Proverbs 31

God has been convicting me lately about something.  He’s gained momentum and is really trying hard to get my attention now.  Do you ever notice that?  First He quietly convicts us through the Holy Spirit, then He speaks to us during prayer, then He does many other things one after the other to get our attention.    I can just see Him tapping His foot just waiting for us to obey.  Don’t you feel that way sometimes?  Like he is just waiting until you realize….OH, I get it…you want me to do…(whatever HE is asking of you) and He is thinking….YES!!  Finally!

So, God has really been convicting me lately to model my life after the woman in Proverbs 31.  If you have not read this chapter in Proverbs, here it is:

 10 [c] A wife of noble character who can find?
       She is worth far more than rubies.

 11 Her husband has full confidence in her
       and lacks nothing of value.

 12 She brings him good, not harm,
       all the days of her life.

 13 She selects wool and flax
       and works with eager hands.

 14 She is like the merchant ships,
       bringing her food from afar.

 15 She gets up while it is still dark;
       she provides food for her family
       and portions for her servant girls.

 16 She considers a field and buys it;
       out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

 17 She sets about her work vigorously;
       her arms are strong for her tasks.

 18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
       and her lamp does not go out at night.

 19 In her hand she holds the distaff
       and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

 20 She opens her arms to the poor
       and extends her hands to the needy.

 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
       for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

 22 She makes coverings for her bed;
       she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
       where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

 24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
       and supplies the merchants with sashes.

 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
       she can laugh at the days to come.

 26 She speaks with wisdom,
       and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

 27 She watches over the affairs of her household
       and does not eat the bread of idleness.

 28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
       her husband also, and he praises her:

 29 “Many women do noble things,
       but you surpass them all.”

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

 31 Give her the reward she has earned,
       and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

She’s busy isn’t she?  Well, that is how God intends my life to be, busy… for Him.  I also want to point out that this chapter is the very last chapter in Proverbs.  Proverbs is such an amazing book in the Bible.  It is full of wonderful advice mostly from Solomon, and it ends with this wonderful example of a Godly woman. 

There is an entire ministry modeled after this chapter in Proverbs.  They produce a magazine and have daily devotionals.  If you are not familiar with it, check it out here.

I think I do fairly good with a lot of it, but I still need to do some work to model my life in this way.  God is convicting me to work towards this, all for Him, and I will obey.


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