Study in Proverbs 31

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.  She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. Proverbs 31:13-15

Have you ever known a woman who was diligent?  A woman that was a hard worker in her home?  Though I have not been privileged to know her my entire life, I have heard many stories of one of my husbands Grandmothers.  I met her after my husband and I began dating and she and her husband actually opened their home up to me to live until my husband and I got married.  I had a job at a day care near my {then to be} future husbands home in Michigan.  My family was from California and the commute seemed a bit far, don’t you think? 🙂

This Grandmother of his was so faithful, as was her husband.  They were up in years and yet their heart for serving others was what made a profound impact on my life!  Having raised a family of six children, this woman was diligent in raising her family up right.  She was always busy at home taking care of her house and her children.  They raised their children in church, family devotions happened every night no matter what was going on, they were taught to think of others, they were taught to work, give, and serve.  We need some more of those kinds of Mama’s now days!  Now, all of her children are grown and have raised families of their own.  Now, her children rise up and call her blessed!  The raising of her children had a profound impact on the life of my husband.  For it was because of his grandmother raising my husbands father up right, that my father in-law in turn raised his children up right.

These verses make me stop and wonder, are we being diligent in our work?  I’m not just talking about the dishes and laundry, although those things are important!  Are we being diligent in raising our children up in the fear of the Lord?  Are we diligent in putting Christ before them?  Are we diligent in hiding God’s Word in their heart? Are we giving them every opportunity to flourish and grow in their Christian walk?

In order to be the right kind of woman we ourselves need to be diligent in taking care of our own souls first.  Spending time with God daily is key to having a God-centered life and raising a godly family!  Many of us would claim to have a Christian home, but I wonder at times, do we call our home and family a “Christian home” simply because we claim to be Christian?  Is it only in word and not in deed?  Is their evidence in our daily lives of being a Christian?

These verses go beyond just the spiritual aspect of diligence though.  The virtuous woman is productive and prepared!  She is busy with her work!  She does not waste hours on the computer {or her phone}, she does not sit idle texting her day away.  She is interested in providing for her family!  She is interested in the well being of her family and others!

We have so many distractions in our lives today.  Everything from work to play, we schedule ourselves crazy!  Running from one activity to the next.  However, if we see that somewhere along our way our own spiritual walk or our family and home are suffering, we need to stop the scheduling and get our priorities back to where they belong.

Diligence in our work as women is so important.  Ecclesiastes 9:10 states, Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” 

How are we doing ladies?  The thing I love about God’s Word, and even more specifically about this passage in Proverbs 31, is that it is both convicting and encouraging!  Goodness, I have so far to go in learning about being like this virtuous woman, therein lies the challenge.  However, with God nothing is impossible!  With God’s help we can work towards being like this Proverbs 31 woman!  With God at your side, you’ve got this friend!

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