Scripture Reading: Proverbs 31:10-31 Who can find an honorable wife? She is worth far more than anything money can buy. Her husband can trust her with all of his heart. He won’t lose anything for which he’s worked hard. She does good and not evil to him every day of her life. She looks for meat and produce and works willingly with her hands. She is like a buyer who gets her food from far away places. She also gets up while it’s still dark to feed her family and gives some to those who work for her. She looks at a piece of land and buys it, and from her profits she plants a garden. She makes herself strong and strengthens her arms with her work. She knows that what she sells is good, and often she stays up late into the night. She reaches for the tools she works with and takes her work in her hands. She gives to the poor and reaches out to those in need. She is not afraid of winter for her family, who are all well clothed She chooses the best clothes for herself, which is of the finest and richest materials. Others respect her husband, and he sits with those who are well known. She makes things and sells them, and supplies the stores with her products to sell. She is dressed with strength and honor and she will celebrate in the years to come. She speaks with wisdom, and her words are ruled by kindness. She watches over the ways of her family and is not lazy. Her children will come and bless her with their praises, and her husband also praises her. Many women have done well, but you do better than them all. Good manners are deceitful and beauty passes quickly, but a woman who respects God will be praised. Give her what she has earned by her actions and let her own works bring her the praise of others.
Being a Proverbs 31 woman seems a little bit intimidating to most of us women, but it can also be viewed as a challenge. The Proverbs 31 woman is an ideal woman that God has in mind for us, and this should be our goal as well. This paraphrase and Bible study gives us a picture of what a Proverbs 31 woman might look like today. As we can see, her employments are many. She buys real estate, she plants a garden, she is a sales person, she is a manufacturer, and she is a distributor. She is like Lydia in Acts 16:14, who was a seller of purple goods. Both of these women were godly women, who worked and helped make money to support their families. Some people believe these were home-based businesses, and I believe that is the ideal, as well. If we can stay at home with our families and work, then I believe we should, but if your employment takes you elsewhere (to the riverside or to the city) then we will do what’s necessary for our family. But we should be careful that our employment is nurturing our family and not taking important time away from it. Our employment should be for our family. Our family should never be sacrificed on the altar of our employment. We also see that the Proverbs 31 woman is honorable and trustworthy, a valuable asset to her family, and not a liability. She takes good care of her own family and then reaches out to others in need in her community. She speaks to others with wisdom and kindness, which make her the person she is. She respects God and loves others, and her words and actions show it. She has her priorities straight. These attributes should be our goals as women of God and we should do everything we can to become a Proverbs 31 woman. If you would like to become a Proverbs 31 woman, then take the next month and complete this Bible study to get you started. It should be started on a Monday, so that your rest days will fall on a Sunday. Go to Week 5 to print out your Scripture Memory Cards to help you memorize your verses.
I know I fall far short of the Proverbs 31 woman at times. Forgive me for my sins and my failures, and help me to improve in my areas of weakness. Help me to become an asset to my family and not a liability. I want to be seen as a valuable part of the family. Help me to use my time wisely and not be lazy. Strengthen me spiritually; while I do everything I can to strengthen myself physically. Give me financial wisdom and help me learn how to do business and earn a decent income, so that I may tithe and give gifts to others in need. Let my words be ruled by wisdom, and loving-kindness so that others may know Your love through me. Help me to be more honorable and trustworthy and treat others well everyday. Thank you for the blessings you have given me, all my assets, my attributes, and my talents, and help me to use what I have for your honor and glory. I ask all these things in Jesus Name, Amen.
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