For years I avoided reading Proverbs 31. I was aware of abounding flaws. I knew that I would never measure up to the virtuous woman. I felt like a failure.
Then Courtney wrote her book, The Proverbs 31 Woman: One Virtue at a Time and the Good Morning Girls were to complete a Bible study using it. I did not want to do it. I almost took a break from Good Morning Girls just to skip reading Proverbs 31.
God wouldn’t let it go. He kept pushing me to keep going with Good Morning Girls. It was the only Bible study that I had been able to make work for me as I was a full time working mom with little ones at the time.
So, I started it and then Courtney said something that changed my life forever.
The Proverbs 31 woman did not do all of this in a day.
I literally broken down when she said this. A weight was lifted off my shoulders. I felt peace that can’t be described with words.
Since the first Proverbs 31 study with Courtney, I’ve grown to love reading this chapter. It provides inspiration, encouragement and instruction to me each time I do. While I may not be everything the virtuous woman is today, I have taken many steps that she has and I continue to pursue my Proverbs 31 journey one day at a time.
My Proverbs 31 journey currently…
- My husband’s heart safely trusts in me
- I seek to do him good
- I work willingly
- I strive to make wise business choices
- I try to not be lazy
- I strive to be diligent
- I ensure my family has all they need
My Proverbs 31 journey needs improvement in…
- Caring for the poor
- Ensuring my mouth speaks wisdom and kindness
- Being accountable with my time
- Continuing to seek to do what’s best for my family
- All of the above (in BOTH lists)
I’m so very thankful that Proverbs 31 is a journey. It isn’t a place where I will ever really “arrive”. I will continue to build upon it throughout my entire life. There will be times that I am responsible for more of one area than the next…and that is OK!
I can’t be everything to everyone all at the same time. God has a calling for me today which will likely be different in the future. My Proverbs 31 journey will look completely different looking back from the end to all the places that I will have been.
This is a journey that will last a lifetime and I’m forever thankful for it!