I am woman – watch me pass out.
People have told me that I have that quote wrong, but I have to disagree. All of the tasks that I am expected to accomplish, on top of all those tasks I expected to accomplish often leave me beyond exhausted and headed right for a break down.
The more I read Proverbs 31, the more I wish I was a man. That was one busy woman. She did it all and with grace and beauty – she must have been a southerner. 😉
Still, her accomplishments seem impossible to match. Getting my children to rise up and bless me (without cue cards, mind you) takes the cake. I just want to be able to get my job done, keep the house running, and feed those kids without losing my mind or myself.
Review of the Proverbs 31 Woman:
- She had a positive outlook.
She trusted God in ALL situations.
She was strong.
She was bold.
She was confident.
She was rooted in God's Word.
She has a husband that trusts her.
She works with her hands (willingly, I might add).
She reaches out a hand to the poor.
She makes things that she sells.
She has a fear and reverence for God.
She has a mouth of wisdom and a tongue of kindness.
She does not rest in idle.
Writing out these traits I recognized a running theme. The Proverbs 31 had a relationship that made all of the rest of her day possible. She spent time with God, which is where she developed her fear and reverence for Him. That one relationship guided the rest of who she was and who she was growing to be. It also affected the other relationships in her life.
Maybe being the Proverbs 31 Woman is not about fulfilling a checklist of things each day. If I start with the one then the rest will follow.
Build a relationship with God and let that relationship become the driving force for the rest of who you will become.