I have a love/hate relationship with this woman.
Depending on the day I'm having, I'll swing back and forth. I hate this woman. I love this woman. When I consider the last chapter in the book of Proverbs, the incredible depth of envy, awe, and guilt is staggering, but in the next breath, I find myself wanting to BE her. I respect this unnamed woman SO much, and yet she sets a standard that is impossible to imitate. Or is it?
Five years ago, just months after my marriage, I picked up this book: Beautiful in God's Eyes: The Treasures of the Proverbs 31 Woman. After chapter two, I literally threw the book across the room.
An impossible woman! Why is she even in the Bible? To make women feel bad about themselves?
But over the years, I have developed a hesitant, but growing interest in her. The verses tickly my mind, heart, and imagination. Waht would it be like to really set my heart on studying this woman? Would I grow in admiration? Would my life change? Would my marriage change?
I am NOT June Cleaver. I am not Martha Stewart. Hey, I'm not even Monica Geller Bing.
But I feel that the Proverbs 31 woman is a little bit June Cleaver, Martha Stewart, and Monica Geller with a whole lot more wisdom and grace added in. Maybe in a month I'll identify and start working on those characteristics that set these women apart.
There is a reason Proverbs 31 is in the Bible, and I intend to explore it. Join me on my adventure as I spend the next 31 days with the Proverbs 31 Woman.