Rediscovering the Proverbs 31 woman
Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
Here are some initial steps to help us become the Proverbs 31 awesome woman God wants us to become.
Cultivate the desire
Now one crucial question, if the Lord allows you to live as long as you wish for, based on Moses’ prayer in Psalm 90:10 (“The days of our lives are seventy years, and if by reason of strength they are eighty years”), what do you want to have accomplished? I’m praying right now that your answer to this question will indicate your heartfelt desire to be a woman of character, a woman who is beautiful in God’s eyes.
Give it time
Have you ever asked yourself how God’s beautiful woman became such a rare, exceptional, extraordinary treasure, such a woman of strong godly character? In essence, it took time. Nothing this grand happens overnight; nothing this grand just happens. What kind of time does the development of virtuous character require?
Make time reading God’s word
Make daily time for reading God’s word your priority. You are a diamond in the rough, and you gain the power of character. You begin to more clearly reflect your heavenly father’s face as His Holy word smoothes and polishes your character. As you spend time gazing into God’s word, the light of His truth brightens your motivation to live your life for His glory. He uses His word to scrub and scour away your fears, your laziness, your doubts, and your sinful ways.
God uses His Word to transform you into a woman of divine power who more brilliantly reflects His beauty.
Time with other women
Surround yourself with women who encourage your spiritual growth (Titus 2:3). I know from experience there is nothing like relationships with sisters in Christ.
Time reading biographies of God’s saints – Begin a reading program, even for five minutes a day. I’ve realised that time spent getting to know the great saints of the faith is time well spent. Being touched by the lives of God’s “army” of women gives me a fresh infusion of strength as I consider their physical strength and their mental endurance.
Time over a lifetime
You don’t ever have to be discouraged or feel overwhelmed by God’s standard for beauty because He gives us, day by day, a lifetime to reach it.
Just as wise Edith Schaeffer says about the Proverbs 31 woman: “Certainly, all the admirable things written about this woman did not take place in one year. It seems to me it is a summary of the great diversity of accomplishments and results of her work and imagination and talents over a long period of time.”
Why not join me in whispering to God for strength (His strength).
Why not declare with me your desire to become a woman who, like an army, moves through the challenges and duties of life with valour, courage, bravery, stamina, endurance, power (His power).
To truly be a woman who is beautiful in God’s eyes, to enjoy His approval, His “well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25: 21), His acknowledgment that “you are a Virtuous Woman” (Ruth 3:11).