Well, today is our final day of the Proverbs 31 Woman Challenge, but that's not to say that we're off the hook just because it's finished, no way! I have really been enjoying reading through these verses and thinking about how to apply the attributes listed in my own life. It will be a lifelong goal of mine to become more and more like this "Virtuous Woman"...and ultimately like Christ who is the Greatest Example of all!
The last verses that we're about to dig into are extremely important for us as women. Let's go ahead and read them...
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates. -Proverbs 31:30&31
If you're like me, then you have spent a large portion of time throughout your life catering to your "need" to feel beautiful on the outside. I can remember stressing out over a hair-do that just wasn't working, getting upset when my skin was less than perfect and bemoaning the fact that my body wasn't the shape/size that I wanted it to be. Wanting to take good care of ourselves is one thing, but we have to remember to cultivate our inner beauty which won't fade. The world wants us to focus on our outward looks---it tells us which size we should be, what our skin should look like, which clothes we should buy and what products will make us more vibrant and beautiful---because we're "worth it." Let me tell you, we're "worth it" because of who we are, not what we look like! Spend time with the Lord, let HIM be your mirror and you will always like what you see! The Lord looks at the heart, so let that be your focus!
When I read verse 31 it reminds me of the parable in Matthew about the master who had entrusted some of his money to his servants and told the ones who had been wise in their actions "Well done, good and faithful servant." I want to be the servant that the Lord is proud of, and I want to take good care of the things which He has already entrusted into my care---my family, our belongings, my time, my relationships, etc. If I lean on HIM, I have everything that I need to be wise with what He's given me.
So, onto our last challenge!
Challenge - Day 10
-Take time to focus today (and in the days to come) on your beauty which will last...your inner beauty. Be thankful for how God made you on the outside---being happy with that will make you shine from the inside out. The countenance of a peace-filled woman is a beautiful thing!
-Take stock of what responsibilities God has entrusted you with, and search for ways where you can take some steps to "earn interest" with what He's given into your care.
Alright ladies, that's the end of our challenge. I've really enjoy doing this and I might just have to do another challenge in the future! Hmm, I'll be thinking on that! Enjoy your day and take care of the people and things that God has blessed you with!