As a young woman I always resented the Proverbs 31 Woman. I mean how dare she set the bar so high that no other woman could ever match her level of perfection in all areas of life. As I matured I learned a little more and I disliked her a little less.
For those unfamiliar with the passage here it is:
A capable wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant, she brings her food from far away. She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and tasks for her servant-girls. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all her household are clothed in crimson. She makes herself coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the city gates, taking his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she supplies the merchant with sashes. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her happy; her husband too, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her a share in the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the city gates. – Proverbs 31:10-31 NRSV
See what I mean, none of us can live up to that…or can we?
For the last 90 Days or so I have been participating in a study of Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be – A 90-Day Guide to Living the Proverbs 31 Life by Donna Partow. My partner on this journey was Tosha of Creating a Life to Love…With Tosha. What we learned along they way is that we are a lot more like the Proverbs 31 Wife than we realized.
I encourage you to get a copy of the book, grab a friend or two and do this study together. It will change the way you view the Proverbs 31 Wife forever.