We hear so much about a Proverbs woman. But what does that mean?
What is a P31 or a Proverbs 31 woman?
Is it even possible to live like that?
I love Proverbs 31. Specifically, Proverbs 31:10-31
I love what it says about the husband and what it says about us, as women.
Yet, what does a Proverbs woman really mean?
What does it mean to be a Proverbs 31 woman?
Honestly, when you pull apart the different characteristics of a Proverbs 31 woman and try to picture this woman, it can be overwhelming.
A Proverbs woman is someone who is:
sense of humor
How can we ever measure up to this strong, capable, compassionate, creative, providing woman?
How can we be her or be expected to become her?
We see that her husband is respected because of her and that her children call her blessed.
My Bible notes say, “This wife and mother works hard, accomplishes much and demonstrates appropriate balance of Independence and attachment to her family. As a result, her family gives her proper recognition and respect.”
But God is showing me something else about this woman, this passage, this challenge.
Something that is freeing and helpful and encouraging.
The woman described in Proverbs can not really be fulfilled in just one woman.
But each one of us, together with other godly women, can strive to achieve these characteristics. Together.
We may even possess some of these things and not even realize it.
Think of a puzzle. A puzzle of the Proverbs woman.
Think of a group of women. Think of the women in your family or your group of friends at church. In those women together you would see all of the characteristics listed above. You would see them all represented in the various women around you.
Each woman is just one piece of the puzzle.
Together, they complete the picture given to us in Proverbs 31.
When you look at the women around you, you will realize that by encouraging one another and building each other up, we can grow together as women full of godly characteristics.
A true portrait of a Proverbs woman.
All of us together.
Not striving on our own. But all of us as one, sisters in the body of Christ.
“Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.’
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”
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