A Woman of Virtue

Ruth 3:11  “For all the city of my people know that thou art a virtuous woman.”

     This devotion is in honor of a faithful servant of the Lord, my mother-in-law, my other mother, (for she was truly a mother to me), who passed away in December of 2010, from this earthly realm to be in the presence of her Lord after 94 years.  “To be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” II Corinthians 5:8.  She had so many wonderful godly qualities that I would like to share some of them with you, so that her example can be a pattern for our lives to follow.
1. She was never ashamed to speak freely and boldly about her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  In fact, God used my mother-in-law in a very influential way in my coming to Christ.
2. She was very faithful to study her Bible and pray and set that example for all of us. She loved the King James Version of the Bible, so all the quotes in this devotion are from that version. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” II Timothy 2:15. 
3. She was a great teacher–not a school teacher–but a teacher of her family and other women.  “She openeth her mouth with wisdom.”  Proverbs 31:26
4.She was a hard worker, industrious, and always busy.
“She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31;27
5.She was kind and considerate, and always thinking of others.  “In her tongue is the law of kindness.” Proverbs 31:26
6. She had a big heart, always helping others and loved to give.  “She stretcheth out her hand to the poor, yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.”  Proverbs 31:20
7. She was thrifty and prudent, and wisely cared for her household.  “She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.”  Proverbs 31:13
8.  She was a wonderful cook and shared her gift of hospitality with many preachers who ate at her table.  She was aware of the favorite dishes of each child and always tried to prepare what they liked.  She “giveth meat to her household.”  Proverbs 31:15
9. She was fun.  Our family lived across the road from Mamaw and Papa for 10 years and we shared many happy times together.  “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance.” Proverbs 15:13.
10. She endured trials and hardships, always trusting in the Lord. “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” II Timothy 2:3
11. She loved music and loved to sing and taught her children to love music also. Even in her 90’s she was a witness for the Lord through singing.  “I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 104:35
12. She loved to tell stories from her childhood and while we were enjoying the story, we usually learned an important lesson about life.
13. She was a woman of high moral character.  She was steadfast and solid in what she believed.  She knew right from wrong and was going to do what was right.  “Choose you this day whom ye will serve; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
14. She was always looking for the Lord’s return.  “I’m looking for my Lord.”  “Unto them that look for Him shall He appear.” Hebrews 9:28
      I learned so much from my dear mother-in-law about how to be a mother-in-law and grandmother by watching how she treated me and our children and for that I will always be grateful.   I will also always be grateful for the Christian heritage she passed on to my husband, then he passed it on to our children and they are passing it on to their children.  It gives us a sense of belonging to something bigger than our own little world, and a desire to live up to this heritage with dignity as we honor and glorify God.
The Better Way: Let Us Learn and Follow After Those Mother’s Who Have Faithfully Gone Before Us
                  Hannah, Full of Grace
                  Eve: The First Mother
                  The Obedient Unnamed Mother

About Gail Slawson

I am a 74 year old wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. After 54 years of marriage, my husband and I have been richly blessed with 4 wonderful children and their wonderful mates and 19 precious grandchildren, five of whom are already with the Lord and 5 great-grandchildren. My husband and I are busy retirees and reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where we serve the Lord Jesus Christ through Bible Studies, as mentors in our church and telling others about Him "as we go." Mark 16:15
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8 Responses to A Woman of Virtue

  1. Tracey says:

    Thank you for such a beautiful tribute to such a woman of God!


  2. Lynn says:

    I just read your beautiful tribute to Henrietta. What an honor for you all to have spent many years together. Thank you for the many inspirational messages you have sent our way…Love and God Bless Richly,,Lynn


  3. Summer Lloyd says:

    What a blessing she was in your family and a wonderful example for women to strive to be such a woman of virtue.


  4. Anita says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your mother-in-law! I write a newsletter for the seniors in my church…could I have permission to use this next May in my newsletter? It’s okay if you’d rather I didn’t, but please let me know.


  5. Beth says:

    Mama, I will always cherish the example of how you both loved each other, I’m sure as Ruth and Naomi loved one another. I want my children to remember me having a love for my mother-in-law in the same way. I love you dearly, Beth


  6. jason reaves says:

    That was a great tribute about a great woman! I never did get any of those homemade biscuits everyone keeps talking about, but you never know. Maybe on the new earth she can whip me up a batch!


  7. Summer says:

    I see a lot of you in that devotion. You are truly a great example:) Thanks for sharing.


  8. Gail says:

    Thanks for the sweet comment, Summer. Actually, I like the last words of a song that goes like this “And may they forget the channel, seeing only Him.” May the Lord Jesus Christ only be glorified in everything


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