Proverbs 31 Project

Proverbs 31 Project

It’s the beginning of a new month. For one full month we have been touching and hopefully agreeing on the scriptures describing a ‘virtuous woman.’

We have jotted down 300 compliments to ourselves. We have started a ‘husband box.’ Hopefully we have new recipes to add to our collection and we have begun to remove procrastination completely from our lives.

On to the next one…

Proverbs 31:17

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

This verse is self explanatory. The main word in this text is strength. In order to build strength, we must do the necessary work it takes to strengthen the muscles that carry the load. Although most folks point out the main flaws, pudgy mid-sections and flabby thighs, a full body workout should be the goal. Overall work will build endurance to continue the journey for a lifetime and not just the time being.

Even though the text speaks mainly of her loins and her arms, other components are equally important. According to Letgodbetrue.com, the metaphor and synecdoche of this clause intend strengthening her whole person for greater activity and effort, not just her loins. What good will come from strong loins but weak legs? Strong arms but a weak neck?

A great woman will require her body to be conditioned to handle the daily comings and goings. Her mind will need conditioning in order to keep from burning out easily. The spirit of a strong woman will depend on her ability to stay humble despite the hustle and bustle of daily life. Every day she will strive to be better than the day before.

Proverbs 31:17 (http://www.letgodbetrue.com/proverbs/commentaries/31_17.php)

Older women should teach younger women in Christ’s churches (Tit 2:3-5). If this were done diligently and wisely, each generation of Christian women would be greater than the one before in terms of holiness and marital and domestic godliness. If this is not the case in your church, who will change the ungodly trend? And when? Every Christian mother must also rise above ungodly prudery or slothfulness to teach her daughters completely.

As virtuous women, we should not hide our gifts and talents. If we are good shoppers, budget well, planners, decorators, coordinators, dancers, singers, etc. we should develop and exploit those skills to the benefit of our households. That very well may be the calling that you have ignored. Matt 25:14-30 speaks of taking the gifts God gave you, using them, and multiplying them. Increasing the intake by investing them where it counts instead of squandering them away, being wasteful.

In closing, a complete overhaul-mind, body, and spirit will produce the complete package so that you may be a blessing to others not just look good.

Please be mindful of those less fortunate than us. Keep in mind that our problems may not hold a candle to the person sitting next to you or even the person you cannot see. Be prayerful for those that lost, scared, hopeless, and alone. Uplift someone in your thoughts and prayers other than the needs of yourself. God hears all, sees all, and knows all. Some answers come when we remove thoughts about ourselves and start thinking about how we can bless others.

Pray for me and I will certainly do the same. When you get a moment, I hope you sign up for the newsletter to stay tuned with all P.E.W. Ministry has in store. Follow us so that you won’t miss out on any of the thought provoking posts and scriptures. We are simply trying to grow in Christ one day, one step at a time.

Much Love,

Kanika

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Proverbs 31 Project (day 5)

Day 5: Admit it. You’re Amazing!

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16

Recap over the entire week:

We have been studying, meditating, and breaking down Proverbs 31:10-12.

10 An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.

In a nutshell, a virtuous woman is a woman who fears the Lord. After all a God fearing man needs a God fearing woman and vice versa. In order to rectify order within the household, there has to be a unified front. The children have to see an example in order to one day lead their own household.

A virtuous woman is not vain nor lacking in beauty, the beauty simply shines from the inside out. Her every thought is whether her actions are pleasing to God. Of course we all fall short of his divine glory but as long as we do our very best to correct our errors with a simple repentance, all will be right in his eyes.

As women we always feel the need to compare or ride the line of envy when surrounded by other women. It’s a natural instinct to want this or want that, mainly because we don’t have it. The moral of that story is, we never really know what all the next had to go through to get what we thought was nice. That is a lesson for another day.

All in all, be courageous enough to seek the answers to the questions about faith. Stand tall when you walk into a room and even taller when you are alone. Never be ashamed of the struggle or what some may view as failures. Remember everybody has a little stank on them, no one person is perfect besides Jesus. He died for our sins. His blood ran to wash us clean from the stain of the world.

With so much going on in the world, the least we can do is lift our spouses up in prayer. Pray for the blood to cover our family, friends, and their surroundings with the protection to see them through all the traps set before them. Pray for the sick, shut in, lost, homeless, hungry, weary, wounded, and bound. Pray for our children, those that have direct access to our children, and the world that we may leave behind.

Lord knows, some of the ones that have sworn to protect and serve are doing more harm than good. Regardless of those misguided individuals, there is no logical explanation for cold blooded murder. Ambushing innocent folks because they look like the guilty. After all, isn’t that the reasoning for the guilty to commit their crimes to begin with. Racial profiling is simply categorizing one group of people in one box whether they are living foul or not, right?

Stand your ground and license to carry are not one sided or at least it isn’t supposed to be. Somehow it still seems to only be legal for certain people. Sadly a clear understanding as to what is allowed and what is not has become fuzzier as the years go by.

My apologies if today’s lesson turned into more of a rant than teaching. We will reconvene on Monday, if it is the Lord’s will.

Stay prayed up! Please pray for me and I will do the same for you.

Much Love,

Kanika