A Girl of Wisdom builds her character!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI marvelled at the sight before my eyes of what is in my opinion, one of the most inspiring modern architectural buildings in the world. It had always been a dream of mine to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris and here I was – gazing up to the very top of the tower. It’s been standing in the centre of Paris for over 100 years and building it was no easy feat. Each part had to be carefully considered with regards to the laying of its foundation and the materials to use, all to make sure that this magnificent structure is still standing today.

 In many ways, the architectural building process that occurs when building monuments like the Eiffel Tower is similar to the process of building yourself. In fact, in the book of Proverbs building character is likened to building a house.

“A wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”

Proverbs 14:1 (NLT)

And just like the world of architecture, building you takes time, effort and good decisions. Who you are on the inside overflows into everything that you do. It’s called character. This is all the qualities that make up who you are. These qualities can either be positive or negative and form the foundation of who you are. Now in buildings, foundations can be solidly or shakily built. Simply look at the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy! The foundation of this building was poorly laid and although it first stood upright, it wasn’t long until cracks started to appear and the tower began to tilt.

We live in a world today where a lot of emphasis is placed on what we look like on the outside, from clothes to make up to accessories and hair. Now good grooming is important, BUT first and foremost is character. It is your foundation that will either cause you to stand strong and tall like the Eiffel Tower or cracked and falling like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

As it says in Proverbs 14:1, a wise woman BUILDS her house, that is, herself, her family, her friends, her relationship with God, in fact, everything about you is “your house!” So how do you and I build? Stay tuned for some thoughts in Part 2!

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What fruit are you bearing?

mangrove4Tuesday 19 December 2012

I love studying nature. There’s something about looking at God’s creation that stirs my heart to marvel at the magnificence of God. In fact, God often refers to His creation throughout scripture to explain things to us.

I was recently on holiday in Queensland and found myself fascinated with mangroves. These unique trees have part of their root system growing above the ground, giving a distinctive insight into the intricate way plants grow. One of the things I noticed is that mature trees have many parts burrowing their way into the ground. And it is these larger, older and well established trees that bear a lot of fruit. Unlike a little seedling, it is much harder to try and pullthese types of trees out to remove them from their soil.

Proverbs 12:12b (NLT) says, “The godly are well rooted and bear their own fruit.”

The bible often uses the analogy of trees for our own lives. Along that train of thought, you can ask yourself questions like, “What kind of “soil” am I planted in? How am I growing? And what kind of fruit am I bearing?”

This week I encourage you to take some time to pray and reflect on who you are as a person, your character, speech and actions. Does anything need aligning to God’s word and the example that Jesus gave us of His life on earth?

A Girl of Wisdom is well rooted in the Word of God. She continues to grow in the ways of God and bears Christ-like fruit such as love, patience, goodness, kindness, self-control, joy, peace, faithfulness and gentleness.

What does jewellery & your character have in common?

Tuesday 25th September 2012

For my 30th birthday last year, my husband bought me a black Daisy Georg Jensen necklace. I absolutely love it and wear it all the time!

My closest girlfriends are used to seeing me with it on and when I forget to wear it, my husband always asks where it is. Also, I have had strangers stop me and ask me what type of necklace it is and where you get them from.

People notice what you wear… And in the same way, everyone eventually notices your character.

Proverbs 3:3 (NCV) says, “Don’t ever forget kindness and truth. Wear them like a necklace…” 

Just like a pretty necklace, a kind and honest woman is attractive and memorable. When you choose to speak and act generously and truthfully, with integrity and compassion, you will be amazed by the positive impact this makes on those around you.

A Girl of Wisdom not only thinks about her outer appearance, but realises that who she is on the inside is what counts the most. Just like jewellery, her character shines and draws people to her. I don’t know about you, but I want to be this sort of woman! xox

Why do you do what you do?

Tuesday 24th April 2012

Have you ever had someone do something nice for you, but deep down, you knew they were only doing it because there was something in it for them? Often, people may do a lot of kind things or say a lot of kind words, but the reason why they are doing or saying those things is out of a selfish motivation.

Proverbs 21:2 (NIV) says, “People may think they are doing what is right, but the Lord examines the heart.”

This verse highlights that God is actually more interested in your motivations rather than your actions. He cares more about WHY you do what you do and say what you say. This is because your motivations reflect the quality of your character.

A Girl of Wisdom is self-aware and understands the reasons behind her words and actions. Who she is on the outside matches up with who she is on the inside. She is not falsely sweet to others in an attempt to manipulate for selfish gain. Her motivations are pure.

Spend this week consciously examining the things you do and the words you say and ask youself why you behaved that way. Take stock of your motivations- they say a lot more about your character than your outward behaviour.

A Heart of Silver & Gold.

Thursday 18 November 2010

I love jewellery! Sometimes, when I am at the shops, I pop into a jewellery store and have a little look at the bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces. Silver, gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies… they all look so beautiful!

However, silver and gold looks nothing like what it does in the shop window when they’re first unearthed from the ground. They come out dirty, dull and with imperfections. These precious metals need to be put through intense heat to get rid of all the impurities in order to be turned into flawless pieces of jewellery.

Proverbs 17:3 (NLT) says, “Fire tests the purity of silver and gold; but the Lord tests the heart.”

In the same way that the flames of a fire remove the dirt and blemishes within precious metals, the heat of conflict, tragedy and pain tests our character and faith. In the midst of tough times, God shows us what needs to be removed on the inside of us in order to become more like the person He desires us to be.

Throughout my own life, today’s verse has proven true over and over and over again. Going through “fire” really hurts! But in the midst of the flames, I know that God never leaves us. He takes us by the hand and walks through the flames with us. And if we are willing, He will use even the worst of circumstances to help us become better than what we were before!

Seasons come and go. Nothing stays the same forever. Take courage beautiful girl and face the flames with confidence. A Girl of Wisdom allows God to work on her heart… as a jeweller works on silver and gold.

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