Saturday, 26 March 2011

Proverbs 31 Woman wannabe!

Proverbs 31 v 10 - 31
 I dont think there is any Christian woman out there who does not think that the Proverbs 31 woman is the ideal and I would not be surprised if many have given up trying as I do not think it is possible to achieve this standard this side of heaven.  The 10th verse says it all:  'Who can find a virtuous wife?'  My point is that it is an ideal to which we as Christian women should strive.  She is our bench mark.  Having said that we also have to realise what our own individual strengths are.  I have a friend who is really very creative.  She inspired me by her example to start a blog.  Mine serves a different purpose and hers is a whole lot more creative.  This is just one of her many creative outlets. (Prov 31 v 22)  Another friend is an amazing hostess.  You do not eat dinner at her home on blah plates on trays in front of the tv.  Nope, at her home, its at the table on smart dinner ware with all sorts of fancy goodies decorating the plates and the table. And its not just dinner!  Its a starter, a main meal and pudding.  (Prov 31 v 15)

Another friend of mine was amazing with decor.  She could match old furniture with new, colour schemes which separately could damage your eyes, she could put together with flare.  She was also very generous to all. (Prov 31 v 20)  Then there is my mom who is retired now so bakes up a storm on a regular basis, curries her home grown beans, banana bread's her bananas, jams her peaches, etc. (Prov 31 v 15)  
Then we move onto another friend who is the breadwinner in her home.  She makes sure her kids have a roof over their heads and all their needs met.  At school, I would have pictured her as the stay at home mom idly having tea with friends and shopping up a storm.  But necessity has made her a business woman of note. (Prov 31 v 16)  There are also those women we all know to whom we can turn for advice and wisdom and they know the scriptures well. (Prov 31 v 26). 

None of these women are lazy.  They are all constantly looking to do things with their hands and to do things for others (Prov 18(b) and Prov 31 v 27). 

I remember listening to Joyce Meyer tell of how she tried to be the perfect little housewife.  Tried to grow veggies, but the bugs ate them.  Tried to crochet, but could'nt get the hang of it.  Felt guilty for not being the best mom chef ever.  But she came to terms with that and realized her gifting is different and we all know what her gifting is and the impact it has had on the world!

I also have come to terms with the fact that I will never be all the aspects of the Prov 31 woman.  However, I must keep trying and where my gifting is, give it my all.  I think maybe that too is the point made in prov 31, that this particular woman went the extra mile.  She did'nt do half measures.  So do what you do, well, and do it as unto the Lord.

You know how in 1 Corinth 13 v 13 it says: And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love?  I believe a similar thing is said in Prov 31 v 30: Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.  I believe this to mean that all those things she does are great, but the most important of all that she does is to fear the Lord. 

So my encouragement to you is:  if you are not the ultimate wife and mommy model 2011, know that if God is your centre and you seek Him first, you are the Proverbs 31 woman.

God bless  
TKT 

3 comments:

  1. Cool, wich one am I?
    Only kidding.
    Once more you have put together a thought provoking yet, uplifting blog post and it has begun my day on a fine note. Thanks.

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  2. What an absolutely AMAZING post. Thank You. :o) ~Ali

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  3. I think there's more to the Proverbs 31 woman than people initially realize when just reading the passage. I've incidentally been reading a new book by Dr. Tony Evans and his daughter, Chrystal Evans Hurst, called "Kingdom Woman" that has really given me new insights. Right off the bat they talk about the Proverbs 31 woman being the hallmark of kingdom women, "But the Proverbs 31 woman is not the model of a perfect woman. Neither is a kingdom woman called to perfection. Women, you can be a Proverbs 31 woman and more - but that doesn't mean you do it all at the same time." They tlk about life flowing through seasons and about getting help, not trying to do it all. It's really eye-opening. If you're interested in Dr. Evans' book, they have information and free devotional downloads at kingdomwomanbook.com. I hope it blesses you as it has blessed me.

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