Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Wife of Noble Character

These past few weeks, the Proverbs 31 woman has been on my mind. Seriously. If you think you're doing better in life than the women around you, just read about this woman and you will think again. 

Here is this Wife of Noble Character in a nutshell:
-She brings good to her husband all the days of her life (vs 12)
- She works with eager hands (vs 13)
-She get's up while it is still dark. (vs 15) (my least favorite;)
-She provides food for her family and even her servants (vs 15)
-She buys property and invests in it (vs 16)
-She works vigorously and is strong and capable (vs 17)
-She does what is profitable (vs 18)
-She makes things with her hands (vs 19)
-She loves the poor and gives to them (vs 20)
-She keeps her family clothed (vs 21, 22)
-She is one of the reasons her husband is so respected (vs 23)
-She is resourceful (vs 24)
-She is confident, strong, and dignified (vs 25)
-She is prepared for the future (vs 25)
-She watches over her household (vs 26)
-She is not lazy (vs 26)
-Her children bless her and her husband praises her (vs 28)
-She is beautiful because she fears the Lord (vs 30)

Wow. Although this overwhelms me, I am so thankful for her Godly example I can be striving towards. This passage is not meant to be discouraging. I know there is no way I could ever measure up to this woman's example! However, I think it's awesome that in verse 30, this woman is not praised for all the things she has done or is capable of doing, but is praised for her heart that fears the Lord. I believe that is where we are to start.

God has called each of us to different things, whether it is being a mother, friend, teacher, wife, homemaker, business owner or a combination of those! It's not about doing all the things that this Proverb's 31 woman did, it's about being who God has called you to be and doing what He wants you to do with the right heart. Remember, God looks at our hearts. If we start with a loving, selfless, God-fearing heart, we are well on our way to becoming a wife of noble character.

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