Proverbs 31 :)

Whenever I used to think of the Proverbs 31 woman, I always dreamed of being like that…someday.  It wasn’t until just recently that I realized, though I’m not yet married, I can be applying most of these to my life right now! 

So I sat down, went verse by verse, and wrote out the qualities that the Proverbs 31 woman has….

Verse 11 –  The heart of her husband safely trusts in her and lacks nothing in value. 

                She is trustworthy

Verse 12 – “She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life”

                She considers how her actions will affect him (and others)

Verse 13 – She works willingly with her hands

                She works with delight and pleasure

Verse 14 – “She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar”

                She is an enterprising person

Verse 15 – “She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens” 

                She is not a sluggard

 Verse 16 –  “She considers a field, and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard”  NIV               

                She shows good judgment 

Verse 17 – “She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm.”  Amplified Version 

                She is prepared for the work God gives her 

Verse 18 – “She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.” NIV

                 She sees that her work is profitable

 Verse 19 – “In her hands she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers” NIV

                 We again see her working with her hands

Verse 20 – “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” NIV 

                She notices the needs of other and helps them 

Verse 21 –  “When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.”   NIV

                 She sees that her family is well taken care of 

Verse 22 – “She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.”  NIV

                Once again we see her working with her hands and providing for her family

 Verse 23 – “Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.”  NIV

 Her husband is respected at the city gates (because she speaks positively of him)

Verse 24 – “She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.” NIV

                She makes things to sell; she’s industrious

Verse 25 – “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”  NIV

                She is strong and dignified; she is free of anxiety and worry (she knows God is in control)

Verse 26 – “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” NIV

                 She is wise and has faithful instruction (you can only teach after you’ve learned)

Verse 27 – “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” NIV

She watches over her family and is not idle (it doesn’t say she doesn’t rest though)

 Verses 28/29 – “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also and he praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” NIV

She is called blessed by her husband and children (“that is, one who enjoys happy circumstances and from whom joy radiates to others.”)

She surpasses the noble woman

Verse 30 – “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”      NIV

                She fears the Lord

Now for the difficult part…applying it!!!  🙂 

 

Artwork done by my friend Meadow Brady 🙂

 

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