Hi True Beauties,
As you know I set aside Wednesdays to be a devotional day for my blog. I have been studying the book of Proverbs with a group of friends and have been sharing my own thoughts of the verses with all of you.
I need to be really honest with all of you… this Proverbs 31 woman stresses me out. Last week we focused on being a “rare” woman. Someone our husbands can look to and put full confidence in. As I was studying these verses and reading the commentary that went along with it… my goodness did I feel like I fell short.
I work a full time job and when I come home I am exhausted. Sometimes I have just enough energy to re-heat left overs and clean the kitchen. Thinking about tackeling laundry or dusting is overwhelming at times. This Proverbs 31 woman seems to always have enough drive to do it all though??!! Am I supposed to have a three course meal ready for my husband and kids when we get home… am I supposed to have everything ready for the next day? (clothes laid out, ironed, and lunches made)
I started to become irritated with this put together woman who shined a light on my shortcomings… but then my Bible study leader wrote us all an encouraging message:
“I’ve been praying about a long encouraging post and all that keeps coming up is pray. Go to our knees and pray when we feel overwhelmed, when these verses are driving us crazy, when we just don’t wanna….whatever the obstacle pray and seek support. The bottom line is God wants our hearts and a relationship. He does NOT want us to stay in a place of condemnation or despair. That only gets us stuck. Romans 8:1-2 1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
This is not easy, but we know our God is with us and will guide us. We are never going to be perfect in this life. Our world is fallen and we are sinful, but with out Fathers help we can keep working to be what He has called us to be.
So in conclusion, pray. A lot! Keep posting and encouraging each other. Praying for you all.”
She is so right. There is NO CONDEMNATION in Christ. Yes, we can beat ourselves up, but His Word was given to us for edification and encouragement. I may not look like the Proverbs 31 woman right now, but He has given me every tool to grow into this role. I know I need adjustments in my attitude and the way I look at my household responsibilities, and when I do things unto Him, everything comes easier.
I know I am not alone in this. Maybe you feel like you are just not good enough. Be encouraged, you are not alone and God has not set you up to fail. You have the victory if you endure. The race is long, but keep the faith and know at the very end we will all hear… “Well done my good and faithful servant!”
Love you all,