Hello again, Roses!
Beth Cordle here, bringing you Part Two of our Interviews With Wise Women. I hope you were all blessed by Part One and that this final installment is a help as well.
If you haven’t already read part one, be sure to read it here!
I once again pray that this article blesses your heart and is an encouragement to you all. Good advice is rare and priceless as the greatest gem. Of course, nothing is greater than the Word of God and man’s words are but feeble attempts to bless in comparison, but these wonderful women have based their words on Scripture and what they’ve learned in their years of studying.
So let’s get right back into it…
What is some advice you have on learning to love God, serve Him, and live for Him?
God must have the pre-eminence in our lives.
The Bible has so much to say to encourage young women in their faith and in their growth in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
With God’s help, strive to display the fruit of the spirit (Gal. 5) and meditate on the “whatsoever things” list (Phil. 4:8)
Display this model every day for real joy.
In everything give thanks to God. Be content. Ask God to supply all your needs- your employment, your church, your partner in life, and your future because He knows the thoughts He has for you (Isa 33:17).
Admit your faults, confess your sin, stop trying to make excuses when you fail. Be honest before God.
Never have the last word but turn the other cheek.
Throughout life, live by Phil 2:3 and verses 14-15
“Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers.”
2 Corinthians 6:14
Seek to walk in daily obedience before Him.
As I have said already, you cannot love God if you don’t know Him. One of the most transformative things I have done in my Bible reading is to always look for God and Jesus in what I read. What does the passage teach me about the person of God, the works of Jesus, and the character of Christ? How can I then be like Him in my life? I serve Him most when I am most living like Him. Christ is our ultimate example or service as He is the Servant King. That is then lived out in our lives as we seek to be like Him. It’s a work in progress.
Is there anything other than Bible reading and prayer that helps you stay close to the Lord?
Fellowshipping with the Lord’s people can bless our souls, especially in our conversations with one another; not just about the weather (although of course our Lord is in control of the weather and sunny days lift us) but sharing our blessings and speaking about the Lord, and if just out from Church on a Sunday, speak about the blessings of the ministry. Serving the Lord in the Church and ministering to others also helps our walk with Him, as well as observing His ordinances (baptism and the Lord’s Supper), hiding God’s work in our hearts that we “might not sin against Him”, and singing His praises and witnessing for Him. These are all things we can do to keep us close to Him.
All these things help us to stay close to Him. But above all things…
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart”, “In all your ways acknowledge the Lord”, and “Delight thyself in the Lord”
“Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in endless praise”
I am reminded that I cannot rely on my ‘feelings’ which change from day to day but on His promises. Such a comfort in this changing world.
Making good choices about how I spend my leisure time – the good, better, best principle is helpful (“Good, better, best; never let it rest, ‘till your good is better and your better’s best). Also, listening to Christian music helps me live a life of praise.
I also find Christian literature very helpful. So many wise men and women—both writing about the things of God and the lives of these men and women themselves – help and challenge me.
Do you know of any good books about relationships with others or your relationship with the Lord?
Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, Holiness by J.C.Ryle, Sovereignty of God by A.W.Pink, The Christian Home by Clarence Sexton, any biographies by Godly men and women, and The Christians Complete Armour by W.Gurnell
I sometimes think that there are too many books around now and it’s a danger that we substitute them for the Scriptures.
I have really enjoyed the two books I have read by Jen Wilkin – None Like Him and In His Image. Her book Women of the Word also gives great advice for studying scripture.
What is some of your favourite Scripture on defining your relationship with God?
- Psalm 23, 34, 37, 16, 40, 42, 43, 46, 121
- Isaiah 30:21; 26:3-4; 33:17; 40; 43:1-7; 44:21-25; 53; 55
- Jeremiah 9:23-24
- Malachi 3:6
- Matthew 6:33; 10:16
- John 10:11 and :27-28; 17:3
- Romans 8 and 12
- 1 Corinthians 13
- Galatians 4:20-32; ch.5
- Ephesians 4:13
- Philippians 3:7-11
- Colossians 1:9-18
- 2 Timothy 3:16
- 1 Peter 3
- 2 Peter 3:18
- 1 Jn 1:8
Thank you so much for your answers, ladies!
We are so thankful to Marilyn, Isobel, and Caroline for taking the time to answer these questions.
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God bless as you continue on with whatever you may be doing for the Lord today;
Your sister in Christ,
Beth is a seventeen-year-old Historical Fiction writer from the United Kingdom. She is the second oldest of ten children and is a pastor’s kid. She loves her quiet countryside life and couldn’t dream of living anywhere else. She recognizes that she is not alone in her battles against the Devil and that there are many other young women out there who simply need a kind voice reassuring them of God’s love and power. It’s her goal to be a reassuring voice saying, “Keep going- I’m here for you but, most importantly, God is here for you.”