WOMAN OF VIRTUE
By: Linda Laine
My husband and I
had been looking forward to our time alone on the Hawaiian
Islands. I prayed, with my whole heart, that the Lord would use
me, use us, in whatever way He could to be a blessing. After all,
I have been so dearly blessed of the Lord.
Managing our way to the West side of the island of Kauai, looking for sunshine and warm beaches, we drove until the road ended. This side of the island showed itself to be dry and desert like with warm winds and a lot of sand. Driving to one beach, barely making it through the sand, we decided to turn around and go back to the previous beach. As we turned, my husband decided to maneuver through a smooth patch of sand that only held us in our spot. We were stuck! Sand covering over half the tires and the underside of the car was wedged tightly against the deep sand bar.
He decides to get out and push and determines that I should drive the car out. The tires spin and burrow deeper into the sand. Suddenly a woman appears in my rear view mirror. With her, in a dirt stained fleece pouch, she carried a 4 month old infant. Running along side of her was her naked 4 year old daughter. The womans hair was long and flowed with her long dress. Barefoot, with baby in tote, she begins to help Olli push the car out of the sand. The car only digs deeper.
She walks around to the driver side of the car and I get out to talk to her and see her baby. Contentedly, the child nurses her at mothers breast, her big blue eyes looking around. The child sees me and stops her afternoon meal to smile at me and even offer a laugh. Her mother was gracious in appearance and offered to find someone to pull us out of the sand.
Eventually we had a few people come and inspect the damage and they all offered advice on how we should get the car out. A shaggy looking fellow, of Hawaiian origin, offers the best advice. All get behind the car and push as I steer the car gingerly through the sand and back onto the road. Everyone wandered off leaving the young mother to say good-bye. She heads down the road with her children. As we drove past her I ask my husband to slow down. I roll down my window and yell, "Thank you," and with a strong urging in my spirit I add, "and God bless you!"
She turned every so gracefully and her smile broadened and she replied, "Thank you. Thank you so much. It was a blessing to meet you!"
We drove down to the next beach and carefully parked our car in a safe spot. It was getting late but we wanted to see the beach so we got out of the car and began to walk down the beach collecting sea shells. I thought about this woman... about the peace in her soul, the joy in her eyes and in her heart, there was a contentment and peace present that was indescribable. She had the peace and love of Christ in her soul and it shone through in her entire being. I remembered when I was once like that. Where did it go? I wondered.
Soon the woman meets us again. "Im glad to see you got out of the sand. My children and I have been walking the beach all day. We walked down to the missile range and the police were there. They stopped us as they were roping off the area. They said they were getting ready for war games. Can you believe that? On Good Friday theyre going to begin war games and it is supposed to go through until Easter Sunday. I even asked the officer about that and he just shrugged his shoulders. Can you believe they are going to do war games from Good Friday until Easter Sunday?"
"Wow, that is really surprising. Thats too bad," I said, rather distracted, as I watched her daughter running naked along the sand dune with a plastic grocery sack strapped around her shoulders like a back pack. I wondered if they had enough to eat. I thought of my spending money in my wallet and thought that I might go get it and give her all I had. After all, it was just my spending money, I could give it to them for groceries and easily do without a few tee-shirts and knick-knacks. "She doesnt need your money!" the Lord spoke firmly to my heart. "You would only insult her for she has no need of your money."
"Were going to the north shore tomorrow," she said.
"Oh really, thats where we are going." I wonder if she needs a ride, maybe I could bless her with a ride. "She doesnt need a ride from you," the Lord spoke again to my heart.
"Yeah, were heading that way too and were looking forward to it." Maybe they need a place to stay tonight. They gave us a two-bedroom condo and so we have all this extra space... maybe I should offer them a place for the night. "She doesnt need you to give her shelter," I heard the Lord speak.
Her smile, her tone was ever so peaceful, truly a woman of virtue, content in her way of life. There must be something I can do for this woman and her children. The Lord speaks, "You have nothing she wants or needs. I am her source, I am her strength, I am her provider, I am her shelter."
"But Lord, I want to do something for her... I am so blessed and I want to be a blessing!"
"She is content with her life, you have nothing to offer her. What you have means nothing to her... shes content in My love."
I shared a warm good-bye with this woman and her children as they head off down the beach. We walk to our car and I think. "Lord, maybe I could take them shopping. I could buy them a clean fleece carrier and buy the children some clothes. That would be a good thing."
"That child does not realize she is naked," said the Lord, "If you took them home with you, the child would become aware of her nakedness. You would expose her nakedness to her and change her life forever. You have nothing they want or nothing they need. You are basing their needs by your standards. You have nothing she wants, but she has everything you want. You have nothing to give her, but she has everything to give you."
Suddenly, I saw myself praying before I ever left my home. With my freshly cut hair, my designer bathing suits, and matching luggage. I saw myself in my big home and my swimming pool. I saw my refrigerator full and pantry overflowing. Safe in my environment, I gloat in my blessings. Then at once it hit me, who am I to boast? Who am I to think I have some "thing" or "things" to give? I give in my excess...but this true lady, a lady of grace, a woman of virtue, would give me not of her leftovers, but of all she had.
This day the Lord taught me...with all I have, I have nothing. And this homeless woman, who had nothing, had everything to give. I wanted to fill her pockets; she wanted to fill my heart. This day, this woman, gave to me more that I could ever give to her. I realized that I was the one that was lacking, and this woman who had nothing had everything.
The Lord, in His own gentle way, showed me to be a woman of virtue is worth more than all the gold that money can buy.
If you would like to contact me I can be reached at email@example.com.
PLEASE HELP SHARE THE BEST NEWS GOD HAS FOR EVERY PERSON!
"And this gospel of the
died for sinners] shall be preached in all the world for a witness
unto all nations; and then shall the end come."
(Quote from Jesus Himself: Matthew 24:14).
Consider how many children in "all the nations" have never heard YET what Jesus accomplished for THEM at the cross? PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS TO THE LITTLE CHILDREN!
To help us share the Best News every person needs to hear on this planet, randomly click FOR JESUS on just three (3) of the JESUS DID IT! links below. It will take just a few moments of your time. Please - that’s all you are asked to do. God will reward you! (Of course, be highly encouraged to forward one of these video clips to those who may have never heard what Jesus did for them on the cross ... especially young people). Thank you so much!
JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT! JESUS DID IT!
For anyone living in the continental U.S. who would like 50 FREE copies of JESUS DID IT! to be made available to others, simply email us requesting them and provide us your mailing address. We’ll be glad to send them to you, as long as ministry funds allow.
Our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
JESUS DID IT! - or - JESUS DID IT!
(Please paste one of the above links onto your Facebook page - website - blog - video; etc.)
Let God Use Your Salvation Testimony!
If this testimony has blessed you, would you please take a few moments and share with us HOW it has blessed you? Your feedback is very important. Please mention the author of this testimony when you email your comments. Thank you so very, very much! Email: email@example.com
A Special Message: http://www.precious-testimonies.com/Exhortations/f-j/HelpingShareTheMessageOfTheCross.htm
Dear Reader -are you at peace with God? If not, you can be. Do you know what awaits you when you die? You can have the assurance from God that heaven will be your home, if you would like to be certain. Either Jesus Christ died for your sins, or He didn't (He did!). Are you prepared to stand before God on the Judgment Day and tell Him that you didn't need the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross to have your sins forgiven and get in right-standing with God? We plead with you ... please don't make such a tragic mistake.
To get to know God; to be at peace with God; to have your sins forgiven; to make certain heaven will be your home for eternity; to make certain that you are in right-standing with God right now ... please click here to help understand the importance of being reconciled to God. What you do about being reconciled to God will determine where you will spend eternity, precious one. Your decision to be reconciled to God is the most important decision you'll ever make in this life.
The staff and our ministry supporters so greatly appreciate hearing how God is touching lives for His glory through this outreach. If this ministry has blessed you in some special way, would you please consider taking a brief moment and share your blessing with us? Simply email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We truly thank each of you who allow us to publish your testimony, for those who faithfully pray (and fast) for this outreach, for those of you who help support the ministry financially, and for those of you who pass along these testimonies and other ministry writings to others. Especially to prisoners! The part the Holy Spirit has you play is vital in helping win lost souls and being engaged in discipleship, and we can never thank you enough for the labor of love and support you provide on behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Precious Testimoniesis supported financially by those God directs to sow into this ministry. We ask each person reading this to please ask God on an on-going basis if He would have you sow a financial gift to this evangelistic outreach of His - trust that He will clearly communicate His will to you in the matter - then simply be obedient. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the current financial needs of this outreach, or any other questions you may have.
For convenience, you can simply click on the secure Pay Pal donate button below if you want to donate by credit card. Otherwise, you can send your precious gift to:Precious Testimonies, P.O. Box 516, Jenison, MI 49429.
Precious Testimoniesis a non-denominational 501-C-3 evangelistic ministry, and financial love offerings to this ministry are tax-deductible for those who qualify. A financial summary can be viewed by clicking on the following link: Financial Summary.
Inquiries or comments are welcome at our E-mail address:
Thank You, and God bless you!