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The Proverbs 31 Woman- Week 12

 

Welcome back! Our journey through Proverbs 31 is almost over…….it’s been such a joy for me to learn about the inspirational Proverbs 31 woman right along side of you! Thank you so much for joining us this summer!

We will announce at the end of the week our fall session so please stay tuned!!!

This week we are going to focus on verse 30.

Proverbs 31:30

Charm is deceptive, and beauty if fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.


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Can I be completely honest with you???? I think verse 30 is the hardest verse for me in all of Proverbs 31. You see I get tempted to think like the world when it comes to beauty……I like to think that beauty is NOT fleeting when in fact it really is. I struggle with not wanting to “age”. I try to eat right, exercise and wear my sunscreen….and yes, I even get tempted to buy all those “wrinkle eraser” creams!!! But the fact still remains……my outward beauty is fleeting! I am the youngest I’m ever going to be today, so I may as well embrace it and enjoy the way I look right now.

That’s why I need to invest and cultivate my inner beauty……the beauty that will never fade.

Instead of worrying about what I put on my face, I should be more concerned about the words that come out of my mouth.

Instead of worrying about the wrinkles that are beginning to form around my eyes, I should be more concerned about the tenderness of my heart.

Instead of focusing on what I’m wearing, I should be more concerned about what I’m feeding my mind.

Instead of worrying about my fading beauty, I should be actively cultivating my inner beauty………investing in what will last forever.

I know many women look at the Proverbs 31 woman and get discouraged and intimidated…..but we really shouldn’t. Instead we should allow her example to inspire us. She is an example in the way she lived to glorify God through every aspect of her life. That’s why, at the end of her life, she is praised……..she is praised by her children, husband and others.

She lived her life well…a life that was completely focused on God.

She couldn’t have done all these amazing things on her own, in her own strength…….she was able to accomplish so much because she knew where to go to get her strength.

She was a woman who feared the Lord…..not fearing in a negative bad sense, but fearing the Lord as in bringing Him glory and realizing that He is HOLY.

Our God is the same God of the Old and New Testament…….He is full of grace but He also is completely Holy too. Let’s focus on living lives that bring Him praise out of our love and respect for the One who sacrificed it all on our behalf…….the One who went to the cross for us.

Weekly Challenge: This week focus on cultivating your inner beauty more than your outer beauty. Pay attention to the type of information you are filling your mind…..is it helping you to be more loving, kinder and bringing you closer to God? As you go about your week, try to be aware of God’s presence in your life…..see if it makes a difference in the way you talk and the decisions you make.

To find the videos and posts from week 1-11, click here.
To find the Proverbs 31 reading plan- click here and begin on Week 12 today.

 

What are some ways that you cultivate inner beauty in your life?

 

Love God Greatly!

{Week 7} Live Beautifully…WIWW Link-Up Party

So far in Proverbs 31 we have seen how this godly woman of noble character brings good and not harm to her husband, selects and works with eager hands, gets up and provides for her household, considers her purchases, opens her arms to the poor and now this week we see she doesn’t fear the “cold weather” but rather she clothes her family, her home and herself beautifully.

I love that God put verse 22 in the long list of who and what the Proverbs 31 woman is like. Have you noticed yet there has been no mention of what the Proverbs 31 woman looks like? We don’t know if she is tall or short, we don’t know her “size”, we don’t her hair color, eye color or skin color though we can guess based on the area of the world she is from for the last 3. What we do know from her appearance is how she is clothed. We learn about her appearance in verse 22 and again in verse 25. Verse 22 focuses on the actual garments….fine linen and purple.

We know from the previous verses this woman is good with her money. We see that in verse 16 where we read “she considers” a field before she buys it out of her earnings. She doesn’t just rush into her purchases. We also see she is a generous woman, in verse 20 we are told “she opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” Now in verse 22 we finally get a glimpse of how she is dressed…….beautifully. Her clothing reflects her inner beauty. For me personally when I think of the Proverbs 31 woman I picture a woman like Audrey Hepburn or Jackie O……not in how they lived their lives, but in how beautifully each woman dressed. Both women are known to be elegant in the clothing they choose to wear.

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So what can we learn from verse 22? I believe our “take away” is that it’s okay to make things beautiful and wear clothing that is beautiful! In verse 22 we see she is making coverings for her bed……and that she wears fine linen. I personally feel sometimes in our Christian culture it is looked down upon or seen as “unspiritual” if a woman has nice furnishings in her home or wears beautiful clothing. I think God is showing us that it is okay to dress beautifully and have nice things in our homes……we just need to be balanced.

I love how this verse comes after we learn about her money management skills, her work ethic and her generosity. She is not a woman of leisure. She is not a woman who “shops til she drops” and spends all her money. She is not a woman who hoards and only thinks of herself.

She is a woman who is balanced.

She wisely invests in others and also invests in herself.

God has created women with the desire to make things beautiful. It’s okay to want to make our homes beautiful and to wear beautiful clothing…..we just need to be balanced in how we do those things.

In Ezekiel 16:10-14 we read how God clothes His beloved wife, Israel:

“I clothed you with an embroidered dress and put leather sandals on you. I dressed you in fine linen and covered you with costly garments. I adorned you with jewelry. I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck, and I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. So you were adorned with gold and silver; your clothes were of fine linen and costly fabric and embroidered cloth”. …declares the Sovereign Lord.

Looking at how God “clothed” Israel and how the Proverbs 31 woman was clothed, we can see that it’s okay to have and wear nice things. The problem occurs is when we begin to worship the “things” instead of the one who gave them to us.

I love this quote from Elizabeth George talking about the Proverbs 31 woman.


I love how Elizabeth George describes the Proverbs 31 woman as a “godly, queenly woman”…..want to know something? You are too! Embrace your adoption as a daughter to the King of kings and live beautifully……..both inside and out! Living beautifully isn’t about your wealth but rather the beauty you produce through your life as you take care of your home, your family and yourself!

How are you investing beauty in your life?

Love God Greatly!

 

 

 

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Proverbs 31 Woman- Week 6

 

Woohoo girls…we are up to week 6 in our Proverbs 31 series!!!

This week we are looking at verses 19 & 20

In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.

 

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I believe Matthew 23:37-38 summarizes the Proverbs 31 woman’s life……she loved the Lord her God with all her heart, soul and mind and she loved her neighbors as herself. That in a nutshell is the Proverbs 31 woman….a woman whose whole life is focused on God! God is the focus in her marriage, in her relationship with her children and how she meets the needs of the poor.

I love the story Courtney shares this week in her ebook on page 22 called “P.S. Your Hands Are Beautiful”…..what the Proverbs 31 woman did with her hands, the way she meet the needs of her family and the needs of others is truly beautiful.

Want to know something?

Your hands are beautiful too!

Don’t for a second think that no one sees how you care for your family with the beautiful hands God has given you……He sees all that you do! God sees how you tenderly rock your baby to sleep, He sees how you cook and clean so that your family can have their tummys full and a clean house to live in, He sees how you forgivingly embrace your husband after a disagreement, He sees it all…….and He’s sooo proud of you! Remember that this week as you go about serving your Lord as you serve your family and others God has placed in your life.

You are a Proverbs 31 woman in the making and so am I…..non of us have arrive…..but that’s not the point. The point isn’t about BEING the perfect wife or mother, it’s about LIVING a life that is focused on God. My sweet friend, keep your eyes on Jesus. He will mold you into the wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend that He made you to be. We are not called to be Martha Stewart or Mary Poppins…..we are called to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls and minds and to love our neighbors as ourselves…that’s the true Proverbs 31 woman.

Weekly Challenge: Pray and ask God to help you see the needs of others around you. Then bless someone this week by seeing the need and meeting it. Share with your group how God worked through you to meet this need.

Ideas include:

  • Helping someone while you are out and about during your day…..picking up something that they dropped, carrying out the groceries etc.
  • Babysitting for the single mom down the road
  • Going through your closets and giving some of your clothes, toys and other items that could be helpful to someone else.
  • Surprise the family down the street who are having financial problems with a gift card or a check to help pay for one of their bills.
  • Sponsor a child through Compassion or World Vision
  • Help out in a soup kitchen
  • Volunteer and be a friend to a woman who is in prison
  • Help with VBS
  • Invite a family or friend over for dinner who is new to your area or church…….give them the gift of your friendship
  • The ways that you can help out are numerous…..just ask God to open your eyes so that you can see the needs around you, your home, your neighborhood, your church, your community and then put your faith into action and meet that need!

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What are some ways you can help someone in need this week in your home, neighborhood or community?

 

Journeying with you my sweet friend!!!

Love God Greatly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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