My Proverbs 31 Challenge Part 3

Okay my friends! So here goes! Today I had already written this ready to publish and…boom…the page went blank and all was lost! I had a moment of complete shock…please understand I don’t prewrite my blogs so I don’t remember exactly what I said. Yet I know the Lord laid it on my heart, therefore I’m going for it again=)

I decided to do one verse at a time since I had so much to say. I didn’t want to miss digging deeper in these verses that have truly touched my life!
Our verse to look at today is Proverbs 31:17

17 She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms.
Like so many Bible verses before I always thought this sounded pretty self explanatory.
Therefore I never really looked into what it really might mean…or could mean.
I never really knew what the word “gird” or “girds” meant, so I looked it up in the dictionary.
Gird: to encircle or to prepare for action

So if you use the definition word it could say: 
She encircles herself with strength
or
She prepares for action with strength
When I began to think about this verse more deeply I could see how it could become much more important than we realize.
When I think of how the verse says “encircles” with strength…I am taken back a moment ,watching the nurses wrap up my baby boys in a bundle right after I’d given birth. They were wrapped so tightly so that they feel more secure.
I want to be wrapped that tightly in His strength. Encircled with His strength completely. 
Totally covered with it! 
Mark 12:30
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all of your strength.
Sure it’s important to take care of one’s physical body, exercise and a healthy diet. 
Yet I know from experience, if I am not in the Bible and in prayer there is a lot I am missing. 
I exercise daily which produces more strength, but without His strength I am unable to utilize completely

my whole self.

 I’ve had those dark days where even  a good run couldn’t meet my need.
 I needed a good talk with the Lord to pull me out of that dark place, to strengthen me for the battle of life.
 Life is unpredictable, I want to go out able bodied and keen of heart,mind and soul. 

This then brings me to the definition which says: to prepare for action


I want to be ready for anything that comes my way! 
To ready myself on a daily basis with the Word of God in my hands!
The verse that comes to mind is:
Ephesians 6: 10
Finally, my Brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of the wickedness in the heavenly places.

Image DetailAs a wife I want to prayerfully support my husband. Whether things are going great or there are fences yet unmended, pray for your husband. He needs your prayers. Pray for Spiritual strength in his life as the head of your home. I know my husband and I don’t always agree, but when Christ is the center…He will strengthen your relationship. He can and will..Don’t let worldly desires get in the way of how God wants to strengthen and use in your marriage.


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As a mother, to teach and lead my children from the Word. I want to prepare them for life’s battles. To strengthen their hearts. Pray for strength Mothers! We really need it! God gave you these precious children for a reason. He can provide whatever you need to protect and nurture them. Just ask!

I want to quickly just share another version of the verse from the New Living Bible, it says”

17 She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.
I desire to be that woman. To be excited about what I do, and to do it well.

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As a wife and mother our daily tasks can become very hum drum…I want nothing more than to be ready to do tasks in my home and wherever else the Lord calls me, and to do them energetically.
Believe me! I am the first gal to raise my hand and say”I want to sit with a warm cup of coffee, and maybe even take a nap!
I see nothing wrong with that, well as long as it doesn’t go on all day!
What I do want to do is strengthen the joy and excitement in how I handle my tasks. I want to be thankful that we have dishes…even if I don’t like washing them!
Okay, I could go on forever but I will stop here!
Be strengthened this week! Ask the Lord to “encircle” you with His strength! To strengthen your arms so that you may perform the tasks of your daily life with joy!
Be strong!

My Proverbs 31 Challenge Part 2

As I have reading my Bible today I find my mind fluttering about with all the details of my goings on here at home and things to come this week. As a new month begins and a New Year lies ahead I am really challenged to focus in on Proverbs 31:10-19. I will read it everyday in addition to my regular Bible reading. My challenge is to seek God’s will in my life. I know he has placed me here in my home, with a wonderful husband and three beautiful children. These things I know. What I am sure I am completely unaware of and have yet to experience is the fulfillment of what God’s truly called me to.

I challenge you today also! I want to know if you will come along with me on this mountain climb that I am sure will take us through the valleys to the top of the mountains. If these scriptures are fresh in our minds daily, I believe even on the worst days we will know God has given us the strength to plow through anything with Him leading and guiding us as we become the wife God has called us to be!
I want to pick up where we left off a few day ago. Proverbs 31:16…here we go….

16 She considers a field and buys it. From her profits she plants a vineyard.

(Okay, here are my thoughts. Home management! Be careful to choose..praying about every decision first…..considering all the possibilities..what’s best for your family…?
A lot of thought goes into a large purchase.
I know I’d never purchase anything of that caliber without consulting my husband.
 Even with free reign to choose, I would want his thoughts and most definitely his blessing….Another thought…..As a wife and mother..what we do over the years…we build relationship…with our spouse..our children. We plant a seed in their hearts…we share our hearts…teaching God’s word..living it out…we teach character…hopefully modeling it! From what we do for Christ…..for our family… think of the Vineyard you could plant and grow (figuratively speaking). Vineyards are long lasting…..I want my vineyard to be full of
healthy vines that will continue to grow and grow and be profitable. I don’t want my vineyard to be choked by weeds and dried out from lack of rain and poor soil.)

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Here is a scripture that I think of regarding how I live..why and how I consider things….what I value…how I value…

Matthew 6:20- but lay up treasures in heaven, where neither moth or rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
(reading this I think of what I put my time into..Do I profit from time spent doing….or being what I want? Or am I choosing what God wants? Will my family profit from the things I do and say? Am I storing my treasures here on earth or am I laying them up in heaven? Do I put more value on what the world thinks of me, or what God thinks? That will make a huge impact on the decisions I make.)

John 15:1-2- I am the vine, and my Father in the vine dresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that bears fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
(Everyday I hope that the Lord will take away those unhealthy branches that diminish the opportunities to produce more fruit. I pray that He will continue to prune my branches daily…..I want to give Him the chance to teach me..to lead me….

I want to encourage my Husband and children to follow Him so much more closely through my actions and words. I want to look back and know that the Lord saw fit that my Vineyard was healthy and made it possible for others to come to Him.)

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I know I have rambled on a good bit so I will end my post for today. Morning is crawling closer so must retire for the day! Be blessed and encouraged my friends. If there is anything aching in your heart, He knows what it is….just talk
to the Savior!

My Proverbs 31 Challenge!

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I don’t know about you, but I loathe waking earlier than then the sun. I like a leisure morning with a cup of coffee and my Bible open, and maybe some music playing in the background.. I like a late morning in my pajamas and slippers with time that stands still.

Okay…now to reality!
Three children later and a household of organizing and cleaning added to my to fast growing resume…as a “professional” (I use that word loosely) Mother, Homeschooling Mother at that, and Homemaker.

Over the years I have been convicted quite often regarding my
availability to my Lord and Savior and my Husband and Children.
Being Spiritually, Emotionally and Physically available at all times is almost virtually impossible in my book.
Thankfully there is an Awesome book written just for that very reason. A play book if you will…..

As of late I have read more about Proverbs 31, The Virtuous Wife.
So often I look at the woman described in Chapter 31 of Proverbs and I think….What? Really? Come on…(pause in disbelief)..
Is it truly possible to be a Proverbs 31 Wife?

I know that my Salvation is not about works but about my relationship with the Lord. Ephesians 2:8-9.(By Grace you have been saves through Faith…”)

Even so there is yet still an aching for something more in my life.
I have never been the kind who needs occupation to feel worth in my life. (I mean no ill towards mothers who work)
I just desire More at what I do…to be more….to require more of myself…to live as a Virtuous Wife and Mother.

Proverbs 31:10 says:


10 Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies. (WOW! I want that kind of worth and to be valued like that…)



11 The heart of her husband trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. (Am I unconditionally loving my husband, and can he trust me with his heart. Do I value his heart and feelings? Do I give him any reason to believe I could be unfaithful? I certainly hope not.)

Proverbs 12:4 An Excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who causes shame is like rottenness in the bones.


Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.



12 She does him good and not evil, All the days of her life. (How do I talk to my husband, with respect? How do I speak about him to others? Do I lift him up or use words that might damage his reputation or scar his character?, Do I argue with him just to prove a point, just to have the last word?)


Proverbs 21:9     
It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.        

Proverbs 25:24
It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
(This scripture is written two times in Proverbs. I think the Lord is trying to tell us something, don’t you.)

Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct.

(I really think these verses are so important)

14 She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar. ( I do know the culture and world were so different. I look at this and think….How can I save us money? Do I have a coupon for that? Going to the store isn’t quite the journey it once was for those walking on foot many miles to acquire food, but it can be an adventure of stewardship and care of finances and gathering food for the family.)

15 She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants.  (Let me begin by saying…waking up in the morning is a hard battle for me. I am a night owl and the words “early bird” are not often in my vocabulary. I am really working hard to change that. I want to be up and have a nice breakfast ready for my early rising husband, and children. In addition, I have no maidservants although I suppose that would be helpful! )

This is just the beginning of my Proverbs 31:10-31 challenge.
I hope it will encourage and challenge you as much as it has me.
The next blog post will pick up where I left off.

Do you find value in the way you care for your husband? Do you value your family…your home?
Come along with me on my journey as I attempt to grow into a Virtuous Woman and Wife!

Be encouraged my friends,