Proverbs 31 for 2011 women

I was thinking about Proverbs 31 and how I’d love to be like a virtuous woman. I see the Holy Spirit working in many of my friends and they are amazing role models to me. The way they calmly juggle the demands of running the home, being an amazing mother, loving wife and child of God just fills me with encouragement (and a little envy – sorry Lord!).

I’m wanting more and more of the Holy Spirit to fill me with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23), so to help me understand what is required of me to be a virtuous woman I have written a modern version of Proverbs 31:10, I hope it helps you too:

10 A perfect wife is worth more than rubies, so consider buying her diamond earrings.

11 She has everything under control so hubbie has nothing to complain about.

12 She is the source of his goodness, and never the harm.

13 She hits the sales early and works eagerly with her hands to remove the discount stickers, so her family will not know that their trendy clothes were bought on clearance.

14 She shops at Lidl and Aldi, occasionally goes all the way across town to Asda to get the best value for her money.

15 She is up before the sun, expressing milk, pouring cereal and packing lunches.

16 She considers that old cooker offered on Freecycle and with the money she saved on groceries, she is able to buy some oven cleaner.

17 She sets about her work vigorously; changing the sheets, hanging out the laundry all whilst carrying her baby in a sling.

18 She sells the cooker on E-Bay and stays up late to see the highest bid come in.

19 She a fine seamstress, replaces buttons on shirts and mends holes in trousers with ease.

20 She donates to the charity shops, helps in the soup kitchen and gives blood regularly.

21 She’s prepared for the snow and everyone wears the red hats and scarves she has made to keep them warm.

22 She applies her make-up and styles her hair, pulling together flattering clothing and sexy underwear for later.

23 Her husband goes off to work with the other men.

24 She starts a blog and makes money by using Adsense.

25 Outwardly, she is clothed with strength and dignity, she is well organised and prepared for the future, smiling at every challenge that comes her way.

26 She speaks with wisdom and kindness and teaches with a loving heart.

27 She pays the bills on time and makes sure everyone gets to their clubs, groups and activities on the right day. She does not eat the bread of idleness, because she is on a low-carb diet.

28 Her children call out, “thanks, Mummy” as they grab their snacks and run out the door. Her husband also says,

29 “Thanks, gorgeous, you’re the best.”

30 Flirting only gets you so far, and beauty is only skin-deep, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

31 Give her all she deserves and respect her at all times.

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