Just to refresh my memory, I’m re-reading my posts from Disciplines of a Godly Woman. This is helping me gauge if anything has changed since I first wrote these posts. It’s always good to review what got me started on this in the first place. I asked Karl to let me know which ones he thought I needed to work on first, the areas that need a little more discipline. I’ve updated several of these posts. If you remember them, then just scroll to the bottom for the update. Good grief, some of my posts are looong! One thing I must do is resolve to say more in fewer words.
The first section of Disciplines of a Godly Woman is all about developing disciplines for the soul. There are many spiritual disciplines (some of them not-so-Christian) and means of doing this, but Hughes emphasizes
- the Gospel (read my posts here, here, here and here)
- Submission: The Posture of Godliness and more
- Prayer (read here and here)
- Worship (one and two)
The second section is about developing godly character. Hughes details developing
- the mind (one two three and four)
- contentment (one, two, three, four and good grief FIVE posts)
- propriety (one, two, being feminine, words–in which I go on a tangent about gossip; and attitude)
- perseverance (just one!)
The third section is about a godly woman’s relationships
- in the church (one)
- as a single woman (I didn’t write anything about this chapter since I’m not single)
- in marriage (one)
- as a nurturer (one, two)
The final section is about a godly woman’s ministry through
I need the most grace in these areas: my mind (I need to recommit to being more intentional with scripture memorization), perseverance (I could stand to exert myself more), marriage, nurturing, good deeds, and witness (I need to pay attention to the people around me and TALK to them). I am keeping in mind what Peter wrote:
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.
Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:3-11