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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Notes...A Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George

CHAPTER 5

Scriptures used in chapter:
And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” (Genesis 2:18, NKJV)

...just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28, NKJV)

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (Philippians 2:3, NKJV)

Key points:
Called to Serve
- A woman after God's own heart is a woman who carefully cultivates a servant spirit who desires to follow in the steps of Jesus which calls for lifelong attention to the heart attitude of serving
- For a married woman, that attitude and service starts at home and more specifically with your husband, not running parallel in competition to him, but behind him, encouraging him
- You are on assignment from God to help your husband; your husband is your career
- This mind-set, especially towards your husband, to esteem him as better than yourself and commit yourself to service, this servant spirit, will help you be more like Christ

Yes, But How?
1. Make a commitment to help your husband
- Let your words reflect YOUR DECISION to help your husband, to be a team with him, and to make helping him the priority focus of your every day
2. Focus on your husband
- Focus on his tasks, his goals, his responsibilities
- Say, "You first!" and ask every day
"What can I do for you today?"
"What can I do to help you make better use of your time today?"
- You want your husband to know that he is your highest human priority. You want to ease his life by helping him.
- Whether you are married or not, serving the people in your life is part of God's will for you. It pleases Him when you follow His will, benefits the lives of those you serve, and shows Christ to the world.
3. Ask of your actions, Will this help or hinder my husband?

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