Proverbs 31 Woman in 2014 by Barbara

For our first blog post we were asked to write about the Proverbs 31 woman in the year 2014.  I pondered the question, hmm, what does she look like? Not a simple question, at least not for me.  If I am to be completely honest, I cannot relate to the Proverbs 31 woman. For example, she makes her own linen garments and coverings for her bed. When it comes to sewing, I feel victorious  when I sew a button on a garment and it stays intact.  The Proverbs 31 woman gets up in the dead of night to provide food for her family.  Sorry but not this woman. Her children called her “blessed?” Mind you, I have no doubt my only child loves me but she has yet to call me “blessed”.

Women’s lives are so diverse today.  There are women who are married and are serving in ministry with their husbands. Subsequently, you have married women though their husbands may be saved, they are not interested in ministry.  Let us not forget about the women whose husbands are not saved or the single, widowed and divorced women. Therefore, how can Proverbs 31 relate to all women? To answer this question let us take a look at the entire book of Proverbs. What precisely is it?  Proverbs is a book of morals,  it teaches us how to live our lives, how to honor God and mainly tells us that the fear of the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom.  Consequently, you ought not concern yourself with your position in life, be it single, married, widowed or divorced. The Proverbs woman of 2014 is a hard worker and does everything with excellence.  When I say excellence, I do not mean perfect, I mean to the best of her ability.  She is loving, trustworthy, responsible, respectful, generous, loyal, an encourager, patient, faithful, kind, gentle but firm when she needs to be, a great friend, a good listener, a devoted employee or employer but mostly, she is a woman who loves and puts God first in her life. Well what do you know?  The character straits of the Proverbs woman of 2014 is not much different than the Proverbs woman of the Bible.  We can all breathe a little easier now.  Becoming a Proverbs 31 woman has nothing to do with making our own linens, Praise God!  For me, it means putting the Lord first and He will make us the women we are destined to be.

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