The award criteria recognizes virtue in Christian women. Virtue, has been defined as the moral excellence of a person. A morally excellent person has a character made-up of virtues valued as good. She is honest, respectful, courageous, forgiving, and kind, for example. Because of these virtues or positive character traits, she is committed to doing the right thing no matter what the personal cost, and does not bend to impulses, urges or desires, but acts per values and principles. Some might say that good qualities are innate and developed through good parenting, which they are, but we’re not perfect. Virtues need to be cultivated to become more prevalent and habitual in daily life. With the habit of being more virtuous, we take the helm of our own life, redirecting its course towards greater fulfillment, peace and joy.
Over and above the common good values itemized above, the Committee will select nominees based on Proverbs 31, which epitomizes a woman of virtue. Being a Proverbs 31 woman is not about being “perfect.” It’s about living life with a purpose, diligence, forgiveness, and repentance. A virtuous woman has a noble character, is fully trustworthy, an asset to her husband, domestically skilled, concerned that her household be well and nutritiously fed, diligent, arising before dawn and busy until after dark, endowed with a good business sense, even to the point of buying a field and planting a vineyard, may have her own profitable home-based business, hardworking, generous to and aware of the poor and needy, wise in preparing her household for the needs of the days to come, wise in ensuring that she and her family are well and appropriately clothed, woman of wisdom, recipient of blessing and praise from her children and her husband.
The award rewards a deeply committed woman with demonstrated dedication to her ministry, which in turn contributes to the vibrancy of the Christian women. This quality manifests itself when a woman:
- Serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. Seeks God’s will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 31: 29 – 31, Matthew 22: 37, John 14: 15, Psalm 119: 15.
- Has a dedicated ministry (any gifting)
- Lives by faith
- Demonstrates an intense commitment to provide excellent service to her ministry;
- Maintains perseverance in the face of adversity;
The award rewards a hardworking woman with fruits that can be seen. This quality manifests itself when a woman:
- Has specialized skills and is capable.
- Not only is she skilled but she works hard and there is no hint of laziness in this woman who is praised by God (Prov 31:17)
- She does not restrict herself to working during the day.
- Provide food for her family and the society a large (Prov 31:15)
The award recognizes a woman who strives and has a capability of increasing her wealth woman with fruits that can be seen. This quality manifests itself when a woman:
- sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. Like the virtuous woman of the Bible, many women today have their own home-based businesses. (vs. 19, 24).
- She apparently did her business well, working well into the evening, because “her trading [was] profitable”.
- Buys a piece of land vs. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She has the intelligence and business sense to use her talents and gifts to increase her family.
The award rewards a Virtuous Woman who teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31: 28, Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 22: 6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18: 16) it largely awards a woman who imparts knowledge and educate her community, who is selfless and desire to see the community grow and develop.
The award rewards a Virtuous Woman who cares for her body and that of others. (Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Genesis 1: 29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)
The award rewards a Virtuous Woman who gives herself away and serves the community in love and in honouring God. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20, 1 Corinthians 13: 13)
The award rewards a Virtuous Woman who is wise, knowledgeable in finances, and use that to benefit he surroundings. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)
The award rewards a Virtuous Woman who works willingly with her hands, does not grumble while completing her tasks. A woman who understands that for a family, community, society, a nation and a continent to be productive and prosperous it takes hard work, innovation and power of a woman. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31: 31, Philippians 2: 14)
The award rewards a Virtuous Woman who is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love everyone around her. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27, Titus 2: 5, 1 Peter 4: 9, Hebrews 13: 2)
The award rewards a Virtuous Woman who uses her time wisely. She works diligently on all her tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord but targets to build her home and the society at large. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16: 9, Philippians 4:8)
The award rewards a Virtuous Woman who opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
The award rewards a Virtuous Woman who is clothed with strength and dignity. The virtuous woman has a sense of dignity. In times were the world has taken over and consumed the dignity of most women, a noble character full of dignity is important. She is not frivolous or embarrassing in her conduct.