The other day I spent some time in Proverbs 31:10-31, a very popular passage about “an excellent wife.” Sometimes, I admit, I treat the familiarity of those verses as a license to read through them quickly and not very productively. Rather than actually focusing on them as inspired words of God to be carefully studied and applied, I sometimes move on from them simply with positive feelings about becoming a homemaker someday, or even about preparing now. But thankfully God cares quite a bit about maturing me and makes sure to direct my eyes and heart, as I read the Bible, to specific things I should pay attention to.
I read about the rare value and specific tasks of this woman in Proverbs 31, and how the home was the center of her activity and influence. It wasn’t that she never left, but that she was intentional as she went out, apparently always seeking the improvement of her family. I saw that her husband was a well-respected man and, based on the context of this passage, I think it’s likely she had something to do with that. She had very honorable character herself – marked by peace, kindness, wisdom, and diligence. Because of all this, she was appreciated by her husband, her children, and everyone around her.
This time as I read these verses, I was drawn to the reason behind her ways. It looks like this woman is, in part, summed up with a statement about her motivation for this lifestyle – she fears the Lord.
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Olivia is an aspiring wife, mommy, & homemaker who just completed a Women’s Ministries degree. Join her as she shares what she’s learning about being a woman for the glory of God.