Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Maidens of Worth

The name of our blog is Maidens of Worth. However, you many not quite know what we're about, so I hope to explain a few things.

Our theme verses are 1 Peter 3:3-4 - "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." (emphasis mine) So, through these verses we find that a gentle and quiet spirit is something we should strive for, because to God, it is of great worth! Plus, it is everlastingly beautiful, beauty that won't ever fade away. Wouldn't you like that? Yes, we can make ourselves stunningly beautiful on the outside, but eventually it will fade. We want to have an inner beauty, cultivated by God, that will never fade. Does this mean that we can't braid our hair, or wear jewelry and nice clothes? No! It's okay to want to look nice, but our outward appearance should not be where our beauty comes from. If you have an unfading inner beauty, it will shine through... not matter how you look on the outside!

1 Timothy 2:8-9 even tells us how we're to dress: "I also want a women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God." Again, I don't think it's wrong to dress well, in fact the women of the Bible often were reported to be wearing beautiful clothes. But, they shouldn't be our focus, instead, we should dress with good deeds.

Another verse that communicates our message is Proverbs 31:10 - "A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies." (emphasis mine) Obviously Miriam and I aren't wives yet. However, we can begin to build up, with God's help, a noble character, so that one day we will be wives of noble character worth far more than rubies. How do we do this? Well, Proverbs 31:11-31 goes on to describe all of the things a wife of noble character does, and it's quite an inexhaustible list! By studying each verse and trying to put them into practice, we can learn quite a bit, and begin developing a noble character.

We can also learn a lot from the older women who have gone before us, such as our moms or other ladies we know. Speaking about the older women, Paul says in Titus 2:4-5 - "Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God." Again, we don't yet have husbands or children, but there's still a wealth of things to learn to do from these two verses.

And one day, when we do marry, we hope to be wives of noble character. Proverbs 12:4 says "A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones." I'd much rather be a crown rather than decay, wouldn't you?

Now we know what we want to be worth, but what is a maiden? The dictionary defines a maiden as "a young unmarried woman." Obviously this describes Miriam and I. We could have easily called this blog "Girls of Worth" or "Young Women of Worth", but there's just something about the word Maiden that sounds so beautiful and feminine. In fact, to be maidenly is to be "like a maiden; gentle; modest" - all things I hope to be.

Now, although this blog is mainly geared to maidens, we hope that you will be encouraged, be ye a maiden, mother, or man. There will most likely be quite a variety of topics addressed through our writings. There'll be everything from essays, to musings, to poetry, to simple daily happenings in our lives. Through everything, we hope to bring glory, praise, and honor to our Father God, and hope that you will be encouraged and refreshed as you read the blog of two maidens, who are quite unlike the "normal" teen girls of today...

"Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen." - 1 Timothy 1:17


Kelsa said...

Your purpose with this blog is very admirable! And I agree, 'maiden' has a certian sound to it that is simply lovely!

I too am not "normal" and sometimes it's very hard - but having girls like you around makes it a little easier! =)

Miriam Rebekah said...

Wonderful post, Anna!
To be a Maiden for God is one
of my biggest desires. I want to
be able to live out the Proverbs 31 woman. Thanks everyone for the comments and encouragement!

Ella said...

Maidens is a rather interesting term. I do a study by Mrs. Stacy McDonald, and she uses that word.

I look forward to your future posts.

Oh, Miriam, and any one else, feel free to visit my blog www.growingingod.blogspot.com. Anna does!:)

Jessica said...

Good post, Anna! I'm glad to hear that you are deriving so much of the this blog's title and purpose from Scripture...keep up the good work!

Claire said...

Lovely post! Thank you for being unafraid to be counter-culteral. May God in His goodness see fit to raise up many more maidens with such ideals -- maidens who will help re-shape the focus of our world!

Your Sister in Christ,

hizipfile said...

Hey. i unexpectly visit your blog which is so interesting. I am a college girl living in s. Korea. i've nerver thought about livin like you desire. i have been considering being a nun instead.

wanna comeby and say hello
time to time :)

Mary Grace said...

Anna and Miriam,
I love what you are doing with your blog! Sometimes it is difficult to be so different from the world in trying to being modest, pure and humble. My friend Kelsey told me about your blog (check her's out it is- modestyisbeautiful.wordpress.com) and I am so glad she did!

Let all of the girls like us to be an encouragement to one another to become more like Jesus and serve the Lord every day.

May God be with you.

Hana - Marmota said...

This is a very good explanation of the thoughts behind the name of your blog... and behind your life.

I wanted to offer yet another perspective. In the Czech (I'm Czech) translation of the Proverbs text I'm familiar with, it goes "┼Żenu state─Źnou kdo nalezne?", i.e. "A woman/wife BRAVE who can find?" (Eventually also... stout, able, something like that.) I've always found that to be very inspiring. That women can be, even ought to be, BRAVE. It certainly also has the hint of "noble character" - there are two words for "brave" in Czech, and this is the one of them that hints on something noble and enduring.
I hope my linguistic thoughts - I tend to go that way - are helpful in offering more meaning of that verse.


Anonymous said...

To see young Christian girls&women who look so different. I wish that back over 40 years ago that the girls I was around were like that . They were mostly tom-boyish, being attracted to the feminism of the day. Looking no different than the world, boy did I miss out not being around the Christian girly-girls it was meant for me to be around. Besides there was a girl shortage. It was boys, boys&more boys. I use to wonder "where are all the girls in the church"? SO SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!