She’s A Keeper

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23Mystic Lighthouse

God called David “a man after mine own heart” – my heart’s desire is that the Lord refers to me as “a woman after mine own heart.” We have a phrase that describes a girl that you would want your son to marry ~“a Keeper”, because she is one that you want him to hold on to. A woman after God’s own heart is “a Keeper” because He wants to hold on to her, and she wants to cling to Him. Also, there are several jobs that have the name keeper in them: zookeeper, gatekeeper, goalkeeper, housekeeper, shopkeeper, prison keeper, lighthouse keeper, etc. Keeping is what they do! So, as you know I love words, I did a little word study on the word “keeper”:

keeper

noun keep·er \ˈkē-pər\

: one that watches over, guards, protects, and maintains

: a person whose job is to guard or take care of something or someone

: something or someone that is worth keeping

: something or someone that is good, valuable, etc.

In Genesis 4:9, when God asks Cain where his brother Abel was (as if He didn’t know!), Cain asks God, “am I my brother’s keeper?” He meant it negatively, or in other words, “I am not my brother’s keeper!” But a woman after God’s own heart, one whom God can use IS “a keeper”, not just in the sense that a godly man would want to “keep her”, but in the sense of ‘one that watches over, guards, protects, and maintains‘, and “someone that is worth keeping, good, and valuable.”

She is a keeper of many things, including: her heart, her home, and her Father’s household:

1. A keeper of her Heart: Holiness comes from sacrifice: sacrifice of praise, worship, faith, time, obedience, money, and prayer. We keep our hearts pure by filling it with good things and keeping out the evil. By thinking only on things that are “true…honest…just…pure…lovely…of good report…”(Philippians 4:8). And, by giving ourselves wholly to God, to use as He will.

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:14

But I beseech you therefore brethren…that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice…which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1

2. A keeper of her Home: A woman after God’s own heart makes her home her priority, she is loving, kind, hospitable, hard-working, discreet, and good. She seeks to meet others’ needs and loves self-sacrificingly.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Titus 2:3-5

Let nothing me done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Phillipians 2:3,4

3. A keeper of her Father’s Household: She is careful to edify and encourage others (Ephesians 4:12), not comparing with others (1 Corinthians 10:12), allowing others’ strengths to balance out her weaknesses, realizing that we are all members of the body of Christ (Romans 12:4).

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another.” Hebrews 10:24,25

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10

I hope this little devotion has encouraged you to be “a Keeper”, and that you will strive with me to be a woman after God’s own heart.

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

keep on keeping on”

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