Today's Devotional Thought
May 09, 2011 by Wendy Foreman
Woman of Wisdom
We just celebrated Mother’s Day and when I think of mothers and women in general, my mind goes to Proverbs 31. I remember reading this for the first time when I was younger and had a young family of my own. I thought it would be absolutely impossible to be a Proverbs 31 woman.
I would hear this passage preached or read it in various devotionals and in some ways, felt like I was failing my family because I couldn’t live up to these standards. I learned over the years that this is not an actual woman but rather a standard to live by. There is no way that a woman could do all that this woman does in one day. But ladies, we can strive to be like this woman.
I love the verses that I chose for today’s key verses. When we think of women who are managers in the workplace or women who manage the things of their households, we sometimes think they must be someone who lord over another (husbands perhaps) or one that is a tyrant to those under them (in the workplace). Contrary to that picture, we see that the Proverbs 31 woman is full of kindness and wisdom. She is pleasant, meek and has a quiet spirit. She is a woman who shows kindness in the way that she handles the situations in her family and when she speaks her words are truly full of wisdom.
Throughout my life I have desired greatly to be a Proverbs 31 woman and this weekend when I was away at a conference the Lord laid this verse on my heart so strongly and I began to ask Him how can I grow to be more like this woman?
What do you think He said?
You guessed it….He said be in the word and seek after me.
Sounds easy right?
Not really, because we live in a world that tells us something so very different about being a woman. We are told that we must be beautiful, skinny, independent, rich, dress a certain way, act a certain way, have lots of friends, our kids must be involved in sports, music and anything else that will keep them well rounded. Then we must have a great job, a big beautiful home, fantastic clothes, shoes and anything else that will help us appear to be successful and happy in life. The problem is those things aren’t what make us happy.
As women who follow Christ, our true happiness, success and contentment will come from striving to be more like Him. As you read Proverbs 31:10-31 you see a woman who is truly content with who she is and the desire she has to live her life in such a way that honors God and her family. We read in verse 12 that she brings her husband good not harm, all the days of her life. How many of us can say that we always bring our husbands good? Do our husbands trust us and do we greatly enrich their lives? My heart is so full of the desire to please my husband in these areas. Verse 28 of Proverbs 31 says…Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her. Oh, I love my children and I have been so convicted over the years about the mother I am to them. The last few years the Lord has done an amazing work in my life and I’ve gone from being the mom who wants to raise her kids the best she can and set them free to becoming the mom who desires to teach them what it means to live a life that honors God. I want to show them what I am teaching them by simply living it in front of them. I try very hard to take every opportunity to teach them the things of God when the opportunity arises.
Ladies, being a woman of God is tough and we have to live our lives intentionally. We must take time each day to be in HIS word and pray for wisdom on how to raise our children and how to be the kind of wife that our husband needs and deserves.
Take time this week to talk with your husband and ask him what you can pray for. Pray with your kids about their day at school, the relationships they have with their friends and anything else that they may ask. When we take the time to make this important, God will definitely bless it and ladies it will cause our relationship with our children to grow. We will be able to look back at our prayers and show our children God’s faithfulness.