Devotional – February 12, 2021

by: Elaine Simpson & Shamelia Simpson-McKenzie

WEEK 2: THE CASE FOR VIRTUE- HER CHARACTER AND NATURE

She Nurtures…

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2021

 She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. Proverbs 31:15

Explore She Nurtures with Elaine…

Explore She Nurtures with Shamelia

For the month of February, the theme is: The Case for Virtue This week, we are exploring the nature and character of the Virtuous Woman. Today’s topic is: She Nurtures; the word nurture means: care for and protect (someone or something) while they are growing.

In this devotional we will discuss how the Virtuous Woman nurtures (cares for and protects) her relationships in order of priority. A life that is free of chaos and turmoil is glorifying to God, hence a woman of virtue is careful to nurture the most important of these relationships being with:

  • Her God
  • Herself
  • Her Husband
  • Her Children

Nurturing Her Relationship with God – I believe that “First Things First” is her personal mission statement. It is evident that the success of this noble woman is based on her total dependence on God. She  rises up early while it is still dark and everyone in the household is sleeping in order to spend quality time  with God.

Most of us as women will agree that this time of the day is always when we can have undisturbed moments with God; it is most precious and the first thing we should do so that we have the guidance, inspiration and spiritual fuel we need to handle all we will need to accomplish during the day. The excellent wife knows that in order to be effective in the day’s activity her planning will enable everyone else in her household to be productive throughout the day 

Nurturing Her Relationship with Self – The concept of self care is an important aspect of a woman who embraces “virtue” as the standard. Scripture states:

She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.

(Proverbs 31:17)

She knows that on her own strength she would not be able to undertake all that she has to do; so after strengthening her spirit , the Virtuous Woman invests time in strengthening her body  with exercise. It is safe to assume that she spent time reflecting on her inner thoughts and ambitions and getting to know herself better everyday.

Nurturing Her Relationship with Her Husband – A marital relationship is a gift from God; a gift that requires great care. A husband benefits greatly from a Virtuous Woman.

The heart of her husband trusts in her and he will not lack gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.

Proverbs 31:11-12

The diligence displayed by a good wife is not only for the benefit of herself, but also for her husband. She knows that the love and care she expresses to her husband will strengthen him, make him happy and healthy too. A healthy marital relationship will benefit her household as there will be peace and harmony in the home.

Nurturing Her Relationship with Her Children

The Bible teaches that children are the heritage of the Lord (Psalm 127:3). The Virtuous Woman knows that the fruit of her womb is a gift from God. She watches over the development of her children so that they are growing in knowledge and understanding of God.

In relating to them, she ensures that they are well cared for: fed, clothed as well as safe. She is affectionate, all while ensuring that discipline is instilled in her precious child. Her children knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are loves; of this kind of woman:

Her children arise and call her blessed..

Proverbs 31:28

Being Virtuous is not about being perfect; instead it is about allowing a perfect God to inspire and teach you to become the woman you were created to be.

A woman of virtue clearly understand the importance of maintaining all that she has. For this reason, the concept of “care and protection” would make perfect sense to her. For this reason, everyone she knows and everything she owns is sheltered under her umbrella of care and protection.

Nurturing Her Work – In discovering her life purpose, a Virtuous Woman understands that her talents and skills needs careful attention so that she can use them to enhance her life and that of others. To stay current and relevant in her area of expertise, the general practice of a Virtuous Woman would be to continually study, research and sharpen her skills- she cares for and protects her talents.

She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. Her lamp does not go out at night.

Proverbs 31:17-18

Nurturing Her Business Relationships – As an ambitious and talented woman, working with others is undoubtedly a reality. The Scripture reveals this by recording:

She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.  She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She considers a field and buys it;  out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

Proverbs 31:13-14,16

In her world of work and business, a Virtuous Woman will interact with persons from many walks of life. In making trading, she related to buyers and sellers alike; surely every person would be treated with love and respect. Relating to her would always be a pleasure because she remembers her mantra to care and protect.

By design, women are natural nurturers. In knowing that this attribute is innate and affords us the opportunity to glorify God, we can be more deliberate about how we care and protect for those we love and know. Guarding our time and talent is also an act of nurturing that will bring great rewards.

Whatever our relationship status, and whatever work we do, let us then be bold and fearless in expressing love for others knowing that our actions is an extension of God dwelling within us. Being “virtuous” involves being caring and protective; when we feel the urge to do so, we need not feel fear nor make excuses for living by our divine design. She Nurtures,,,We Nurture- we are Virtuous Women.

LET US PRAY

Dear Heavenly Father,

The lessons I have learned about the Virtuous Woman is life-changing, causing me to desire to be a better woman. I am happy to know that it is possible for me to achieve the goals I set to be more virtuous.

Please teach me the art of being a Nurturer who is not fearful of expressing my love to others. May I be caring and protective in a way that glorifies You so I will be known as a woman who Nurtures.

I thank You for hearing and answering my prayers. In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen.