Tuesday, January 31, 2012

That Girl~ Day 31 (31 Days of Wisdom)

Have you seen her?

You know...the Proverbs 31 woman. THAT girl?

When God first spoke to my heart about writing a series on the book of Proverbs, I found myself speaking right back.

"But, God. You know what's waiting at the end of Proverbs. Chapter 31 is all about THAT girl...the amazing, almost too good to be true, Proverbs 31 woman. How am I....ME?...going to write about her?"

Well, here we are. Day 31. And yes, just like I knew she would be, the Proverbs 31 woman is our topic for today.

I don't know about you, but when I look in the mirror, THAT girl is no where to be found. All I see looking back at me is....well, me. Nothing Proverbs 31ish about that.

Or is there?

Upon closer inspection of the very verses I have read time and time again,
God opened my eyes to see something totally unseen before now,
before this series,
before having spent 31 days in search of Godly wisdom.

Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
(verses 10-13)

She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
(verse 26)

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
(verse 30)

Did you see it?

Yes, the woman described in the last chapter of Proverbs does some pretty amazing things, but what God showed me was this:

What she does is not what's important. It's the spirit in which she does it that matters.

She is trustworthy.
She does her husband good.
She speaks with words of kindness.

And all those things she does,

rising early,
cooking and cleaning,
buying land to farm,
working late into the night,
sewing,
taking care of the needy,
while still taking care of the needs of her family,
(whew..I got tired just typing all of that!)

she does willingly.

God opened my eyes to see that the beauty of the Proverbs 31 woman is not found in her works, but in her heart.

Look in the mirror again.

Do you see it?

Playground: Jesara through the looking glass
{Photo Credit}
A heart that loves her husband and children?

A heart that is trustworthy?

A heart that does good?

A heart that speaks words of kindness?

A heart that serves her family and those around her willingly?

That's THAT girl!

The woman described in Proverbs 31 is simply a woman who has surrendered her heart to the Lord Jesus Christ. She is a woman who fears the Lord.

How fitting that we should come face to face with her, here, at the end of Proverbs.
God, in HIS wisdom, has brought us full circle.

On day one we learned that true wisdom is found in fearing the Lord. Now, here in chapter 31, we see this wisdom lived out in a woman who fears the Lord.

Talk about a perfect ending.

Isn't our God amazing?!

If you are looking for THAT girl, the Proverbs 31 woman, look no further than your own heart.

If you fear the Lord and are living for HIM, you are THAT girl.

“A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”
― Max Lucado







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8 comments:

  1. My wife is like that in spirit but not always actually. I love her and we are a good team. Now that we are an empty nest we share responsibilities. Love is in our home and harsh words are never welcome.

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  2. sigh. i don't know, stacy, i still often don't see that girl!!!!!
    we played a version of the newlywed game once with our small group. in a question having to do with "who your wife is most like", and then listing three options. . . i was dubbed lucille ball rather than the proverbs 31 woman (and the only one in the room, to boot!). fortunately we won the point, because i knew what my hubby would say :-)
    oh, well. there is promise. there is hope. God isn't finished with me yet. and i just keep telling my hubby that i keep life interesting for him. and there's lots of laughter. yes, lots and lots of laughter :-)
    have a great week!
    steph

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  3. I wish that girl was more consistently in my life. I wish that girl loved to get up early - and never lost her temper. However, I think the longer I love, the better I get at it:)

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  4. I love how you simplified this very intimidating look at "That Girl" and helped us all to see it was about her attitude ... surrendered to Her Lord and Savior. Perfect - even though I might not be. But I can do the "surrender" thing!

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  5. i always feel like i fall short of this passage, but you renew my passion and "willingness" to consider that maybe, one day, God can turn me into this kind of wife :) bless you friend. continue ministering...

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  6. Hi Stacy - I always think of the Prv 31 woman as my goal, my thing to attain to. But I love how you say that we need look no further. She is there in all of us, because God is in all of us. I also love love love that last sentence. I think I copied off you from facebook. Such a profound statement. God bless and thank you for linking up precious friend.
    Tracy

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  7. I'm more "that girl" than I thought! Thanks for this encouragement! I hope you'll consider sharing at our new meme Painting Prose this week!

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