THE PROVERBS 31 WOMAN-WEEK 1

by Stephanie


Monday:  Proverbs 31:1-2, Page 5 of Proverbs 31:  One Virtue at a Time (ebook)

Example of S.O.A.P. Method:

S.(Scripture)-  

1The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

2Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers! NIV

O.(Observations)-

King Lemuel’s Mother loved her son very much and wanted the very best for him.  She wanted him to listen carefully and to heed her advice so that he could have the very best life had to offer him.

A. (Application)-

We should listen to the wisdom of those in authority overus (such as parents) or of those older than we are (both in the age or spiritual maturity).  This ties in well to Titus 2:3-5:

Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.  –Titus 2:3-5

Proverbs 31, gives Christian women a wonderful list of virtues to strive for in our personal lives and to look to the older wiser women in our lives (in age and spiritual maturity).  We, as the younger and more spiritually immature should look to the older more mature women in our lives, in the same way that King Lemuel looked to his mother.

P.(Prayer) – 

Heavenly Father,  Thank you so much for the opportunity to study your Word.  Please open my heart to what you would have me learn from today’s scripture.  Please give me opportunities to look to older Christian women and learn from them.  Thank you for placing them in my life.  Life can sometimes be so challenging, but I am not the first to travel down this road, and I want to learn from others.  I want to be the wife and mother that you would have me be Lord.  Please show me the way.  Amen

Tuesday:  Proverbs 31:3-4

Wednesday:  Proverbs 31:5-6

Thursday:  31:7-9

Friday:  Write out and share your goals

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Love in Christ,

“Is the Proverbs 31 Woman For Real?

{Have you ever wondered – “Who is this nameless, perfect woman that Solomon writes about in Proverbs 31? Is she for real?” The answer is “no” and “yes”. Let me explain.

Once upon a time there was a prince who would one day be a King. While he was young his mother wisely trained her son on how to find a virtuous wife. She went through the alphabet one letter at a time giving him attributes that he was to seek out in his future wife. Using the alphabet in this manner made it easier for her son to remember and even perhaps memorize what he was looking for in his dream wife. And thus, we have the writings of Proverbs 31 – except this is not a fairy tale!

So is she for real? Does she have a name? No. Proverbs 31:1 says “The sayings of King Lemuel – an oracle his mother taught him…” and then verses 2-9 are instructions on how to be a Godly King. She taught him to be on guard against promiscuity and drunkenness and encouraged him to tend to the poor. Then in verses 10-31 she instructs him on how to find the perfect Godly wife – she has no name – just a superior character.

But I must ask… would King Lemuel’s mother give him detailed instructions on what to look for in a wife if there were no women who could possibly have this kind of character? In verse 10 we will see that she is a rare treasure – but she does exist. Does that give you hope – or does it overwhelm you to even attempt to reach for such excellence?

Mandi at Capitol Heights Mom has discussed the Proverbs 31 woman on Women Living Well’s message board. She posted a blog on this and I completely relate to her sentiments when she wrote:

“Let’s see… I do not like getting up while it is dark. I wouldn’t know how to buy a field or a vineyard. I like to go to sleep very early when possible. I can be quite lazy at times. I definitely couldn’t even begin to patch a hole in my husband’s pants let alone actually sew some new creation. I wish every word out of my mouth was wise, but my husband can attest to my lack of common sense; and I am not always sure if my husband has full confidence in me. (Although if asked I am sure he would say, “Of course I do!”)”.

She said exactly what I was thinking the first time I read Proverbs 31! And I love her six conclusions from her study of the Proverbs 31 woman!

Her post sparked something inside of me – and gave me a desire to begin a series here on my blog going verse by verse through Proverbs 31. I want to go one verse at a time, one virtue at a time – and encourage you to master one verse and virtue at a time – with God’s help, it truly is possible for you to be her! } (The Proverbs 31 Woman:  One Virtue at a Time, Page 5)

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