Proverbs 31: 21-22 & 27
“When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.”
“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
Let’s be real for a moment—adulting is hard. No one really likes bills, errands, or folding laundry but they are all necessary annoyances that need to be taken care of to ensure that the wheel of life keeps moving. Can you imagine what life would be like if you had no clean laundry, no clean dishes, and you were facing a repossession of your car because you failed to make your payments? It would be difficult, to say the least. The Proverbs 31 woman knew this and she took pride in taking care of the affairs of her home. Take a look at verse 21 “When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet”. More than just taking care of needs as they came along, the Proverbs 31 woman made sure that she was well prepared for things to come in the future. She anticipated the needs of her household. As virtuous women, we need to always be responsible and we need to have foresight. Let’s pay our bills ahead of time when possible, let’s make sure we plan ahead to keep our homes clean and let’s make sure that we take care of even the tiniest of needs in a timely manner. When we fail to plan ahead or take care of our needs, we sometimes open the door for unnecessary road blocks and obstacles to come into our lives that can inhibit the way that we serve God. It’s difficult to serve the poor and needy when you’re trying to find your way through an eviction.
Look at verse 27, “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness”. The Proverbs 31 woman understood the value in keeping herself busy. Proverbs 16:27 says “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop”. When we have too much free time on our hands, we leave room for the enemy to speak to our thoughts and to bring gossip, temptation or other impure things into our lives. If you don’t have one already, find a hobby or a great pastime to fill in the time that you’re not working, serving Christ, or serving others. Sometimes an active lifestyle can be the difference between a life of sin and a life filled with the goodness of Christ.
I have truly enjoyed writing this series and I want to end it with a final thought and a gift. Most times, personal growth comes with prayer and reflection. When we pray, we invite the Holy Spirit to show us the truest version of ourselves and with reflection, we take the time to consider what the best version (or at least a better version) would look like and we make a plan to get there with the help of Holy Spirit. In this series, we’ve talked about a few of the great attributes that the Proverbs 31 woman possessed so I’ve created a prinatable virtuous woman’s daily reflection worksheet to help us become even better women than we were yesterday. I love every one of my fabulous readers and thank you so much for following this series. I hope this worksheet proves to be helpful. Click the link to download the worksheet.
Prayer for today//
Today, I declare that I am a virtuous woman. I am trustworthy, I am a hard worker, I am financially savvy and I will take care of the affairs of my home. Lord, I thank you for empowering me to be the best version of myself. Help me in the areas that I am weak and continue to guide me in everything that I do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.