As I have mentioned before some friends and I have just finished up doing the Proverbs 31 Bible study through Good Morning Girls. I have learned so much about myself and my friends throughout the course of the study. I have heard from some people that the Proverbs 31 woman is not an achievable goal, that we will never be like her. I have been told by some friends that they don't feel like they measure up to her or others of us doing the study and to that I have a little different view to add. I am not adding to scripture just simply looking at the Proverbs 31 woman in a little different light so that those of you who think you can never be like her may possibly change your thinking. I believe we can be like her - if we want - if we focus on God first and trust Him for guidance. I also believe we should want to be like her, as a Christian woman, as wives and mothers - we should desire to have her same qualities and traits and should look to her as a mentor, role model and example for our own lives.
She was human just like we are and I am sure she had rough, lazy, I just don't want to do this kind of days. There could have been days that she slept late, over slept or went back to bed. I would venture to say she had days that her plans failed and she accomplished next to nothing even though she had high hopes for the day. I am sure she had days that her children and husband got to hear her fuss or complain about not being appreciated for all she did and possibly she snapped at them in anger from time to time. She could have on occasion slipped and said something hurtful to a friend or family member. She probably had days that she burned her dinner or lacked the necessary ingredients she needed to prepare her families food for the day. It's totally possible that she spent more money than she should have on an "impulse" buy while shopping.
If you think that this view of the Proverbs 31 Woman just couldn't be true look at Jesus. He was Perfect but while He was on the earth He was human. He got mad at the people selling in the Temple and overturned their tables (John 2 and Mark 11:15-19). He got upset with His disciples for not staying awake and keeping watch while He went to pray (Matthew 26:40). He had real human emotions and feelings just like the Proverbs 31 woman and just like you and me.
BUT just as this scripture (Proverbs 31:10-31) doesn't focus on that aspect of her life - neither should we focus on that part of our own life.
If you have a bad day or a bad week don't let that get you down. You can do this and so can I.
Determine where you need work, pray and ask God for help and start now to change that area for the better as you work your way towards being the Proverbs 31 Woman. If there is one thing I know for sure it's that I need help doing this. I can't be the best person, wife or mom that I want to be or am supposed to be on my own. The Bible says that with God ALL things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
What are your thoughts on the Proverbs 31 woman?
My friend Dee wrote a beautiful summary of the Bible Study over on her blog and I encourage you to check it out. Click HERE to read her post.