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Proverbs 31 Bible Study

Month: July, 2012

3 WAYS TO BE STRONG

 

 

In my first video  at the beginning of our Proverbs 31 series I mentioned that the word “virtuous” in Hebrew actually was used in the Bible normally to describe men……men of war….men ready for battle…soldiers ready to fight.
What a strange way to describe the Proverbs 31 woman……or so I thought.
My sweet sisters in Christ…..we are called to do battle. We are called to be women of war!
We are called to fight for our families!

Our marriages!

Our children!

As we are reading through Proverbs 31 we see that everything this woman does….she does for her family….for their benefit.

What is her focus? Her family…..and ultimately bringing praise to her Lord!

In verse 17 we see that the Proverbs 31 woman is strong….she has physical strength but she also has spiritual and mental strength too. Because of the battle we are in, we need to be strong as well. Here are a few ways to build our strength in these three areas.

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Building Spiritual Strength
1. Regularly read your bible and apply God’s Word to your life.
I love a great devotional book like the next person…..but we should never substitute reading a devotional with reading God’s Word on our own and applying it to our life. Reading a devotional is great but it should never take the place of time spent reading God’s Word……remember He speaks to us through His Word….God’s Word is alive! (Hebrews 4:12)

2. Pray
Pray daily, hourly, minute-by-minute make communicating with God a breath by breath habit. We are told to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)…..make conversing with the creator of the universe as necessary as breathing.

3. Godly fellowship
Participate in Godly fellowship. That’s one for the purposes of having you all in smaller groups…..we are told not to forsake the meeting of each other. (Hebrews 10:25) Why? So that we can encourage each other!

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Building Mental Strength
1. Memorization
So much of the battle occurs in our minds…..we need to make our minds strong by having verses memorized that can combat the harmful thoughts that attack us.

2. Take thoughts captive
Pay attention to what you are thinking about and focus on God’s Word! (2 Corinthians 10:5) Focus on God’s goodness, His promises, His truth…..who you are in Christ and what He has done for you!

3. Disciplined & Organized
Even when we don’t “feel like it” we need to lead a disciplined life, “rising before our children”, planning our days and being intentional and focused with the time God has given us.

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Building Physical Strength
1. Exercise
Working out with kids, without kids, in the gym, outside, at home etc…..incorporate working out into your everyday life.

2. Get rest
Rise early but also make sure you are getting enough sleep to stay healthy. Yes, the Proverbs 31 woman occasionally “burned the midnight oil” but she also had to make sure she got to bed so that she could rise early. Don’t wear your bodies down going to bed super late and then waking up super early.

3. Eat right
We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Feed your body healthy foods that will help fuel your body and give you the energy that you need to help you accomplish the tasks that are at hand. We see in verses 14 & 15 that she brings her food from afar….she wants the best food for her family and then in the morning she prepares the food for her family.

 

Looking at the 3 lists, which area of strength are you strongest in? What are you doing to build your strength in that area? Which area of strength are you weakest in? What steps can you take to become stronger?

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Love God Greatly!


THE PROVERBS 31 WOMAN~WEEK 5

 

We are up to week 5 of the Proverbs 31 Woman Series!

THIS WEEK WE ARE LOOKING AT VERSES 17 & 18

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.

(If you are seeing this in a feed or email – click here to see the video)

I was going write and add a little to what I shared in the video – then I got so chatty in the video (it was longer than I meant it to be. lol! I guess this series really lights my fire!) that I think I covered it all!

THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE IS TO JOIN ME – IN MEMORIZING THE ENTIRE PROVERBS 31 PASSAGE.

I made a printable so we can print a few copies and keep them around. I encourage you to keep the verses on your kitchen counter, in your purse, folded in your Bible (read it first thing before you have your quiet time), on your nightstand or in your bathroom. If you read it a few times a day – you’ll be surprised how quickly you pick it up!

Proverbs 31 Printable (if the printable doesn’t work – click this link to open it in a new window)

Walk with the King,

WomenLivingWell.org

THE PROVERBS 31 WOMAN-WEEK 4

WELCOME BACK TO WEEK 4 IN OUR PROVERBS 31 SERIES!

This week we are reading:

Proverbs 31:15-16
She gets up while it is still dark;
She provides food for her family
And portions for her servant girls.
She considers a filed and buys it;
Out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

 

(If you cannot see this video click here.)

We see in verse 15, the Proverbs 31 woman gets up early and organizes her day! She is proactive instead of reactive!

We see in verse 16, the Proverbs 31 woman is wise with her money! She considers how she should spend her money before she actually does!

So far in Proverbs 31 we see that the Proverbs 31 woman is a wife of noble character, she has a husband who has full confidence in her, she brings him good all the days of her life, she selects and works with eager hands and she brings her food from afar.

This week we will see that one of the ways she is able to accomplish so much is because she rises early! She plans what she will feed her family for the day and organizes her day before the rest of her family begins theirs.

She believes that productive mornings = easier days.

Our challenge this week:

Rise before your family!!! Come on girls I know YOU can do it!!! I know it’s hard! It’s hard for me too, but lets focus this week and RISE before our family does…..before our kids do! Let’s rise, have our quiet time and organize our day BEFORE it starts!!! Pray this week for strength and the discipline to rise early! Also pray about your finances and ask God for wisdom to help you make wise choices concerning how you spend the money He has given you.

 

What are some ways you can make your days easier by getting up before your family?

 

Love God Greatly!