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Friday, February 24, 2012

Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman

As christian girls we spend a lot of time talking about "The Proverbs 31 Woman."

We 'learn a lot from her' 'want to be like her' 'think she is the epitome of christian womanhood' and much more.
What are we doing about it?

God has called us to do more that just talk.
He has called us to ACTION.

Make us willing to go and do what we know is right.
Make me willing.
"10Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." 
I purpose to be devoted to You and Your Word before my own projects, activities, and ideas.
 "11The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil."
I purpose to ask You what you want me to do in a given situation and not to rely on my own wisdom.

  "12She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life."
 I purpose to take the time to show Your love to others with my tongue and with my actions even when I don't feel like I have the time.

"13She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands."  
"14She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar." 
 "15She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens."
 "16She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard."
 I purpose to be willing to do whatever I see needs doing and to do it with all my might, regardless of looks, inconvenience, and self-denial required . 

  "17She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms."
I purpose to avoid books, movies, thoughts, activities, possessions, and clothing that distract me from You, and tempt me to think, act, and speak in a way that does not please you.   

 "18She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night."  
"19She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff."
I purpose to use my talents for Your glory, and not to boost my pride. 

 "20She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy."
I purpose to talk to others when You prompt me, even if I don't want to, and to look for ways I can meet other's needs.

 "21She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet."
"22She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. "
I purpose to be available to my mother, to be her helper, and to learn with a servant's attitude, even if I think I know it already.

 "23Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land."
 I purpose to treat each person around me as if they were you.

 "24She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant." 
I purpose to look around me for ways to be creative, to think outside the box, and use Your ingenuity instead of giving up, saying it can't be done, or throwing my responsibility on someone else because I don't want to figure it out. 

 "25Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come."
I purpose to look at my desires, goals, and role models through Your eyes and weed out those which do not please you.

 "26She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness."
I purpose to spread your joy with my smile and tongue, even if I am  tired and/or want to grump.

" 27She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness."
 I purpose to be diligent do the things that you give me to do, like or dislike, big or small, hard or easy, to Your standard.

"28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her."
 "29Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all."
 "30Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised."
I purpose to look forward to Your reward in heaven, to look at life around me from Your eternal perspective, and to choose to focus on those things which are of eternal value. 

" 31Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."
 I purpose to find out what God commands and to do it, taking full responsibility for my diligence in application.

This is something that God has called me to. Will you hold me accountable? 


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