by Emily B.
from Virtuous Daughters, August 2009~Volume 9, Number 5
by Gina L.
from Virtuous Daughters, December 2017/January 2018 & February/March 2018~Volume 17, Number 5 & Volume 17, Number 6
"Panning for Gold" Proverbs 31 Study Series Part 17
The other day I changed my youngest daughter's sheets and bedding and decided to take off the rail that attaches to her mattress. Her mattress is on the floor because she has been known to roll so much in her sleep that she can roll off the end of the bed at times. I wanted to see if maybe she had outgrown the need for the bed rail and had stopped her rolling. I suppose I should have known better because I see her in all different positions in her bed at night, but I still persisted with my plan. As the night wore on, it was evident she still needed her boundary to keep herself safely and securely in bed. Before long, I found her half off the bed. I moved her back on, telling myself I would attach the rail the next day. Soon, though, I found her all the way off and figured that that moment was a good time to put the rail back on. After securing her boundary, I lifted her into bed, where she stayed nicely until she awoke the next day.
When I lay down in my bed that night, it was with a new appreciation for that boundary--the bed rail--which held my sweet daughter so securely. In fact, I had peace because the rail was back on. It made me think of the need for a boundary, a rail, a gate for our mouths to hold in our words. I remember David asking God, "Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips." (Psalm 141:3) There are times I have done the same thing to the gate of my lips like I did with my daughter's rail that day. I didn't use it. Perhaps I didn't remember its great need, thinking maybe I had outgrown its use, and other times I just was not mindful to employ it, use it, or reestablish its worth and need. But we never grow out of the need to set a watch over our mouth and keep the door of our lips. In fact, Scripture says the tongue can't be tamed, though the wildest of animals can. (James 3:7-8) Wisdom involves staying within boundaries and also realizing the need for them. Gates save lives....if they are mindfully attended and shut at proper times. Likewise, we are wise to refrain our lips, spare our words, keep our mouths, study to answer, and bridle our mouths. (Proverbs 10:19, 17:27, 21:23, 15:28, 39:1) And yet, wisdom is not only found in the shutting of the mouth. It is found in the opening of it too. The Virtuous Woman knew this, for she is praised for the opening of her mouth with wisdom.
by Gina L.
from Virtuous Daughters, June 2016~Volume 16, Number 3
"Panning for Gold" Proverbs 31 Study Part 3
Proverbs 31:12 states that the Virtuous Woman will do her husband good and not evil all the days of her life.
Many young girls reading this verse think perhaps this sounds like a very easy task. They imagine a sort of knight in shining armor who comes to sweep them off their feet and whisk them to a wonderful land of romance and togetherness where they only desire to do this brave, kind man good and never evil….or maybe they just expect a good Christian young man to come calling, and that since they both love Christ, doing him good will sort of just come naturally.
by Tiffany & Brittany S.
from Virtuous Daughters, October 2003~Volume 3, Number 7
Several years ago, I was praying for a friend. A like-minded friend who lived right down the street, had the same beliefs and convictions as our family, had the same amount of siblings…you know, that “perfect friend.”
God showed me that He had provided me with the “perfect friend” a long time ago. While He is to be my ultimate Friend, He has blessed me with three wonderful brothers, one lovely sister, and precious parents. These were and are to be my best friends. And they are! I realized what God was trying to show me and worked to strengthen our relationships…what a beautiful, wonderful and neat thing!
by Brittany S.
from Virtuous Daughters, January 2005~Volume 4, Number 10
Tiffany has picked a wonderful topic this month, since it is exactly what I had planned to write about. :) I have had a problem before with nagging my older brother, Justin.
by Tiffany Schlichter
from Virtuous Daughters, April/May 2020~Volume 20, Number 1
Have you ever been frantically searching for something, only to discover that it was right in front of you? The strap to my laptop bag was missing for months, and I became tired of toting the bag by its handles. I finally voiced my frustration to my brother, telling him that I must have lost it during our house move.
Then while preparing for a road trip, I unzipped an inconspicuous pocket of my laptop bag to stuff a paper inside. Lo and behold, there was the strap! All those times I had lugged around my bag, complaining about its missing strap, I was actually carrying it with me!
As Christian girls, we plead earnestly for the Lord to reveal His will for our lives...we claim our willingness to travel to the ends of the earth to accomplish it, for His glory and honor.
by Kaitlyn R.
from Virtuous Daughters, June 2017~Volume 17, Number 2
We are faced with choices every day. From choosing what to wear in the morning or how to spend our free time, to how to handle a difficult situation at work or what to say to someone who is hurting. Cultivating relationships with the people God has placed in our lives is a choice. Just like you can’t have a healthy tree without tending it, you can’t expect to have good relationships without putting effort into them.
by the H. Sisters
from Virtuous Daughters, January 2009~Volume 8, Number 1
Four Sisters Share their Thoughts about how Siblings can Truly be Best Friends...
by Hannah H.
from Virtuous Daughters, November 2010~Volume 10, Number 8
Sibling relationships are something that I get really excited about!! Maybe because siblings are such a wonderful and special part of my life!! What a treasure and tremendous blessing God has given us in our family! Sometimes you may have to have a little imagination to see it that way. It’s like a diamond in the rough. :) Maybe you’re saying, “What, siblings and blessings; isn’t than an oxymoron? You don’t know my siblings.” No, I don’t. But, I do know that unity in the family is important to God. Psalm 133:1 “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” Whether you find it difficult or easy to get along with your siblings, in this article I want to come alongside you and encourage you to build stronger sibling relationships. There are so many blessings and benefits in our sibling relationships.
by Tiffany S.
from Virtuous Daughters, April 2014~Volume 14, Number 1
I was stuck. Not figuratively, but literally. The muddy road to our pond proved to be impassible and I began sinking in miry clay. As I laughed in spite of myself, Gideon came traipsing toward me. His shoes were even less sufficient than my own, yet he reached out for my arm and said in a kind, authoritative tone, “Let me help you.” Grasping his strong, rescuing hand, I, the “maiden in distress,” thought back to fourteen years ago when he was a little baby and I helped care for him. How amazing that my “little” brother had become my “big” brother and was caring for me!
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