Thursday, January 13, 2011

Proverbs 31


Berry Girl said...

A classic passage no? Every time I read the description of the Worthy Woman, I take something different away from it that I need to work at in my own life as wife and mother.

"Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future" v25
I wish that were a description of me - I will be praying that God will make it more true of me.

"She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness" v27
This smacks me right now, in light of some other things I have been considering this week. My own selfishness, seeking control over my own needs and desires, instead of seeking first to care for the people that God has entrusted to me. Wanting my own agenda first, and theirs second, and being crabby when my own needs aren't met. There's certainly a balance here that I am not managing yet.

Prairie Chick said...

This chapter is such a great reminder that maturity and growth are a full time job. I mean, it touches on SO many areas of a woman's life, and there is always SO much there to challenge me to give my head a shake and "wake up" from my lethargy and set my hand to the plow.

I have always had my interest piqued by the "charm can fool you and beauty can trick you but a woman who respects the Lord should be praised." Our culture is so consumed with outward beauty and appearances. I grew up witnessing most of the people in my family so consumed by that kind of stuff, much more concerned about their appearance than their actual character that I think I subconsciously swing in the opposite direction. Where I am so concerned with character and a little too lax when it come to appearances. I also struggle with judgementalism when I see/here people focusing their energies or attentions on outward appearances. Actually, this was something that I really struggled with this week and would really appreciate prayer for. I despise judgementalism but it is one of those things that Satan really uses in my life to twist my knickers into a knot.

Balance is a great word B-Girl. A really great word.

Prairie Chick said...

"hear". *ahem*.

Joan said...

WOW! I say that every time I read this passage. What things for us all to strive for.
My Life Application bible had a couple interesting thoughts that I had never thought of. First. In our society where appearance counts for so much, her appearance is never mentioned. Her attractiveness comes entirely from her character. Secondly. The woman described in this chapter has outstanding abilities. Her family's social position is high. In fact, she may not be one woman at all - she may be a composite portrait of ideal womanhood. Do not see her as a model to imitate in every detail; your days are not long enough to do everything she does!!See her instead as an inspiration to be all you can be.

Please let me know if all of you already have this Life application bible. Because if you all have it I won't share quotes from it.

Berry Girl said...

Joan, I do not have that Bible - I love the stuff that you share from it.

Prairie Chick said...

I don't have one either, but every time you quote from it I tell myself I should get one :) Love the comments today.

B-Girl, your transparency here warms my heart. I know exactly what you mean. It is the demon we all must battle as daughter's of Eve, no? :) So nice to link our shields and know that we are not alone in this.

Lois said...

Love that comment - "Link our shields..." I agree -- we're in this together.