In today’s world, we can easily lose sight of how important it is to be a wife and mother. The world tells us that we have to look outside the home to be successful, but really our most important work is inside our own homes. As women, we are tasked with the job of running a household, carrying and having babies, raising our children, preparing meals, etc. Whether you are a stay at home mom, a work for from home mom, a work outside the home mom, or you’re not a mom yet it is a lot to juggle all of those responsibilities.
But it’s not impossible. With God’s help, prayer, hard work, and determination you can have a household that runs smoothly and is a haven for your family. Becoming a Proverbs 31 woman is an on-going process of continuously improving and seeking God’s will for your life. It is about progress, not perfection. It is about letting go of our pride, selfishness, and laziness. It is about putting your husband and children before yourself and prioritizing your family. Sometimes we have to say no to other things so that we can say yes to our families. It is also about taking care of ourselves, so that we can better take care of those we love. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so you have to make sure your’s is filled up.
I’m excited to introduce a new blog series I have been working on called Strength & Dignity: A Proverbs 31 Woman. There are 22 verses out of Proverbs 31 that describe the Good Wife. This series will take us through each verse and how it can be applied to your life. I am very passionate about this topic and have studied this passage several times in the last year because I know I have a lot to work on. I am far from what these passages describe, so don’t think that I have it all together.
As we go through this passage of the Bible, keep in mind that the good wife did not do all theses things in one day or even in one week. These tasks were throughout her lifetime. Also, know that there are different seasons in life when you just can’t do it all. For example, if you have a newborn baby who keeps you up at night. That is not the time to be working late into the night or getting up super early. That is a season where you need to rest as much as possible. When going through the verses and posts, don’t think that I am against husbands helping with housework. With these passages I am just discussing what we as women can do to be more like the good wife described in these verses.
Starting the week of January 14th, I will be posting every TUESDAY and THURSDAY. Each post will have an action item at the end so we can start putting these verses to work in our lives. I have created a Facebook group for the blog where we can discuss this series (and all other posts). Hop on over and join in on the conversation. Southern Farm Wife Facebook Group
I can’t wait to get started and to strive to be better wives and mamas together!
10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.