Friday, March 25, 2016

Don't Let the Proverbs 31 Woman Scare You

Whenever we read about the Proverbs 31 woman, most of us come away feeling intimidated and lacking.  She does everything right, she is everything right and all the people around her evidently know it and love her for it.  I'd be happy with just one of these being true about me, much more all three!  My terribly talented cousin just started her own cookie making business and after talking about all the ins and outs of that, I thought of this passage a little differently.  The seasons of being a wife and a mother are constantly changing.  Even if we all began our marriages with all of these skills, it is unlikely that they would all be required at the same time.  What struck me is how creative and resourceful we need to be as woman - just as this Proverbs woman was.  The needs of our family will change, just as our skills and opportunities will change.  This beautiful description of a worthy woman tells me that a worthy woman is resourceful and makes a way to get her family what they need - not a big reminder of where I fail.

Sometimes providing for my family is a 9-5 job.  Sometimes it is a side business or making things myself.  The important thing I read in it is our willingness as woman to utilize what we have to gain what we need.  And in honor of doing just that, check out my cousin's new venture.  If you are local to Oklahoma City area and are in need of some delicious and beautifully decorated cookies, check out the Oklahoma Cookie Jar.  She brought some just for my family to try a couple of weeks ago so I can vouch for them. Delicious! 


Especially in this age of information, a successful - worthy - woman is one who acquires what she needs, not necessarily begins with it all from the start.  

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 [h]hands [i]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 [j]portions to her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From [k]her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds [l]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 [m]hands grasp the spindle.
20 She [n]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 [o]supplies belts to the [p]tradesmen.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the [q]future.
26 She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the [r]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 [s]fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her the [t]product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.

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