Friday, April 18, 2008

Reading the Proverbs 31 Woman

Hey Girls. I'm getting ready to leave town for my retreat this weekend - thank you so much for praying for me and the other women who will attend this event with expectant hearts.

While I'm gone, you can read about the infamous Proverbs 31 Woman, who is located in Proverbs 31:10-31 which is linked here.

Don't forget to pray for God to speak to you as you read!

Post your "I did it"
and I'll be back on Sunday night or Monday to talk about her.


Have a great weekend, sweet friends!

116 comments:

  1. I Read it!!
    Have fun Rachel see you next week.
    Have a wonderful and Blessed weekend everyone.
    Sharon/Florida

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  2. I did it.

    Somerset, Kentucky

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  3. I did it.

    Évora, Portugal (Europe)

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  4. I read it. I just love this passage. I can't wait until the discussion! Have a great weekend!

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  5. I did it! I've prayed for you, Rachel. Have fun and be blessed!

    Jeri in Holland, MI

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  6. I Read it.
    Thanks Rachel, have a blessed weekend.
    Lynn - Oregon

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  7. I did it.
    Can't wait for the discussion.
    I found my emotions becoming very unsettled as I read it. Super Woman doing it all, being it all and being blessed. An illusion I have struggled with most my life. It appears to be all about doing, not being. Am I missing the point?
    Katrina in Colorado

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  8. I did it, Hope everyone has a blessed weekend. Can't wait for discussion.
    Tommie in Ky

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  9. From the HeartApril 18, 2008

    I read it.
    Thanks, Plant Lady, for visiting my blogspot. I feel honored that it was a help to you.
    Jo Beth, your comments were so inspiring. When I was driving (had to quit in 2003) I use to ask God for a close place to park. I often pray during the day also. It's hard to discipline myself to a certain time to spend in God's Word and talk with Him but I'm working on it. God has been so good to me and my family. I do a lot of my praying when I lay down at night before I go to sleep.

    Anyone who wants, please feel free to stop by my blog.
    AliceE.

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  10. From the HeartApril 18, 2008

    I am still having trouble signing with my Blogger name. My blog is at litlal.blogspot.com
    AliceE.

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  11. Read it and love it.

    Blessings to you and all the women this weekend Rachel.

    Looking forward to the discussion.


    Janet
    Latrobe, PA

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  12. i did it also i cant wait for the disscussion.
    Cassandra from Virginia

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  13. alice e. i don't think that is your email address like mine is yahoo, so we try doing it with your email address not blogspot, hope this helps

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  14. Read it! Looking forward to the discussion!

    Have a blessed weekend, everyone!
    Pat in NYC

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  15. I did it, and I'll be praying for you, Rachel, ant that God will fill you with His Word and open the hearts of the women you are leading this weekend.
    I'll be praying for all you other ladies and hope yall have a great weekend.
    Sharron in Louisiana

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  16. I read it :) Definitely one of my favorite passages in the bible. How I long to be her.... exchanging my issue, for only virtue.... Be Blessed everyone :)

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  17. I read it.

    I belong to a small country church and we hear a sermon on this passage EVERY Mother's Day. But it never gets old.

    Rachel, I'm praying for your retreat. Don't sweat it!! God will surely bless you.

    I pray for the rest of my new Sisters-In-Christ as I read each comment. I'm sorry I don't get to spend much time commenting but know that I do lift you all up to our Father in Heaven. I will never forget all of you praying for my son. Things are still going so well. Our God is AWESOME!!

    Truly Love You All,
    Dana

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  18. I read it. And I thank you all for your prayers and God for His many blessings which have come through this group. I'll never be that good but up before dawn to prepare breakfast and lights on late to get the spinning done seems a bit excessive to one whose husband always remembers the first-thing-in-the-morning cup of tea no matter what.

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  19. I read it and enjoyed it!
    Krystal from Texas

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  20. I have changed the website address to my blogspot to fromtheheartae.blogspot.com. I think the problem is there is another person with the title fromtheheart. I'm doing this post in hopes it will work. Thanks for your patience.
    AliceE

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  21. To have a servant's heart in ALL that we do without the expectation of praise or reward - to me, that is what this Proverbs 31 Woman embodies.

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  22. I read it...God Bless your weekend Rachel and all who attend.
    God Bless All my Sisters in Christ, Josie

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  23. I read it.

    Great Mother's Day poem don't you think.

    God shine his light on your retreat Rachel. Your in my prayers. So are all of yous.

    Dios las bendiga!!
    me from Puerto Rico.

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  24. I read it. My family KNOWS I don't like this lady and still dread Mother's Day! :o)In fact our daughter gave me a book,"LESSONS IN BUOYANCY--Letting Go Of The Perfect Proverbs 31 Woman"-by Kathy Vick.
    I'm afraid my past has been tarnished with such quotes as, "I don't do windows...behind every great man is a woman pushing him...if Mama Ain't happy, ain't nobody happy..."
    I struggled so many years trying to be that lady, knowing I failed in so many areas. I can only claim verse 30, "a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised." I did my best.

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  25. I just finished about book about this Chapter. It was Beautiful in God's Eyes by Elizabeth George. A wonderful book for anyone married or soon to be married. It really brings this ideal woman to life. Can't wait for the discussions.

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  26. I've read it!

    I've got a story about this scripture I will post on my blog, Plant Lady's Ponderings a little later. Hope all of you will come over for a visit. The story has a very special meaning for me!

    Plant Lady in North Carolina

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  27. i did it!

    caryn, pittsburgh

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  28. I did it...........she is quite an example for us...........Clare, Mn

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  29. I read it!
    Blessings ~ Christi in TX

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  30. I read it!

    Can't wait for the discussion!

    JT - Southern IL

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  31. I did it - Sylvia

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  32. I read it.....Rachel O., I know you'll be successful at the retreat. Wish I could be there, but perhaps I will one day soon. God's Blessing on you and everyone in attendance. JoAnn/Denver

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  33. I wish all my sisters in Christ a wonderful weekend. Please prayer for a safe flight for me. I am traveling to Bakersfield, Ca. Saturday to my new live in nanny position. I've never been to California and am excited about going. Blessings to all of you and your families! Jo Ann/Denver for tonight...but tomorrow I'll be Jo Ann/Bakersfield :)

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  34. I read it and wait patiently for the discussion. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and Rachel, I pray for a beautiful weekend of total spirituality for you. Thank you all for the prayers for my alcoholic daughter. She is now in a safe place and is ready to once again,---try.
    Blessings to you all.

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  35. I read it. Becky I read the same book Beautiful in God's Eyes by Elizabeth George. I had a hard time putting it down. She is such a good author.

    I would like to share a couple of things from her book. She states that "Life's circumstances never negate God's standards." She goes on to urge us to please look beyond our circumstances, far beyond our present difficulties, and even beyond our husband. "Instead, as you gaze outward, put God's kaleidoscope of virtues up to the light of His bright hope and His shinning Word and give it a turn!" Remembering that God's grace is sufficient.

    "You are called to give whatever time and effort necessary to be the wife God calls you to be, "hoping for nothing in return" (Luke 6:35). You are called to love and serve and work and watch and get up and stay up and do good all the days of your life (and...and...and...!) because that's what your all-wise, all-loving God asks of you.. Don't let anyone (including your husband) or anything (including a lack of praise) interfere with God's plan for your godly beauty."

    "As a woman who fears the Lord, God's beautiful woman knows that because He maintains perfect control over the circumstances of live, she really has nothing to complain about!"

    A dear sister in the Lord has taught me that if I need to complain about something rather than complaining to "man" who can't do anything about it my first response should be to take it to the Lord who can do something about it. He will give me the strength to endure or go through what ever it may be.

    "God's beautiful woman takes care of her family--whatever age and whatever stage! A part of her permanent clothing is the apron of "to nice". Elizabeth George encourages us to pour out our love and care for our family and be "to nice". I am reminded of the old saying "You can draw more flies with honey than vinegar!"

    I could go on and on. I highly recommend reading it as well as her other books.

    Years ago I had a friend that was a servant to her husband in the biblical since and watching her serve her husband has always stayed with me as a powerful example of the kind of women God wants us to be.

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  36. I read it! What a great way to start this day!
    Beth Ann /Ohio

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  37. Good morning Ladies,

    I have read the Proverbs 31 Woman. Gosh, kind of reminds me of Donna (fivedesigns), making all of those clothes! LOL Actually, this woman brings Martha and her domestic priorities to mind. As usual, I am anxiously looking forward to the discussion.

    Rachel, my thoughts and prayers are with you this weekend. I know that you will do an outstanding job.

    To Hazel and Anonymous who has requested prayers for her daughter:

    Alcoholism is such a destructive disease, both to the addict as well as the ones near and dear to them. What normally starts off as an acceptable method of relaxation, often turns into a whirlwind of disaster, leaving devastating damage in its tracks. We feel so helpless
    standing on the sidelines witnessing, and also suffering from the ravages of this “social” disease. My son also struggles with alcoholism. In addition,
    he has a blood clot in his leg which the doctors are trying to keep from traveling to his heart. From experience we know that we cannot help them unless they are ready to accept that help, and the harder we try, the more they rebel.

    We must join in unity and pray for them. (Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”)

    Lord, we lift our loved ones up to You in prayer and fervently request that You place Your healing Hand upon them and cleanse them of all of their addictions and illnesses. A woman just had to touch
    YOUR garment to be healed, however our loved ones are too afflicted to reach out for You, O Lord, so we humbly come before You in their names. We thank You Lord for the work that You are doing in them, even
    though we are unable to see the results as of yet. We are believing that Your Divine Intervention will bring all of us through the crises we are facing and strengthen us with Your unconditional love. In Jesus' Most Holy Name, Amen.

    Joanne previously of Denver, and now of Bakersfield ~ I am praying for your safe flight as well as peace & happiness in your new job and home. If you are going to live in Bakersfield, you’d better get yourself a western hat, boots and outfit! There is quite a "cowboy influence" in that neck of the woods! LOL

    Wishing God's blessings to all.

    Karyl

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  38. Bethann, how did your meeting go?

    Anonymous, I am so glad that your daughter is getting help, however my prayers for her and your family will continue. Also for Hazel, as well as Dana & her son.

    God bless all of you,

    Karyl

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  39. Hi all, just wanted to let you all know that with all the talk of sharing on each others blogs...it has encouraged me to start my own.

    Please visit and I want to start connecting with you all through yours. My blog address is blessedjill

    JT - Southern IL

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  40. Read it! Everyone have a blessed weekend........as we digest the proverbial woman verses...

    JoAnn/LA

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  41. I read it. It sounded like they could be talking about Abigail (maybe after she was married to David)! Wish I had her energy!

    Rachel, I'm praying that you have a blessed weekend and God speaks through you (once again).

    Sally from Texas

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  42. I did it. I read through some different versions, and at the bottom of the amplified, there are footnotes that show a meaning of the reading as a 'spiritual' more that 'martha stewart' type woman. That may help those who feel more 'talented' in other areas. As long as you have peace inside that you do your best, don't beat yourself up for not having your talents in the area of creative house keeping. God has placed talents in different areas. Just pray, give your all, don't make excuses for being lazy, be genuine in trying your best and give God the rest. He will bless your efforts and loves you, and made you to excell in the areas that He knows you will touch the lives around you. His plan. Always the best!

    Traci, WA State

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  43. I did it.

    I must admit that I have had a love/hate affair with this woman, too! I suppose it is us women who want so badly to do everything right and well and see every flaw and failure as "worthlessness" who struggle the most with this passage. Even though I know that it is foolish to compare myself with others, I still struggle with it. Riverview made me snicker out loud with her comment about fivedesigns, because I had thought the same thing as I read those verses in today's reading this morning!

    I know we need to keep our eyes on Jesus, it is only through Him that I can do anything well, His approval is the most important thing in life-----but I still struggle with feeling like such a failure because what I would like to do and BE for Him is so beyond what I actually get done or AM. Thank God He sees me through Jesus' eyes!

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  44. I want to add a P.S. here especailly for 5skis on the gentle way you addressed ising4him's comment on the discussion of the last reading . Thank you and I trust, isingforhim, you will be able to feel that your heart was heard--not only by 5skis (and some of the rest of us) but also by your Father.

    I continue to be amazed and so blessed by this group and thank God for the priviledge it is to be a part of you all. I don't know if you, Rachel, have felt a bit invaded with all this on your personal blog but it seems to have become an avenue of terrific blessing for many of us! Thank you so much.

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  45. I read it in central OR.

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  46. I read it!
    Have a Blessed weekend!

    Linda - NC

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  47. I read it.
    Ladies, I have a very important prayer request. My 26yr. old daughter has turned away from God. She and her husband have been having problems in their marriage for sometime now. I know that a couple of years ago he had an affair, but she chose to work things out. They had lived in another state at that time, but because of the affair my daughter moved back home. He then followed her here and they have just been on a roller coaster since. They have 2 children, a baby girl that just turned 1 and a son that is as cute as a button and he will be 4 in a few weeks. My grandchildren are my greatest concern because I know that they aren't being cared for properly.
    Ladies will you please pray for all of us?
    Thank you!

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  48. I read it. I loved reading it!

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  49. I did it!!

    LaTonya-Florida

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  50. I did it. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
    Tara- NM

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  51. I read it!!

    I look forward to what you have to say about this woman, because I feel condemned when I read it. I'm sure I'm wrong about that. Maybe you will shed some new light on it for me.

    God bless.

    Kim

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  52. I read it! Riverview: I included my brother in your prayer...your words were what my heart wanted to pray by my mind could not form the thoughts. thank you. Rachel will be keeping you and all the other women at the retreat in my prayers. Have a great week-end everyone.
    Debrah

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  53. Rachel: I read it! Thanks so much!

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  54. I did it!! Have a Blessed weekend! Looking forward to the discussion.
    Kim/ Colorado

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  55. If you visit my blog you will find that you cannot update feeds.
    I just found out that feeds will not load in your feed because the prayer was copied from a Word Document. It is not accepted. This is the message I got: "This feed contains a DTD (Document Type Definition). DTDs are used to define a structure of a webpage. Internet Explorer does not support DTDs in feeds."
    If you don't see the title Prayer, April 19, 2008 go down to my Archive and click on 2008 and it will show all my posts. I'm learning something new everyday.
    Can't tell me you "can't teach an old dog new tricks." HaHa

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  56. I did it! I pray that you had good times!

    Valencia/North Carolina

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  57. I did it!

    Christi in Texas

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  58. I read it
    NJ

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  59. I read it!
    MIMI, FL

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  60. I read it after having such a wonderful weekend with the teens of our church at the pure freedom retreat. One of our teens finally received freedom after being raped. One from having her mother leave her when she was very young. God is so at work if we just open up our eyes and see it.
    Cant wait to read all the posts on this. All I can say is I am a woman who fears the Lord. I am afraid I fall short in the rest of the areas. God help me be a better wife.

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  61. Read it in WI

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  62. I read it. It was great..
    Ilene in ND

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  63. I've read it and tried posting my comments twice. Don't know what went wrong, it usually works. Maybe I'm just not seeing it and now you've got three of my comments!

    Connie, Canada

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  64. Hi Ladies,

    It's late Sunday night. Was just checking to see if Rachel was back.
    Hope all is well with you Rachel. You must be exhausted!

    Riverview - Your prayer warmed my heart tonight. I will be praying for your son. It has to be so hard on you knowing he has this serious health condition.

    anonymous w/alcoholic daughter--
    The last line of your comment (she is ready to once again,---try) hits home with me all too well. It is like I can feel what's in your heart. I received a breakthrough regarding this sort of attitude while reading (or watching I can't remember which it was) Joel Olsteen. I'm trying sooo hard to keep a positive attitude and when my son leaves the house and Satan tries to put those thoughts in my head about how he's going to come home sooo drunk if he makes it home at all. I rebuke him and pray this prayer . . .

    Lord you know what I want for my son. I'm not going to worry, but I'm going to love You, Honor You, Praise You and give You all the glory whether he comes home sober or not. No matter what - I'm going to keep my eyes on you not my circumstances.

    This prayer calms me. Hope it can help you. This disease is so painful for a mother to watch her child go through. I know how hard is is to claim victory over it because we are always waiting for things to fall apart again. I'm still working on that though. I know, that I know, that I know God can remove this addiction from our family. I just have to believe that he will. He has been so good to me. I don't know how anyone makes it without Him. When that fearful feeling comes around just anounce over and over to yourself . . . "I'm just going to praise You Lord"

    Hope this helps! There are so many people praying for you sweet daughter. They have prayed for my son and I will forever be thankful.


    Hazel - I'm praying for you and your husband

    Love you all,
    Dana

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  65. I read it. Eagerly waiting for the discussion.
    Blessings to all,
    Sheeba

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  66. I’ve read it—again. Awesome picture of the woman, a wife of noble character. I know a lot of men and women who think that’s what you and I should be—I’ve been there and done that, with some success and failure! But today, really, I know God loves me just as He created me (and you), and we just need to be in touch with Jesus to walk the path that HE chooses for us. By His strength we can accomplish what He expects. Lots of prayer support for all those requests, and looking forward to the discussion.

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  67. I read it.

    I will continue to lift all my sisters up in prayer. God is a healer, heart fixer, protector, peace maker, joy giver, and a mind regulator. There is nothing that has been spoken on this web-site that he does not already know about or giving premission to. If He has brought us to situations He will certainly take us through them. Be Blessed.

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  68. I read it and.....

    I would like some of those servant girls!!

    from PA

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  69. I did, a little later but I did it.

    I pray your weekend went good Rachel.

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  70. I read it and.....

    I would like some of those servant girls!!

    from PA

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  71. I read it! I sure miss the mark in every area!

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  72. I read it. Can't wait for the discussion. The verses are so gentle in the way they guide my heart. God speaks so clearly through His word -- He's amazing!

    Laurie in Ithaca, NY

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  73. I read it!

    Rachel, hope you had a blessed weekend and event!
    Looking forward to your insights and everybody's sharing.

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  74. Hi all

    Just wanted to let everyone know that I am here! I am feeling extremely down..it really has to do with my husband at the moment...I read the scripture and Karyl I wish I could be that woman, even though the way I do things it does sound like it.

    Listen..for everyone of you that have been going on my blog in the past..I do miss you all. I think we all have so many blogs now that its just hard getting to every single one of them. I enemy has to be "physically" thrown out of my mind many times lately, because I feel empty. My husband is so angry with his predicament with his back that he is taking it out on me verbally. Well isn't that the way, as I've said in my blog, the enemy works is us when we open the door to anger. Well I'm praying now that the Lord will take over this household and open my husbands eyes to where he is throwing all his anger about himself.
    Donna

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  75. I read it!

    I have a prayer request please....My husband has been working out of town for the last 16months(home on the weekends). The company he works for will be bidding tomorrow on a job that will allow him to be home every night! Please pray for this job opportunity for the company and my husband. THank you!
    God Bless you all,
    Michelle in California

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  76. I read it!

    I have a prayer request please....My husband has been working out of town for the last 16months(home on the weekends). The company he works for will be bidding tomorrow on a job that will allow him to be home every night! Please pray for this job opportunity for the company and my husband. THank you!
    God Bless you all,
    Michelle in California

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  77. Read it! Can't wait for the discussion.

    kw

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  78. I must admit I haven’t read this scripture for many years. It’s kinda painful. My daughter took the time many years ago to write me a “mommy dearest” letter and informed me what a failure I had been. No, this is not the kind you want to receive. I have not been the same since and 20 years later I can’t believe it still affects me. I even thought I did a better job as a parent than my parents did (I never told them this). She fortunately has come real close to becoming the Prov 31 woman and I’m so thankful for her and especially my grandchildren. In seeing how I failed I have gone into over drive in praying for my children and my grand children. So thus, the blessings in my life directly from God. He hears my prayers and in my lifetime I can see the results.

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  79. I read it. Alpharetta,GA

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  80. I read it.
    Blessings to you Rachel.
    Jean, thanks for your writings. Your words have been a blessing to me.
    Jo Beth

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  81. Anonymous: don't be so hard on yourself. You must take what you daughter said 20 years ago with a grain of salt. I know when I was much younger I took a negative and inaccurate view of my own mother. I hated that she made me do so many chores, and had to have supper ready, so many things I thought were unfair between my brother and me. Those are only a few things but years later, I am so thankful for the way my mom raised me and my brother. Did she make some mistakes, yes, and she'll admit that. But no one, not even children, have a right to be so harsh and judgemental.

    It is Satan who is continually bringing up the past. Think on this: whenever you give the past a breathe, you are taking away what God has already done...He's forgiven you and wiped your slate clean. Forgive yourself and do not put so much power in what your daughter believed 20 years ago, even if she still believes it.
    In Him,

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  82. I read it! superwomen I am not! But hopefully my children never bring to light all my failures, as as anonymous's did. I will be praying for you and your daughter.Lifting up all the prayer requests
    To riverview and anonymous's, it is so hard to see our children suffer, alcohol can be so destructive
    Fivedesigns, I pray for your safety, both physical and mental

    I know there are more and I've said a prayer as I have read them

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  83. Again I ask for prayers for my unborn Grandbaby, please pray for a healthy baby! Thank you

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  84. sweetpea
    in tears i say thank you. i know what you say is true. i just needed a good reminder. and yes, her actions still indicate she feels that way. i walk in Gods grace and love. i'm so thankful for this group where so many of us can truly be honest and open and receive ministry.

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  85. Anonymous: that is something that she and God will have to take care of. I do know and can say confidently that she is wrong to keep records of your wrongs. You mention she is a Proverbs 31 women, that very well maybe true as a wife but what about as a daughter. This is something she'll have to deal with. If at any point in time, God leads you, you can go to her in love and discuss YOUR feelings without accusation and blame. Maybe she doesn't realize she's harboring ill feelings from the past. If this is really bothering you, go to the Father and seek what He would have you do to TRULY bring you and your daughter closer.

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  86. I read it and am looking forward to discussion tomorrow :-)

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  87. I read it!
    Like Becky, I too am reading 'Beautiful in God's eyes, the treasures of the Prov 31 woman' by Elizabeth George. There is a study guide which goes along with it and it would be a lovely study to do with your women's group.
    Surround yourself with godly women and meditate together on God's word! I prayed for christian friends in our area, and I have been truly blessed with an amazing group of friends. I've been reading your posts, and it's lovely to see friendships building over the internet and around the world too. I wish we could all meet for a coffee, but living in Northern Ireland, I'll keep logging on, reading and praying for you from here instead! How great is our God!
    Lesley, Northern Ireland

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  88. I read it!

    Debby/North Dakota

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  89. I read it.
    Ingyr, Columbus, OH

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  90. Thank you '5skis' and 'fivedesigns' for your posts on our reading of the Shulammite woman. And thanks to all of you who shared your thoughts on God wanting to be intimate with us. I was so touched and am in tears even now because the Lord used you to speak to me.

    I'd read the Song of Songs before, but at this point in my life it really hit hard. I read it a couple times, in different versions, to try and get more out of it this time, but each time it just truly hurt. I guess it's because of the feeling of lonliness that's overcome me lately. As I've gotten older (I'm in my 40's), it's been more difficult being single. I guess I've just been wanting someone I can lean on.

    But I thank God that I have a bunch of brand new sisters that I can share with and learn from. I feel truly blessed that we can be a part of each others' lives through prayer and through this study. God bless you all.

    Dale, NY

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  91. I read it!! And finally joined the world of blogging....what a dinosaur I am.. there are way to many cool women, not to join the fun... God bless you all

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  92. About these blogs ... it's nice to visit you, but some blogs have a place where i can respond or make a comment, others i can't seem to find the place for that. i'm a dinosaur too lol. so am i missing something?

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  93. It's been along time since I posted my I did it. I was struggling with time management and still do but I was able to catch up with y'all. As i read this wonderful scripture I couldn't help notice am nowhere near being her but yearning for God to make me be more like her. I trully want to have energy but after working and coming home all I want is to sleep and nothing more. Please pray for me to just have energy and mostly my time management.
    Rachel hope your weekend went great and you experienced God's Amazing Grace and Awesome Presence

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  94. I want to thank everyone for your
    prayers for my alcohloic daughter,
    Laura. I, also, have been praying for all of you who have prayer requests. I have also enjoyed reading all the bible studies and the insightful comments so many of you make. I appreciate Rachel so
    much for offering this bible study to us. It also gives us a chance to help each other, if only with
    words of comfort. Bless you all!!

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  95. I forgot to say I read it. What a goal!

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  96. I read it! This is one of my favorites....

    Karen in Jamestown, CA

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  97. I read it! :)

    TonyaT

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  98. i read it

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  99. I read it. TR

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  100. I did it

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