Monday, October 24, 2011

Super Proverbs 31 Woman

There are many places in the Bible that talk specifically about women.Proverbs 31, for example, speaks about a truly amazing woman. She is of noble character, and is described as worth “far more than rubies”. Her husband can put full faith in her, and she does him nothing but good. Biblically, this is the perfect image of what women are supposed to be.

The biblical woman wakes at the crack of dawn to make breakfast, stir up

the fire, and make sure that her family has plenty to fill their stomachs before the day begins. Out of her own money, she buys a field and works it. She is strong, diligent, hardworking, intelligent, and draws profit out of her transactions. She is sweet, and generous; she takes care of the poor, and those in need. She clothes her family in fine linen and
makes sure they are well supplied for the months of winter. Her husband is respected widely
and is of high position because his wife takes such excellent care of his household.
The wife is clothed with strength and dignity, speaking only words of wisdom. This biblical woman is attentive
to the needs of her children so they will grow up to be men and women of God. Because of all she has done to ensure their future as servants of the Lord, her children stand up to bless her for teaching and nurturing them, her
husband also calls her blessed. He tells her how much she is worth in his sight.
Now that we have a biblical view, let’s take a look at how
the world views women:
Our American culture states that in order to be somebody, a woman has to obtain position, style, perfect clothes, lots of money and be drop-dead gorgeous. It’s imperative for a woman to be able to hold the same rights,
positions, and roles as a man. They have to be the same. Women have to be able to play football; must be referred to as a “Ms.” rather than “Miss” or “Mrs,' and have the ability to choose whether their baby has a right to
live. And all because they don’t want to be differentiated from men. They host parties and gatherings wearing fancy, immodest clothing to show-off their wealth and have what they call a “good life”. However,
this woman’s life at home tends to get neglected when she succumbs to this societal prerogative. If you’re not a business woman, you’re a wimp. If you don’t have a college degree, you’re worthless. Family is second to ‘real’
work.

So which of the two do you want to be? Do you want to work hard with your
whole heart so that your children will rise up to be sons and daughters of the one true King, or do you just want to live life to have a good time? I know from personal experience that being a Proverbs 31 woman is first
of all, the most fulfilling job out of the two, and secondly, a full time job. My mother has her hands full with the 6 of us children. Not only does she homeschool us, but she also has to juggle cooking, cleaning, errands, chauffeuring us kids all over the valley, church activities, and outside work every day. The work never lessens or slows.
When my dad works long hours and gets home late at night, she stays up so she can have a few
minutes to talk with him before bed. When we are sick, she sacrifices her own rest to get up and clean up our vomit, take our temperature, and make us comfortable. When we have visitors, she is attentive to all of their
needs as well as our own.

Personally, the Proverbs 31 woman sounds a little bit like a “Superwoman” to me.
Hmm.. but lets talk about Superman first....

I don’t know about you, but I happen to think that superheroes are pretty awesome... particularly Superman. There’s just something about a buff guy who’s not only is cute, but super strong and can fly all over the place.
He can do anything, except of course, for when he comes in contact with Kryptonite.
Then, he loses his strength.
This sounds suspiciously like the story of the first man to walk the face of the earth: Adam. God created him to steward the land and to be caretaker of the inhabitants thereof. God set him over all beasts. His
first job was to name each of the animals that God had created. Superman sounds to me like sort of a Lone-Ranger-I-work-alone type of guy. As does Adam. But Scripture tells us that man was lonely. And according to Milton, "Loneliness was the first thing that God's eye deemed not good." In Genesis, God commented, “It is not good for man to be alone,” and created someone special to help Adam and to relieve his longing for companionship.
Too bad there’s not a Superwoman in the picture.
Every time I mention this to my father, He says with a smile, “Oh but there is. When Adam saw Eve, he was more amazed by her than by any of the other creatures. He couldn’t believe his eyes. His jaw dropped, and he exclaimed, “Woahh--man!” and that became her name.”
You see, Adam couldn’t do it alone. Superman can’t either. (Sorry to disappoint you, girls, but first of all, he’s not real, and secondly, he’s allergic to Kryptonite!) but maybe there really is something such as a superwoman. A
super Proverbs 31 woman, maybe? There was Kryptonite to stop Superman, he needed someone to help him. Ever since God made Eve, this has been her official role. In fact, it’s yours too. It is what women were created
for! There are women out there who have been swept up by the world. They want to become lawyers, doctors, accountants, engineers, scientists, etc. Why? Because the world says that’s what they are supposed to do. They say “Oh, you would be amazing at such and such,” or, “You should really go to college and get a degree so that you can support yourself and your family by getting a good job.” Women are flattered, and as the Bible states, they want to do the same things as men. But what about the home? What about what God created them for? Personally, I can’t imagine a greater honor, than to bring my children up as sons and daughters of the Lord Jesus. I can’t imagine
anything greater than to hold my own baby in my arms. I can’t imagine anything greater than to teach and nurture my own children, just as God
has called me to do.

What about you?

What is going to be more impacting on the next generation, you sacrificing your own “Party life” to stay at home to teach, nurture, and bring up your own children, or to take the life of the world, getting to a high place in the work force, but letting your children, the ones you worked so hard to bring into the world, slip from your fingers only to fall into
the waiting arms of worldly desires?

There’s no such thing as Superman.
But Superwoman?
Super Proverbs 31 Woman?
I can only hope to be like that someday.
What about you? Is that your desire?



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