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Today’s Uplift: Working towards being The Proverbs 31 Woman!
Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”
When you read Proverbs 31 do you feel as though you don’t quite measure up to the Proverbs woman? I certainly felt like that! When I read this passage of scripture I thought that she was and had to be perfect in all of her ways, which certainly wasn’t me!
I’ve walked through some very difficult times in my marriage and in my personal life over the years and frankly I didn’t feel like this was possible for me. But what if I told you that the heart behind Proverbs 31:10-31 is one of celebration, not condemnation?
The first thing I want us to take note of is that this isn’t just a chapter about a wife of noble character. It’s a chapter about a woman of valor. A courageous woman. A woman of strength and dignity. In Jewish culture, these verses are read out loud on the Sabbath as a celebration over the women. This is in no way condemning what they aren’t but celebrating how they are, in their own unique expressions, living out the virtues detailed in this chapter. These aren’t words meant to tell a woman she is supposed to be more. They are a celebration of who she is. Isn’t that the way it should be? Courageous women celebrating each other ... and those they love celebrating them! All under the banner of honoring God, serving out of love, and smiling at the future. Yes, this is why I love Proverbs 31.
I also love how Proverbs 31:30 reminds us of what’s truly worth celebrating: “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31 has been one of my favorites! I try daily to meet God's expectations of me, but also I’m fully aware that I fall short daily. Even when we fail, God's grace is there to help us get back on track.
What does all this mean?
Below is my breakdown of the verses from Proverbs 31:10 -31
The first line begins by telling women they are precious and worthwhile. God calls us to be virtuous and capable.
We are called to speak the truth and earn the trust of others. We are to be faithful and enrich not only our lives, but the people around us as well.
We are called to be good to our husbands and family. To cherish them and love them.
13- Hard Working
God calls us to be hard workers, never lazy and always improving ourselves.
This verse talks about providing the family with food, cooking and serving. This can be taken literally or as I see it, to care for and help your family.
15- Early Riser
God calls us to wake early and prepare for the day. I see this as God calling us to be hard working and purposeful with our time. I start my day in prayer and then preparing for the day.
16- Business Savvy
This verse was one I had a hard time with. Many people read the Bible and think women should stay home and be housewives. While there is nothing wrong with that, the Lord also calls on us to work hard, earn an income and help our family. It is our job to pay attention to our world and take advantage of opportunities.
Energetic and Strong. This can be your physical strength (working out, health), mental strength (being there for others when they need help) and spiritual strength (asking God for guidance and praying). We are called to do these things with optimism and energy.
Again, we are called to be hard workers. Not only that, but God asks us to ensure our dealings are well handled, even if it means staying up late. We are called to endure during hard times and to continue to work hard.
19- Well Rounded
I thought that because verse 13 talks about wool and flax, that this comparison calls for us to be well rounded and understanding of many skills. God calls us to learn and grow and by learning different skills we can help our family.
We are called to help the poor and less fortunate. We are told to love our neighbors and this verse calls us to love those in need by welcoming them with open arms not judging others.
21- Provide and Trust
This verse has two key ideas. One being it is our job to provide for our kids and family, to keep them safe and loved. The second being trust in God and his plan. Even during hard times, trust in our work and his is key.
22- Well Dress
This verse in interesting. God asks us to not be consumed by our looks, but here he tells us to be well dressed. The idea is to treat ourselves like what we are worth! We are told to dress well to present our success that we have made for ourselves and to love ourselves. We are to look like a child of the Most High!
23- Wife to a Good Husband
This verse is God telling us to marry a man who is a good husband and a good leader. There are many places that talk about marriage in the Bible. I think this verse reiterates that God calls us to marry a man with the same faith as ourselves. Someone who loves God will be a good husband and leader.
Another verse calling us to work for an income. God wants us to provide for ourselves and family. He asks us to sell our work and earn a living wage.
This is one of my favorite verses. We are called to fear nothing but God. We are told to be honorable and strong and to carry ourselves as graceful women. We are also told to laugh - be happy and optimistic.
We are asked to think before we speak and to always do so with kindness. It is asked that we be wise with what we say. In other words… watch what comes out of your mouth!
Laziness is not an option. God calls us to take care of our homes (and families) and to work hard for them.
28- Praise Worthy
We are promised thanks and praise for our hard work. We are asked to take these praises and give back to our families.
With God in our hearts, we can achieve anything we set our sights on. We are told we will succeed and excel.
30- God Fearing
We are called to fear the Lord. He is the only one we should fear, and through that fear we will come to know Him and accept Him into our hearts. We are told to live in a way that honors God.
The last verse tells us that we will be praised for our hard work and dedication. God promises to recognize our faith.
How to apply Proverbs 31 to your life?
Obviously that is a lot to take in. We’re not perfect, nor does God expect us to be. Becoming a Proverbs 31-woman means working hard to become a woman who honors God. To simplify this even more I have a list of things I try to do daily/weekly/monthly that helps me become closer to God. I hope this will also help you!
* Remember that you are worthy of God's grace.Be
* Truthful and faithful.
* Love others, be good to others and pray for others.
* Work hard in everything you do.
* Wake up early and start the day with God. Pray every day and praise our Lord.
* Study and learn. Enrich your life with knowledge and understanding and become well rounded in your skills.
* Take advantage of opportunities in business, helping others, and caring for others.
* Be strong and endure hard times. Put your faith in God to help you when you feel lost.
* Love and honor yourself; dress well, exercise, behave well.
* Find a husband who shares your values and love of God.
* Fear God and honor Him in all things.
* Remember that you are praise worthy and will be rewarded for your work.
Overcomer, diamonds are one of the most precious items in creation. They are rare, beautiful and highly prized. But they are nothing compared to how God values us. We are all a work in progress so why not work towards being a Proverb 31 Woman!
Be Optimistic; Be Open Minded; Be an Over comer!!