I have a love/hate relationship with the Proverbs 31 woman. I certainly was not like her in my first marriage. As a blended mom, I fall further away from even being able to stand in her shadow. The more I have thought about her, the more I wanted to see what she would look like today. So I have tweaked Proverbs 31. I’m praying that God will forgive my paraphrasing and that you will hopefully see that you are closer than you think to this saint of a woman!
May I present, the 2014 Proverbs 31 Woman:
“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good – not harm – all the days of her life. She selects a wreath and burlap, and works with eager hands to create the perfect door hangar she pinned on Pinterest. She is like the 18-wheelers – traveling about and bringing her food from Walmart, HEB, and Natural Grocers. She gets up while it is still dark – fumbling for the K cup that will help her function and oversee her family up for the day and fed. She shows good judgment with her purchases – evaluating possible return in the future. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. (after all, we carry a purse, diaper bag and the baby in the car carrier – all with one arm!) She sees that her trading and garage sale-ing is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night … she is already planning tomorrow’s dinner from the Crock Pot Sisters! In her hand she holds the tools and crafts that will open up a world of texture and colors to her preschooler – all the while wearing proudly the splatters of apple sauce and dried play dough on her yoga outfit. She participates in the food drives and clothing drives for the needy. She periodically purges her home to find things that would benefit somebody else and networks with others through Craigslist, MOPS and AbileneMoms.com. She has planned ahead … there is always an assortment of coats and sweaters and mittens to protect against the annual snowfall that we hopefully get! She layers her children … because she also knows that when it snows, there is a possibility that it will get up to 70 degrees that same day! She makes her bed (let’s just leave it at that … LOL). She is dressed as a woman representing her Heavenly Father – modestly – keeping herself covered in respect to her husband and also helping other men not to leer and lust. Her husband is respected at his work – his co-workers knowing that his wife takes the time to sometimes make him a lunch … or bring him lunch. His clothes are presentable. His countenance shines knowing that whatever the day may bring, his wife loves him and supports him and is proud of him! She goes through her closet and finds fine garments to sell at My Sister’s Place! She walks daily in the knowledge that God is in control of all! That gives her the strength to get through today and the confidence to laugh at the days and the drama to come! She shares her wisdom from WebMD and her favorite Motherhood blogs. She shares her time-saving recipes from the Crock Pot Sisters website with other moms to make their lives easier. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not succumb to the lure of Crushing Candy or Pinning on Pinterest for hours. Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all – you fear the Lord – you are to be praised.”
Moms, take heart. I know that being the matriarch of your home and taking care of your husband and his / yours / y’all’s kids, cats, dogs and hamsters can be overwhelming. Just remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day – and neither will your family! Pray daily for God to show you where He wants you and where He wants you to invest your time and talent and energy. Then after a month or so, I challenge you to take a look back on what you have accomplished. I think you are gonna be giving that Proverbs 31 Woman a pretty good run for her money!