Editor’s Note: On the January 9-10, 2013, FamilyLife Today® broadcasts, host Dennis Rainey interviewed Todd Wagner (senior pastor of Watermark Community Church; Dallas, Texas) about raising sons and daughters. Dennis referred to two lists that Todd has created: What It Means to Be God’s Woman and What It Means to Be God’s Man.
We’ve provided these lists for you. It is our hope that these documents, in addition to the broadcasts, will serve you and your family well.
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.
She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
“Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.
– Proverbs 31:25-31
1. SEEK GOD FIRST (Reject the lie that anything or anyone else can satisfy you.)
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; tor tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:33-34
Other Scripture: Matthew 6:25-30, 1 Chronicles 16:8-12, Luke 12:22-34, Psalm 27:1-5, Psalm 34:10-14, Psalm 40:16, Zephaniah 2:3, Psalm 9:10
2. SPEAK FAITHFULLY (Love others—with godly wisdom, boldness, and kindness as a faithful completer of others.)
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”
– Genesis 2:18
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy. – Proverbs 31:8-9
Better is open rebuke than love that is concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy. – Proverbs 27:5-6
Other Scripture: Proverbs 12:18, Proverbs 13:3, Proverbs 16:13, Proverbs 20:15, Proverbs 24:26, Psalm 19:14, Proverbs 31:26
3. SHOW TRUE BEAUTY (Bodies deteriorate, persons develop. Invest in that which lasts.)
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. – Proverbs 31:30
Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness. – 1 Timothy 2:9—10
Other Scripture: 1 Peter 3:3-5, Proverbs 31:30, 1 Samuel 16:7
4. STAY HUMBLE (Be constantly aware of pride and self-protection. Don’t think less of yourself but think of yourself less.)
“Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” – Isaiah 66:2
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 2:3-5
Other Scripture: 1 Peter 3:8-9, Psalm 141:5, 1 Peter 5:5-7, Proverbs 12:1, Micah 6:8, John 15:5
5. SERVE THE LORD (Set your mind on eternal things, serve the eternal King, live to please only Him.)
“He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.” – John 12:25-26
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. – Colossians 3:23
For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:10
Other Scripture: Philippians 1:21, Mark 10:42-45, Hebrews 6:10, 1 Peter 2:21-23, 2 Corinthians 5:10
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