Sunday, September 9, 2007

Tea Party Wisdom

My mom has collected each letter I received from my birthday tea in a beautiful scrapbook. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the ladies’ letters:

“Time and experience will bring you wisdom; neither will teach you everything you need to know. Use your bible to find answers to your most difficult questions. Some require more search than others but the answers are always there!”

“We are to be led by the Spirit and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love perseverance and gentleness. We are to flee from sin. We are to set our mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”

“If we aren’t trusting totally in the Lord that he’s got everything under control, how then are we going to be good wives, mothers, etc? If you will just continue to trust in the Lord now while you are still young, I think it will be of the utmost benefit to you. I also feel that trusting in the Lord brings us the peace that passes all understanding.”

“The seeds that you plant today will be the harvest of your tomorrows. So plant seeds of purity, love, honesty, modesty, faithfulness, steadfastness, and knowledge. Most of all, seek humility. With a humble heart serve others. Always speak with humility. It is with a humble heart you are most like your Lord, who humbled himself for your sake.”

“Protecting the heart includes the protecting of your mind, they go hand in hand. Where your thought life goes, you heart will follow and likewise where you heart leads so your thoughts will follow. Be mindful of the meditations of your heart. In Psalm 19:14 David says: May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. The thoughts and emotions of a woman are strong and deep. It is crucial to guard your heart and mind against vain imaginations.”

“You are the Creator’s beautiful work of art (Psalm 139:13-14). You are to take care of His masterpiece as you grow and mature through each physical stage of life. However, it is not the beauty of your outward appearance that needs cultivating. It is your inner self. The Lord has given us instructions in the Scripture to guide us through every facet of life; beauty is no exception. The Lord clearly defines what makes a woman beautiful to Him. It is the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit (1 Peter 3:3-5). The unfading inner beauty mentioned here stands in sharp contrast to the fleeting external beauty mentioned in Proverbs 31. For the same reason that we don’t want to store up for ourselves treasures on earth (Matthew 6:19), we also don’t want to focus all of our time and energy on temporary beauty; these things should be invested in the development of godly character.”

In addition, here is a little summary of what my mom said: One of the things she spoke on was the importance of submission. As females, we are to be in submission, whether as a daughter or a wife. This is God’s designated role, and an imperative one, as it affects how the husband/father leads. We are to also be adorning ourselves with godly virtues. My mother said it this way, “Don’t be content with outward virtue, one that looks good to others. Be ruthless with your heart, you motives and your thoughts. Let your virtue truly flow from the heart and a sincere love for the Lord.” In order to be able to adorn ourselves with godly virtues, we must have a genuine, vital relationship with God. This is an eternal thing, something that must be of great significance and value.

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