Week Twenty-Two

Her children rise up and call her blessed, and her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many daughters have done well but you excel them all.’

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Not only does our Proverbs 31 woman get the praise of her children from the way they glorify God as they get older but her husband adores her. I can’t help but wonder if a little bit of this could be those Rose Colored Glasses we can all put on when talking about our spouse. To your husband, you are perfect. You are not too tall, too short, too skinny, too fat, too whatever else we come up with. You two have found each other and are perfect for each other. There are going to be different lights we all put on the traits Proverbs 31 has laid out for us to tackle. That is the beauty of creation. We are all different and put different twists on the characteristics God has made us with. I think that is why the Proverbs 31 husband can say with confidence ‘Many daughters have done well but you excell them all.’ You have put the right twist on all of the Beautiful in God’s Eye traits for him to honestly believe with everything in him that he has been blessed beyond compare with the greatest wife in the Universe.

But what about the husband’s that don’t shout it to the world that you are his rare jewel? Or what about the beautiful P 31 woman that doesn’t have a husband to praise her? Elizabeth George put it better than I ever could, ‘Life’s circumstances never negate God’s standards’. We can still radiate with beauty that God has equipped us with regardless of if we have a husband, regardless of if the husband we have shouts our praise from the mountaintops, regardless of our finances, regardless of our level of artistry, regardless of anything we can come up with as an exuse. We can still work our hardest to bring glory to God through our actions and the way we follow God’s list of beauty regardless.

We can look throughout the Bible of women who pursued God and the beauty He had in store for them regardless of the situations they were faced with. Our chapter ends with so much truth and a big reminder that our end result is not for the praise from other but from the only opinion that matters, God’s. So regardless of the thankless circumstances the daily life of the Proverbs 31 feels like today be assured that the your Creator thanks you everyday for the effort you put in to becoming more beautiful.

If you have been discouraged lately with our journey, I ask that you take this week to remind yourself how beautiful you are just by starting this journey with me. We have two chapters left and I know I still have plenty of work to do. Like I said when we started this book, it is a life long commitment not an overnight makeover. Proverbs 31:30 says ‘Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.‘ Remember this everyday!

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