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29 Jan

I’ve known husbands who are miserable  due to having been issued an “LUI”. Nope, I didn’t misspel it…it really is  “LUI” and not DUI. These  married men continually “Live Under the Influence” of  a wife who has a pattern of being  excessive in her nagging, gripping, complaining, quarreling attitude.  

“It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house. It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.” Why? Because the attitudes women have directly affect the atmosphere of their homes.

“It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house. It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.” Why? Because the attitudes women have directly affect the atmosphere of their homes.

The question isn’t who are you influencing. The question we must ask ourselves is HOW? How is my faith affecting those I come into contact with? In an effort to be positive influencers to the world around us, Mary Kassian offers four key ingredients that every wise woman takes to heart:

  1. Choose positive and not negative influence.  In other words, in order to choose what type of influence you are becoming, discern what types of influences you are letting in to your life. 
  2. Affecting Others through Strength of Character.  Peter speaks about women using their conduct as a source of impact on an unbelieving husband, “that they may be won by the conduct of their wives.” (I Peter3:1-
  3. Judicious with Words.  Proverbs 16:23 says, “The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.”  A woman’s speech holds great power to influence those around her.  Be wise with your words.
  4. Rely on God to Effect Change. As Mary Kassian says, “A positive influencer kn ows that ultimately it is God, and not she, who effects positive change in a person’s life.  So she relies on Him and on her most potent, influential tool – prayer.”

It is true: we are all influencers. We can’t choose who we are going to influence, or when we are going to influence them. But we can always…always…choose how.

http://www.cbmw.org/Blog/Posts/The-Influence-of-a-Woman?

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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in character, influence, sanctification

 

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