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Is there any passage in the Bible about women that is more known than the virtuous woman from Proverbs 31? I don’t think so. And for good reasons. There is a lot we can learn from this woman and translate to this day and age.
She works hard
All throughout this passage we see how hard this woman actually works. She provides food and clothes for her family and she wakes up before the sun rises.
This shows us how important homemaking actually is. Creating a safe haven for you and your family is the most important task of a housewife and mother. And is actually something we can be so thankful for. So often, society tries to tell us we should work outside the house and there are more important things to do than clean the house. But that’s not what God tells us in this passage. We serve God when we serve our family.
She wakes up early
I know, I know, probably not what you wanted to hear. But hear me out. Waking up early has A LOT of benefits! I have actually started waking up early after I read the 5 am club and it has changed my life.
One of the main benefits to waking up early, is being able to start your day in quiet. It doesn’t have to be 5 am, but waking up before your kids do will be amazing for you! You will be able to read your Bible, spend time in prayer and get yourself ready for the day.
I don’t know about you, but having to get dressed while the baby cries or two kids are asking me what to wear, whether they can brush their teeth and where their socks are, sounds super stressful. So wake up early enough to be done when the kids wake up. And then you will have plenty of time to help them get ready for the day.
No wonder God tells us a virtuous woman wakes up when it’s still night (verse 15). It not only blesses your family, but will definitely bless you as well!
She is an entrepreneur
Have you ever noticed the verse where it says; 16 ‘She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard.‘ This shows us that this woman buys and sells. In other words; she’s an entrepreneur!
I always thought a good housewife just cleaned (haha), but that is far from true. In this passage we see how she much more we can do as women. You see, it is okay if we own a business or a side hustle.
She is well prepared.
The woman in Proverbs 31 is prepared. Part of being a virtuous woman is thinking ahead. Making sure you have enough food in the house, clothes to wear and enough oil to make sure your light keeps burning in the night.
This does not immediately mean you need a pantry the size of a football stadium, but there is nothing wrong with keeping a few things at hand at all times. Do what works best for your family.
She is a good mother and wife
One of my favorite parts of this passage: 28 ‘Her children rise up and call her blessed’.
What a blessing to know your children think you are blessed! Because, this means they know the Lord!
But not only that, it also shows us that children will see the importance of motherhood. The importance and blessing it is to be a mom and raise the next generation.
Doing the work God put in our hands, taking care of our family and making our home a place they will feel safe in. And then hearing them say how blessed we actually are to do that work; What a blessing!
Will we ever be perfect?
Of course, the answer is no. Because, we will never be perfect. But we can always do the best we can to become more like the virtuous woman in this passage. God did not have this part written down without a reason. On the contrary, it is something we can always strive to be like.
What is your favorite verse of this passage? Let me know below, but let’s also connect on Instagram! Because there is nothing I love more, than connecting with like-minded women!
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10 Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.