By Lisa Jacobson, from her LOVELY blog
I wanted to share this beautiful list I stumbled upon today!
What a wonderful list to aspire to – I’d rather be able to exude even one of these things very well, than have all the money in the world.
- Be gentle in words and actions. Let your beauty come from a gentle and quiet spirit (I Pet. 3:4).
- Determine to be strong. As a woman, you’ll face many situations where you’ll need to be steady and of a sound mind. Strength and honor are her clothing (Prov. 31:25).
- Live purely. There’s goodness and power in purity.
- Choose joy. You will bless everyone around you with your joyful countenance. Besides, it’s a lovely way to live.
- Seek wisdom. And as wisdom comes from above, look up (James 3).
- Laugh freely. It will lighten your spirit and everyone else around you too.
- Care for your health. Be sure and eat good foods, exercise, and get enough rest. If you care for yourself, then you’ll be better able to care for others too.
- Speak sweetly. People will be able – and more open – to listen to you if you do.
- Be willing to work hard. Learn to enjoy your tasks and take on what must be tackled (Prov. 31:13).
- Sing loudly. A song can both change a mood and give glory to God. So make a loud noise! (Ps. 98:4).
- Study many different things. Decide you’re going to be a life-long student. Learn about gardening, ancient history, bread-baking, new languages, natural medicine, geography, or anything else that fascinates you.
- Look after those in need. Have compassion on others and use your gifts to bless them.
- Bring beauty into your life. And into the life of others. Whether it be flowers, art, poetry, handwork, or bright colors.
- Walk through trials in faith. Don’t walk in your own strength, but trust Him who will carry you through.
- Dress with modesty. Truly lovely. I Tim. 2:9
- Invest in a few good friends. Make time for and pursue relationships with those who can encourage you, inspire you and challenge you.
- Prepare delicious foods. Bless those around you with your simple culinary gifts.
- Spend time alone in the Word. Don’t ever get too busy for time with your God.
- Be kind to others. Kindness isn’t all that hard to offer and yet has such a significant impact on those around you. And on her tongue is the law of kindness (Prov. 31:26b).
- Serve cheerfully. Look to Christ as your example, not what the world says about service. Nothing begrudging or stingy there (Phil. 2).
- Pray about all things. Don’t try to solve everything by yourself, but go to your Heavenly Father with your joys, cares and concerns (Eph. 6:18).
- Watch what you say. Your words have power to build up or tear down. So use them carefully.
- Love others deeply. I Corinthians 13.
- Draw near to God. And He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)
Thank you for sharing! Such a lovely place you have here. Rich blessings on you and all who visit here!