Proverbs 31 Woman

Dear Reader,

I remember reading Proverbs 31 as a young mother and feeling overwhelmed and a bit bad about myself.  The woman described in these verses is a woman with a very strong character, great wisdom, many skills and great compassion.  She is industrious and resourceful. Quite simply, she is amazing.

In case you haven’t read it recently, here is the English Standard Version:

10 An excellent wife who can find?
    She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
    and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
    and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
    she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
    and provides food for her household
    and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself[e] with strength
    and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
    Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
    and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
    and reaches out her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
    for all her household are clothed in scarlet.[f]
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;

    her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
    when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
    she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
    and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
    and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
    and let her works praise her in the gates.

See what I mean? Biblical Wonder Woman!  I can’t live up to that!  I think the only part I get right is the purple clothing from verse 22.  ;-) .But a few years ago, I noticed something I had never noticed before.  Verse 30. “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”  When I read that, it was almost like God whispering to my heart…don’t worry about all that other stuff child.  If you will focus on your relationship with me, I will help you accomplish all that you need to accomplish. I have given you many gifts and talents, and I will help you use them in a way that will glorify me, drawing others to me through you. 

So, I take life one day at a time.  I spend my time trying to focus on knowing God and applying what I learn to my life. And somehow he takes the jumbled mess I offer and turns it into something beautiful that he can use.  Simply Amazing!

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