virtuous women

♡ proverbs 31 devo ♡

Hello there! 

Christian women often are told that they have to be a certain way, or act like they are perfect. But have you ever read what God wants us to be?

As I pondered upon this, I remembered Proverbs 31. This chapter is written by a king, whose mother taught him how a woman of God should act. What does she say? Open up your Bibles!

Now as I read, I created a list.

1. We should have faith. Serve God with your whole heart, and believe that He will do good. 

2. Have a faith-filled relationship. This chapter mentions a lot about taking care of your husband, but every single relationship should keep God first. Don’t give your husband or boyfriend a reason to doubt you.

3. Be a sister. Pray for your church and church family. You never know when they will need you, so always be ready to be there for them. 

4. Health. You can’t be superwoman! Don’t overdo yourself, keep your own personal health in check. 

5. Serving. Be obedient to God! Do what he tells you to do! Let go of your pride whenever The Lord moves on you.

6. Industry. We women shouldn’t be lazy. Whether you have a job or you clean the house, don’t be useless! God never intended anyone to sit around! 

7. Be a homemaker. Take care of your household. Cook meals, keep your home a sanctuary, be a mother/wife. 

8. Manage time wisely. If you are given responsibilities, make sure that you complete them all. 

9. Beauty. Make sure that you never lose your inner-beauty. Even if it does get hard. 

10. Show Jesus. Be a witness for your saviour! If you know someone is lost, pray for them. Always keep a smile, after all, you could be the only Jesus someone sees.

Well I hoped you enjoyed this devotional! It was week number one for my ministry, Virtuous Women, which I encourage you to go read about on the up-coming page that will be linked here! God bless!

People think that the Bible tells women to be weak and helpless, with no back bone. I just wanted to clarify, that’s a lie.

You may or may not of heard of the Christian “proverbs 31” women, I won’t quote the whole chapter although I do encourage you to read it but to me the verse

“She is clothed in dignity and strength, and laughs without fear of the future” (proverbs 31:25)

Sum it up fairly well.

The Bible doesn’t call women to be weak and helpless, it calls them to be strong.

Yes it says be kind, give to the poor, but that does not mean be weak and helpless.

A truly strong women is kind and she’s not afraid of being kind.

The Bible says that a virtuous women is worth far more than any precious jewel.

The Bible does not belittle women.

Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar. She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night.

Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes.

She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns. Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders. She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants. She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.

Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”
—  Proverbs 31: 10-29 (via @thylovelylionheart)
A fatal love triangle: King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Jane Seymour (part 6)

the links to part 1part 2 part 3, part 4, and part 5 of the series “A fatal love triangle: King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Jane Seymour

I’m deliberately posting the last part of the series today, on the day when the betrothal of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour was announced.

After Anne Boleyn’s trial and her condemnation, events were happening at a breakneck speed. 

On the 16h of May 1536, Archbishop Cranmer visited Anne in the Tower. Following his visit, she was in an elated mood and had hope for life, thinking that she might have been allowed to retire to a nunnery. But it was not meant to be as the king wanted Anne dead, and her marriage to Henry was annulled. Anne’s alleged paramours, including George Boleyn, were executed on Tower Hill on the 17th of May.

Anne was executed on the 19th of May within the Tower, on Tower Green.  The city of London figuratively and literally froze in anticipation of the first execution of an anointed queen in the history of England.

Care was taken to remove all foreigners who could witness the execution. The special device of not announcing the time beforehand and postponing it beyond the usual hour was an outstanding method for effective crowd-control, which might have been Thomas Cromwell’s idea. 

Meanwhile, inside the Tower of London, Anne was preparing for her death since 2 o’clock in the morning. Knowing that executions normally happened first thing in the morning, she spent almost the whole night in prayers with her Almoner. She was resigned to death and felt relieved that the long, agonizing weeks of waiting for the end of her mental torture would be over soon. 

However, nobody came to Anne, and by mid-morning she summoned Kingston. She told him:

“Mr Kingston, I hear say I shall not die afore noon, and I am very sorry therefore, for I thought then to be dead and past my pain.”

The Constable ignored the queen’s complaint about the uncalled-for delay. Nevertheless, he was gracious enough to try to console her in some way, by saying:

“It should be no pain. It was so subtle.”

Anne was full of anxiety and trepidation, although she did try hard to keep her emotions at bay. Her response to Kingston’s attempt to console her was an unorthodox one. 

Anne put her hand around her neck and burst out laughing, saying:

“I heard say the executioner was very good, and I have a little neck.”

Later the Constable wrote about the queen in her last days:

“I have seen many men and also women executed, and . . . they have been in great sorrow, but to my knowledge this lady hath much joy and pleasure in death.”

Soon Kingston again came to Anne. The queen was escorted to the scaffold by the Constable and was attended by the four women who had been with her throughout the weeks of her imprisonment in the Tower. 

From contemporary sources, we know that Anne seemed quite tired and amazed, as if she hadn’t herself realized that death was close until that very moment. Observers said that she often looked behind, perhaps waiting for someone from the king to arrive and stop the execution. Maybe Anne still hoped that she would be pardoned, but we will never know the truth.

According to various accounts, on the day of her execution Anne Boleyn was dressed in a gray or black gown, over which she wore a mantle of ermine, and a Gable hood.

The Spanish Chronicle adds the detail that Anne wore a red damask skirt and a netted coif over her hair, though there is another account that one of Anne’s ladies handed her a linen cap, into which she bundled her hair after she removed her hood.

Alison Weir writes about Anne’s execution attire:

“She [Anne] wore a robe of dark grey or black damask, trimmed with fur, with a low square neck and a crimson kirtle; from her shoulders flowed a long white cape.”

Eric Ives describes Anne’s appearance as well:

“Over a grey damask gown lined with fur she [Anne] wore an ermine mantle with an English gable hood”.

Every part of Anne Boleyn’s gown had a special meaning and served a certain purpose.

Anne Boleyn is known as a woman who introduced a French hood in English fashion, but on the day of her execution she chose an English hood. In her lifetime, she was often described as a Frenchwoman rather than an Englishwoman, so it was her way to proclaim that she was wholly English and still queen despite her well-known preferences for French fashion.

Anne’s gown was trimmed with ermine that was reserved only for royals. Even though her marriage to Henry had been annulled before her execution, she wished to emphasize the fact that she was dying as Queen of England, not Lady Anne Boleyn. She deliberately chose a crimson kirtle: it was equivalent to proclaiming her innocence because crimson was associated with Christian martyrs. The message was that Anne was innocent!

Of course, nobody stopped the execution, and Anne Boleyn climbed the scaffold and was given a permission to make her last speech. David Starkey writes about Anne’s execution speech:

She [Anne] sought and received permission to make a final speech. She chose her words carefully, so that they were neither the strident protestation of her innocence that Kingston feared, nor the confession of guilt that he would have hoped for. Instead, she cried ‘mercy to God and to the King’. And she begged the people to pray for the King, ‘for he was a good, gentle, gracious and amiable prince.’”

Chronicler Edward Hall gives the contemporary account of Anne’s execution:

“[…] the Quene was with a sworde beheaded within the Tower. And these folowyng were the woordes that she spake the day of her death whiche was the xix. day of May, 1536.

Good Christen people, I am come hether to dye, for accordyng to the lawe and by the lawe I am iudged to dye, and therefore I wyll speake nothyng against it. I am come hether to accuse no man, nor to speake any thing of that wherof I am accused and condempned to dye, but I pray God saue the king and send him long to reigne ouer you, for a gentler nor a more mercyfull prince was there neuer: and to me he was euer a good, a gentle, & soueraigne lorde. And if any persone will medle of my cause, I require them to iudge the best. And thus I take my leue of the worlde and of you all, and I heartely desyre you all to pray for me. O lorde haue mercy on me, to God I comende my soule And then she kneled doune saying: To Christ I commende my soule, lesu receiue my soule, diuers tymes, till that her head was stryken of with the sworde. And on the Assencion day folowyng, the kyng ware whyte for mournyng.”

There was a huge amount of sarcasm packed in Anne’s last speech. The comparison of Henry to ‘a good, gentle, gracious, and amiable prince’ created a stark and obvious contrast between the king’s real personality and her words, and most people knew that it was not true. 

Of course, Anne couldn’t speak anything bad about the king because he was still her sovereign, and she didn’t want to enrage Henry to avoid the possibility that the king would redirect his anger at Elizabeth.

Behaving bravely and fearlessly, Anne knelt and, for decency’s sake, tucked her dress tight about her feet. Then one of her women blindfolded the queen, and her ladies dissolved in tears. Whether the women felt for Anne, it was a tragic historical moment for everyone in England. 

Immediately, before Anne had time to understand what was happening, the executioner swung his sword and her head was off. Her body was wrapped in a cloth and buried in the adjacent Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula.

After getting the news about Anne’s decapitation, Henry boarded a barge and sailed to Chelsea to pay a visit to Jane Seymour. We don’t know how Jane reacted to the news of Anne’s death, but I think that she behaved with feigned humility, hiding her exhilaration under a mask of obedience and meekness. The news of Anne’s death didn’t sadden Jane - it gave her a sweet thrill of excitement as now the path to the throne was free and she could imagine the crown of England adorning her head.

Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour. A dark-haired, olive-skinned, and passionate seductress and a fair, blue-eyed, and virtuous English rose. These women often come across as darkness and light, fierceness and meekness, mystery and simplicity, wantonness and innocence. 

There is some truth in such radical comparisons of Anne and Jane, but there are certain facts that cannot be disputed. Anne didn’t step over rivers of innocent blood to take the crown while Jane showed no qualms of conscience in stepping in her new role just two days after her rival’s murder.

On the 19th May 1536, Archbishop Cranmer issued a dispensation permitting Henry VIII to marry Jane Seymour, which was rather a work of supererogation, since the parties could not be related within the forbidden degree. Next day, Henry and Jane became officially betrothed at 9 a.m. at York Place, according to Chapuys, and ‘secretly at Chelsea’, according to the chronicler Wriothesley.

Eustace Chapuys commented on the king’s betrothal to Jane Seymour:

“Has just been informed, the bearer of this having already mounted, that Mrs. Semel [Seymour] came secretly by river this morning to the King’s lodging, and that the promise and betrothal (desponsacion) was made at 9 o’clock. The King means it to be kept secret till Whitsuntide; but everybody begins already to murmur by suspicion, and several affirm that long before the death of the other there was some arrangement which sounds ill in the ears of the people; who will certainly be displeased at what has been told me, if it be true, viz., that yesterday the King, immediately on receiving news of the decapitation of the putain entered his barge and went to the said Semel, whom he has lodged a mile from him, in a house by the river.”

A fatal love triangle of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, and Jane Seymour was untangled by the judicial murder of Queen Anne

Anne had no chances to survive as the King of England wanted her dead, whether he believed in her innocence or not. The ultimate reason of Anne’s downfall is King Henry’s wickedness, his narcissism, and his sociopathic tendencies. Anne was murdered by her homicidal husband and became ‘a Queen in Heaven’, as Cranmer called her fondly.

On opinions vs. political stances.

Since saying what I did about Phyllis Schlafy (rest in Hell), I’ve gotten a lot of “Oh my GAWD just because she had a different OPINION than you….”

Phyllis Schlafy worked tirelessly for the belief that a woman’s place was in the home (in spite of the fact that she had a law degree and a successful and influential political career), that gender roles were essential and immovable, that men should be the leaders of the world, that rape and sexual harassment didn’t happen to “virtuous” women, and that AIDS was a curse from God sent to punish/wipe out homosexuality. She was angry when the Supreme Court over-turned the death sentence for children. NONE OF THESE ARE JUST “OPINIONS.” If Phyllis Schlafy had a different favorite flavor of ice cream than me, she’d have a different opinion than me, and I wouldn’t call her evil for it. She’s evil because she actively worked to oppress women and LGBT individuals and keep them as second-class citizens in the US. So I’m just showing her the same respect and dignity that she offered to working women, single mothers, and AIDS victims.

When a person says that you, as a member of a marginalized group, deserve to die, be raped, be sent to “reparative therapy,” or that you don’t deserve the same rights as others or that you haven’t truly earned the accomplishments that you’ve made in life, that is a POLITICAL STANCE, and when someone has an oppressive POLITICAL STANCE, especially when it directly oppresses you, you don’t owe that person the fucking time of day. They don’t see you as a fully worthy human being, so why the FUCK should you be polite to them? You don’t owe anyone who wishes to oppress you your time, effort, or dignity, and the idea that you somehow have to be polite to someone who thinks you deserve to suffer only serves to uphold the oppressive systems they wish to uphold. It doesn’t make you a bigot or a hypocrite, it’s a fucking survival mechanism.

Originally posted by lacuna-matata

General Fics and Animals

A Dilettante in Fur // Oilan // Series //  Enjolras and Combeferre pet-sit for JolyJoly discovers a shift in his pet’s devotion, and Combeferre sets himself to a seemingly impossible task.

A Cat May Go to a Monastery // Cinaed // One-shot // Fauchelevent is suspicious of a newcomer to the convent. Cosette is not.

Consider the Cat // Genarti // One-shot // Enjolras, Courfeyrac, Combeferre, and an extremely dubious stray cat.

Bleating Hearts // Sath // One-shot // Joly replaces Bossuet with a goat.

The Chameleon // Carmarthen // One-shot // How Javert came to have a chameleon daemon, with bonus backstory. A prequel to “The Price One Must Pay.”

Secrets of the Deep // AMarguerite // One-shot // Jehan expounds upon Romantic philosophy and gets a pet lobster.

Le Comte d'Barbarie // Melannen // One-shot // The news from M-sur-M, where all the men are mysterious, all the women are virtuous (especially the ones who aren’t) and all the domesticated rodents have complicated inner lives.

All of the above are canon-era fics, because I couldn’t find other-era fics that were aimed at general audiences and had no romance, as per my requirements. 


The More You Know

The assertion that “well-behaved women seldom make history” did not originate with Marilyn Monroe. Nor did those words come out of Eleanor Roosevelt’s brain parts. Instead, it was Harvard professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich who coined the phrase in the mid-1970s in the introduction to the paper “Virtuous Women Found: New England Ministerial Literature, 1668-1735.”

The now-famous quote came about as a result of not being able to find great sources detailing the lives of women hundreds of years ago.

- ❤️ -

God has given me three amazing spiritual fathers, and they are really helping me through this week. my daddy’s birthday is Wednesday, and tonight my three spiritual fathers prayed for me.
my youth pastor, my boyfriends dad, and another preacher at my church

also, I’ve stepped up to what God is calling me to do!!!! and it’s to be a spiritual sister to four young ladies at my church! i am going to meet with them once a week to teach them how to be virtuous women.

today’s been a great day…

anonymous asked:

I guess you think you're pretty smart if your advice for Black girls to be "whatever" they want to be without shame huh? Wow, let's see you stand by that if you have a daughter who wants to suck 86 yr. old men's dick while she's only 14. hey, fuck what societal laws say right? Just create yourself. Bottom lie is this. You can NOT, will NOT, & are NOT able to disprove, remove, or destroy the WORD OF GOD! His virtuous women ideal is everlasting despite your SINfinitebeyond advice to SIN

So, therefore…

Dress Code According To The Most High

Dress Code:

Duet. 22:5   Talks about women not wearing men’s clothing

5The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

Ask yourself is it right for men to wear a dress or a skirt according to GOD?

Do some research for yourself  and find out when women started wearing pants. Try to get your full understanding and then examine yourself to the scriptures.

Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands. She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants. She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet. She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies sashes for the merchants. Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord , she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates.
—  Proverbs 31:10-31 (NKJV)