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What You Need to Know About the Proverbs 31 Woman

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Last week, I studied Proverbs 31, and while I was reading, I discovered two things:

      1. Proverbs 31 isn’t just applicable to married women

Even though this chapter is a description of a wife and homemaker, there’s still so much a single girl can aspire to!

      2. She’s not the pinnacle of perfection like we tend to think.

Proverbs 31 is a letter to King Lemuel, from his mother–not a checklist for single or married women. But still, she was pretty incredible, amiright?

Do you ever wonder what her secret was?  I don’t think it was her ability to sew or jump out of bed early…

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The Proverbs 31 woman simply loved God and other people. Her affections drove her to be the strong, selfless woman we know.

When we love Jesus relentlessly and walk in His Word, He molds us to be more like Him. So, instead of calling this gal the Proverbs 31 woman, let’s call her the Christ-Centered Woman, and take a look at some of her characteristics…

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The Christ-Centered Woman is…

1) Strong in good character (31:10)

“Who can find a wife of noble character? She is far more precious than jewels.” 

2) Trustworthy (31:11)

Her husband doesn’t doubt her. He knows she will always follow through and that her love for him is true. She will always give him good things.

The key to being a trustworthy wife is to practice being a trustworthy single girl! Be honest. Follow through. Love faithfully.

3) A willing worker (31:13, 31:22, 31:24)

She’s not a slave. She doesn’t just nod and do her duties because someone commands her to. She’s a willing worker. She wants to serve others and be industrious because she cares about her family and those around her!

Jesus was a willing servant. What better way to imitate Him than to be willing? (Also see #11)

4) Strong and courageous (31:17)

She draws on her Christ-given strength continually. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

5) Perceptive and prepared (31:18, 31:21)

“She sees that her profits are good, and her lamp never goes out at night . . . she is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all in her household are doubly clothed.”

6) Compassionate and considerate (31:20) 

She’s not focused on herself. She reaches out to the helpless.

7) Wise in who she marries (31:23)

Her husband is respected and honorable. She chooses her life-companion carefully.

8) Honorable (31:25)

She is fully clothed in dignity and honor. She isn’t floozy, frivolous, or rambunctious. She’s a 1 Peter 3:4 woman. ❤

9) Fearless of the future because she delights in God (31:25)

“She laughs without fear of the future.” 

10) Wise and kind (31:26)

She doesn’t waste her words on gossip or anger. She speaks carefully and kindly.

11) Not lazy (31:27)

“She is never idle.” 

This verse reminds me so much of my mom. She never wastes a moment to be productive. If she has spare time, she looks for a chore or activity she can get done in those few minutes. She always tells me, “I love you by serving you.” I love that!!

12) Known for her goodness; praiseworthy (31:29)

“Many women have done noble deeds, but you surpass them all.” 

13) Focused on what matters; values inner beauty (31:30)

This is one of my favorite verses ever. ❤

She isn’t wrapped up in external beauty. Instead she cultivates inner beauty and pursues God. Her eyes are fixed on eternity.

A woman who roots herself in Christ is a woman bound to succeed.  She loves what He loves, lives what He lives for, and obeys what He says. This is the woman described in Proverbs 31. 

I hope this post shed new light on Proverbs 31 for you, and that you’re encouraged not just to live up to a checklist, but to live for JESUS. Let this chapter point you, not to idealism, but to Christ. ❤

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