This is our last week reading The Proverbs 31 Woman: One Virtue at a Time by Courtney Joseph at Women Living Well. I’m posting a little early this week, because I’ll be doing an intro to our next book later this week. The next book we’re reading together will be Balancing It All by Candace Cameron Bure. You can read a sample of this book here.
Managing Our Time, Family, and Home
“The Proverbs 31 woman knew that homemaking was her God-given role and she OWNED it!” I just love that quote. I also love that Courtney takes the time to point out something very important about this verse. The Proverbs 31 woman has her eyes fixed on her own family – not the family next door, or her friends’ families. We need to be careful not to fall into the trap of comparing our families to other families. We are all uniquely and wonderfully made so why should my family look just like yours? The Proverbs 31 woman knew this important truth so she didn’t waste her time trying to please those outside of her family.
What Do Your Children Think of You?
I don’t have children yet, and I know that some of you ladies don’t either, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take something away from this section. Let’s look at this from another perspective, what do YOU think of your MOM? We’re getting awfully close to Mother’s Day so this seems like the appropriate time to stop and think about that. The Proverbs 31 woman’s children praised her – shouldn’t we take a lesson from them? My mom has helped to mold me into the woman that I am, and I strive to be more like her in so many ways. I know a lot of great ladies, and I’m sure that most of them would not be the women they are today without the influence of their mothers. Take some time today to thank your mom for all she has done for you!
Be The Woman Your Man Needs
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” – Proverbs 31:29
What would you do if your husband came home from work tonight and said that to you? Probably be pretty shocked, right? Yeah, me too. Courtney says that the Proverbs 31 woman knew her husband’s needs and met them so she received this praise. She also points out that every marriage is different just like every husband is different, so what we can do for our husbands will be varied as well. However, she does point out a few things that will not help our chances of receiving praise: neglect them, ignore their advice/requests, and refuse to respect them to name a few. If you strive to be the wife that your husband needs, I can assure you he will notice, and while he might not be outspoken about his praise of you, it will definitely help to improve your relationship.
The Proverbs 31 Woman’s Beauty Secret
Courtney reminds us in this section that this passage of the Bible was written by a mother as advice to her son on what to look like in his future wife. We need to remember this when raising up our own children. If a woman has a fierce love for the Lord, that will shine through and make her beautiful to those who know her long after her youthful beauty has faded. The Proverbs 31 woman’s faith is her beauty secret. That is the type of woman we want our sons to marry and our daughters to be. We need to be an example of that type of woman to our children so that they can easily recognize it in themselves and others.
Pity or Praise the Proverbs 31 Woman?
To me, that seems like a rather silly question. I wouldn’t have devoted the last month of my life to studying this woman if I pitied her! Unfortunately that’s not the opinion that most people in our society would have. We need to remember that those of this world may not always understand or even approve of our attitudes as Christians. Courtney points out that “this world may be confused by our dreams, visions, and goals, one day when we stand before God’s throne on judgement day it will all be clear.”
“Give her the reward she has earned” – Proverbs 31:31
I don’t know about you, but I’m much more interested in the heavenly reward awaiting me than pleasing the people of this temporary world. Keep working hard to achieve your goal of being like the Proverbs 31 woman – your reward will be great!
That concludes our reading of The Proverbs 31 Woman: One Virtue at a Time by Courtney Joseph. I hope that you have enjoyed this book and were able to gain some helpful insight into how to become more like the Proverbs 31 Woman. I am not including a weekly challenge with this post because I’ll be doing that with the intro to our next book, which I’ll post later this week.