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Monday, April 27, 2015

Proverbs 31 Woman

The Proverbs 31 Woman
The Wife of Noble Character”
Proverbs 31:10-31
“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many woman do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
 

I’ve been reading a lot here lately about being a “Proverbs 31 Woman”. Curious, I read several posts on what a Proverbs 31 Woman should be. They all pretty much say the same things: virtuous, kind, loving, etc. All wonderful qualities to incorporate into your life and marriage. However, I wanted more information, so I turned to the best resource for information on this subject, the Bible.
After reading Proverbs 31, I realized something very important, the woman described in the scripture is a noble woman who is a true partner and helpmate to her husband, a role-model and teacher to her children, and an integral part of her community.
To be a true woman modeled after the virtues in Proverbs 31:10-31, a woman needs to “fear the Lord” to be praised. Now this doesn’t literally mean to fear God, for we shouldn’t be afraid of our loving Father, but we need to believe, have faith, and walk the path of righteousness. By being a true daughter of Christ, one becomes a Proverbs 31 woman.
The virtues listed in Proverbs 31 are guidelines for all women. I believe they are meant to lead us into being noble women. Women who are leaders within their communities, and true partners to their husbands.
Reading through, and implementing a list of ideals and virtues written by someone else is not how to truly become a Godly woman of Proverbs 31. In order to truly become a noble, virtuous woman, you should read the scripture and interpret it for yourself and your life.
 
For me:
I will strive be a helpmate to my husband. His true partner.
We, as a married couple, will put God first in our relationship.
As a mother, I will guide my daughter into adulthood using faith, intelligence and love.
As a teacher, I will strive to always be encouraging without giving a sense of false hope. Guiding my students to understanding with clear, concise lessons, love, understanding, faith and passion for my subject.
As a performer, I will use my faith and inspiration to touch and move my audience to a deeper understanding of themselves.
All of this I will do with faith, love and joy!