When I first read Proverbs 31: 10-31, I did not think of the woman as practical.
However, I know that I want to find a way to make myself as similar to her as possible. I want to be a woman who is productive within the home, productive within my business, prepared for the seasons, respected in the community, helpful to my husband, and actively involved in my children's upbringing.
A woman that God will be proud of claiming and blessing.
I want to be a good and faithful servant.
The woman described in Proverbs 31 is a woman who has the temperament to handle a full life with success. She fears God and watches over her household. She is a woman who does not spend her time being idle but uses every minute of her day to her absolute advantage.
She uses her time so wisely that even while she sleeps she makes money.
A woman who has it all:
"She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night" (Proverbs 31: 18).
When I began to schedule my day in a similar way, I found myself overwhelmed and disappointed.
I felt like I needed to accomplish all the tasks for the home, children, husband, and business all in one day, and I just did not have enough time or energy to make it happen.
It surely didn't help that I had to work outside the home and deal with the medical issues of being overweight.
I felt so discouraged at times that I stopped trying to have it all and just focused on having Jesus;
However, I know that God did not give the Proverbs 31 Woman as an example for no reason.
I took sometime to study the Proverbs 31 Woman. I read and took notes and bible studies focused on the Virtuous Woman. I learned that she has it all with help and patience and wisdom.
The verses do not state that she completes every task every day. Yet, it states that she cares for her servants and children then plants a vineyard and sells sashes.
"She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female
servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard" (Proverbs
The Proverbs 31 Woman is an organized sound-minded woman.
She prioritizes her duties and uses her human, as well as material, resources to the fullest. She puts others to work for her, and she does what she can to ensure that her material resources are used in a way that allows her to sleep while it works and makes money for her family.
The virtuous woman puts God first, her husband second, her children third, and her career last.
She is a woman that will plan her day according to the season. Once the planning is done she gives the orders to the proper support team and gets to work on being the boss, the overseer, the planner, and the investor.
I do not need to get everything done in one day.
I need to ensure that I get at least one part of the work done in each area and find help for the completion of tasks that do not require me. My family unit can be involved in the execution of many tasks;
Also, a plan for each season, each goal, each responsibility must be created in a manner that allows the proper tasks to be completed at the proper time.
By following the Holy Spirit and allowing the Spirit to guide me through the making and completion of the plans, I will have a sound mind, energy, and a team that will allow me to be
The Proverbs 31 Woman: a Virtuous, Wise, and Diligent Servant of the Lord.
"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 bring her praise at the city gate"
My name is Margaret McDowell, and I am with For EverLasting Revelation. A nonprofit organization that aims to journey with women through motherhood with God and purpose. I am not a Biblical scholar, but I am an experienced sinner who seeks God for love, guidance, and mercy.