Friday, 11 June 2010

The Proverbs 31 Enigma: She is me!

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

Love her, hate her, don't understand her, can't be bothered about her? The Proverbs 31 woman has got to be one of the most talked about and yet still misunderstood characters in the Bible. Men want to marry her, women wonder if they can ever be her. Often regarded as the 'Superwoman' of the Bible, the question is as women, can we ever meet up and match her skills, talents and achievements. I must confess I'd never really seen myself having much in common with her, the opening summary about her starts with the word 'wife' which I'm not. It talks about her artistry with the needle, I prick holes in my fingers. A version of the Bible talks about her gardening skills, I'm a professional weed tender! Lol! So how do I even think of keeping up? I would just gloss over the verses nodding but never really seeing Believer on those pages.

Step in Holy Spirit, the Illuminator of the Word. He asked me why I always focused on what she did as opposed to who she was. The caption above says 'The Wife of Noble Character,' not the 'The Wife of Noble Doings' or 'The Wife of Great Acts' because at the end of the day our character is who we are which then influences what we do. So many times we get it twisted, we want to 'do' differently instead of working on the inside at 'being' different. He also reminded me that God calls those things that be not as though they were, when He created me, He put the anointing of a wife inside of me as well and even though I haven't manifested that area of my life yet, it didn't preclude me from being one anyway! The Holy Spirit is so charming, isn't He? Also, note that no name was ascribed to this woman, so you can conveniently put your name there, the Proverbs 31 woman is me!

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
Proverbs 13: 10-15

Strive to be the best where you are with what you have

If I had to caption the essence of what being a Proverbs 31 woman was, this would be it. It's quite interesting to note that no reference was made to her personal wardrobe, or to her shoe collection, or to her 'always on point' accesories. I know she wasn't a shabby woman, she clothed her household in scarlet but there was much more to her than just being a pretty face or looking good. Woman of God, you are worth far more than rubies. Always remember that no matter what life throws your way. Her husband had full confidence in her, like me you may still be single but do the people in your life have full confidence in you? Do you add value to their lives? Do you bring them good and not harm? That my dears, is the character of a Proverbs 31 woman. Our character is our essence, its our atmosphere, like a signature perfume that lingers on your loved ones long after you've left the room, this is what we should be working on. She is not an idle woman. It's not enough to be, after that we must go out and do something. Also, she really isn't Superwoman, for she had servant girls! She is wise enough to know to enlist help because she can't be everywhere, doing everything at every time. She is a manager, she is a leader. The Proverbs 31 woman is me.

She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff  and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 
v 16-19

Show me the money!

Financial independence, yay! Women, we need to wake up and smell the coffee. I personally believe every believer should have a stream of income aside from your JOB and yes this includes women. We must learn to mind our own 'business'. She even tells us how to do it, first she bought a field (asset), out of her profits, she makes her asset even more profitable by planting a vineyard. Vineyard produces wine and she still owned the landed property. I'm not sure every woman should go into real estate but we must acquire assets. There are a number to pick from, just pick something!  Proverbs 31 women aim to increase the size of their asset column and shrink the size of their liabilities! How much of your money is really working for you. Or is it paycheck to Macy's, paycheck to Selfridges and paycheck to The Palms? Women of God, we need to wake up. Sort out your finances.  Don't plunge your husband or yourself into unnecessary debt, we bring good and not harm to the people connected to us. Show me the money! Start small, she started with a field and then made it a vineyard. Trade and God will strengthen your arms to ensure that it is profitable. He is your God and He will teach you how to make wealth. The Proverbs 31 woman is me.

She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Making a contribution

"Life is more than the acquisition of stuff, its about what we have done, whom we have served and why we will be remembered when we leave" (ZoeB). Its quite obvious that this woman was adept with the needle, but maybe you're not. Maybe you have been equipped with the voice of encouragement, have been anointed to intercede, maybe you can cook egusi in a way that makes one forget their sorrows or you're good with children. She could sew, yes but what can you do? How can we open our arms to the hurting in our world. How can I share the gifts I have been endowed with. Everyone has something, life is about recognising what that something is and making the best of it. The Proverbs 31 woman is me.

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate
v. 25-31

Wadrobe check

Reminds me of the verse, don't let your beauty be merely from outward adornment. Its about what's within. This we cannot do without wisdom. Wisdom we cannot have without the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord we cannot have without a relationshop with Him. Its not about being up from dusk to dawn, rushing from one activity to the other. It's not about being Alpha Mum or a Yummy Mummy, its about being the best you, where you are and with what you have. The grace of God is sufficient to strengthen you for the tasks that He himself has called you to be. Single, married, parent, employee, employer, woman or man, its all the same to Him. He uses those who are available and willing to be used by Him. You don't live to seek the praise of men, your works will bring you praise. So keep stepping. The Proverbs 31 woman is you.

iPray Friday: Becoming a Woman of Noble Character

Dear Lord, I ask for your grace and strength to be that woman you created me to be. Not what Vogue thinks I should be, not what my parents think I should be, not even what my pastor thinks I should be. You created me and you designed me for a specific purpose. Help me on this journey on discovering 'who I be' that I may know 'what I do' in Jesus name. Amen.


Gee said...

Yay first of all I am glad I am the first! secondly I dint know u wer in the prov31 blogfest--yayyyy!
Love ur breakdown!!!

Jaycee said...

I totally loved this post. I was smiling throughout reading it.

Lines I loved:

"I know she wasn't a shabby woman, she clothed her household in scarlet but there was much more to her than just being a pretty face or looking good."

"Also, she really isn't Superwoman, for she had servant girls! She is wise enough to know to enlist help because she can't be everywhere, doing everything at every time."

"Show me the money! Start small, she started with a field and then made it a vineyard."

"maybe you can cook egusi in a way that makes one forget their sorrows or you're good with children. She could sew, yes but what can you do?" LOL ZoeBeliever.

This was so refreshing to read, and I'm so excited that God has placed something in each of us to be diligent with. Amen to that beautiful prayer.

Mwajim Al said...

I see myself being that woman now too... beautiful i say, and empowering!

jhazmyn said...

I love this break down and the many times we strive to be the Prov 31 woman that we fail at being the best of ourselves...we spend so much time angry at ourselves and her cos we can't do her....

Be the best you...that's what counts...thanks for sharing Zoe

yetitweets said...

You brought her home. Beautiful. Inspiring and definitely refreshing

BBB said...

oh i loved
i loved it
she is me
loved d part about the srvants
and adorning ur self in the best

this woman is worth looking up to
thats what we should strive to be

Zoe Believer said...

@Mwajim Ali: Totally accessible, totally possible, thanks for your comment

@yettitweets: Thanks for your comment my dear! We are Proverbs 31women!

Funms-the rebirth said...

Oh wow, i love your interpretation......good to be part of this....yes ladies, time to wake up and smell the coffee

GoHard said...

Can't believe im just seeing your blog for the first time. Nice post. I loved the title for each section. Your personality really comes out on your post. May God help us women and we work on being a P.31 women.

Justjoxy said...

First time here, great piece.

Tisha said...

"The Wife of Noble Character"

If she is a woman of noble character then i daresay she is me, all the other stuff, i keep improving on everyday...

PS I loved the parts about having servants too!

Miss FlyHigh said...

iLuv iLuv iLuv ... Yes we are Proverbs 31 women! iLove the fact that you hit on Financial Independence...too many women depending on their man for money ..Lets us sow with our own seeds :)

Anonymous said...

Your post just blew my mind and inspired me to action. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

With these words i think you wholly captured it, "...of Noble Character,' not....of Noble Doings'..."

Too often, we try to consciously do stuffs to potrait ourselves in good light rather, what we need focus on is having the 'noble charater'.

For out of the nobility of our character, the real essence of ourselves is expressed in our daily doings.

Myne Whitman said...

I love your title and I so much agree that we can be that woman if we really want to. Thanks for the empowering message.

oluSimeon said...

amen to the prayer..
deep stuff bur true.. you've said it all really ..
we all need that relationship with Him.. to make anything out of our lives..


The part I love in this post is the "striving to be the best with what she has" not what she doesn't have or what is outside of her means. I appreciate your taking time to share with us Amara. You are a blessing :)


Anonymous said...

Couldn't have been put better. Truth be told, i always thought i could only dream of being her. But after this step by step guide, i relate perfectly well with her.

Thank God for the Holy Spirit and thanks for sharing.

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