Sunday, January 20, 2013

My Proverbs 31 Obsession

I don't remember when I first discovered The Virtuous Wife, but I have been in love with it for quite some time now. She is really an amazing woman, and it is no wonder that a mother would wish for her son to find such a wife! It's no wonder that a man would search for a woman!
Proverbs 31:10-31 - The Virtuous Wife 
Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.

Recently, I have felt compelled to participate in a bible study or devotional about the Proverbs 31 wife. Most women, myself included, find the Virtuous Wife to be incredibly intimidating, so I am curious to read the suggestions that other women have for being more like this amazing woman!

So, I have scoured the internet for any decently formatted study or devotional. And I've found a few:

  • Liberty University's Online Ministries: Virtuous Fear (free download)
  • Pursuit of Proverbs 31 eBook (approx $3.99 at Amazon, old [possibly incomplete] version here)
  • Women Living Well's Proverbs 31 eBook (sign up for the email list to get the link for it)

I'm gonna work through them and see how they turn out... I promise to post about it. :D

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