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.
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