For her worth is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “ Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.
Okay, so this is longer than one, but I had to because it all goes together! I love these verses, but there is something I need to remind myself--it starts by saying, "Who can find . . .?" We need to remember that this "woman" is a perfect example of what we should be like, but none of us are perfect. That doesn't mean we can't strive to be this woman, but we can't beat ourselves up when we fail to meet her standards.
Some of these traits I am doing well at, and others need lots of work. It's easy for me to wake up early and provide food, but not so easy to garden. It's easy for me to reach out to the poor, but not so easy to not have lazy moments. There are a lot of things for me to work on, but the important thing to do is to keep striving. I can only continue to grow closer to the Lord when I try to become a Proverbs 31 woman because it is only possible with His help, His strength, His wisdom, His grace.