As most of you probably know, the Proverbs 31 chapter is mostly about the famous "Proverbs 31 Woman." As far as we know, this passage isn't necessarily describing a specific real person, but instead giving an example of Godly virtues that a man should look for in a wife, and that a wife should seek after in her own life. Here are some things I've learned or have been reminded of over the past 3 weeks of studying Proverbs 31:
- The excellent wife is a rare treasure and a great blessing to her husband.
- She is trustworthy.
- She does good to her husband all the days of her life. Not just some of the days! I loved this post at Passionate Homemaking that went along with this principle very well.
- She works with willing hands. This has been especially convicting to me. Most of you know that I struggle with organization and keeping things neat in my home. I have realized that change has to first of all begin with ME, and also that my work is actually an act of worship to God. Wow! When I think about it this way, it is easier to work cheerfully and willingly. Here's another great post from Passionate Homemaking along the same lines.
- She goes above and beyond in her service to her family and others. We also studied the story of Rebekah this past week, how she not only gave Abraham's servant a drink of water, but drew water for all of his camels too. She had a true servant's heart! This was convicting also because I am not always ready and willing to go the extra mile for others.