as i contemplate on that this morning, i feel i have about an 1/8 of that equation down. the wife part (on a good day!). sure, i strive to be a Godly wife and woman, but that's like saying i try not to sin or i try not to eat chocolate. i decided a couple of years ago to take the word try out of my vocabulary. either i was or i wasn't. but here i am using it in, quite frankly, my highest calling in my life right now. so here i am again, reminding myself what a Godly wife looks like. let's be honest... we all know it was laid out for us in Proverbs 31, but really the application of those virtues can be a bit vague and intimidating. if you asked me 20 years ago what a Godly wife is, I would of thought as long as you love God and are a wife, that makes you a Godly wife. sure, that first part is key! quite frankly, i'm not sure how marriages happen without God, so when its all said and done that's the foundation, not the only piece. I ran across a pretty great outline and description of what a Godly wife looks like, from Girltalk Blog. I personally love the scripture application in this description...and gasp, its not only from Proverbs 31 ;)
She knows her God
~She is in awe of God, the creator of the universe, who is “sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up” (Isa. 6:1).
~She trembles with dread and wonder before the perfect, pure, and holy Lord of all “who will by no means clear the guilty” (Ex. 34:7).
~She marvels at the undeserving love and mercy of Jesus Christ who “is slow and anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression” (Num. 14:18).
~She delights in the perfect wisdom of God, the beauty and order of His universe, the unfathomable perfection of His plan order of His universe, the unfathomable perfection of His plan of salvation, and His loving supervision of every detail of her life.
Her awe of God results in obedience to Him
~She seeks the Lord and delights in God’s Word (Ps. 1:2)
~She hates evil. She doesn’t admire those who love it (Prov. 8:13).
~She confesses her sin, serves in secret, cultivates inner beauty, humbly embraces God’s plan for her life, and trusts Him no matter what.
You recognize her because
~She is full of joy, peace, and hope for the future (Prov. 10:27)
~She has a strong confidence (Prov. 14:26), rest and satisfaction (Prov. 19:23), and contentment in God’s care and provision (Ps. 34:9).
~She’s the one to whom God and man give praise (Prov. 31:30-31).
“Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.” Psalm 34:11
& this shall be the call of my heart.