Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Foolish Woman: Her Feet Would Not Stay at Home

"She was loud and rebellious,
Her feet would not stay at home.
At times she was outside,
at times in the open square,
Lurking at every corner."

Proverbs 7: 11-12

 The foolish woman has a "loud" or "tumultuous" spirit. Proverbs 9:13 describes her as "clamorous [boisterous]". She does not exercise restraint or self-control. She is stormy and demanding. Her demeanor is in contrast to the meek and quiet spirit that is priceless to God. Not only is she loud, she is also "rebellious" or "stubborn". She is headstrong and defiant against God's law and against the obligation of morality.

"Her feet would not stay at home." ...In contrast to the wise woman, the foolish woman is not content to be a keeper at home.  She is not satisfied with where God has put her. One of the things the feminist movement has done so successfully is is to stir up discontent in women with being homemakers and to convince them that other pursuits can increase their self-worth.

...Fueling discontent and pushing women out of their home in search of greater meaning and satisfaction has resulted in off-the-chart stress levels for many women who can no longer survive without pills and therapists. The woman who life does not center around her home and the well-being of her family and who is constantly darting from one place and one activity to another is more vulnerable to being entangled in immoral relationships and is more likely to entice men who are vulnerable themselves. The greatest spiritual, moral, and emotional protection a woman will ever experience is found when she is content to stay within her God-appointed sphere.  

This does not mean she never leaves her house, but rather that her heart is rooted in her home and that she puts her family's needs above all other interests and pursuits. 

-Nancy Leigh Demoss,
Biblical Womanhood in the Home

What a great reminder!
Nancy has counseled, advised and ministered to countless women and has wise advice to offer--this book is truly an encouragement. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it!


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Adeline said...

How true this &How well put also.Thanks for posting this.It was truly helpful. I could have gone to the other side had i not read this.So thanks!

Jessica said...

Wow - that was great. I may have to get the book! Thanks for sharing this.

Raising Mighty Arrows said...

Very well written. Thank you for sharing. :)

Heather said...

It's refreshing to know there are women out there that haven't fallen for the lie's of society. Beautiful encouragement! And you can't go wrong with anything Nancy Leigh Demoss puts out. She's an amazing godly woman that care's deeply about what true womanhood is.

Renee said...

Amen! Thank you for this post. :)

Rhonda Devine said...

That's a great book, June--I have it and highly recommend it too!

Rocky Mountain Homemaker said...

Lovely post. I too love Nancy Leigh DeMoss' writing.
One time I led a Bible study on one of her books. I think I was a bit more into being a homekeeper than the other ladies. Perhaps it made them think...........Denise

h. rae said...

I love this. That scripture rings of wisdom. Everywhere you look, "loud" women congregate. Only yesterday I was writing to my sister that I need to become more meek and gentle as we are instructed by God's Word. It's so easy to get caught up and lose our own womanly dignity by acting out of place or saying things in the wrong manner. God, grant us gentleness and kindness in the face of today's world.

Sounds like a wonderful book!

Nadene said...

Simplicity at home with gratitude is great gain. Thanks for speaking this truth.

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