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Hey girl hey! We’ve been having loads of fun together so far these past 20-something days. It’s been a crazy time. We’ve cried some, laughed some, got to know each other, and taught each other lessons. I hope that once you finish, you are inspired to share this book with your friends.[explanation, activity, yada yada yada]
So, let’s dive in deep today with our focus passage: Proverbs 31. As usual, I’m reading from the NIV Version, but feel free to follow along in the Message Bible or even the King James Version for you oldies but goodies.
Proverbs 31 New International Version (NIV)
10 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.
Whoa. A lot to measure up to here in Proverbs 31:10-31. Who knew the Bible, which is usually reported as a “male dominated book” has so much to say about how us girls should act? Some of these things aren’t even about conducting ourselves with purity or righteousness or any of those fancy church words––they’re actually about practical things like staying healthy or spending time with family. So let’s dive into each verse and see what we can draw into our modern lifestyle as teenage girls.
- She knows she is worth it.
- She brings good stuff to the table…literally.
- She’s a hard worker.
- She likes nice food XD.
- She doesn’t waste time on stuff she needs to do.
- She invests.
- She works out. (nooooo!)
- She has cool skill sets and hobbies.
- She’s kind and thoughtful, “extending her hands to the poor and needy.”
- She’s prepared.
- She values beauty, inside and out.
- She helps to build up the reputations of others.
- She blesses others with her talents.
- She is clothed with strength and dignity…the Biblical equivalent of girl power.
- She’s full of joy and laughter.
- She stays busy.
- She doesn’t have to praise herself, people naturally she what she’s doing and compliment her for it.
- She fears the Lord with all her heart, working on her inner beauty more than her outer beauty.
- She is honored for her diligence, strong character, and proactive-ness, and even people outside of her circles hear of this special girl.
- She’s a boss babe.
Go ahead, you can say it:
“Wow––that’s a list for the books! This Proverbs 31 girl must have ten brains––she’s a seamstress, investor, businesswoman, wife, mother…plus she’s a devout Christian and a philanthropist. I can’t possibly accomplish all that stuff in a lifetime!”
Guess what virtuous girl? That’s okay. God didn’t give us this example to make us feel inadequate. He gave us this example to highlight the beautiful things he placed in us. As women, there are things we are called to do that men just can’t do. And it’s okay for us to be different. We’re strong in our own way. Look at Ruth, Esther, Martha, Mary, Sarah, Miriam, Deborah, Abigail, and other women in the Bible who took a stand against culture. I encourage you to study some of their stories and learn more about them. Check out the Bible references for these women at the end of this devotional so you can read up on them even after you finish this devo.
A lot of Christians think that women shouldn’t be businesswomen, or care about how they look, or be leaders of any sort, but that’s SO WRONG! The Proverbs 31 woman clearly exhibits these traits and more. Once, a young Christian lady told me she didn’t really believe in strong female figures who are believers. They believed that the woman’s place was in the home, nurturing alongside their husbands. I was confused by this (I’d never heard it before) so I looked up some Bible passages and read some articles concerning the subject. Turns out that this lady isn’t the only one who thinks that. Countless woman from traditional denominations believe that Biblical women are supposed to stay back, lay back, and not go out there and pull out the big guns. Guys! This is far from true! I mean, look at what the Bible has to say. The proverbs 31 woman worked out, invested in land, and had several corporations.
But look what else. Even in the midst of all those accomplishments and achievements, the Proverbs 31 woman still found time to be a wife and a mother. She didn’t forget her priorities, and neither should we. We can get so wrapped up in trying to be superwoman that we forget who we’re meant to be. We’re meant to cultivate the talents God gave us and use them for His glory. That’s what the virtuous woman did. That’s what we ought to do.
Aiiiyah! I’ve talked forever! I think we should play a little game before we close out for the day. I hope you learned something valuable today about living for Christ as a young woman in today’s world. I wish I could’ve talked about more, but I know you probably only have 5 or 10 minutes a day to read these devotional blurbs. Thanks for hanging out with me! Enjoy your final activity and prayer, and don’t forget that at the end of this devo, there’s a list of fierce Bible women you can read about in your future Bible studies. I love love love hanging with each and every one of you who read this, and I’ll see you tomorrow. CIAO!
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Here are some #fierce Biblical women you can read up on! They’re not listed in any particular order, so feel free to read them in any way you like!
5 Daughters of Zelophehad––Numbers 27
Priscilla––Acts 18, Acts 26:31, Romans 16:3-5, 1 Cor. 1:12, 1 Cor. 16:19
Mary Magdalene––Matthew 27:56 and 61, Matthew 28:1, Mark 15:40 and 47, Mark 16:1-19, Luke 8:2, Luke 24:10, John 19:25, John 20:1-18.
Hannah–– 1 Samuel 1:2-2:21
The Samaritan Woman––John 4
Mary and Martha––Luke 10:38–42, John 11:1–44
Deborah––Judges 4, Judges 5:2-31
Miriam––Exodus 15:20-21, Numbers 12:1-15, Numbers 20:1, Numbers 26:59, Deuteronomy 24:9, Micah 6:4
Mary, mother of Jesus––Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all cover her as she is the mother of Jesus
Abigail––1 Samuel 25
Leah and Rachel––Genesis 29-33
Every time you read about one of these heroic women, journal a sentence or two about what you learned. How did they show courage, love, and faith in their lives? What can you learn and apply?
Thanks for reading guys! Hey, photographers, are you out there? I might have my artists draw a picture of a girl for the devo, but maybe you can take some photos of flowers or something? Preferably red, pink, or yellow––bright colors. Email me with your flowery submissions and I’ll choose the one I think suits the drawing I have for this devo. You have your first assignment guys! YAY! Now go forth!