I had the privilege of spending this past Saturday with a wonderful group of ladies in the Brenham, Texas area. We spent the day together seeking Him and the balance He desires in our lives. I know it’s wrong to talk about someone, particularly when we look at their lives and judge them, but we talked about her again. You know her, too, if you’ve been in church for much time at all, especially if you’ve studied anything about what it means to be a godly woman. She is the woman of the bible that we love to hate…
*The Proverbs 31 woman:
o She does her husband only good as long as there is life within her.
o She shops for the materials for her work.
o She shops for the groceries.
o She rises while it’s still night to prepare her household for the day.
o She manages servants and delegates the chores.
o She’s prudent in accepting more responsibilities, not neglecting her current duties.
o She manages so well that with the time and strength she has left over, she gardens.
o She stays fit – spiritually, mentally, and physically.
o She assesses her work to see its value before God.
o She prays continually for her household, especially through times of trouble.
o She sews.
o She gives to the poor according to their need – body, mind, or spirit.
o She’s prepared her family for inclement weather by making them warm clothes.
o She decorates her house with homemade cushions, coverlets and tapestries.
o She wears nice clothes.
o She’s in sales – she makes garments and “leads others to buy them”.
o She delivers the garments she’s made.
o She’s happy about the future, knowing that her family is in readiness for it.
o She speaks in wisdom.
o She speaks in kindness.
o She isn’t idle.
o She doesn’t gossip.
o She is content.
o She doesn’t engage in self-pity.
o She reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord.
Seriously, God?? She’s described as virtuous, noble, capable, and excellent. These are not typically the words that come to our minds when we think of ourselves. If we are not guarding our hearts, the enemy will use these words to condemn us, to cause us to see an image that is acceptable to God but impossible for us to achieve. Impossible goals defeat us immediately and blind us to our potential to be all that God has called us to be.
The key to this woman’s success is in the last attribute listed: She reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord. She recognizes and acknowledges that she is incapable of accomplishing anything without Him. He directs her steps. He leads her as she listens to Him. Everything she was able to do began with her worship. This is the foundation for every area of our lives.
I believe that the list above was a culmination of all the many accomplishments this wonderful woman had achieved over her lifetime. Not in one week, one month, or even one year. That it was written not as a checklist against which we are to measure our abilities, but a testimony of what God can do with a woman who worships.
We seek to please Him with our lives, to be used by Him for His glory, to have an impact on our world. Yet we find ourselves struggling to know His will for us. It is found in our worship. Not the corporate worship we experience when we gather together but rather in that still, alone time with Him when He is our sole focus. It is here that His will becomes clear. His only desire is that we simply do what He tells us to do. Nothing more impresses Him. Nothing less satisfies Him. It is here that we find the strength to step out into the unknown with the confidence that He is directing our steps. It is here that we hear Him and truly discover our purpose: to know Him.
*An excerpt from “unCluttered” A Workshop of Order and Balance by Kay Stinnett
“Her again” was written by Kay Stinnett and first appeared on http://www.ourpassionatepurpose.com