I was playing around on Pinterest (as usual) and I stumbled upon a pin that I just had to check out. It was a book that a friend had pinned called "My So Called Life as a Proverbs 31 wife." Sad to say, No, I don't have Proverbs 31 memorized. So naturally, I pinned it because I heart pinterest and I heart Jesus and I want to be spiritually fit. So after checking out Proverbs 31, I decided I want to be more like the Proverbs 31 wife of noble character...
but there is a problem here...
1) I'm not noble and 2) She has 22 verses to describe her awesomeness. I am confident that I am not nearly that awesome. But I do desire to be!
So I proceed to click on the pic associated with that pin and found myself at the webpage/blog of MyProverbs31Life. Pure Awesomeness. This is just what I need.
One of My New Year's Resolutions is to make a point to spend more time with my husband having fun (we have a weekly designated stay at home date night now!) and spending time with him in the Word (We have a weekly designated bible study night together planned as well!) Our lives have changed so drastically with having a baby (as all you parents know) and we wear so many hats that sometimes it is hard to find time in our busy schedules to make time for each other to just BE together, even if that means sitting around the coffee table doing a puzzle and chatting, or playing a card game, or sitting outside in the moonlight talking (it better be warm when we are doing that!). I desire to be a better wife to my husband. I am madly in love with him and he deserves a Proverbs 31 wife.
I got a lot of work to do ;)
Although I haven't read the book yet, (but it's next on my list!), I have joined Sara (the awesome author of My So called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife,) on her blog in her Proverbs 31 Challenge. I know, I know. This is a weight loss blog, right? Sort of. It's about LIVING HEALTHY FOR HIM, remember? ;) And we are working towards getting spiritually fit around here too!
So I will be blogging about my P31 experience as I follow Sara's blog and do the exercises in her challenge. I am super excited about this! Please join me! let me know in the comments if you want in on the challenge. It's simple. Follow her blog and get in on the challenge. And if you blog about it, link up here!
You must check out this POST and this POST where Sara explains how the awesomeness that is the Proverbs 31 wife is something she becomes over time, over seasons, not in a 24 hour period. We get so consumed with getting things marked off our to do list and living in the NOT NOW, RIGHT NOW, that we feel like we can't measure up to the Proverbs 31 wife. She goes on to explain that the Lord uses different seasons of our lives to teach us. Her challenge is to figure out what season you are in and what steps to take to make this year a year of growth.
Since I am currently a stay at home mom, (I'm an RN and I intend to work again in the near future, but right now, I believe the Lord has me right where He wants me), I feel like the Lord wants me to focus on relationships. A relationship with Him (spending daily time in the Word, reading Christian books, spending more time in prayer). My relationship with my husband (taking time for just us) and growing spiritually together. And my relationship with my child. I want my husband and I to lead our little 1 year old boy in a Godly direction and raise him to know the Lord.
My ultimate goal is to grow closer to the Lord as a wife and a mother.
I want to end by sharing my word for the year.
We are going to experience alot of changes this year as my husband graduates with his PHD and we relocate for his career. I plan to begin working again after we are settled wherever we move. And (the most exciting change of all), we plan to start trying for Little E's sibling. (YAY!) We are trusting in the Lord to guide us this year as the many changes head our way.
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.