A few years back our pastor’s close friends visited our church. The father’s name was David. His oldest son had met a girl named Danielle and was serious about her. David told us about a conversation he had had with Danielle when he was first getting to know her. In the midst of the conversation, he felt like the Lord prompted him to ask her a question. It didn’t seem to him like anything very profound, but he asked it anyway. He asked her how she was feeling. She said that she was very tired. He asked her why and she explained that her friend had called her late the night before in great distress so she had gone to try to help her. After being with her friend for several hours, she had returned home and had to stay up late studying. That simple question told him much about his future daughter-in-law who made time for her hurting friend even when other responsibilities could have kept her from helping her.

This passage from 1 Timothy 5 came to mind even though it’s talking of a Christian widow that the church should support, but it is also a model for a godly woman.
v. 9-10 Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.

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