Hey girls! Last week we started talking about not getting caught up in our lists and letting God orchestrate our romance and fill in the gaps. This week I'm gonna talk a little about the Proverbs 31 woman, and becoming a woman of God who is worthy of the man God has for us. To start with I'm gonna do my interpretation of Proverbs 31:10-31. If you aren't familiar with this passage, you may want to read it for yourself. Okay so here goes, Proverbs 31 Woman as told by me.
Who can find a respectful, classy wife?
She is worth a lot more than precious jewels.
Her husband is confident in her abilities and value.
She brings him good, not harm, throughout their life together.
She selects the best tools and is eager to work.
She is like an 18 wheeler, bringing the best food from various places.
She gets up early and prepares food for her household.
She considers property, and buys it to plant a vineyard.
She works hard and her arms are strong enough to do her tasks.
Her trading brings in a profit, and her light stays on all night.
She is handy with a sewing machine.
She welcomes in the poor, and works to help the needy.
She doesn't fear snow, she keeps her family well-dressed.
She makes blankets for her bed, and she wears fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected, and takes his seat among the leaders of the land.
She makes and sells linen garments, and provides sashes for the merchants.
She is strong and dignified, she can laugh at the future.
She is wise, and prepared to faithfully instruct.
She watches over her family, and she is not lazy.
Her children love and respect her, and her husband praises her good works.
Many woman do great things, but she surpasses them all.
Charm is deceptive and beauty won't last, but a woman who fears God is praiseworthy.
She will be rewarded and her works will be praised.
I don't know about you, but I feel challenged after reading that. You'd have to be superwoman to accomplish this. But let's take a different approach. What are the biggest messages we can take from this passage? I read this and I take about four things, 1) I must faithfully pursue God. 2) I must be ready to work hard at all times. 3) Laziness is not acceptable. 4) Respect, along with everything else in life, must be earned. Okay, so maybe I'm not good with a sewing machine, or I don't want to plant a vineyard, but the ultimate message from that is to work hard and be use your time wisely. Yeah, you probably won't be exactly like the Proverbs 31 Woman, but if you take those four messages and put them into practice, you will be rewarded.
My main point here is that we know we want a good guy. We have our lists, we're trusting God to fill in the details, but what about right now? What do we do with our time now. We pray, and work hard, and ask God to mold us into Proverbs 31 Women. I mean look at our other option, not pursuing God, not working, being lazy, and not being respected. Yeah, you might enjoy being lazy for a while, but it will hurt you in the long run. I mean, would you want to marry a man like that? Didn't think so. So why would we think it's okay for us to be that way? I'm preaching to myself here. If I expect God to bring such a good guy into my life, I need to be worthy of that guy. Being a Proverbs 31 Woman means not taking the easy way out, and I'm talking about purity here too. Being a Proverbs 31 Woman means doing what's right, even when you don't feel like it. But remember, God WILL reward your hard work! So while you're waiting on God to orchestrate your romance, I encourage you to strive towards being a Proverbs 31 Woman. :D Merry Christmas girls!