“An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. She looks for wool and flax and works with her hands in delight. She is like merchant ships; she brings her food from afar. She rises also while it is still night and gives food to her household and portions to her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She senses that her gain is good; her lamp does not go out at night. She stretches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She makes coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies belts to the tradesmen. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her, saying: “Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.”
Ahh…the legacy of the flawless, selfless, dedicated, knowledgeable, loving (etc, etc…) Proverbs 31 woman (I will continue to refer to her as P31 in the duration of this post for time-saving purposes and also because it sounds cool). “An excellent wife, who can find?” According to this description of her, I am usually unwittingly forced to admit an “amen” to the verse of scripture. As much as I would love to be her, I am simply not. I am, at best, half of what she is and does.
However, I am very glad for this illustration of her because she gives me something to strive for. P31 is who I would like to become. After the example of Christ, she is the best example for Godly women to follow in all of scripture, in my opinion. I am confident that others agree due to the extensive use of the aforementioned verses in women’s Bible studies, mother’s day sermons and ladies day events
I’ll admit, if you’ve gone to any of these type of events or met with the church for worship and Bible sermon services for any period of time, you have probably encountered these verses and have a thorough knowledge of P31. I will not use this blog as an opportunity to over-analyze the entirety of the P31 verses every week.
I will, however, attempt to base my life and this KatharosNOW “31-21 Mama” blog on both and Christ and P31 and hope that the theme of selflessness, dedication, hard work, knowledge and love shines through them. Just take a minute to read through the bold words in the passage above. Just look at the words to describe her. I’m in awe.
I am a wife, mother, follower of Christ, writer, reader, avid pinner, sometimes crafter, free-spirited traveler and sometimes nerd (just like 95% or so). I realize the worlds P31 and I live(d) in are very different. That is why I’ve titled my blog “31-21 Mama” because I am a 21st century wife and mom striving to lead a life similar to the woman of Proverbs 31. Striving, being the key word, there.
I love the mission of KatharosNOW and am thrilled to be a part of it. We see too much uncleanness and impurity in our daily lives. K-NOW is like breathing clean, pure air. It’s like taking a deep breath after your head has been submerged under water for several minutes. Okay, enough breathing analogies. You get the idea. I love K-NOW and I hope you to come to love it just as much. I pray the words I write here uplift and inspire you, as well as, speak the truth of God’s word.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” – James 1:27