I aspired during most of my married life to try and be that “proverbs 31 wife”, but I always felt that I compared really poorly to her. Now that I have recently become “separated” from my husband I felt even further from that kind of woman. I feel more like a “Psalm 31:9” type of person,
Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief.
But yet, as God always does, He directed my heart once again to Proverbs 31, not as a wife this time, but as a woman of valor. I read it, I pondered on it, irritated at first, but then while looking up on the web all I could find on the matter, I came across another blog, from Rachel Evans (3 Things You Might Not Know About Proverbs 31) and one of the things that stood out to me was her comment on Esther (another strong woman that I had recently been studying about). She wrote the following:
Ruth is identified as a woman of valor, not because checked off some Proverbs 31 to-do list by getting married, keeping a clean house and producing children, but because she lived her life with incredible bravery, wisdom, and strength. She lived her life with valor.
This is the kind of woman I want to be right now, the kind of woman that I need to be to get through this because every good thing that has happened is the direct result of my relationship with God. Because even during this hard time, I have received many blessings if the form of friendships, strength and love.
Dear God, thank You for all Your blessings. You are more than enough. Thank You for all of the gifts, blessings and talents You’ve given me. I ask that You’d give me direction in using them for Your glory regardless of my circumstances. In Jesus’ Name, Amen