Theme for This Year
The Helped Woman
‘We looked at The Blessed Woman. We looked at The Transformed Woman. We looked at The Virtuous Woman. We looked at The Wise Woman.
‘So, this coming year will be The Helped Woman and you may be wondering why The Helped Woman. And for me, I believe it’s coming from where we receive the help of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is our helper as we have different struggles, and that passage that was read to you, the passion translation says that “I call upon you in all my struggles and ask for help. And you did, and you helped me.”
So, we are praying that as we move on, we will receive help in our marriages, we will receive help as mothers to look after our children, we will receive help in our careers and in our businesses. In our walk with God will see the help of the Holy Spirit. So there is no one who can stand, no woman at any point can stand as say, ‘I have not been helped’ because we have the Holy Spirit living inside us. So we are all helped, I just want to use that to encourage us, as we leave this place and as we explore that theme next year, whether online or in person. In general when we explore that, please know that you are not without help. Whatever the situation, whatever the circumstance, we have the help of the Holy Spirit, we know so we are The Helped Woman!’
The Virtuous Women
The Virtuous Woman
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29 Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.