The Proverbs 31 Woman: Generosity

{For the rest of the series, go here!}

As we’ve been winding through Proverbs 31 and unpacking some of the character qualities found within this chapter, I’ve been really challenged to consider my actions and words regularly. And this week’s section is no different – challenging, but once again I find myself dwelling on something I haven’t in the past.

She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Proverbs 31:20-22

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The Proverbs 31 Woman: Self Control

She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.

Proverbs 31:17-19

Why self control with this section of Scripture? Well, what do you think it takes to stay up all hours of the night making things to sell? TONS of self control!

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The Proverbs 31 Woman: Diligence

She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.

She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.

She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:13-16, 24, 27

Diligence. Kind of ironic that I’m a bit late in publishing this post, considering the subject matter but it is kinda good for a Monday morning!

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The Proverbs 31 Woman – Virtue

{For the introduction to this series, go here.}

Let’s start by remembering one very important fact. The 31st chapter of Proverbs is a remembrance of the words spoken by King Lemuel’s mother. The woman that is referred to in verses 10 through 31 is a wish list, of sorts, in my opinion. This is not the diary of an actual woman – it is a mother, instructing her son and perhaps her daughters as well, what kinds of qualities are honoring to God in the life of a woman. We can find freedom and life in these words, not condemnation, when we dig in to find the character qualities that the Proverbs 31 woman would exude. It’s not a checklist of everything we need to fit into a day. It’s a story full of character qualities that we can build up in our lives so that we too are honoring to God.

First thing that King Lemuel’s mother lists – virtue.

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The Proverbs 31 Woman – The Original Pinterest Mom

We’ve all seen it. We get on Pinterest and see photos of these amazing supermoms and their perfect crafts, school projects, and perfect meals with all prepared with a smile. Plus it all coordinates and her house in the background of every photo is spotless. Even her laundry room is cute! How in the world are we – normal, every day, clinging to Jesus and a cup of coffee moms – supposed to compete with that?! So then we go to the Bible and find the Proverbs 31 woman. Hello! She’s theĀ original Pinterest mom! Seemingly perfect and untouchable.

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