Word Filled Wednesday: Proverbs 31:25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
So we press on into week 17 of our study of the Proverbs 31 woman! We’ve watched her be a jewel to her husband, children, servants and even the poor. We’ve watched her rise early, stay up late, plant a vineyard, sew her own clothes, her family’s clothing, the tapestries and beddings! And the cherry on top of all of this woman’s work is excellence!
This week we add a couple new character traits:
3. Laughing at the days to come
When I look at these three qualities I have only one thing to say. This is a confidant woman
. She is strong, she is dignified, and she is not fearful of her future.
Do you struggle
with fear – maybe of being rejected
, saying something stupid,
not being good enough
, pretty enough
, organized enough
, or just plain enough
In the beginning of blogging, I took every comment personally – especially the negative ones. I’m over it now! (but please be nice anyway lol!). I worry about my parenting – am I doing it right? I have moments where I think, if someone rang my doorbell right now, they’d be shocked at the messy condition they’d find my house in! I wonder, Am I good enough to write on Women Living Well?
Let me be really honest here. A few weeks back in my ladies Bible study I mentioned one of my “insecurities” and it was in regard to Women Living Well. I shared with the girls my fear of being “exposed“. Not that I have skeleton’s in the closet to hide but rather that I have failed on my blog to share my flaws. I share my “schedules” without sharing how I struggle to keep on them. I share what I’ve learned in marriage, without sharing some of the dark places we have come through to arrive in this place. And I rarely share about parenting because I just know one of my kids will surely embarrass me! Lol!
What’s beautiful about the Proverbs 31 woman is she is human, flawed, but not exposed – she is clothed
– she is clothed
in strength and dignity. I pray when you see me, this very weak woman, you will see God’s strength and dignity clothing
When I take my eyes off of myself and put them on my amazing God – my fears flip to confidence.
And he gives me the confidence to say to you my sister in Christ, you can be strong. Do not live in your fears
. Do not wring your hands and lose sleep over today’s troubles. Clothe yourself
in God’s strength. Be confident.
He who laid the earths foundations, marked off its dimensions, placed the stars in the sky, gives dawn its orders, keeps the storehouses of snow, and tells the lightening to disperse, loves you flaws and all. (taken from Job 38) And he has clothed you in his strength. Do not exchange your clothes for the rags this world offers! Because dear sister in Christ – those clothes you are wearing today are radiant!
Walk with the King!