I did a study of Proverbs 31 probably over two years ago. And I blogged about it on my other blog, Journal of a Mom, as I was studying it. It probably is one of my favorite passages to study, as I feel like I am ALWAYS striving to be this woman.
Today it hit me, that I am not her. Not anywhere close right now. And I should give myself a break, right? I just had a baby, I’m exhausted, and I have two other kiddos to take care of as well. Not to mention a business to run AND my husband to take care of too! But I found myself very convicted today. Today, I haven’t even found joy in the hard stuff. I am grumpy, moody, crying, sad, happy, laughing, wavering ball of emotions. It’s sorta like, no one knows what Jessica they’re going to get.
And I hate that.
So I remembered this study I did a couple years back and started reading it. It encouraged me a lot today, and is already helping me get my head back on straight. More like, my heart back on straight. So I thought I would REPOST the series here from time to time, beginning today.
So here it is. My thoughts on Proverbs 31:10, from two years or more ago. May they encourage you today as I hoped they would back then. And stay tuned for the rest of the series, as I will be reposting them frequently.
From October 30th, 2011:
I’m doing a study of Proverbs 31 on my own. I feel like I always find myself coming back to this passage in my life. And I feel like there’s a lot of wisdom to be gained from REALLY understanding what the passage is actually saying. I find myself constantly having a deep desire to BE this woman. And I know that I have a long way to go before I AM actually her. I wish I could actually know what woman Proverbs 31 is referring to.
Don’t you wish you knew?
I really look up to her. Is that weird? I find myself really WANTING to be all of these things. But it is SO hard. So I decided to somewhat dissect each verse- maybe one or two at a time- from this passage. I’m going to write my thoughts and what I’m getting out of it. I’d love for you to follow along and to gain inspiration of your own from this woman. I feel like it’s so easy to lose sight of what ACTUALLY is important in life as a wife, mom, and woman. And when I feel that way I often turn back to these written words of wisdom to find my way. And it really helps me to put things into perspective. And it really helps me to get my thoughts, actions, and life back on track.
So here’s some short, quick thoughts on the very first verse about the wife of noble character. Whoa. It’s already heavy, right? HA.
“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” Proverbs 31:10
NOBLE character? WHO can find? This passage is describing a RARE woman. A woman who is hard to come by. One who is unique and who is cherished FAR more than even rubies. In a lot of countries, rubies are VERY precious stones and highly esteemed. This verse says that she is worth far more than that.
When I looked up the word noble in the dictionary, these are some of the words and phrases I found:
– of an exalted moral or mental character or excellence
– very impressive or imposing in appearance; stately; magnificent
– of an admirably high quality; notably superior; excellent
– famous; illustrious; renowned
You could fill in the word noble with any of those synonyms. A wife of MAGNIFICENT character. A wife of EXCELLENT character. A wife of RENOWNED character. A wife of EXALTED character. A wife of IMPRESSIVE character.
Who can find her? Because to those that DO find her, she is worth FAR MORE than RUBIES.
I know this isn’t groundbreaking. I know that I’m not revealing any brand new information here. But I AM going to admit to you that when I look at this verse this way, I am totally taken aback. The whole part of this chapter starts off by asking a question. Asking who really can find a woman or wife like this? Because she is rare. And she is precious. And she is very hard to find.
I’m not sure how to become this woman, exactly. But I know I want to be her. Already, one verse in, I desire to be her.