As I study more of Proverbs 31, I realize that this is our biblical role model of womanhood. A woman on a mission. One we can be inspired by. She is a woman who is not confined to one particular role, but who demonstrates the capacity to live a life filled with purpose ….
You may find it discouraging to compare yourself to a woman with such noble characteristics. Don’t be. The most important trait of the virtuous woman is her unwavering relationship with God — not her job title, marital status or social klout. Yes, she is called to do amazing things, to be strong and courageous, to be loving and generous, to be confident and full of wisdom, but above all else, she is called to an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ ….
Now, you’re probably thinking “how can we as modern-day women relate to her with our diverse lifestyles”? Her characteristics are still very much applicable regardless of which season in life you find yourself. Some of us are pursuing our passions, building a business, others are starting a family or waiting to hear from God for our next steps ….
This virtuous woman represents a woman of power and true capacity — a force to be reckoned with. A woman who has dignity, integrity and high moral standards in how she chooses to live her life. Who wouldn’t want to be that woman?
Which characteristics can you self-identify with? And how can you be more intentional about carrying them out?
“Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar. She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night. Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes. She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns. Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders. She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants. She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.” (Proverbs 31:10-31)