Lately, I’ve become greatly intrigued by the ‘Proverbs 31 woman’. Who is she, how on earth did she do it and can I also do it?
She surely looks ‘perfect’, like the ultimate superwoman!
And with God everything is possible, right? So what’s stopping me from also walking in her footsteps? With the grace of God, it must be possible!
So I took the second part of Proverbs 31- The Virtuous Wife- and broke it down into what I believe to be the main points (that I personally got as I studied the piece. I used the Good News translation):
*Her husband puts confidence in her, and therefore will never be poor.
*She does him only good and never harm.
*She keeps herself busy, making wool and linen cloth.
*She brings food from afar, like merchant-ships do.
*She gets up before daylight to prepare food for her family and tell her servants what to do.
* She surveys and buys land, and plants a vineyard with the money she has earned.
*She’s a hard worker-strong and industrious.
*She knows the value of everything she makes and works late into the night.
*She spins her own thread and weaves her own cloth.
*She is generous to the poor and needy.
*She makes bedspreads and wears clothes of fine purple (and red) linen.
*Her husband is well-known and is one of the leading citizens.
*She makes clothes and belts and sells these to merchants.
*She’s strong and respected, and not afraid of the future.
*She speaks with gentle wisdom.
*She’s always busy and looks after her family’s needs.
*Her children show their appreciation and her husband praises her.
*She honours the Lord.
*Credit and respect are given to her without her demanding it. Her works speak for themselves.
I really look forward to delving deeper into what it means to be ‘that’ woman over the coming weeks, and hope you will join me on this journey of discovery!