Monday, June 28, 2010

Day 1: A Biblical View of Womanhood

I signed up for the 30 Day True Woman Make-Over with Nancy Leigh DeMoss and began Day 1 today!  Sign up and we can learn together what the Bible has to say about being a woman :)

When I read or hear about the Proverbs 31 woman, I often feel like I'm just never going to live up to that standard.  I mean, I don't like getting up early, let alone rising before my family while it is still dark!  I feel tired and overwhelmed reading about all that she does and then come the feelings of comparison and guilt.  Here's Proverbs 31: 10-31:
10An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
11The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
12She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13She looks for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.
14She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
15She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.
16She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
18She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.
20She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
21She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen.
25Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
26She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
29"Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all."
30Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.

I feel so intimidated by this Super Woman that I often feel that I should just give up without even trying, just follow the world's standard of what it means to be a woman.  After all, it seems more fun that way: have it my way, do what I want, take control, do what's pleasing to ME!

"Now, it’s easy, when we’re reading this passage, to focus on all the things that this woman does—all the skills that she has, all her accomplishments, all her achievements. But can I tell you, that is not the heart of this passage.

The heart of this passage is the woman’s heart. It’s her relationship with God, and out of that relationship comes flowing all the things that she does. It’s a picture of her character, her conduct, her priorities, her values, her daily routine, her marriage, her family life. But all of that flows out of the fact that here is a woman who has a reverence for God." (from this transcript).

Okay, that takes some of the pressure off.  Now I realize I need to lay off the checklists and focus more on my relationship with God.  One thing I need to do for sure is spend time every day in the Word.  How often I get sidetracked by other things: taking care of the kids, cooking, cleaning, etc. that I feel I don't have time to read the Bible.  I need to change that way of thinking and make time for it.  Since I'm not an early riser, it'll be either at naptime or before bed.

I'm excited to learn more each day about what God says it means to be a true woman.  I fully realize that this is definitely a counter-cultural idea, and it's not easy to swim against the tide.  I'm fully aware that I may be labeled a "Jesus Freak", religious nut, wacko, etc.  Luckily, I'm not doing this in my own strength :)

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.  Psalm 28:7

No comments:

Post a Comment