We are doing something a little different, why don’t you read the “Points to Ponder” section at the bottom before delving into this post. Promise you won’t be disappointed!
The phrase being a “Proverbs 31 women” has been drilled into my head since I was a kid…and probably yours too. I grew up in a great home, with great parents and I was involved in my local church- so, I heard it often and I knew what it meant…sort of.
I will be 100 percent honest with you, I thought it was a standard that I couldn’t attain. I was never going to be good enough, I didn’t even understand what the chapter meant. I mean, what does it mean that she “seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.” I thought it was an overused way to define women of God and it was the peak that I would never reach. I saw people like my own mother and the women of the church exemplify what it meant, but I felt different. I questioned myself.
Will I ever be the woman that is more precious than jewels?
Could I ever be a strong tower for my husband?
Why did I feel so alone?
I prayed one day that God would lead me deeper into His Word, that I wouldn’t just read the words on the surface but that I would truly understand them. And then it happened… I had an epiphany. I understood for the first time what it meant to be a Proverbs 31 woman.
Something that blew my mind, you probably understand this, but I’m going to tell you all anyway! Verses 21-22 says:
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Symbolism, you are my nemesis. So, let me help you out:
She does not fear the snow because her house is covered in scarlet. What is scarlet? Well it is a variation of red. What else is red? Blood. They are covered in the blood… WHAT?! They are covered in the Blood of the Lamb. She isn’t afraid because her family trust and believes in Jesus! HUZZAH!
And the purple… Purple in olden days signified royalty. Why? Because the dye came from mollusk in a region of the Mediterranean Sea. It took over 9,000 mollusk to make 1 gram of dye… Yes that is… 9,000 mollusk per gram. So you can imagine how expensive that would have been. So expensive that only royalty could afford it.
Just to compare: 1 Ounce equals around 28 grams. In a normal bottle of water there are 16.9 ounces of water, so it has a mass of 500 grams.
That’s a lot of grams and a lot science.
Back to what purple signifies… And why she is clothed in it. It shows that she is Royal. Not because of her last name or her political standing, but because she is the daughter of the Most High King! She is the daughter of God! Thank You Jesus!! As over used as it might sound I am a Princess and so are you. #princessstatus
What is a “Proverbs 31 Woman”?
- She is slow to speak; quick to pray.
- She is dressed in the armor of God. v.17
- She is covered in the blood of Jesus. v.21
- She is the daughter of God. v.22
- She doesn’t worry. v.25
- She is full of Joy. v.25
- She is wise and kind. v.26
- She loves God and she loves people.
Sometimes I can get caught up in being a people pleaser. I want to do everything right and not hurt anyone’s feelings. I often get validation in what people said about me. On the flip side, when someone would say something negative it would send me into a whirlwind of self-conciousness. Can I let you know how silly that is?! I will never do everything right, why? Because I am flawed, but I have a good GOOD Father that never fails me. And I think above everything what a Proverbs 31 woman is, is a woman who trust God in every part of her life. She trusts Him with her finances, marriage, CHILDREN, and she trust Him with her heart.
So my prayer is that I trust God with my heart, and that you would too. It is easy to say but it is harder to truly believe it. But I do. No matter what this crazy life brings I will trust God and I will sit at His feet and breathe Him in. He brings me so much peace. His son after all is the Prince of Peace… so therefore that makes Him the King of Peace!
So come and sit at the feet of Jesus.
Let strive to be women of strength, prayer, and faith.
Points to Ponder:
- Read Proverbs 31… Yes the whole chapter it isn’t that long.
- Before reading the chapter pray that God reveals a new understanding to you. It will kind of blow your mind.
- Then journal what you want to apply to your life.
After you read:
- What do you think a Proverbs 31 woman is?
- Did reading this give you a feeling of being a Wonder Woman of God? (Weird analogy, I know…)
- And tell us what you think about it! Comments, email, Instagram, and Move Group is a great way to get in contact with us!