My heart is drawn toward Proverbs 31 lately.
And I'm prayerfully trying to live out the woman that God has placed there in the Proverbs. Proverbs are all about wisdom not of this earth, and it would be unwise to ignore her example.
But I know it's not about my efforts,
it's all about my willing heart.
My efforts will be flawed, or sometimes self-serving. But my God can work through even my feeble attempts at obedience and he will be glorified through them.
My home is where I spend 99% of my time, and I want this home and my homemaking to reflect my Jesus.
But it's not even about me. It's about the author of this proverb. I've asked God to instruct me to live my ordinary life in an extraordinarily different way.
My longing is to be happily, blessedly living out my calling as wife and mother.
I wish I could share a success story - of how I embody all the attributes of the ideal wife and homemaker...but, well, his power is made perfect in weakness.
But isn't that the point?
The Proverbs 31 Woman is an ideal...
and I am frail and weak and, thankfully, dearly loved.
With a willing and humble heart God can do big things!
God put her story there at the end of Proverbs to teach and instruct - to call us higher. Not to condemn or demean our efforts.
To gently tell us, "there is a more excellent way, sweet daughter."
Proverbs 31 is a love letter - written by our loving Heavenly Father to all his daughters who keep their homes.
|photo courtesy of Simon Howden|
Will you answer the call?
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