proverbs 31 wife

While spending some time on pinterest I stumbled upon a book called “my so called life as a Proverbs 31 wife”, I was curious to know if this book had more of a sarcastic tone towards Christian woman or if the writer was being serious. I searched up a few reviews and found that it was written by a Christian wife who was completely serious. Her pastor did a service on this passage and she (Sara) felt very angry about the sermon and that it’s not realistic. She re looked at the passage and tried to be like the proverbs 31 wife over the course of one year. It discuses her struggles and accomplishments, it also has some wonderful points.


The Wife of Noble Character (NIV) Proverbs 31:10-31

10 [a]A wife of noble character who can find? 
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value. 
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands. 
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy. 
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works be praised at the city gate.

Footnotes:Proverbs 31:10 Verses 10-31 are an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

I’ve been married for just over 9 months, and I want to be a good wife, I mean no woman gets married wanting to be a horrible wife. Reading over the Proverbs 31 wife is overwhelming (she can do it all!), but is it possible? Expecially in today’s day and age? I do want to try.
There are many great atributes that “Martha 31” (you’ll have to read the book) has – there are many more.
      – Cooks and helps provide for her family (v.14)   
      – Trusted in every way (v.11-12)
      – Concerned for others (v.20)
      – Strong and stable (v.25)
      – Speaks with wisdom (v.26)

      – Looks after her families needs (v.27)
      – Loving mother and wife (v.28-29) 
      – Fears the Lord (v.30)

Brent and I did talk about roles before we got married, and he really has two; to take out the garbage, and empty the kitty litter. We both make dinners and do dishes, we both vacuum (although I do really like our Dyson vacuum, so I probably vacuum more). But I don’t take out the kitty litter or garbage. I guess we dont really have any roles assigned to me, but I do try to do most of the household chores (oh recycling is also Brents- but I do help out once in a while). And I do feel that being a Proverbs 31 wife is achievable, after all the scriptures don’t say that she all of these in one day, everyday. (I’m sure her personality trails were a daily thing tho- to be kind, nice, speak with wisdom, loving, ect) But maybe there was weekly chores (sewing, mending, volunteering, staying up all night to provide for the family ect.)
I guess what I can say is that this scriptures are now in my mind, and not in the back, I want to keep it in the front. I believe that God wants us to be a great wife, (mother), daughter, ect. But the most important verse from Proverbs 31 is to fear the Lord. I think as the author Sara Horn phrases it “God is not equal with anything. Or anyone. God comes first. Period. And by placing him first, the rest comes together.”
I would recommend this book to anyone, and if you want to borrow it let me know.
 
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