Portrait Of A Beautiful Women

“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” Proverbs 31:10

The model woman described in Proverbs is a portrait of ideal womanhood. The focus of this portrait is a woman’s relationship with God, not her specific abilities or marital status. She realizes that regardless of her natural talents or acquired skills, or all her accomplishments, her strength comes from God. This women shines as a bright beacon in this wonderful Old Testament book. Today as we see women of all ages following the wrong role models, we are refreshed to find a timeless example of virtue, responsibility and good sense. Here, in this lovely picture of womanhood, is a woman who embodies the qualities which every believing woman should strive for in her personal life and appearance, in her family life, and in her daily duties.

“She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20

Who is a virtuous woman today? Proverbs 31 tells us that it is the woman who puts God first. Cultures change, but this woman’s God-inspired character still shines brightly across the centuries. However, the Proverb 31 woman is sometimes misrepresented. At times, she has been described as nothing more than a glorified maid. That is not the standard that He has given you to aspire to. That is not who God says is more valuable than precious jewels. The focus of this portrait is a woman’s relationship with God, not her specific abilities or marital status. The Proverbs 31 woman realizes that regardless of her natural talents or acquired skills, or all her accomplishments, her strength comes from God.

“Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Proverbs 31:31

Many women find Proverbs 31 discouraging. Don’t let that happen to you. Remember, this very capable woman is ultimately praised not so much for all she accomplishes as for one thing: She fears the Lord. The woman who is worthy of praise is not necessarily the one who does all her own sewing or is a great cook or is a natural beauty. The woman who gets the praise is the woman who fears the Lord. That’s the target to aim for. Not outward beauty. Not a perfectly decorated home. Not even more intellectual knowledge or a biblical scholar. Instead, aim for a bold, all-consuming love for God. Then you too will be worthy of praise…”worth far more than rubies.”

Father, help us to boldly love You and to live our lives worthy of You. Help us to act in a manner pleasing to you and show grace to others as you have shown grace to us. In Your Precious Name, Amen.

Sweet Blessings

Clothed With Strength And Dignity

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25

‘Dignified’… the very word speaks to something in my spirit. I imagine a self-controlled woman making deliberate choices about what she says and does based on her priorities. I imagine a woman whose personality is not changed by circumstances, but exhibits grace under all kinds of challenges.

What is dignity? We find it mentioned in Proverbs 31:25 as something to be desired, “She is clothed with strength and dignity.” The dictionary defines dignity as “the quality or state of being worthy, honored or esteemed.” Based on that definition and the entire chapter of Proverbs 31, I believe a woman clothed in dignity is one who knows who she is in Christ, and chooses to act in ways consistent with her high calling as a child of God. Sometimes, it’s easy to be so busy running around doing things for God that you forget all He really wants is your heart.

“Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain, but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!” Proverbs 31:30

I think of Rahab, [Joshua 2,6] who chose the things of God rather than the things of this world. We are enticed every day with worldly thoughts, attitudes, and way of life. Rahab understood that drawing near to God and his people would give her the strength she needed to choose wisely. That strength allowed her to believe in a better future far beyond the walls of Jericho. Rahab inspires us to believe in a better future beyond this life and become a strong woman of dignity and strength.

Proverbs 31 continues to give us a description of the virtuous woman and we see she is a woman of strength and honor, and is well-prepared for the future. She also is a woman of wisdom and speaks kindly to others. Where does this woman receive her strength and honor? It is from the Lord. When a person is strong in the Lord, they will also be honorable and receive honor. Your strength and power does not come from how much you can accomplish in one day. It flows out of your relationship with your Heavenly Father. Who is a virtuous woman today? Proverbs 31 tells us that it is the woman who puts God first.

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies” Proverbs 31:10

Precious Lord, help us see True beauty is found inside when we develop godly character and are clothed with Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Sweet Blessings