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Proverbs 31 – The Wife of Noble Character NIV

Take a deep breath, it’s a new year. A time for new challenges and new experiences and maybe even a new you. The year 2016 is in the rearview mirror and 2017 is now in full throttle. Now is the time to stride boldly into the New Year proclaiming the name of God ahead of any future choices. 

While I’m not one to make a lot of New Year’s resolutions, I do try to pick a few character flaws to work on throughout the year.  Notice I said a few character flaws-- if I tried to work on all of my flaws, I would probably get too bogged down with self-pity and depression. I would never get anything done! 

One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is found in Proverbs, specifically the section entitled The Wife of Noble Character. What I love about the Proverbs 31 wife is found at the beginning. Proverbs 31:10 states “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” Even in today’s society this is a meaningful and positive comparison. When I begin to assess those flaws I need to work on, I remind myself that as a child of God, I am worth more than earthly riches.  

So many times throughout my day I feel like I am being pulled in many different directions, and I feel totally overwhelmed. It’s in these moments that I remind myself that God has created me to fulfill my daily duties. God has provided each of us with the resources and experience to accomplish whatever may come our way. The Proverbs 31 wife arises early, works with her hands, prepares food, takes care of her family, is mindful of her budget when shopping,  does not overspend, but invests wisely, working from sun-up to sundown.  

One of the areas I am constantly challenged with is in the area of service. Every year I try to pick an area of focus-- it may be a local shelter, church mission or disadvantaged group. There are so many service organizations that need assistance. Once again, Proverbs 31 addresses this in verse 20, “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.”  

Sometimes in life we take things too seriously. Consequently, this year one of my focuses is to have fun, laugh more and enjoy life. I love those shirts that say “life is good.” Sometimes I feel that we forget that God created this world for us to enjoy. We need to stop the stress and “laugh at the days to come,” as stated in verse 25. 

My last challenge for this year is to remember and memorize verse 30:  “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” So, how do you measure up? Instead of trying to compare yourself to the Proverbs 31 wife, why not focus on verse 30 and put God first in 2017. 

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2 Timothy 3:17; James 1:4; Proverbs 12:4 

Action Item |

Take time to read Proverbs 31:10-31, instead of focusing on the areas you need to work on, make mental checks next to the areas that you are succeeding in…give yourself a pat on the back.       

Prayer |

Dear God, I am committing myself to put You first each and every day. Thank You for Your love and for Your Word, which helps instruct me in the areas where I need more focus. Help me to develop more Godly character traits. Guide me in the areas where I lack experience. Help me to turn my daily stresses into lighthearted moments. Amen.

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