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True Woman 101: Divine Design Bible Study ~ Week 8 ~ Sisterhood is Powerful

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” ~ Ephesians 2:10

My Thoughts {Amber from Homemaker By Choice}

We have been going through the shorter catechisms together as a family, and the first question is “What is the chief end of man?” To Glorify God and enjoy Him forever. That is what we are here for. That is what the Lord placed us on this earth to do. We are to raise up mighty arrows for the Lord, and expand His kingdom. You don’t get a pass if you are single, or unable to have children our purpose is still to Glorify the Lord and further His kingdom by bearing spiritual fruit.

A few ways we as women can glorify the Lord are through hospitality, being a helper to our husbands, leave a godly legacy, and aim to make a difference!

Highlights From The Reading:
 Every normal woman is equip to be a mother. Certainly, not every woman in the world is destined to make use of her biological equipment. But motherhood, in a much deeper sense, is the essence of womanhood. The first woman‘s name affirms and celebrates this truth: Eve meaning “life-giver.” 
True Woman 101 ~ page 188

This world is a messy, chaotic place. But we have the privilege of creating a home enviroment that makes people long for heaven. Whether married or single, our goal as women is to create a place, physically and spiritually, that beckons and welcomes people “home.” A place that ministers to their needs- where they can find comfort, healing, rest, love, and a sense of belonging. 
~ True Woman 101 ~Page 194-195

The concept of being a “helper” is used of all three members of the godhead. The Father is our helper {Ps. 54:4}; Christ helps His people {Heb. 2:16}; and the Holy Spirit is our helper {John 14:16}. Elsewhere, the term is used of military and political allies {1 Chron. 12:18; Jer. 47:4; Nah. 3:9}. So the idea of a lesser position or status is entirely absent from the biblical definition of the word.
~True Woman 101~ Page 197

We must recapture the legacy of Biblical womanhood and carefully and intentionally pass it to the next generation. If one generation is careless, the next generation suffers. Relinquishing God’s design for womanhood has devastating effects on the home, church, and culture. This battle for Biblical womanhood is nothing new. It is simply the reclaiming of what always has been and always will be. But reclaim we must- for the glory of our Sovereign King and the advancement of His kingdom. – Susan Hunt – True Woman 101 ~ Page 201

Every woman whether rich or poor, married or single, has a circle of influence within which, according to her character, she is exerting a certain amount of power for good or harm. Every woman, by her virtue or her vice, by her folly or her wisdom, by her levity or her dignity is adding something to our national elevation or degradation… A community is not likely to be overthrown where woman fulfils her mission, for by the power of her noble heart over the hearts of others, she will raise that community from it’s ruins and restore it again to prosperity and joy. ~True Woman 101~ Page 204

The Video:
In the 1960s, a handful of women launched the feminist movement—and had a profound, yet negative, impact on our world. Just think what a few godly, determined women could do for good! After completing week eight in True Woman 101, watch this twenty-minute conversation between authors Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Mary Kassian, and their friends as they challenge us to be part of a counter-revolution—and purposefully live our lives according to God’s divine design.

Your Turn:
We want to hear from you and what the Lord is teaching you through this study.  Please share your thoughts with us!! 

 If you are a blogger would you consider joining us in the conversation and spreading the word to more women about God’s design for True Womanhood.  Link up with us in the blog hop and we can learn together in community from one another what the Lord is teaching us through His Word.  

 If you are not a blogger share your comments either in the comment section at Thankful Homemaker or Homemaker by Choice.

Start the conversation on Facebook on the link for this post.  Visit Thankful Homemaker and Homemaker by Choice on Facebook.

Related Resources:
Biblical Womanhood: A Canvas of Colors {Revive our Hearts Video}

 God’s Beautiful Design For Women, Part 1 {Revive our Hearts Radio}
God’s Beautiful Design For Women, Part 2 {Revive our Hearts Radio}
Regaining Womanhood {Revive our Hearts Article}
How, Why, and What’s the Pay-off? {True Woman Blog}

Here are a few short, additional video clips on we can live out God’s design with Powerful Sisters.  
(If you are viewing this in your email you will need to click through to the blog here to view the video.)

  Related posts in the series:
True Woman 101: Divine Design Bible Study 

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True Woman 101: Divine Design – "Wimpy Theology makes Wimpy Women"

We are taking a break this week from the study as our families have been on the road visiting family and attending the National Center for Family Integrated Churches Conference.  Please take some time this week to watch John Piper’s message from the 2008 True Woman Conference titled – The Ultimate Meaning of True Womanhood.  Listen to the audio here or watch the video below.
We are looking forward to getting back to the study next week and pray that you have been as blessed and encouraged as we have been by this study on biblical womanhood.  
Let us leave you with some favorite highlights from the sermon:

“Wimpy theology makes wimpy women. That’s my assumption that I bring to this evening. Wimpy theology simply does not give a woman a God that is big enough, strong enough, wise enough, and good enough to handle the realities of life in away that magnifies the infinite worth of Jesus Christ. Wimpy theology is plagued by woman-centeredness and man-centeredness. Wimpy theology doesn’t have the granite foundation of God’s sovereignty or the solid steel structure of a great God-centered purpose for all things.” ~John Piper
“The opposite of a wimpy woman is Joni Eareckson Tada who has spent the last 41 years in a wheel chair, and prays, “Oh, thank you, thank you for this wheel chair! By tasting hell in this life, I’ve been driven to think seriously about what faces me in the next. This paralysis is my greatest mercy” (Christianity Today, January, 2004, 50).” ~John Piper

“The opposite of a wimpy woman is Suzie who lost her husband four years ago at age 59, found breast cancer three months later, then lost her mom and writes, “Now I see that I have been crying for the wrong kind of help. I now see, that my worst suffering is my sin—my sin of self-centeredness and self-pity. . . . I know that with His grace, his lovingkindess, and his merciful help, my thoughts can be reformed and my life conformed to be more like His Son.” ~John Piper

“God’s ultimate purpose for the universe and for all of history and for your life is to display the glory of Christ in its highest expression, namely, in his dying to make a rebellious people his everlasting and supremely happy bride. To say it another way, God’s ultimate purpose in creating the world and choosing to let it become the sin-wracked world that it is, is so that the greatness of the glory of Christ could be put on display at Calvary where he bought his rebellious bride at the cost of his life.” ~John Piper

Related Posts in the Series:
True Woman 101: Divine Design 

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True Woman 101: Divine Design Bible Study – Week Seven – Total Makeover


I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

 ~ Psalm 139:14 ~

My Thoughts: (Marci at Thankful Homemaker)
I enjoyed the introduction to this chapter entitled “Total Makeover” because it took us through the reality TV shows where everything is made over – rooms, homes, yards and people.  We all love to see the transformation the experts bring in these various areas.  The one major problem is when they are making over people, they are only dealing with the outside.  God and His Word have a makeover that starts from the inside out and that is where true transformation takes place.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

~Proverbs 31:30 
As women we tend to place our value on our appearance.  Real beauty, as stated in the above verse, starts with a fear of the Lord.  What is fear of the Lord?
“It is that affectionate reverence, by which the child of God bends himself humbly and carefully to his Father’s law.”  ~Charles Bridges

As believers we all desire true inner beauty.  We all want a makeover in our thoughts and attitudes.  As Christian women we do not enjoy reacting and responding sinfully to those around us.  If we want to see true beauty – we need to seek the ultimate expert in makeovers – God.  He is the only one who can transform our lives into true beauty that lasts.  We need to be bendable and moldable to God’s ways. 
The only way we can cultivate the inner beauty that Christ desires and adores in us is to let God make us over.  It is only by the work of the Spirit in our hearts.  Spend time meditating on His Word and letting Him renew your mind.  Ask Him to change your attitude so you are able to trust Him in all things and say, “Yes Lord.” 
“True Womanhood–the womanhood commended in God’s Word–is spectacularly beautiful;  more beautiful than any perfectly proportioned air-brushed model in any fashion magazine.  How can that be? Because  True Women represent the bride of Christ and reflect the glory of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ–and there’s nothing more beautiful than that.” ~True Woman 101

Highlights from the Reading:

“All of creation (including male and female) was designed to showcase God’s eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1:19-20).  Sadly, His beautiful design for male and female (along with everything else in this world) was damaged by sin.  But it became God’s masterpiece when He re-created it through Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:10).  Through the cross, Christ defeated the power of Satan and sin, so manhood and womanhood can once again display the magnificent beauty of His created design.” ~ True Woman 101, page 166

“Just as an engaged woman eagerly, lovingly prepares for her wedding, desirous to be her most beautiful for her groom, so the thought of being eternally wedded to our holy Groom should motivate us to spend our lives here on earth wholly devoted to Him.” ~True Woman 101, page 170

The nineteenth-century German philosopher Heinrich Heine said: “Show me your redeemed life and I might be inclined to believe in your Redeemer”.  That’s precisely Paul’s point in Titus 2 and in the broader context of the entire epistle.  Women (and men) whose character and behavior are in accordance with biblical teaching (“sound doctrine”) point people to Christ and make the gospel visible and credible to believers and unbelievers alike.” ~True Woman 101, page 175

“Our culture would have us believe that soft womanly disposition is wimpy and repugnant -that we lose our personalities and personal identities and become weak  cowering doormats by embracing it.  But a closer examination of the meaning of gentleness  quietness and amenability demonstrated that this isn’t the case at all.  And as we begin to understand and live it out, the power and beauty of this womanly disposition becomes increasingly clear.”  ~True Woman 101, page 177

“A godly woman has been gripped with a more awesome vision of beauty than a woman who does not know God.  The gospel has revolutionized her understanding of what true beauty is.  She’s caught a glimpse of Christ, and it’s taken her breath away.  Displaying that beauty has become more important and desirable to her than pursuing the fleeting beauty of the world.  And even her desire for external beauty is rooted in a heart to display His beauty.” ~True Woman 101, page 181

The Video:

If you have not taken the time to watch the video for week three please take 20 minutes this week to do so.  You will be encouraged listening to this panel of women remind you about the truths in God’s Word that tell  you how important your womanhood really is!! (If you are viewing this in your email you will need to click through to the blog here to view the video.)

Your Turn:

We want to hear from you and what the Lord is teaching you through this study.  Please share your thoughts with us!!

How can we cultivate true womanly beauty?

If you are a blogger would you consider joining us in the conversation and spreading the word to more women about God’s design for True Womanhood.  Link up with us in the blog hop and we can learn together in community from one another what the Lord is teaching us through His Word.  

If you are not a blogger share your comments either in the comment section at Thankful Homemaker or Homemaker by Choice.

Start the conversation on Facebook on the link for this post.  Visit Thankful Homemaker and Homemaker by Choice on Facebook.

Next Week:

Here is our assignment for next week and we will meet again at Thankful Homemaker or Homemaker by Choice on October 24th. My daughter Amber and I (Marci) will be alternating weeks with the study so she will have week six.  We will put the post up on both blogs so you will not miss anything if you are a follower of one of our blogs and not the other

  • Read Week Eight in True Woman 101: Divine Design and answer the questions in the study.
  • Watch the Video teaching for Week Eight here.
  • Blog with us and join the blog hop so we can share what we are learning together.
  • If you have extra time visit and watch some of the related resources below.
  • Related Resources:

    The Beauty of a Modest Heart - Revive Our Hearts

    Blood, Sweat and Tears - True Woman Blog

    The Beauty of Meekness – Revive Our Hearts

    Is Meek for the Weak? - True Woman Blog

    Today’s Woman – Revive Our Hearts Article

    The True Woman Makeover – 30 Day Challenge

    Additional video clips below on how we can have a total makeover:
    ((If you are viewing this in your email you will need to click through to the blog here to view the video.)

    Related Posts in the Series:

    True Woman 101: Divine Design Study Series

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    True Woman 101: Divine Design – Week 6 – Hear Me Roar


    “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.”
    {Hebrews 12:15}

    My Thoughts: (Amber at Homemaker By Choice)
    Feminism has infiltrated each and every one of us in some way shape or form. It’s hard not to conform to the world’s standard when they are whispering in our ears how much better life is, how much more fun we will have, or even how satisfied you will be. In all honesty though it is not satisfying nor will it give us much happiness. We need to remember to look to the Lord and His ways instead of looking to the world for our answers. The world will leave us empty and hopeless. If we take a look at Proverbs 7: 6-27 we will see a list of characteristics that define a “Wild Thing” here are a few:
    1. Lacking sense
    2. Dresses as a prostitute
    3. Wily of heart
    4. Loud and wayward
    5. Feet don’t stay at home
    6. Seductive
    7. Adulterer
    8. Smooth talker

    Do any of these characteristics define you? Let’s look into Proverbs 8: 1-21 now for some characteristics of Lady Wise:
    1. Prudent
    2. Wise
    3. Speaks noble things
    4. Speaks truth
    5. Discrete
    6. Sound Wisdom and counsel
    7. Walks in the way of righteousness 
     8. Fruit is better then gold



    Trusting the wisdom of our good, loving heavenly Father is safer and far more attractive than trusting Satan’s deceptive sales pitch and stepping out on our own. {Page 159}

    Highlights from the Reading:
    Feminism is based on the wrong premise. It assumes that “patriarchy” is the ultimate cause of woman’s pain. It proposes the wrong solution. It says that women have the right, the knowledge, and the power to redefine and rectify the male- female relationship. It’s fueled by the wrong attitude. It encourages anger, bitterness, resentment, self- reliance, independence, arrogance, and a pitting of woman against man. {True Woman 101: Divine Design: An Eight-Week Study on Biblical Womanhood – Day 1 – Page 140}

    The ultimate purpose of manhood and womanhood was to display the story of the gospel; and that sin is responsible for pitting man against woman and marring the beauty of God’s divine design. { True Woman 101: Divine Design: An Eight-Week Study on Biblical Womanhood – Day 1 – Page 142}

    Young, third wave feminists revel in the fact that “showing herself in sexual ways makes a woman feel powerful and men feel powerless.”{ True Woman 101: Divine Design: An Eight-Week Study on Biblical Womanhood – Day 2 – Page 144}

    We must keep reminding ourselves that Satan is a liar. He tells us that wildness is fun, natural, desirable, pleasurable, gratifying, fascinating, and exhilarating- and above all, that it won’t do us any harm. But it’s a lie.{ True Woman 101: Divine Design: An Eight-Week Study on Biblical Womanhood – Day 3 – Page 151}

    The Bible boils it down for us. It says that if we listen to God, we will go wise. But if we don’t listen to Him, we will go wild. You only have to look at the history of feminism to see that this is the case. { True Woman 101: Divine Design: An Eight-Week Study on Biblical Womanhood – Day 4 – Page 154}

    The truth is, as anxious as we might be about what could happen if we fully follow the Lord, we should be far more concerned about what will happen if we don’t! Trusting the wisdom of our good, loving heavenly Father is safer and far more attractive than trusting Satan’s deceptive sales pitch and stepping out on our own. { True Woman 101: Divine Design: An Eight-Week Study on Biblical Womanhood – Day 5 – Page 159}

    The Video:
    If you have not taken the time to watch the video for week three please take 20 minutes this week to do so.  You will be encouraged listening to this panel of women remind you about the truths in God’s Word that tell  you how important your womanhood really is!! (If you are viewing this in your email you will need to click through to the blog here to view the video.)



    Your Turn:

    We want to hear from you and what the Lord is teaching you through this study.  Please share your thoughts with us!!

    If you are a blogger would you consider joining us in the conversation and spreading the word to more women about God’s design for True Womanhood.  Link up with us in the blog hop and we can learn together in community from one another what the Lord is teaching us through His Word.  
    If you are not a blogger share your comments either in the comment section at Thankful Homemaker or Homemaker by Choice.
    Start the conversation on Facebook on the link for this post.  Visit Thankful Homemaker and Homemaker by Choice on Facebook.
    Next Week:
    Here is our assignment for next week and we will meet again at Thankful Homemaker or Homemaker by Choice on October 24th. My mom (Marci) and I (Amber)  will be alternating weeks with the study so she will have week six.  We will put the post up on both blogs so you will not miss anything if you are a follower of one of our blogs and not the other
    1. Read Week Seven in True Woman 101: Divine Design and answer the questions in the study.
    2. Watch the Video teaching for Week Seven here.
    3. Blog with us and join the blog hop so we can share what we are learning together.
    4. If you have extra time visit and watch some of the related resources below.
    Related Resources:

    Becoming a Woman of Virtue – Revive our Hearts Article
    Girls Gone Wise – Revive our Hearts Radio
    The True Woman Click – True Woman Blog
    Are You a Wild Woman or a Wise Woman? – Thankful Homemaker

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    True Woman 101: Divine Design Bible Study – Week Five – Battle of the Sexes


    He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten
    of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom
    you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the
    LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said,
    “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

    ~ Genesis 3:11-13 ~

    My Thoughts: (Marci at Thankful Homemaker)

    This chapter opens up describing the tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973.  I don’t have a memory of this moment in sports history but this is where we coined the term “The Battle of the Sexes“.  This battle didn’t start in 1973 at a tennis match but it started in the garden of Eden when sin entered the world and the consequences thereafter have and will continue to wreak chaos and confusion in our male-female relationships.  
    Why do women feel the need to show that they are better than men and can (to quote the song) “I can do anything better than you”?  I am sharing my thoughts and I would like to hear yours after you have some time to  read the highlights below, visit the links and watch the video.  
    We have all been affected by feminism   It is part of our culture and we can’t go anywhere without if affecting us in some way.  The magazines at the grocery store, movies, books, the internet, talking with other women and the media just to name a few.  As fallen women we don’t like authority, even God’s.  We like to take control, we know what is best and our opinion is the right opinion.  
    I wrote an article called The History of Feminism and Betty Friedan one of the founders of the feminist movement started the movement by asking women the question of “What is it that will bring women joy and purpose in life?”  When your starting point is yourself and you are looking to yourself and others for the answer there isn’t much hope.  When your starting point is God’s Word there is the only place we can find joy and purpose and the power to overcome the damage in our relationships and our faulty thinking.

    We all too often want to play the blame game that they did in the garden of Eden.  It isn’t men who cause us pain – it is sin that causes our pain.  God desires us as men and women to complement each other and work together.  It is not part of his plan for us to battle it out on who is better than the other.  We were created to be in relationship to Him and each other.  Because of sin, we as women have lost our softness and responsiveness towards man.  We desire to dominate and take control.  This is not God’s original design and thankfully we are not without hope because our Lord promised us a Savior to break the bondage of these sinful habits and wrong ways of thinking.  
    The Gospel and coming into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ through repentance and faith is the only way to be delivered from our sinful ways.  It is the only way to be made whole again and overcome our sinfulness and guilt against a holy and righteous God.  Those of us who are in Christ have power over sin and have the freedom to do what is right according to God’s ways.  Our relationship with our husbands, although not perfect while here on this earth, can be a picture to other’s of God’s original design and a testimony of the Gospel being lived out in a fallen and lost world. 
    Highlights from the Reading:

    “It is amazing that in the garden of Eden the Lord held out hope for the defeat of sin before He even explained its consequences to the man and the woman.. What a loving, gracious God He is!  In this fallen world, we all experience the brokenness of sin, but God wants us to focus on His hope and deliverance, and to rely on His power to overcome the Serpent and his schemes.” True Woman 101 – Week Five – Day One – Page 119
    “After the fall, God pronounced punishment on the man and woman sex-specifically.  The woman received a different sentence than the man.  The sentences were linked to the way in which the sexes were created, and the way in which they had violated God’s divine design.  Because men and women were different, they would experience the effects of sin in different ways.” True Woman 101 – Week Five – Day Two – Page 122
    “Theologians have talked a lot about what this phrase in Genesis 3:16 meant, but here’s what we think it comes down to.  god is saying to the woman: You will have the urge to control, resist, oppose, and act against your husband.  Whereas you were intended to function as one–in harmony, in peace, in unity–there will be a barrier between you.  Instead of following your husband’s lead and pulling together with him in seeking to serve and glorify God, you’ll have the inclination to grab control of the reins and independently go your own way.” True Woman 101 - Week Five – Day Three – Page 126
    “The problem in the male-female relationship isn’t men.  It’s sin.  And sin is something that affects women just as much as it affects men.  Men and women may sin in different ways, but the truth of the matter is that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Women are not innocent.  Women are sinners.  Women can’t fix sin.  So we can’t fix men.  and we can’t fix the male-female relationship.  The truth is we can’t even fix ourselves! (But don’t despair…..we’ll soon turn our attention to Someone who can!)” True Woman 101 – Week Five – Day Four – Page 131
    “Feminism, as a cultural movement, has tapered off.  This is not to say that feminism has ended.  On the contrary. The only reason the feminist movement appears to have wanted is taht it has been so wildly succesful.  Feminism has transitioned from being a movement to being the prevailing mind-set of the masses.  Virtually every woman is a feminisy to one degree or another.” True Woman 101 - Week Five – Day Five – Page 134
    The Video:
    If you have not taken the time to watch the video for week three please take 20 minutes this week to do so.  You will be encouraged listening to this panel of women remind you about the truths in God’s Word that tell  you how important your womanhood really is!! (If you are viewing this in your email you will need to click through to the blog here to view the video.)
    Your Turn:
    We want to hear from you and what the Lord is teaching you through this study.  Please share your thoughts with us!!

    How have you seen the Battle of the Sexes play out in your life?  
    If you are a blogger would you consider joining us in the conversation and spreading the word to more women about God’s design for True Womanhood.  Link up with us in the blog hop and we can learn together in community from one another what the Lord is teaching us through His Word.  
    If you are not a blogger share your comments either in the comment section at Thankful Homemaker or Homemaker by Choice.
    Start the conversation on Facebook on the link for this post.  Visit Thankful Homemaker and Homemaker by Choice on Facebook.
    Next Week:
    Here is our assignment for next week and we will meet again at Thankful Homemaker or Homemaker by Choice on October 17th. My daughter Amber and I (Marci) will be alternating weeks with the study so she will have week six.  We will put the post up on both blogs so you will not miss anything if you are a follower of one of our blogs and not the other
  • Read Week Six in True Woman 101: Divine Design and answer the questions in the study.
  • Watch the Video teaching for Week Six here.
  • Blog with us and join the blog hop so we can share what we are learning together.
  • If you have extra time visit and watch some of the related resources below.
  • Related Resources:

    The History of Feminism – Visionary Womanhood
    Feminism and the Christian Woman - Revive Our Hearts Video
    Radical Womanhood – True Woman Audio Message
    The Feminist Mistake – Revive Our Hearts Radio
    My Liberation from Feminism – True Woman Article
    Additional video clips below on how the Battle of the Sexes plays out:
    ((If you are viewing this in your email you will need to click through to the blog here to view the video.)
    Related Posts in the Series:

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    True Woman 101: Divine Design Bible Study – Week 4 – Snake in my Garden

    And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,
    “This at last is bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
    she shall be called Woman,
    because she was taken out of Man.”

    Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. ~Genesis 2:22-25

    My Thoughts (Amber at Homemaker By Choice):
    When you see a sign that says “Keep off,” or “Do not touch” it makes you want to do the exact opposite. Doesn’t it? This week we discussed Satan’s lies, and deceptions. They look so good on the outside but they are really harmful and destructive. We sometimes wonder why God isn’t giving us what we want, or why He told us no. He has a plan for our life, and that plan is good! But we get anxious and impatient with the way things are going and start to take matters into our own hands.

    Satan whispers in your ear this is what you desire and your not getting what you deserve, or it’s your life and you should be able to make your own choices. We cave into the serpents good sounding lies and go our own way. We think we are missing out on all the good stuff by following God’s plan.
     We may not know or understand God’s purpose and reason for everything, but we do know that His plans are good.

    Highlights from the Reading:

    Male and female were created in the image of God to put spectacular truths about God on display. The first man and woman showcased these truths flawlessly  True Woman 101 - Week Four – Day One – page 95

    Over and over again, the Scripture teaches that God’s laws are for our good and our protection and that obedience brings blessing. But Satan places in our minds the idea that God’s laws are burdensome, unreasonable, and unfair, and that if we obey Him, we will be miserable  ~ True Woman 101 – Week Four – Day Two – page 97

    And since that fateful day, “I’ll do it my way” has been the prideful inclination of every man and woman who has ever lived. We mess up our lives by refusing to accept God’s boundaries. We mess them up more by trying to cover the resulting problem with our own flimsy, ridiculous efforts. Instead of humbly submitting to God, we stubbornly refuse to believe the He knows better. We are literally “hell-bent” to do it our way  ~ True Woman 101 - Week Four – Day Three – page103

    We listen to what the world has to say about womanhood and how we should dress, act, think, and behave. We do all this without asking ourselves important questions: What is the message here? Is it really true? Am I being deceived by a way of thinking that is contrary to the Truth? ~ True Woman 101 – Week Four – Day Four – page 105

    The Lord does not want woman to function independent of man. Nor does He want woman to be unhealthily dependent on man, looking to him to meet all her needs. He wants male and female to be interdependent on one another- to value each other, and be mutually influenced, supported, and helped by one another. The Lord wants the marriage relationship- and the relationship between male and females in general- to showcase the kinship, commitment, unity, communion, authenticity, and purity that are the hallmark of His relationship. ~ True Woman 101 – Week Four – Day Five – page 111

    The Video:

     Adam and Eve had a problem with a snake in their garden. They could have prevented it from causing ruin, but they didn’t. After completing week four in True Woman 101, watch this twenty-minute conversation between authors Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Mary Kassian, and their friends as they discuss how a snake in our garden is the root cause of every conflict in male-female relationships—and how we can get rid of it and reclaim the beauty of God’s divine design.  (If you are viewing this in your email you will need to click through to the blog here to view the video.)

    Your Turn:

    We want to hear from you and what the Lord is teaching you through this study.  Please share your thoughts with us!!

    Ponder these questions from this week:

     In what way did the first male-female relationship put God on display? Why do
    you think Satan wanted to destroy God’s design? What do you think Eve found compelling about Satan’s sales pitch? and What’s the difference between independence and interdependence? Why does
    culture encourage woman to assert her independence from man?

    If you are a blogger would you consider joining us in the conversation and spreading the word to more women about God’s design for True Womanhood.  Link up with us in the blog hop and we can learn together in community from one another what the Lord is teaching us through His Word.  

    If you are not a blogger share your comments either in the comment section at Thankful Homemaker or Homemaker by Choice.

    Start the conversation on Facebook on the link for this post.  Visit Thankful Homemaker and Homemaker by Choice on Facebook.

    Next Week:

    Here is our assignment for next week and we will meet again at Thankful Homemaker or Homemaker by Choice on October 10th. My mom {Thankful Homemaker} and I will be alternating weeks with the study so she will have week five.  We will put the post up on both blogs so you will not miss anything if you are a follower of one of our blogs and not the other.

    1. Read Week Five in True Woman 101: Divine Design and answer the questions in the study.

    2. Watch the Video teaching for Week Five here.

    3. Blog with us and join the blog hop so we can share what we are learning together.

    4. If you have extra time visit and watch some of the related resources below.

    Related Resources:

    Different ways of Deceiving – Revive our Hearts Article

    Lies Women Believe About Sin – Radio Program

    If it feels so right, how can it be wrong? – True Woman Blog

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    True Woman 101: Divine Design Bible Study – Week Three – Sugar and Spice

    Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
    Genesis 2:18

    My Thoughts (Marci at Thankful Homemaker):
    This week was such a good reminder to me in my response to to my husband and other men.  Before I go any further I want to remind us all as Mary did in this weeks reading that He is God and we are not.  His ways are right and good and if we want to be true women we need to think biblically.

    As the ladies in the panel shared it just prompted me to share lessons the Lord has taught me in my marriage of 26 years and only 12 of those have been as a believer.  Even as a believer I still maintained control in so many areas of our marriage.  It resonated to me when the ladies shared they would say they were submissive and they were in the big things but not in the little things.  We are talking little things like, where to park, which directions to follow, where to go out to dinner, or a decision that needs to be made.

    After spending time in God’s Word and learning from ministries like Revive Our Hearts about my role as a woman did things start to turn around in my marriage.  We all want our husband to take the lead in our homes but do we ever take a step back to let him.  As soon as I learned to be still and have a gentle and quiet spirit when decisions needed to be made instead of speaking up and being the one to make them – it caused my husband to step up to the role God called him to as the spiritual leader in our home.

    Your husband cannot lead if you are the one in control.  Learn to lean on his strength and be soft and receptive towards him.  Look to him for protection and leadership because he desires to take on that role if you will let him.  God can transform your heart and life if you will let Him.

    One last area to share about is our hearts towards home.  I loved Nancy’s illustration of Christ with outstretched arms on the cross inviting us to come to Him and that He has prepared a place for us.  Our marriages and our homes are to be a living example of the gospel.  Our lives should reflect the welcoming heart of God to a lost world.  Our homes should be a place where hearts are nurtured and fed the Word of God and God’s love is reflected in everything we do.

    May we be women who desire to live out God’s will for our lives and say yes to the goodness of His design.

    Highlights from the Reading:

    “Some people claim that sex ought to be of no consequence to a person’s identity or role.  But author Elisabeth Elliot disagrees.  She published a compilation of notes to her daughter on the meaning of womanhood, in a book called Let Me Be a Woman.  In reflecting on the meaning of femaleness, Elisabeth wrote to her daughter: Yours is the body of a woman.  What does it signify?  Is there invisible meaning in its visible signs–the softness, the smoothness, the lighter bone and muscle structure, the breasts, the womb?  Are they utterly unrelated to what you yourself are?  Isn’t your identity intimately bound up with these material forms?”   True Woman 101 - Week Three – Day One – page 68

    “Our negative reaction to having been created “for” the man serves to highlight how far we’ve fallen from the original created order.  When the first bride was presented to her husband, her heart was undoubtedly bursting with joy to have been created for him.  She could not have felt more satisfied, for she was fulfilling the purpose for which she had been designed.  She was made “from” the man, made “for” the man, and given as a gift “to”the man.”  ~ True Woman 101 – Week Four – Day Two – page 73

    “A woman is a relator.  A woman is a responder.  Having a receptive, responsive spirit is at the core of what it means to be a woman.  A godly woman is an “amenable” woman–an agreeable woman.  She says yes (amen!).  She has a disposition that responds positively to others, and particularly to the initiative of godly men.  She is “soft” and not obstinate about receiving direction.  She is “leadable”.”  ~ True Woman 101 - Week Three – Day Three – page 78

    “The Bible teaches that God created woman with a distinctively feminie “bent” for the home.  “Working at home” is on its Top Ten list of important things that older women need to teach the younger ones (Titus 2:4-5). Scripture encourages young women to “manage their households” (1 Timothy 5:14).  It praises the woman who “looks wll to the way [affairs} of her household” (Proverbs 31:27).  And it casts in a negative light women whose hearts are inclined away from the home–those whose “feet” are not centered there (Proverbs 7:11).” ~ True Woman 101 – Week Three – Day Four – page 81

    “The purpose of woman helping man isn’t about exalting the man.  It’s really not about him (or her) at all.  Her help contributes to both of them achieving a greater, nobler eternal purpose that is far bigger and more significant than their own existence.  She labors and serves alongside him for the same purpose for which he labors and serves.  And what is that?  The glory of God.  Woman helps man achieve the purpose of exalting and displaying the jaw-dropping magnificence of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”  ~ True Woman 101 – Week Three – Day Five – page 86

    The Video:

    If you have not taken the time to watch the video for week three please take 20 minutes this week to do so.  You will be encouraged listening to this panel of women remind you about the truths in God’s Word that tell  you how important your womanhood really is!! (If you are viewing this in your email you will need to click through to the blog here to view the video.)

    Your Turn:

    We want to hear from you and what the Lord is teaching you through this study.  Please share your thoughts with us!!

    From the following elements  that were discussed this week that are at the heart of what it means to be a woman (softness, forming deep relational bonds, having a welcoming responsive spirit, creating a place to beget and nurture life and being helper) which of these areas do you find the most challenging or difficult?

    If you are a blogger would you consider joining us in the conversation and spreading the word to more women about God’s design for True Womanhood.  Link up with us in the blog hop and we can learn together in community from one another what the Lord is teaching us through His Word.  

    If you are not a blogger share your comments either in the comment section at Thankful Homemaker or Homemaker by Choice.

    Start the conversation on Facebook on the link for this post.  Visit Thankful Homemaker and Homemaker by Choice on Facebook.

    Next Week:

    Here is our assignment for next week and we will meet again at Thankful Homemaker or Homemaker by Choice on October 3rd. My daughter Amber and I (Marci) will be alternating weeks with the study so she will have week four.  We will put the post up on both blogs so you will not miss anything if you are a follower of one of our blogs and not the other.

  • Read Week Four in True Woman 101: Divine Design and answer the questions in the study.
  • Watch the Video teaching for Week Four here.
  • Blog with us and join the blog hop so we can share what we are learning together.
  • If you have extra time visit and watch some of the related resources below.
  • Related Resources:

    A Vision of Biblical Womanhood - Revive Our Hearts Radio

    Plastic Womanhood - True Woman Blog

    Whatever the Cost – Article from Revive Our Hearts

    Additional video clips below on how Sugar and Spice affects our view of womanhood
    ((If you are viewing this in your email you will need to click through to the blog here to view the video.)

    Related Posts in the Series:
    True Woman 101: Divine Design Study Series

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    True Woman 101: Divine Design Bible Study – Week 2 – Snips & Snails

    Gen. 2:7-8 “Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.”

    My Thoughts {Amber at Homemaker By Choice}
    I really enjoyed the lessons this week, and gleaned a lot about men. It is so easy as women to be the more brash and outspoken one, and it takes a lot of self control on our part to learn submission.  I loved the suggestion in the video this week that Nancy said. She suggested that we throw our opinion out there in question form instead of brashly stating that we don’t agree. 

    God created men to be protectors and providers, and they want to protect and provide for those that the Lord has placed in their care. We as women have the instinct to nurture the family relationship. That doesn’t make us any less important! Once we take on our role our husbands will naturally tend to take on theirs.

    The Lord wants men to nourish and cherish their wives just as Christ does the church – Eph. 5 {Page 52}

    We cringe when we hear about the man having authority. The world has such a skewed up version that does not match up with the Lord’s. All authority belongs to the Lord, and we must answer to Him for the way that we use our authority. Authority is not about personal gain, or displaying personal powers.

    Authority is about obediently serving the Lord who assigned you to serve in such a position- the very attitude demonstrated by Christ Himself. {Page 61}

    This week let us reflect on the way that we treat, and speak to our husbands. Let us be humble and learn to let him lead.

    “At the heart of mature masculinity is a sense of benevolent responsibility to lead, provide for and protect women in ways appropriate to a man’s differing relationships” {John Piper}

     Highlights from the Reading:
    The man’s responsibility to “leave,” “hold fast,” and launch a new family unit indicates that taking initiative is at the core of what it means to be a man.” {True Woman 101 – Day 1- Page 47}

    God wanted man to work selflessly on behalf of his family. He commissioned the man to use his strength to serve their needs. {True Woman 101 – Day 2- Page 50}

    Exercising godly leadership is at the core of what it means to be a man. That doesn’t mean that woman has no authority or leadership responsibility. Genesis 1 indicates that God gave “dominion over the earth” to men and women together. But the fact that God specifically gave the man responsibility to name the animals indicates the He has given unique and distinct authority to men that is not interchangeable with that of women. {True Woman 101 – Day 3 – Page 55}

    Ultimately, the reason gender roles exist is to make God more knowable. The covenant union between a man and wife provides a tangible picture of what a relationship with God is all about.
    {True Woman 101 – Day 4 -Page 57}

    Jesus taught that authority is not about rights; it’s about responsibility. It’s not about getting; it’s about giving. It’s not about selfishness; it’s about selflessness. It’s not about me- focused; it’s other- focused. It’s not about the right to demand service; it’s the responsibility to provide it. Authority is a position of weighty responsibility that demands obedience to the One from whom all authority flows.
    {True Woman 101 – Day 5 – Page 61}

    The Video:

    If you have not taken the time to watch the video for week two please take 20 minutes this week to do so. We will look at what God has in mind for men to help us better understand what He has in mind for us as women. (If you are reading this in your email you will have to click through to the blog here to view the video.)

    Your Turn: 
     We want to hear from you and what the Lord is teaching you through this study. Have you embraced God’s design for you as a woman? How has this weeks study impacted you? Please share your thoughts with us!!

     If you are a blogger would you consider joining us in the conversation and spreading the word to more women about God’s design for True Womanhood. Link up with us in the blog hop and we can learn together in community from one another what the Lord is teaching us through His Word.

    If you are not a blogger share your comments either in the comment section at Thankful Homemaker or Homemaker by Choice.

     Start the conversation on Facebook on the link for this post. Visit Thankful Homemaker and Homemaker by Choice on Facebook.

     Next Week:

     Here is our assignment for next week and we will meet again at Thankful Homemaker or Homemaker by Choice on September 26th. My mom and I will be alternating weeks with the study so she will have week three. We will put the post up on both blogs so you will not miss anything if you are a follower of one of our blogs and not the other.

    • Read Week Three in True Woman 101: Divine Design and answer the questions in the study.
    • Watch the Video teaching for Week Three here.
    • Blog with us and join the blog hop so we can share what we are learning together.
    • If you have extra time visit some of the related resources below.
    Related Resources: 
    The Men Speak Out – Revive our Hearts article
    The Core of Femininity - Revive our Hearts Radio
    Recovering from a Gender Earthquake – Revive our Hearts Radio
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    True Woman 101: Divine Design Bible Study – Week One – Gender Matters

    “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
    Genesis 1:27

    My Thoughts (Marci at Thankful Homemaker):

    Can you say ladies that you love being a woman?  That you are content in who God designed you to be?  The more we understand God’s purpose in creating us male and female the better we will be able to show to the lost world the freedom and fulfillment found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are a representative of God and can glorify Him in a way that men cannot.

    In week one Mary and Nancy review the value of why God did this – creating them male and female.  What was His intent?

    The main point of the week was best said by Mary Kassian in the video below, “The Bible teaches that manhood and womanhood exist to glorify God and to put the Gospel of Jesus Christ on display.”

    Gender Really Does Matter!
     
    “History opened with the creation of male and female and a marriage because history is going to close and come to an end with a wedding.” ~Mary Kassian (Ephesians 5:25-33, Revelation 19:7-10)
    Our gender is to point to the relationship of Christ and the church.  As believers and women our gender is to reflect to the world what God is like.  This is a counter cultural idea in our society and sadly in many churches today.  Our womanhood has eternal significance and God was intentional when he made you and me a woman.
    God’s ways are good, He is faithful and worthy of our trust.  Can you say “Yes, Lord” and rest in His design for you as a woman being reminded that only through knowing Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord will we ever find true freedom and fulfillment.  May we be reminded that it isn’t about us but it is about glorifying God and putting Him on display.  God’s ways work and they are beautiful.
    Highlights from the Reading:
     
    “Scripture teaches that womanhood isn’t about prettying ourselves up and putting ourselves on display.  Our purpose in life is to put God on display–to reflect His glory in ways we as women were uniquely created to do.” ~True Woman 101 – Day 1 – page 23
    “Men were created to reflect the strength, love, and self-sacrifice of Christ.  Women were created to reflect the responsiveness, grace, and beauty of the bride He redeemed.  And marriage was created to reflect the covenant union of Christ and His bride.” ~True Woman 101 – Day 2 – page 27
    “When God called male and female “man”, He actually underlined the profound unity and equality that exist between us.  This common name shows that woman comes from man and is not independent of him.  It shows that both sexes exist to tell the story of God, and that this story is told together–with male and female as parts of a unified whole.  The common name “man” demonstrates that in the end, the story line of gender isn’t  about male or female–it’s not about us at all–it’s about the Man, Jesus Christ, whose redemptive work applies to both sexes equally.” ~True Woman 101 – Day 3 – page 30
    “So many women struggle with their sense of worth.  The world tries to convince us that we need to enhance our sense of self-worth.  It encourages women to draw their worth from looks, education, careers, possessions, relationships and their individual personalities and abilities.  The Bible’s view on worth is much different than that of popular culture.  It teaches that we don’t need a greater sense of “self-worth”….what we desperately need is a greater sense of “His-worth”.” ~True Woman 101 – Day 4 – page 34
    The Video:
     
    If you have not taken the time to watch the video for week one please take 20 minutes this week to do so.  You will be encourage listening to this panel of women remind you about the truths in God’s Word that tell  you how important your womanhood really is!! (If you are reading this in your email you will have to click through to the blog here to view the video.)
    Your Turn:
     
    We want to hear from you and what the Lord is teaching you through this study.  Have you embraced God’s design for you as a woman?  How has this weeks study impacted you?  Please share your thoughts with us!!
    If you are a blogger would you consider joining us in the conversation and spreading the word to more women about God’s design for True Womanhood.  Link up with us in the blog hop and we can learn together in community from one another what the Lord is teaching us through His Word.  
    If you are not a blogger share your comments either in the comment section at Thankful Homemaker or Joy Dare
    Start the conversation on Facebook on the link for this post.  Visit Thankful Homemaker and Joy Dare on Facebook

    Next Week:
    Here is our assignment for next week and we will meet again at Thankful Homemaker or Homemaker by Choice on September 19th.  My daughter Amber and I (Marci) will be alternating weeks with the study so she will have week two.  We will put the post up on both blogs so you will not miss anything if you are a follower of one of our blogs and not the other.
    • Read Week Two in True Woman 101: Divine Design and answer the questions in the study.
    • Watch the Video teaching for Week Two here.
    • Blog with us and join the blog hop so we can share what we are learning together.
    • If you have extra time visit some of the related resources below.
    Related Resources:
     
    A Vision of Biblical Womanhood - Revive Our Hearts Radio
    Plastic Womanhood - True Woman Blog
    Whatever the Cost – Article from Revive Our Hearts

    Related Posts in the Series:
    True Woman 101: Divine Design Bible Study – Introduction

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