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This week I was challenged by two things from our Blog Bible Study book A Woman after God’s Own Heart, both revolving around the verse

The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly. (Prov 15:14)

Firstly, I loved the idea of choosing areas of life on which to focus particular study and priority, so we can become women who are known for their expertise in those areas.

My ‘fat folders’ will be:

1. Biblical Womanhood
2. Hearing from God
3. Serving
4. Biblical counselling
5. Holiness

These are all things that are already close to my heart and I would love to focus more study on them. Some of them (like biblical counselling) scare me, but it is very likely that I will have to be involved in it in the future, so I think it would be wise for me to start preparing now.
For the last year or so I have been building up copious notes in the back of my bible about certain subjects, but I hope that when we move to Cardiff and I have time off I will be able to devote more time to study of God’s word and be able to put together folders which I can go back to in years to come.

Secondly, I was particularly struck by the point that Elizabeth George made about training ourselves to think sweet, loving and positive thoughts about other people.
Recently I’ve been thinking about some of the loveliest women I know, whom I admire and aspire to be like. They are gentle, and humble. Some are quiet and reserved and others are extroverted and could talk all day. One word stuck out at me especially.

They are all sweet.

Not necessarily sickly sweet and super feminine…but they all exude the love to Jesus and are a joy to be around. It’s like tasting something sweet and beautiful. There is no bitter aftertaste after they have been around. No worry of what they thought of you, or that they were being two faced.

Elizabeth George’s words: “Your actions will reveal your attitude towards people”. If I want to be one of those sweet women I need to guard my heart against critical, negative, harmful or jealous thoughts. If I am harbouring those kinds of attitudes, even though I might not voice them they will still be sensed.  Proverbs 23:7 says ‘For as he things in his heart, so he is’.
It is so easy to slip into those kind of thought patterns, but I am determined to instead focus on whatever is ‘true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praise-worthy’ (Philippians 4:8).

Quick Questions
1. What would be in your ‘fat folders’? What do you desire to know more about God?
2. Do you think it is important to guard our attitudes. Do they affect our actions?

1 comment:

  1. Great Post and I love your "fat-file folders".. Good choices! I don't think we need to guard our attitudes but I do think we all should be aware of our attitudes and how they affect others - I love the Golden Rule: Treat Others As You Want To Be Treated! I always try to remember that :) Thanks for linking up!