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Over the past year I have really been drawn to Proverbs 31: 10-31 in the Bible. I had read it many times before, but the more I was reading it this time around, the more I think I was beginning to understand it. See, I used to read it and think, “Wow, that is one awesome woman. I hope I can be like her. Live like her. (And so glad I don’t have to make all my children’s clothing (if I don’t want to).” But the more I studied it (for me this means reading over and over, thinking about, reading in other translations, etc.), the more I began to see this verse isn’t about who I am “supposed” to be, it’s about who I am now! So all I have to do is believe it. Convince my brain it’s true. And act like it! I’m not trying to “be her”, I am her. It’s a simple change of thinking really, but it changed my life.
So instead of reading this passage like a check list of what you are and are not. Read it like a DESCRIPTION (it is the title of the section after all) of who you are. And if you are not yet exactly all these things (because we are all in process of becoming the best we can be, myself included) just keep confessing that you are. Because you are what you say you are, and what God says you are. It just might take a little while to see it.
Have a great day! -Resa
Proverbs 31:10-31 ::New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Description of a Worthy Woman
10 An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She looks for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.
14 She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
15 She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
18 She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
26 She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
29 “Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.