I’m opening up a new series on this blog entitled, “What Does it Mean to be a Proverbs 31 Woman?“.
Many times when the phrase “Proverbs 31 Woman” is used, a person is often referring to a woman in the bible. People tend to disassociate the woman of today with the Proverbs 31 Woman mentioned in the bible. There are even people today, who don’t truly know or understand what it means to be a “Proverbs 31 Woman.”
My hope with this new series is to open up a dialogue among men and women on what it means to be a Proverbs 31 Woman in today’s society. Many times, women are judged and ostracized based on their looks, their financial success, their degrees, and their marriage.
In actuality, a woman is not defined by any of these things.
A woman instead finds her true identity in God – the one who created her unique and beautiful. A woman is beautifully and wonderfully made, so why do so many women today struggle with this idea of identity?
I want to pose this question to you: What do you think it means to be a Proverbs 31 Woman? And do you think the Proverbs 31 Woman is attainable in today’s society?
With this short series, I will be featuring various women of God who I feel embody certain characteristics and traits of the Proverbs 31 Woman. My first guest this week is a kind-hearted young woman by the name of Jaleesa Mack. She is a woman after God’s own heart, a nurse, and a new author. She has written her first book entitled, Shades of Onyx, available now for pre-order (1-800-788-7655), and available online at Dorrance Publishing and Amazon December 3, 2016.
With this elaborate introduction, let’s get started on today’s topic of discussion:
The Proverbs 31 Woman in scripture is described as being hardworking, vigilant, kind-hearted, a servant to her community, and a blessing to her family. She is someone who diligently provides for her family and works hard. She is an entrepreneur and a smart business woman, and her good works are cheerfully talked about. The Proverbs 31 Woman is someone who is well respected in her community, and someone who speaks kindly of others.
With this being said, do you think this woman still exists?
Proverbs 31:13 tells us, “She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.” A Proverbs 31 Woman is a woman who seeks to find resources and equipment, and is eager to work hard with what she gathers.
Proverbs 31:17 tells us, “She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.” This means that a Proverbs 31 Woman is someone who is strong and persevering.
Proverbs 31:18 reads, “She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.” This means that a Proverbs 31 Woman is someone who has keen intelligence and is business-minded.
With these few scriptures, we can see that a Proverbs 31 Woman is a woman who is hardworking, resilient, and practical. She is someone who does not give up or take NO for an answer. She is someone who stands strong despite the battles she faces, and comes out victorious in the end. She is a fighter!
Jaleesa Mack is someone who I feel embodies the characteristics and traits mentioned above of a Proverbs 31 Woman. She has experienced many trials in her life that I feel many young women will be able to relate to. For more information on her story, follow her on Instagram @shadesofonyx and purchase her amazing new book.
With more motivational women to come, I encourage women viewing this post to read Proverbs 31: 10-31. In doing so, you will gain a better picture of what it means and looks like to be a Proverbs 31 Woman for you.
Continue this discussion with your friends and family, and catch back up with me next week for another featured guest!
Thank you for reading.
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