Do you ever turn to Proverbs and get completely overwhelmed by the Proverbs 31 woman?
The Proverbs 31 woman wisely manages the household, raises godly children, is a blessing and crown to her husband AND manages real estate, runs a home business, actively cares for the poor. I’m left wondering what she doesn’t do.
Overwhelmed by the Proverbs 31 woman
This virtuous woman takes “a mother’s job is never done” to a whole new level. “She rises while it is yet night” to prepare food for her household and “her lamp doesn’t go out at night” while she works on her home business.
I think she’d be lucky to be getting four hours of sleep a night at that rate.
And what does the virtuous woman do when she has a baby? Does she rise early, stay up late and spend the rest of the night nurturing a baby?
Her profile used to leave me discourage and overwhelmed. It was clear I could never hope to measure up. Some days I can’t even find time to make my bed.
Then a passing comment put the passage in a new light.
Proverbs 31 is not a snapshot of one day in the life of a virtuous woman. Proverbs 31 is a portrait of a lifetime.
Proverbs 31: portrait of a lifetime
The virtuous woman lived a life of loving service to God, her family, and her community, but that doesn’t mean she “did it all” every single day.
Life is made up of seasons. Some are seasons of survival. Some are seasons of abundance.
Just because you or I didn’t get up at 4:00 this morning, purchase investment property today, run a mercy ministry this afternoon, or stay up till midnight tonight working on crafts to sell, doesn’t mean we can’t aspire to be virtuous women.