I’ve been intimidated by this woman since the first moment I read about her.
She’s the woman who has it all together.
The woman who rises early to prepare for the day.
The woman who always reaches out to help the people around her who are in need.
The woman who takes care of her home in such an orderly fashion even Martha Stewart wouldn’t be able to keep up.
The woman who wisely budgets and invests her finances.
The woman who speaks wisdom and kindness into the lives of the people around her.
The woman who works hard and lives each day with purpose.
The woman who cares not just about taking care of her outside appearance but whose beauty shines from within.
The woman who fears the Lord in all her ways and smiles at the days ahead.
Who is this woman you might ask? The Proverbs 31 Woman.
A portrayal of perfection itself.
In my desire to become the most ideal version of what I believed a Christian lady should be there were times I dreaded reading about her because she was just a reminder to me of how l didn’t measure up to her and how far from perfect I was.
More than anything in the world I wanted to be the girl who did everything right.
The girl who put others before her, who worked hard, who shined with beauty from the inside out, who faced each day with a smile, and who always had the right words to say.
But when I looked in the mirror the girl staring back at me wasn’t close to the image of perfection I wanted her to be.
I would create goals for myself to reach and rules to follow so I could be just like her.
But each time I would fail miserably and be disappointed with myself.
Until one day as I was reading about this Proverbs 31 Woman I realized something that I seemed to have missed when I read about her all those years before: this woman was godly, loving, strong, patient, and wise not because she was some sort of Martha Stewart or Mother Theresa protégé but because of the man she feared and lived for: Jesus.
She’s the perfect example of what a godly woman should be not because she always has it all together but because she reflects Christ in all her ways as a result of her intimate relationship with Him.
I realized that life changes not after you create a set of rules to follow or try to copy exactly what someone else is doing but after you spend one-on-one time in the presence of your savior.
After you spend time with Jesus you will never live your life the same again not because you try to but because it comes naturally.
You won’t want to walk the same. Talk the same. Or be the same.
The more time you spend with Him the more you become like Him.
The more you will want to be righteous, pure, loving, humble, and kind.
You will have no problem getting up early to spend time with God.
You will look for every opportunity to say a word of encouragement or to help someone in need.
You will worry more about how beautiful your heart is to Christ than your outside reflection is in the mirror.
You will live your life each day with purpose knowing that every little thing you do makes a difference in eternity.
You will look forward to your future with a smile on your face because you know that no matter what road you will travel next you will get through just fine because you will travel it with Him.
Proverbs 31 Woman is no longer intimidating to me.
I don’t dread reading about her anymore but instead I look forward to it.
To me she is a genuine example of a woman who reflects the Christ who is living in her.
An example of a woman I should strive to be.
If you allow Jesus to be the center of your life and the one you love and fear above all then you will become the ideal version of the woman you’ve always wanted to be, not by your own efforts but by His grace and presence in you.
Never be intimidated by the Proverbs 31 woman’s flawless perfection, instead admire her character and learn from her and remember that the only thing that sets her apart from all the rest and makes her special is who she allows to lives within her heart.
If you are a lady don’t seek perfection by your own efforts, seek Christ instead, and He will help you become all you want to be, just like the Proverbs 31 Woman. Be blessed! –Anna… ♥
“…a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised”- Proverbs 31:30