This morning I read Proverbs 31:10-31, and the four adjectives that came to my mind were:
Productive, wise, generous, and kind.
This passage paints a beautiful portrait of the virtuous woman. This is a very different image than the idolized celebrity that could so easily be described as:
Beautiful, successful, prideful, and vain.
What kind of woman are you? Where are you looking to determine what kind of woman to be?
So many of us women learn as we go, trying this and that until we realize that doesn’t work. We all have experiences and pasts that should help us define our values. The saying, if you stand for nothing then you fall for anything is so true.
What do you stand for? What won’t you do? What is important to you? What do you value? Do you even know yourself? What are you good at? What does your ideal life look like?
These are the questions that we should be asking ourselves in order to grow and evolve as women. So maybe a better question could be:
What kind of woman do you want to be?
I, too, remember the time when my life fell very short of what I wanted. The thing is, we must never settle and accept our current situation if we know it’s less than we’re worth. In order to make that call, though, you must first know what you are worth.
Let me help you with that:
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” – Jeremiah 29:11
You are worth peace.
“For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: there-fore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.” – Isaiah 61:7
You are worth joy, not confusion.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies:” – Psalm 103:2-4
You are worth forgiveness, health, and lovingkindness.
It doesn’t matter where we started in life or what we’ve done along the way, the truth is that Jesus does not treat us as our sins deserve. He is merciful and gracious, and in Him we are able to be the women that He created us to be.
You are worth it.