Do I sound like a nerd, yet? That's OK, because here is more.
I love all of them. From verbs to nouns to adjectives and adverbs, to synonyms, antonyms and acronyms.
I really like acronyms. So I was ecstatic when God brought this one to me:
Submissive Wife Adorned with Grace
the manner in which one presents his/herself
kind, thoughtful, generous,
respectful and respectable,
radiating inner beauty,
poised, intelligent, attentive,
A submissive wife's SWAG,
the way in which she presents her self,
the very person she is,
should contain all the attributes of GRACE.
A S.W.A.G, a gracious and grace filled woman, is one who is this:
She is love. The greatest way to love is putting anothers needs before our own, even when it hurts. A gracious wife does this consistently for her husband.
She exudes joy. She finds strength in the Lord. She radiates inner beauty because she has learned to put God first in all circumstances. Her strength in Him cannot be dulled or hidden. Her husband finds her inner beauty more attractive than her outer. He, too, is strengthened in her joy.
She brings peace to her home. Her spirit is at ease. She is not hurried, stressed, harsh or ungrateful. Her presence calms those around her, especially her husband. He feels safe with her, knowing she will bring him no harm.
She is patient. She understands the needs of her husband. She accommodates those needs before he asks them of her. A patient wife endures without complaining. She stands poised, willing to help, assist and nurture his needs.
She is kind. She is well-mannered in the way she speaks and behaves toward her husband. Neither does she harbor secret bitterness toward him. If she does, eventually it will overflow from her heart and out her mouth or through her actions. Her heart is adorned with kindness.
She is good. She is first of all respectful, then respectable. She is attentive to her husbands needs. She is dutiful in her tasks, not making herself a liability to her marriage. She is driven to achieve, capable, intelligent and seeks to do her best in all things.
She is faithful. She is wholeheartedly dedicated to her husband in mind, body and spirit. She is dependable, reliable, realistic and always present....always present. She is not easily swayed by her fleshly desires. She stays on track, focused on the task at hand, having an eternal perspective in all things.
She is gentle. She is sweet-tempered; soft, not harsh. She is understanding, serene, and compassionate toward her husband. Her gentle swag will soothe him after a hard day. Her gentle answer will calm any quarrel.
She is self-controlled. She thinks before she acts, thinks before she speaks, thinks to a greater end than what her 'self' is capable of. She is self-disciplined and does not waste her time, money or resources. She is composed and acts with wisdom.
She is gracious.
"A gracious woman retaineth honour" Pr. 11:16
She is grace-filled.
She has the "unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit,
which is of great worth in God's sight."
1 Peter 3:4
"A wife of noble character is her husbands crown."
A submissive wife adorned with grace, is as rare as she is precious.
She will remain rare if we, as wives, continue focusing on our 'self'. A woman with Godly swag cannot be found when we gauge our words and actions solely on how a situation makes us feel. Feelings are not dependable and should never be served without first viewing them in the light of truth.
A S.W.A.G. will stay rare, indeed, if we do not consult the inspired word of God as our life manual, earnestly seeking to cultivate the qualities of an honorable woman.
Over the next few weeks....or however long God decides to inspire me to share, we will be exploring the attributes and attitudes of a S.W.A.G. I believe beyond a doubt, that God will use this acronym to encourage, enlighten and liberate wives.
I'm excited! I hope you stick around!
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Updated: click through the links in pink to read S.W.A.G characteristics!