Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Am I her?

Do you have a mentor in life? Is there a woman that you look up to and dream of being like one day? I personally have had several women I greatly look up to but I don't honestly have a woman that i'm close to and work towards being like. However, in looking a little closer I did find a woman that I greatly admire. This woman is everything I want to be. She is a wonderful wife. She is a blessing as a mother. Her home is well kept. Everyone who knows her feels blessed just for knowing her. Would you like to meet her? You can find her HERE. That's right, she's the woman in Proverbs 31.

Most women have read the description of the good and virtuous women in Proverbs 31 and most likely at some point it has put you on a bit of a guilt trip also. I know it has for me! I've read it my whole life and thought "That's what i'll be like when i'm grown up!". Well i'm grown up now and so far i'm not quite measuring up. I've read it. I've studied it. I've memorized parts of it and i'm still not her. To be honest there was quite a while that I didn't even fully understand exactly what she was like, King James english can be a bit confusing at times! So I decided to read it in the Message version and it really opened my eyes to what she was like.

There have been times in my life where I have failed miserably at being more like her. She would in fact have probably hung her head in shame at the things i've done and the way i've kept my home and family. For some time i've let the guilt of not measuring up keep me from my dream of becoming like her. However i'm determined to no longer let guilt hold me back. I have decided to push harder than ever towards that goal of becoming like her. Will I completely become her? No. Will it happen over night or even all this year? No. But this has now become a long term, ever present goal and something I will probably work on for the rest of my life. I am going to try to no longer allow quit when I fail, or become discouraged when i'm not changing fast enough. I will simply push forward with even more determination through every trial and obstacle that tries to slow me down. I encourage you to do the same. Let's all work and push towards becoming this woman like never before so that we may teach our daughters to do the same. I believe it's time for the Proverbs 31 woman to become known in this world again. Our daughters, and even our sons, need to see her walking around once again.

This post is being linked to the Raising Homemakers link up. and the Women Living Well link up


Debbie said...

Great post. I heard once that the Proverb 31 woman spand a life time of differnt stages - it would have been the later years, for instance that her husband sat with the elders and when her children called her blessed - that helped me not feel so over whelmed by her 'perfectness'

i am enjoying your blog. I am your newest follower.

Jamie Meyer said...

Debbie, thank you for your comment! I have heard that as well and it does make me feel better. It's good to know she didn't have it all figured out at 24 either. :o) I'm so glad you're following my blog and hope you continue to enjoy it!

Tracey said...

I have been doing a series on my blog on the Proverbs 31 woman and am so humbled when I see all she did for her family and others. My tendency is to get discouraged and feel like a failure when I don't measure up, but I have to remember that God in His grace and power can help me be all that He would have me to be.

Have a great night!

Shawnee said...

Great post! I strive daily to become a Proverbs 31 wife and mom. Great blog I am a new follower as well.

Be Blessed!

Jamie Meyer said...

Tracey, thank you for your comment! I am right there with you on becoming discouraged when I come short (in fact i'll be sharing more about that in my next post!). It's so easy to turn our focus off of Christ and onto ourselves and our own actions, both good an bad. It's when we keep our eyes on Him that we're able to accomplish everything we set out to. Also, I enjoyed reading your blog and thoughts on the Proverbs 31 woman. I'm sure i'll be going back to help me dig a little deeper!

Shawnee, i'm so glad you're following now I hope you enjoy it! :o)