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.
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.
What are some ways that you cultivate inner beauty in your life?
Love God Greatly!