Posted by: Ety W. | May 31, 2014

Now Available!


Encourage The Young Women is now available in paperback, covering the same Scripture-based content as the blog. “Come, let us reason the Scripture together.” Can the Bible possibly offer reasonable solutions to the many issues facing modern Christian women today?

~ How do I balance family and career?
~ What is the best Christian ministry for women?
~ Does the Bible really teach sexual inequality?
~ Is submission a curse? Is God saying I’m inferior?
~ Is mutual submission the answer?
~ Respect my husband? What if he doesn’t deserve it?
~ What if my husband isn’t qualified to be spiritual head?
~ How do I love my husband when I don’t feel like it?
~ What is a woman’s power? Over whom is it used?

Encourage The Young Women examines how the Word of God answers these questions. It explores what the Bible has to say by showing the reader how to observe, interpret, and apply Scripture for herself. The 2 to 4 page chapters are perfect for devotional or Bible study.

296 pages, list price is $13.95. It is currently available on Amazon, but blog readers and followers can get 25% off the list price at my CreateSpace eStore. Click here and enter code SLQ8CXHR at checkout.

An eBook version is also in the works.

ISBN-10: 0989711110
ISBN-13: 978-0989711111
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces



The Holy Bible: Word of God? Or Word of Man?
How Do You Read The Bible?
The Word of God: A Reasonable Approach
Definition of a Christian

Titus 2:3-5

The Women of Titus Chapter 2
Whom Do You Admire?
How To Do A Word Study
Who Are The Older Women?
Older Women Likewise: Women in Christian Leadership
Temperance: For Drunks Only?
Dignity: A Basic Human Right?
Being Sensible
Spiritual Soundness
Is Faith Blind?
Faith is an Action Word
Love: More Than a Feeling?
Circumstances Getting You Down?
Why Me? Persevering Through Difficulties
Behavior Check for Women in Christian Leadership
How Many Kinds of Gossip Are There, Anyway?
Nor Enslaved To Much Wine
The Problem With Being Good
Teaching What Is Good
How Not to Encourage Your Friends and Family
To Love Their Husbands
To Love Their Children
What Do You Want for Your Children?
Children, Sin, and the D Word
Why I Homeschooled My Children
Public Education: Children as Missionaries
Are Some Sins Worse Than Others?
Guardians of the Household
Influencing Others
Feminism’s 4-Letter Word
Submission For Husbands? You’ve Got to be Kidding
Submission: Biblical Inequality?
Changing Our Husbands
Submission: Where Do We Draw the Line?
Submission To Whom?
Dishonoring the Word of God
“That She Respect Her Husband”
The Spiritually Mature Woman: A Summary of Titus 2:3-5

Genesis Chapters 1 – 3

Genesis 1: An Overview of Creation
Genesis 2: Filling in The Details
Leaving and Cleaving
Companionship in Marriage
Help Meet
Genesis 3 : So What Happened?
The Consequences
The Problem With Sin
Being a Godly Woman

Proverbs 31:10-31

The Excellent Woman: By Whose Definition?
A Woman’s Power
A Husband’s Trust
Willingly Industrious
Diligent Provider
Organized Manager
Shrewd Investor
Woman of Strength
Financially Sensible
Skilled With Her Hands
Faithfully Prepared
Takes Care Of Her Appearance
Unity in Marriage
Successful Businesswoman
No Fear
Wise Teacher
Cause and Effect
Kingdom Minded
The Excellent Woman: A Summary of Proverbs 31:10-31

Bibliography and Resources

General Index
Word Study Index
Scripture Index


Posted by: Ety W. | February 20, 2014

Coming Soon

This summer Encourage The Young Women will be published and available as a book. I hope it will be useful as an encouragement, personal devotional, or for small group Bible study. Watch here for details.

Posted by: Ety W. | November 1, 2008

Blog Sabbatical

Encourage the Young Women is currently on sabbatical.

Posted by: Ety W. | October 29, 2008

The Excellent Woman – A Summary of Proverbs 31:10-31

The entire Encourage The Young Women Bible study is now available in paperback.
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This is part 21 in a series on the Proverbs 31 Woman. To start at the beginning, click here.

Was the Proverbs 31 Woman a “real” woman?  No, not as a biblical, historical character. Rather she is an ideal, a standard to measure by, a role model to follow, a goal to work toward.

Her Character:

Confident – v 25

Courage - v 17

Dignified – v 25

Diligent – v 14

Early Riser – v 15

Faithful – 21

Generous – v 20

Industrious – v 13

Influential – v 10

Kind – v 26

Moral – v 30

Not lazy – v 27

Observant – v 27

Organized – v 15

Prudent – v 16

Reverential – v 30

Sensible – v 18

Strength – v 17

Trustworthy – v 11

Well groomed – v 22

Wise – v 16

Her Skills:

Textile Arts -

Creative – v 13

Handspinning – v 19

Knowledgeable – v 13

Sewing skills – v 22

Culinary Arts -

Purchaser of choice foods – 14

Supervises meals – v 15

Management Skills

Attention to detail - v 27

Common Sensev 18

Home business – v 24

Investor – v 16

Observant – v 27

Organized – v 15

Overseer – v 15

Philanthropist – v 20

Prepared – v 21

Realistic – v 18

Stewardship – v 18

Successful – v 24

Teaches – v 26

Wise – v 26

Her relationship with her husband:

Appreciation – v 10

Has his best interests at heart – v 10

One of trust – v 11

Praise – v 28

Unity – v 23

Posted by: Ety W. | October 25, 2008

Prov. 31:30-31 – Eternally Motivated

The entire Encourage The Young Women Bible study is now available as a book!
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This is part 20 in a series on the Proverbs 31 Woman.
To start at the beginning, click here.

I’ll never forget how shocked I was after my 51st birthday.  I was checking out at the grocery store when the cashier (a woman who appeared to be about my age), asked me if I qualified for the 65 and older discount.  In that nanosecond I realized something startling about myself.

Ever since I had come to know the Lord, I’d been telling myself that everything I did was for the Lord and that I didn’t care what other people thought. A simple question concerning my age revealed something else. In the flustering minutes which followed that incident, I jumped to the conclusion that I needed to get rid of my gray hairs!  Soon though, my initial emotional reaction dissipated, and I had to ask myself question, which I’m going to turn around and ask you.

What motivates you?  I mean at the barest, most basic level, what motivates you?  Is it what others think?   I have to admit that I’m constantly struggling with worry about how the house looks, how I look, and whether or not I’ve just said something stupid.  Now, I’m not saying that keeping the house clean and myself well groomed aren’t important.  The problem is, who I am doing it for?

Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.  Prov. 31:30-31

Verse 30 contains a contrast (notice that little word “but”?)  It contrasts the way we behave and look (charm and beauty), with the condition of our hearts toward God.

Charm – Strong’s 2580 – חן - chen = favor, grace, charm, elegance, acceptance

Being funny, clever, or charming is something that comes naturally for some people. It can also be learned to some degree. But beauty fades with age.  Popularity is based on other people’s perceptions, which are easily swayed.  Prov. 31:30 tells us these things are vain.

Vain – Strong’s 1892 – הבל - hebel = vapor, breath, empty, transitory, unsatisfactory

Beauty, charm, and popularity never last, which is why they are ultimately empty and unsatisfactory. We, however, are eternal beings who crave something of eternal worth.  If we want to have a sense of lasting value in who we are and what we do, we should consider what qualities can withstand the test of time.  What was it for the Excellent Woman?

But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.  Prov. 31:31b

That word “fears” can mean to be afraid, but in this case, it does not.

Fears – Strong’s 3373 – ירא – yare’ = morally reverent, afraid

This verse reveals the Proverbs 31 Woman’s true source of motivation for everything she does in verses 11 through 27.  It explains why the heart of her husband trusts in her. It explains why she is willing to rise early and stay up late.  It explains why she is not afraid, why she smiles at the future, and why her children bless her and her husband praises her.

Everything the Excellent Woman does is for the Lord.  Why?  Because she respects and trusts Him.  She understands that her sense of security and personal worth are not based on anyone else, nor on anything she can do.  They are based solely on who the Lord is and what He can do.  Consequently, she is free to live her life and enjoy her family, without the burden of worry and fear of failure.

What motivates you?  Is it what others might think?  What others might say?  Do you find yourself reacting to a litany of “buts” and  “what ifs” that continually parade themselves through your mind?

One day each one of us will receive the fruit of our hands.

Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.  2 Cor. 5:9-10

As Christians this is not a judgment for sin, but a receiving of the fruit of how we lived our lives.  It is something that each and every Believer will be required to do.

When eternity comes, what will you have to show for your life?  Will you be known to have been like the Proverbs 31 Woman?  I encourage you to take her example to heart.

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