intimidated by the p31 woman?

 Confession here! When I read or often hear about the Proverbs 31 woman, it is not without a vast array of mixed emotions. If you are like me and weren’t already tired before you read Proverbs 31:10-31, you defiantly will after you read it! Winking smile

How easily we can feel defeated or feel like a failure, when we look at such a “high” standard of a Godly woman? The picture painted before us, is of a woman of noble virtue. One that might seem almost impossible to attain! Leaving us with the thought of “I may as well GIVE UP, because I WILL NEVER be this kind of woman!”

I have to confess, that there have been times, I really did not like this woman. But over the years  of growing and molding I’ve learned to admire and love this woman. And I have a hunch you’ll grow to love her, too. Just give it some time and study!

I believe God has put this passage in the Bible, to help us become the women that He wants us to be. He didn’t put it there to discourage us, or attain something we could never reach. Oh, no. He never expects or gives us anything we cannot handle. This passage was given to us as inspiration, something to strive for and work towards in our calling as Godly women.
We must ask ourselves though, where are we getting our ideas of biblical womanhood? Who shaped our standards? Was it shaped by the world, or has it been shaped and is still being formed by the Word of God? I pray that you too will allow God’s standards to be yours standards. After all His ways are ALWAYS PERFECT!
 
As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.  Psalm 18:30
When reading Proverbs 31 we often get so caught up in all the wonderful accomplishments and achievements and skills this woman has and does. {Let’s face it…this woman is AMAZING!}
 But one thing I was missing all along…was the real heart of the message! And I saw this, for the first time about a year ago as I was doing this study for a blog series. So what was it that I found? The woman’s heart! She had a strong relationship with God, and from her strong relationship flows all the things that she does. Proverbs 31 is a beautiful picture of this woman’s character, her conduct, priorities, values, daily routine, marriage, and even her family life! Here is a woman who has a true admiration for her Lord and Savior. Her admiration for the Lord is the center core of who and what she is. And it defines this woman well!
Now no woman can be like the woman that we read about in Proverbs 31 on our own.
Anything we do or try to do on our own, our efforts are plainly done in vain. It’s impossible! But, with God and His loving grace it is possible to attain such biblical womanhood!
There is no need to get intimidated when it comes to the Proverbs 31 woman.
Don’t get discouraged when you read about her spinning wool and flax! Don’t get lost in all the tiny details and forget about the big picture. Which is a woman who is defined by her Lord and Savior, who seeks to become more like Him, in all that she does. Be it through her laundry, making dinner for her family or keeping a tidy and pleasant home.
 
A Challenge for You:
  • Keep in the word! {Daily!} Put the Lord FIRST and FOREMOST at the beginning of your days. {And keep record of the change that you see in your life & your home.}
  • Take the Proverbs 31 Challenge {Read Proverbs 31:10-31} for 1 week daily…and observe more about this woman. Write your findings down.
  • Serve your family with a new & refreshed heart.

 

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