Today’s principle focus is on accepting our husbandry roles in society as God-given.
Scripture of the day:
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 1 Cor 3:8-9
Today’s Positive Words of Affirmation and Encouraging Words to Live By:
“Today I will rejoice in who God has made me, and according to the role that I have been born into.”
It is the Greek word for husbandry, and it does not imply manhood as much as it implies, “working together”. Whenever I counsel anyone on relationships and marriage, I have to remind them that men and women are created to work in synergy but that they each have separate roles to fill. I have never read Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus but I have read the Bible and the scripture that says;
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with [them] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. 1 Peter 3:7
Right off the bat, women are identified in 1 Peter as being “the weaker vessel”. After praying for an answer on that, the Lord showed me that women are indeed the weaker vessel, but it is in direct result from the curse that fell on Eve in the garden.
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. Gen 3:16
Thankfully as a born again believer, I (a woman) am no longer under this curse, but society as a whole still is. Therefore, we woman are in society as the weaker vessel and it is still through our husbands or through men mostly that we must minister to society. If you are single, it’s OK, God can be that man for you!
ACCEPT IT, BE OK WITH IT & LET GOD FILL THE VOID
No one likes to be “the weaker vessel”. But everyone needs to practice the art of husbandry. In our scripture today, Peter says “every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.” I take heart in that passage, because this means that I, as a woman have certain things that I can offer, that a man can not. I have the ability to minister in a motherly and tenderly way, unlike my husband who may be more deliberate and affirming.
- Tend to me nurturing and subtle.
- Have an impulse to go directly into prayer.
- See God as a Father figure easily.
- Desire to establish and maintain normalcy and stability leading to security.
- Have no reservations for being bold and ready to go into battle.
- Accept responsibility readily.
- See God as a partner and co-laborer in their daily battles.
- Desire to provide protection and demonstrate strength and victory over problems, they are always ready to take risks!
- You see God has created us male and female. And as of yet there is no other sex to be identified. Some may debate the way God created them, but either way, there is still only male or female of the human species. Today is the day to focus on being content with the way God made us and to embrace our individual roles and responsibilities.
I can remember, as a single woman feeling the void of missing my mate. I remember feeling helpless and unsure of my place in society. As a child, I was told I could be “anything I wanted to be”, but in a sin racked society where women were constantly being labeled as “second class”. There seemed to be a void. I found solace in doing my best. My best work enabled me for promotion and “promotion comes from the Lord!”
For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. Psalm 75:6-7
Let us remember today, those of us that currently are not married and have to be disciplined in synergy with God alone, that it is He that raises up one, and puts down another. The best thing that we could ever do is embrace who we are in Him and allow Him to establish us! What a great working team!
My Prayer Today,
Father God be with Your children today, all of these awesome men and women who have accepted the way they have been created. Take off the blindfolds Lord, let Your women be proud to be ALL woman and Your men proud to be ALL man. We do not desire to have You come down to earth and say, “Where did everybody go?” It has been You all along who has wanted us to be who we are, but TRUST in You for our completion. Make us whole Lord, complete us so that as a team we can be unstoppable! In Your Son Jesus’ name AMEN!
May the Lord God continue to be your best team mate,
Did you know???
That Margaret Hilda Thatcher, “Baroness” Thatcher, (born 13 October 1925) served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She is the only woman to have held either post.
Thatcher’s tenure as Prime Minister was the longest since that of Lord Salisbury and the longest continuous period in office since Lord Liverpool in the early 19th century. She was the first woman to lead a major political party in the United Kingdom, and the first of only four women to hold any of the four great offices of state.
Margaret Roberts was brought up a strict Methodist by her father. Thatcher became Prime Minister on 4 May 1979.
Arriving at 10 Downing Street, she said, in a paraphrase of St. Francis of Assisi: Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.
She represented the newly energetic right wing of the Conservative Party and advocated greater independence of the individual from the state and less government intervention. She became a very close ally, philosophically and politically, with President of the United States Ronald Reagan, elected in 1980. During her tenure as Prime Minister she was said to need just four hours’ sleep a night. Margaret was able to embrace her God-given gift of femininity and sensitivity and add to it the boldness and partnership with faith from her unity in Christ and her spiritual upbringing… What an example of husbandry in action!
Margaret and her husband Denis were married until his death from 1951-2003