeking significance in the inconsequential shallowness of self-fulfillment, personal happiness, materialism, or others’ approval. Our daughters must know the wondrous truth that their overarching purpose in life is God’s glory. ~ Susan Hunt

Of course, the gospel provides a young woman with the ultimate antidote to the worship of any human’s acceptance and approval. The antidote is the worship of the One she was created to worship, Jesus Christ. He, the God-man, can become her identity as she hears Him call her to come and worship Him and find her life in Him rather than in any other man (Col. 3:4). He welcomes and assures her that, although she is an idolater, she is also loved and welcomed by the only Man whose opinion really matters. She doesn’t need to attach herself to anyone other than Him, for in Him she has everything she needs (Phil. 4:19). He is her Bridegroom. She is clothed in His righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21). She is complete in Him (Col. 2:10).
~ Elyse M. Fitzpatrick

She who cannot keep her temper, or be self-sacrificing, tender, bright, and attentive at home, will never be of any real and permanent use to God's poor abroad, however much she may bind herself by rules and pledges. And certainly it is the every-day duties and relations of life that are the most sacred. Hence I repeat as long as you have about you in your own home, parents, sister, brother or servant to whom you can do good, that is the place in which you are appointed to illustrate, and live up to the principle of the lines: "They serve God well who serve His creatures most." Meanwhile, give your heart to God, and then you will find the perplexing questions which now trouble you will vanish, and the home duties, the watchfulness over one's inner life, the devotion to God, and the life of usefulness will all fall into place; you will find also your dreams of regenerating society by the means of sisterhoods and organizations will give way to the simple belief that "the only way to regenerate the world is to do the duty which lies nearest us, and not to hunt after grand far-reaching ones for ourselves. "
-From Life's Everydayness by Rose Porter


Nolan said...

I thought all three of these are excellent. I like the first two because they point out the difference between how many women relate to relationships today, and how Christ is life. And in the last paragraph, I like the simplicity focus and emphasis on the "duty that lies nearest us."