Good morning all, and Happy Friday! I have to admit that I am a bit sleepy this morning, but I am still awake before the rest of my household, and I am ready to conquer another set of challenges! And just a side note, if you're finding it hard to complete the challenges on the actual day of, don't you worry. This Proverbs 31 Woman Challenge should be a lifestyle, and there are plenty of days in the future to continue becoming a Woman of Virtue, whose worth is Far Above Rubies!!!
Let's take a look at the challenge verses for today:
She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land. -Proverbs 31:22&23
Now I am no theologian, so this is just my own take on these verses---we need to take care of ourselves, and we need to realize that we play a role in our husbands' success.
I have heard of a lot of women who neglect themselves when the role of being a mommy and wife demands too much of their time, and I admit that I too have fit into this category a few times myself. We can't "let ourselves go" though, and we must find time to properly care for our own bodies. I read up on some different interpretations of this verse, and I like how middletownbiblechurch.org explains it..."She did not consider it a mark of spirituality to go around looking impoverished, dilapidated, and threadbare." The site went on to comment that though the Proverbs 31 Woman is dressed nicely, she wasn't doing it at her family's expense---she was wise with her money, and she was able to dress that way without putting any strain on her family's "budget." We shouldn't spend money that we don't have, so don't go out and "charge it" just to have a fancy wardrobe. Spend wisely, and you can dress nicely within your means.
As far as verse 23 goes, it seems obvious that the Virtuous Woman plays a direct role in the success and respect of her husband. Many of us may feel like our husband's lead a "double life"---we might not really understand what it is that they do, especially if we've never seen them "in action" at the workplace, and we feel disconnected from their life outside of the home. But, that doesn't mean that we aren't partly responsible for their successes. Providing a safe and inviting home, and a place where your husband feels respected and loved will translate into his feeling confident when he leaves the front door. And there are little ways to bolster his confidence such as leaving a simple note telling him how thankful you are for all his hard work for the family, how proud you are of the job that he's done and how blessed you are to have him for your life's mate! I am always confident in my man, and I am pretty sure that it makes a difference in how he feels about himself---though he gets a bit bashful when I pour on the thanks too much! Humility is a great quality, as long as it doesn't come from an attitude of being not good enough. Realizing that you have done something that deserves gratitude is not a bad thing!
Okay, that was a lot of rambling, but the challenges will be to the point!
Challenge - Day 6
-Take extra time today to take care of yourself...take an extra long soak in the tub, give your nails a fresh splash of color, dress in a favorite outfit, do your hair, etc. Just do whatever it is that you've rushed through due to the demands of mommyhood.
-Give your husband the respect that he deserves as the leader of your family. Keep his confidence up, and let him go out into his workplace knowing that he is the king of your heart. A respected husband is a happy husband---and you have no idea what a happy man is capable of---only GREAT things! ;)
Okay folks, that's it for today. Many blessings as you care for yourself and your precious husband!