Rizpah, the Palace Pariah

Studying the lives of women in the Bible has led me to appreciate their strength in the midst of suffering. Life was not easy for women in ancient times. Their lives were fragile, precarious, and at risk so much of the time. Many women, like Sarah, Rebecca and Elisabeth faced barrenness and the social rejection and stigma that that came with. Some were married to cruel or wicked husbands, like Abigail. Widows faced poverty, desperation, even starvation. And these were the women who were “lucky” enough to be married! Some women were low-born women not considered high-ranking enough to be considered for marriage, consequently, they became concubines. What we know of women who became concubines, like Hagar, Bilhah and Zilpah, they did not enter into these situations by choice. They were servants (slaves) and this was sometime that was decided for them.

We would, of course, prefer not to think about such women, to forget they exist and only consider the “noble”, higher-born, or more privileged women in our estimations. But the Bible includes such women for reasons beyond what we can understand. The Bible attaches no shame, no guilt, and no condemnation on concubines. The writers of Scripture did not erase them (or unwed mothers like Mary and prostitutes like Rahab and Mary Magdelene) from the narrative.They were women of their time, subject to a cruel system beyond their control. Take the story of the woman in the book of Judges, a concubine who ran away from her master and was forcibly taken back from her fathers’ house, only to be raped to death by an entire town. She then had her body desecrated, butchered, and paraded before the entire nation.  Trying to find something redeeming in these accounts is rather a challenge!

Rizpah was one such woman. While she lived, she was the sexual servant or concubine of Saul. She was subject to him, yet was not considered worthy of becoming his wife and queen.

We know from Scripture that Saul was an unstable and mad king – insecure, jealous, raging, She was in a vulnerable women, subject to such a man. We can make a conjecture from the character of Saul as depicted in Scripture that Rizpah probably did not have an easy life. It is very likely that she was abused and mistreated in some way or the other while he lived.

Beyond the grave, however, the actions of King Saul were to reap the most devastating effects. Rizpah had two sons, we do not know their names. We can imagine for a woman in her position, her children would of immense importance to her. We find out from the Biblical narrative just how much.

The account of what happened to Rizpah’s sons is written in 1 Samuel 21:1-14. But let’s view the story from Rizpah’s perspective.  One day, her sons are taken from her by order of the king. Out of the blue, they are given over to the Gibeonites and hanged. They had not committed any crimes. We do not know if anyone explained to them or Rizpah why they were being executed, despite having done no wrong.

On a larger scale, justice was being served. Saul’s actions were repaid by his offspring. Yet, on a personal scale, this was so unjust. Rizpah had her sons taken from her and killed.

Her love for her sons, and her shock at their untimely deaths must have been . She mourned their bodies, shielding their corpses day and night like a woman gone mad with grief, as if she had nothing to live for (and it is probable she didn’t).

What did Rizpah have left? What little position she had as the palace concubine was not gone. Saul’s line was destroyed, his dynasty replaced. It is likely she was shunned for her association with the house of Saul and lived in a precarious position as it was.

And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill before the LORD: and they fell all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest. And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.
(2 Samuel 21:9-10)

Her actions, however, were brought to the attention of the king. Something in what she did, what her position was, must have touched David’s heart. Without her dedication, her sons would probably have rotted to death in the open field, devoured by animals.

And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done. And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabeshgilead, which had stolen them from the street of Bethshan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa: And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged. And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land.
(2 Samuel 21:11-14)

It said that “David went and took”, as if he personally saw the matter done. He also took the effort to bury them on their ancestral land, almost as if to make amends and definitely to show respect to the bodies.

And it was only after Saul and his offspring were buried in this was that “God was intreated for the land”.

So you see, Rizpah played a role in bringing an end to the famine, in restoring the land. Her sorrow touched the heart of the king. While it is an incredibly tragic story, it is sobering and also a reminder of the extent of a mother’s love.

Something we can learn from this is to have a heart of mercy. Instead of being prejudiced and resentful against Rizpah for all the wrongs done by the house of Saul, David perhaps saw her as a person, a mother. When his actions hurt someone, even inadvertently, he took care to set things right as well, despite the face that his hands were also tied in this situation.

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Royal Daughter #1: Jehosheba

Screenshot (3)We’re going to kick off the series by looking at a very special woman, an actual royal daughter. Her name is Jehosheba (Yehosheva in Hebrew), which means “YHWH’s oath”.

The Bible passages are: 1 Kings 11 (the whole chapter), and 2 Chronicles 22:10-11 and 2 Chronicles 23.

What the Bible tells us about Jehosheba was that she was born into a prominent position – she was the daughter of a king and sister of a king. She was also the wife of the high priest.

Jehosheba had a place in the royal household, and when her mother arose the Lord put in the position to save the live of an infant, Joash. We can imagine that if all the royal princes’ lives were in danger, Jehosheba was also risking her life in saving Joash. In this she showed herself courageous and willing to sacrifice herself. Like Esther, Jehosheba was placed by God in the right place at the right time, “for such a time as this.” In that moment, in the chaos and upheaval, she chose to obey God and fear God rather than save her own skin.Image result for jehosheba

But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah. But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king’s sons that were slain, and put him and his nurse in a bedchamber. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest, (for she was the sister of Ahaziah,) hid him from Athaliah, so that she slew him not.
(2 Chronicles 22:10-11)

It really matters not it Athaliah was Jehosheba’s mother or stepmother. Either way the Bible shows us a contrast beyond the two women. One, a power-hungry woman who would do anything to seize the throne for herself, another, a woman who respected God’s anointed and sought to restore Judah’s true king. One was a murderess, the other was a woman who saved lives. One was an idol-worshipper, the other, one who helped restore the worship of YHWH.

Jehosheba was willing to defy the queen’s orders. Rightful or not, Athaliah had made herself ruler of the land. This passage shows us that we are obedient not to manmade decrees and rulers but ultimately to YHWH. As Simon Peter said, we need to obey God rather than man!

The Bible showed time and time again how God uses women to save lives. The very first woman, Eve (Chava in Hebrew), had a name which means “life”. Jochebed saved her son Moses, and Mary saved her son, Jesus our Lord. Esther saved her entire exiled people. The Bible shows us that murder and widespread killing is a work of the evil one, while saving lives is of God.

As a result of Jehosheba’s actions, the nation of Judah turned back to the true worship of YHWH, away from the worship of Baal, the false god. She did more than save a king – she helped bring about revival in the nation of Israel together with her husband, Jehoiada the priest. Indeed, what we see hear is a god-fearing couple who were both powerfully used by God.

What can we learn from Jehosheba? What other women do we know of, who were courageous in the face of evil and whom God used to save lives and restore a nation?

Royal Daughters: Introduction

Screenshot (3)Welcome to the new Scripture study series, “Royal Daughters in Training”. This series is about learning what it means to be a woman and is based on two questions, “Why did God make woman?” and “Why did God make me a woman?”.

To answer those questions, we’re going to be looking at over forty women in the Bible and learning from their examples.

We must remember that God teaches us “”line by line”, “precept by precept”. We also should understand that as unique and individual God’s will for each of these women were, so is His will and purpose for us. Also, as human and fallible as each of these women were, so are we. That should give us comfort and assurance.

We will be looking at both positive and negative examples, as everything in the Bible was written for “our admonition” (1 Corinthians 10:11) as well as encourage and exhort us.

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
(2 Timothy 3:15-17)

Our goal is to grow up into women after God’s own heart, furnished unto all good works!

How to follow along the series: I will be publishing a list of the women studied and each passage of Scripture the study will draw from, then, a link will be created to each post in which I share some of my thoughts. The idea is for you to examine each passage on your own, with your mentor and mentees (i.e. mothers and sisters in Christ) and just listen to what the Holy Spirit is teaching you from each passage. If you are interested in doing this study and journalling the lessons you have learned along the way, do write them down and I hope to compile them together, whether by publishing your notes or by linking to your blogs.

 

 

Their Examples… Women in the Bible

Screenshot (3)One thing that’s very good is to look into the Bible and look at the examples of men and women. This is an excellent exercise to do with young Christians or young people even children. We don’t have to wait until puberty, for example, to start encouraging young boys and girls to be men and women after God’s own heart, to be His disciples. While we tend to want to pick out the good examples, however, the Bible is full of flawed people who make mistakes. Yet, God’s will was done through them.

  1. Not just for girls! Boys and girls need to learn about women in the Bible. Boys, so they  know, for example.  We’re making a mistake if we only teach Proverbs 31 to our young women and forget to teach it to our young men.
  2. Be admonished! What can we learn from negative examples such as Lot’s wife and Jezebel?
  3. Be encouraged! God often used women who were not perfect. Rahab was a harlot. Ruth was a pagan. Bathsheba was an adulterous. Mary was, in society’s eyes, an unwed mother. And yet all of them were instrumental in the line of David and our Messiah.  Basically, there’s no reason why God cannot choose you or I. Eve, Sarah, Rebecca and many other women weren’t perfect- they made mistakes, and yet were a part of God’s plan.
  4. Be convicted! Women like Mary (well, all of them!), Anna, Priscilla, etc. show us that we can be living our lives for a much higher purpose and their examples challenge us on to faith, discipleship and service.

We don’t need to buy fancy books or devotional series, especially for kids. The pure word of God is so powerful. Just open the Bible, read it, discuss it. Ask, what can we learn? What can we apply? What is God saying? Discover and construct meanings together. Write them down, maybe some charts, create an idea-map, journal or lapbook. Don’t think of all the answers and lessons then dictate them to your kids – instead, really look into the Bible together and let the Holy Spirit, who is in them as much as you, bring revelation.

Womanhood

Where do we learn to be women? That is a topic far from the conversation in Christian circles, especially among the younger girls and women who need it the most. Lady’s devotional materials, Bible studies and prayer groups are usually for the aged – with each passing generation, women’s unique gifts, ministries and callings  are becoming forgotten. In the blur and confusion of the modern day, our churches have taken  on a largely genderless view of faith and living, leaving our young women stranded. Enter any children’s class or youth group – you are unlikely to hear girls being taught about Biblical womanhood or boys being taught about manhood. They are probably taught many important things, but these essential truths are usually not among them. Men and women are treated as the same; gender is forgotten.

Yes, I agree in many things, as our apostle. The call of Jesus, the redeeming work of the cross, the commands of our Messiah – these transcend gender and apply to us all.

The problem is, our genders play such an important, God-given role in our lives. Gender – distinctions in physicality and in function, for example – are found at the very beginning, when God created Adam and Eve. We really musn’t forget them – they play a role in this life, though of course they are not as important in the age to come (and let us not forget that either!).

If girls don’t learn to be godly women from their families and within a faith-filled context, they will fall prey to the world’s designs and sensual, ungodly messages. They will learn what it means to be women from pop stars, celebrities, and other hedonistic role-models. They will probably become sexualised, unwittingly. This crude, lewd form of femininity that focuses on outward appearances and attention-seeking is a far, far, cry from the noble, honourable women of the Bible, whose beauty was inward, whose legacy was eternal, and who were humble, courageous, and devoted to God.

The world will teach our daughters to be beautiful on outside. The world will teach our daughters that relationships are about having fun and experiencing romance, not about sacrificial love and starting a family.  The world will teach our daughters to aspire to be everything but godly wives and mothers, a role that will fall into neglect, or worse, be taken on with little appreciation, care or acknowledgement of it’s sacredness.

Women are born with the ability to create and nurture life, and this cannot be described as a powerful potential. How sad it is, then, that motherhood is valued so little. Girls grow up without realising that they have this potential, and usually, a natural innate desire and aptitude to be mothers.They are not prepared for it, nor taught to anticipate and treasure such a role as an opportunity for divine ministry. However, this does not mean that women who are able to have children are any less women, or that their lives have any less of a purpose. We do believe that God’s design for each is unique and purposeful, and that womanhood is deeper and much more meaningful – it cannot be limited to just “bearing children” and “having a womb”.

Where can girls learn to be women

From the Word of God, written for our instruction and admonishment. Women in the Bible play many significant roles and we can learn a lot from their lives. In fact, this should be the foundation and guideline for constructing a personal understanding of one’s womanhood

Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
(1 Corinthians 10:11

2. From mentors. The older women are clearly to be examples to younger women. This starts at home with one’s mother.

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
(Titus 2:3-5)

 

3. From other godly women, whose lives and labours (though perhaps unrecognised and hidden)  bear godly fruit. We may listen to them, read about them, and learn from their example from afar off. Corrie Ten Boom and Elisabeth Elliot are examples of women that we can look up to as role models.

We can’t just offer girls “alternatives” to the world, however. Different doesn’t mean better or more spiritual. We need to get back to the Bible and be rooted and built up in God’s Word alone, not men’s words and ideas.

The same is true with “Biblical Manhood”, which should focus on what the Bible focuses on, like listening to God, being a humble servant, being totally surrendered, living as a disciple, taking up one’s cross, being a leader and a shepherd, being responsible and mature, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homesteading for Beginners

Screenshot (13)Simple, do-it-yourself living skills are something that I feel is wise for a young lady to learn, and a worthy pursuit. The Bible speaks often of working with our hands as well as being diligent and resourceful. A plain, back-to-basics lifestyle can be one that is compatible with that of a disciple, especially since our increasingly wealth-obsessed and commercial world presents many temptations and dangers for Christians to stray from the narrow path.

As a long-time member of the online community, the Homestead Community Pos run by Mark and Erin Harrison, I have gotten to know them through the internet as well as learn from their homesteading DVDs. I always felt even through the long physical distance, that Mr. and Mrs. Harrison were incredibly sincere and committed believers with a great deal of wisdom, honesty, and down-to-earth humility. They choose to share simple joys, like their yearly garden harvests, on the internet, to encourage other fathers, mothers, families, Christians and homesteaders.

Recently, they started sharing their videos freely on Youtube, providing a marvelous resource to families interested in developing homestead skills. I am thoroughly enjoying each installment. Do check out Mrs. Harrison’s blog, Keeper of the Homestead, as well.

 

 

 

Unusual Marriages in the Bible

Read my previous post on the subject of courtship here.

The Bible is mostly silent on the subject of courtship or dating. It does, however, contain quite a lot of teaching on marriage. The emphasis, I feel, belies the fact that it is not just what a couple does beforehand that matters, but how much work and love and sacrifice is put into a marriage each day. Too often, we emphasize too much on courtship and rely on having the “perhttps://wordpress.com/post/mathetries.wordpress.com/2749fect courtship” in order to have our “happily ever after”. It’s not just the foundation and the start but the continual, day-to-day building of the relationship that really, really makes a big difference. We don’t fall into our happily ever after – it’s a choice, and it relies on the actions of both parties.

 

I was taught a lot about courtship in my youth, and there are many good principles I still agree with today – purity, protection, purpose, and so forth. However, too many young people were taught that a “godly” courtship was a guarantee to a perfect marriage. And upon marriage, they were disappointed to discover that they encountered hardships and problems. Even chastity and purity in the relationship doesn’t mean wedded bliss is certain, because that’s just what life on this temporal earth is like – unexpected, unpredictable, flawed, imperfect, chaotic, and antithetical to our ideals.

In studying courtships in the Bible (or rather marriages), I came across many unusual examples of how God brought a man and woman together. They almost never follow a formula (because following a set of “principles” is really about self-righteousness), and it is through the “mysterious ways” that God chose to work that we see His hand. The Bible never prescribes a one-size-fits-all marriage model, I mean, just look at marriage examples.

Can you identify the following couples?

  1. Love at first sight
  2. A prayer, a miracle and a choice
  3. The couple who kissed before getting married
  4. She proposed!
  5. They nearly broke up, and then she had a baby before marriage!

Answers:

  1. Adam and Eve
  2. Isaac and Rebecca – The divine circumstances that brought them together were quite miraculous. Another interesting thing is that Rebecca was given a choice,
  3. Jacob and Rachel – Jacob kissed Rachel as a greeting (not romantically), but still!
  4. Ruth and Boaz – Ruth approached Boaz and asked
  5. Joseph and Mary – What a rocky relationship, and yet, there was something larger at work 😉

 

 

 

The Naked Truth

The passage about modesty  is scripture is pretty awesome.  It’s  clear from the verse and the examples given that the apostle  Paul is referring to dressing in a way that is not elaborate  and expensive,  but suitable,  appropriate and simple.

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
(1 Timothy 2:9-10)

The word modest means humble… Unassuming… Not arrogant. It means simplicity, decorum, appropriateness.

Of all the verses in the Bible,  this is not one that talks about covering our bodies and not running around naked or dressed in a sexualized manner.  The passages that DO refer to anti nakedness are those that often refer to men, women, and both sexes.

And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach:
(Exodus 28:42)

And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the LORD.
(Amos 2:16)

And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:)
(Exodus 32:25)

And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?
(1 Samuel 19:24)

For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.
(2 Chronicles 28:19)

Wherefore Hanun took David’s servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away.
(2 Samuel 10:4)

So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
(Isaiah 20:4)

And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
(Luke 10:30)

Nakedness is seen as being shameful and embarrassing.  Stripping  ie.  for crucifixion,  war victories, etc.  is seen as a punishment,  an insult,  a war crime! Sometimes people (ie. Saul) stripped in madness.

The human body is beautiful,  created in the image of God and formed by God.  Adam and Eve were naked before God in the Garden of Eden and were not ashamed.  This is important to note because, it is completely antithetical  to Scripture to create a culture of body shaming.  

And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
(Genesis 2:25)

And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
(Genesis 3:11)

Oftentimes,  modesty  is reduced to “making women cover their bodies to stop men from lusting”.  Some societies go to the extent of making women cover themselves from head to toe. The truth is that when we resort to trying to quash  and repress sin,  it flares up and causes even worst sins.  

The Bible is clear that temptation and lust  comes from within, from our hearts.  We are given the gift – freedom –  by Jesus and Jesus alone. Thank God we do not have to be overcome by sin and lust,  and instead be cleansed,  purified and sanctified as new creations! The ultimate deliverance is not by fleshly attempts to control our sin nature,  but through the cross of our Messiah Jesus.  And when we are set free,  we are Free Indeed!! 

And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
(Matthew 27:28)

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
(John 8:36)

Practically,  since the fall,  we have been ashamed of our bodies because we fell into sin and death.  Any shame that we feel as a result of nakedness does not come from God but from our broken consciences!  Nakedness is inappropriate and undesirable in many human societies.

We also cover our bodies as self protection.  The world is full of perverts who do not respect the sanctity of the human body.  Instead,  they see it as an object of lust.  To keep our bodies to ourselves,  maintain our privacy and avoid being given targets or objects of perversion,  we cover it appropriately,  especially areas that are linked to sensuality and sexuality. Of course, many still choose to be predatory regardless of what we do,   but modest dress should deflect sexual intentions and thoughts against us to a limited extent.

God saw Adam,  His creation,  and called it GOOD. The human body is miraculous,  marvelous,  awesome,  and a reflection of our Creator!

Wonderful Internet Resources

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When I was a little girl of 10, the internet was just a boring, dial-up connection computer-thingy with maybe a couple of lemonade stand games, nothing more! How things have changed!

Over the years, the internet has proved to be useful time and time again. Yes, there are dangers! We must learn to protect our privacy and stay safe on the internet, but my personal experience has been that if you don’t go looking for trouble, you won’t fall into it! And if do you run across something unseemly now and again, you probably have the strength and virtue not to be tempted and affected.

Temptations don’t come from “without”, they come from “within”. That’s why Jesus was tempted on all points, and yet did not succumb. That is why if you offer illegal drugs to most people, they probably won’t even bother to touch it!

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
(James 1:12-15)

If you know you have issues and temptations, don’t hide or ignore them, but earnestly pursue righteousness and godliness, and God will work in you to change your heart. The advice of spiritual leaders and mentors is of great help in these instances.

Some people used the internet to indulge in and share perversions, many of which are illegal. I feel that that does not mean that the internet is a bad place. Like books, they can have good and bad material, but I find that if we are committed to doing what’s right, pursuing what is lovely, pure and worthy, and if we put our trust in our Father in heaven rather than operate out of fear/intimidation, He will protect and shield us!

I feel it’s important that as young ladies, we learn how to use the internet rightly, as it can be beneficial for us in the long run!

The great thing about the internet is that it saves us money. Instead of spending a lot of money buying books, I can access a lot of information for free, download many wonderful, classic e-books, purchase new e-books for discounted prices and order books with free shipping! We can find all sorts of discounts on the internet – I once shaved more than 60% off the price of a Microsoft Office subscription package for the whole family!

So many things are given freely. Project Gutenberg and Archive.org are great websites for looking for classic books that are both edifying and encouraging. Sermon Index offers a great many resources, audio sermons and articles. There are many Christian websites, blogs, groups, email lists, and so forth. You can access any worship song or hymn with a simple google search, rather than having to buy hymnals and chorus books.

Scripture study websites abound – no need to buy heavy Hebrew and Greek dictionaries, when Bible Hub, Youversion, and Blue Letter Bible.

Free programs like OpenOffice, Audacity, Musescore and E-Sword allow us to save money we would otherwise spend on expensive software!

There is so much to learn – youtube videos, pinterest posts, blogs, and websites offer so much in terms of learning useful skills – I learned new languages, how to bake, how to sew, and how to make soap from the internet, again saving money I would have otherwise spent on classes, patterns books, recipes, manuals, etc.

There are many things that can waste our time – the problem in these cases again is not with the internet, but with our habits and self-discipline skills. We need to know ourselves and learn to manage our time wisely!

The internet is used my many just as a place to rant about their feelings, keep up with the latest trends, be entertained and play games… however, if we are truly wise stewards, we would know how to use it achieve so much, learn so much, and maybe even minister to and serve others.

 

 

Beautiful Girlhood (Web Resource)

beautiful-girlhood-by-mabel-haleThis timeless classic by Mabel Hale was written in 1922. Its a beautifully written manual for young ladies, and offers encourage and advice in many topics such as “building character, friendships, obedience, high ideals, a cheerful spirit, modest dress, a pure heart, and a consecrated life.”

You can read the entire book online for free! I’d thoroughly recommend it – you can even print it out and make it a gift to young ladies in your life.