Many of you may have heard a reference to the “Proverbs 31” woman sometime in your life.
If not, allow me to enlighten you for a moment.
In one of my favorite books of the Bible, Proverbs (chapter 31) describes a woman. This woman is very valuable. She works hard to provide for her family, getting up early and working in to the night. She works willingly with her hands while also taking care of her body and providing healthy food for her family. She makes wise financial decisions, purchasing what her family needs. She is a homemaker, offering hospitality to those who enter and creates an atmosphere of love in which her children can grow and flourish. She uses her time wisely and does not waste time on things that are not important to the Lord. She serves with a giving heart, offering charity to those in need. She respects her husband and acts as a helpmeet to him and he is blessed by her life. She has faith in the Lord and seeks His wisdom for her life. She nurtures her children, raising them up with the knowledge of Christ and teaching them the way they should go. She is beautiful, but the most beautiful thing about her is Christ who is in her.
10 An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than 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 harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes bed 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;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with 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 call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.
As women, we should look to this example and strive, through Christ, to be this kind of woman. Living a life devoted to Christ results in fruits that have an eternal weight. Not just a prize that lasts for a moment, but a result that echoes for all of eternity. This is what God desires for us.
Men, you should look for this kind of woman. Not with a Proverbs 31 checklist, but with eyes that look for and see the Christ in her. “You will recognize them by their fruits…” (Matthew 7:16)
I write this after a little reflection on one woman’s recent act of generosity towards me. Less than 24 hours after I prayed to God that He would show me that I’m not alone in preparing to move to Haiti, a young woman named Morgan emailed me out of the blue and offered to give her commission on sales through her business to further the kingdom through my ministry with myLIFEspeaks. Her business? Thirty-One.
Thirty-One is named after this passage from scripture and gives women the opportunity, through their products, to serve God, their families, and communities through a home-based business.
Morgan’s generosity with this fundraiser has an eternal echo, not just one that lasts for a moment, because the money that is made during this fundraiser will all go towards my move to Haiti to start a therapy program for children in Haiti with special needs who are otherwise forgotten by their society.
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7)
God doesn’t forget them though. And it is my personal mission and the mission of myLIFEspeaks to make sure that these orphans and children with special needs are provided with a loving home and the best chance for success possible.
If you are interested in purchasing a gift from Thirty-One to assist in fundraising efforts,
please click HERE
then “My Parties” and “Shop Now” in the myLIFEspeaks fundraiser.
I am so thankful for all of the women in my life who have been shining examples of what it means to be a woman that reflects Christ. I have a long way to go, but am thankful for His grace in the meantime as I continually screw up and look back to Him as I start over again and press on towards the prize. I know I am not alone in this. And I am so grateful for all of you who are joining me!
Thanks for reading. God bless. 🙂