Strength & Dignity: A Proverbs 31 Woman {Part 11}

In part 11 of this series we look at verse 20.  The verse says: She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.  Not only does the Proverbs 31 wife care for her own family, but she also cares for those in need.  She manages her home and finances wisely so that she is more able to give and help those who are not as fortunate. 

This makes me think of James 1:27: Religion that God accepts as pure and without fault is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help, and keeping yourself free from the world’s evil influence (NCV).  Only by the grace of God have we been blessed with abundance.  We should use our blessings to show the love of God and help others.

I pray almost daily that my daughter would have a heart that cares for other people and helps those who are in need.  What better way to teach her that, than to show her with my actions.

I know it is much easier to spend money on ourselves, but we should be open and look for opportunities to help others.  I know many times we question if a charity is legit or if the person on the sidewalk asking for money really needs it.  We may not ever know, but God knows are hearts and sees our actions.  Even if that person on the sidewalk is going to use that money for drugs, at least you let God’s light shine through you by reaching out to them.  You never know when one simple act of kindness can guide someone to the Lord.  I’m not saying hand out money to everyone who asks you or let someone take advantage of you, but look for those opportunities that you feel God is leading you.

Giving doesn’t always mean money, it can also mean time.  Do you have a widowed neighbor who just needs a friend or is there a single mom who lives down the street that needs occasional help dropping her kids off at school.  Keep your eyes open for little opportunities to show kindness.  You never know when it could turn someone’s life around.    


Strength & Dignity Part 11 action item:

Pray for God to give you opportunities to help other people.  Look for ways to show random acts of kindness.


Kelly Johnson
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