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Put Down the Spindle, Girl

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”

Proverbs 31:30

 

Mornings.  If you’re like me, you’re back into the busyness of the day before your coffee even soaks in.  Sometimes I have to tell my face that I’m now in the presence of people, and it needs to wake up! 

In all seriousness {and honesty on my part}, this verse and the whole Proverbs 31 chapter is tough to read as a woman because I’m simply not her.  I want to be.  I see women who I think are her.  I even subscribe to awesome ministries that are rooted in this passage.  But it’s still tough for me to read sometimes, and I know I’m not alone.

Girls, this simply isn’t what the Lord intends for us to do with His truth.  It’s not for us to use as a tool for beating ourselves {or others} up with. So how do we respond to what we read here?  We stop pursing this list of characteristics and pursue Jesus instead. 

Good stewardship of God’s gifts, quiet strength, gentle beauty, respect for your husband, honor from your children, compassion for the poor, freedom from fear of the future... these don’t come from trying harder.  They are actually the overflow of a heart that seeks the Lord above all else.

A good reminder for me is to reread the last statement of this impressive chapter... “a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” How do we become her?  We quit trying to be her and instead pour our hearts into the hands of the Lord with obedient, humble reverence and service. We put down our spindles and pick up our Bibles first. {Ouch for me!!}

Girlfriend, let him handle the rest of your coffee-needing existence and shape you morning by morning.  It won’t be long until you realize you might just look more like her than you did yesterday.

 

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  Matthew 6:33

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.  And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”  Ephesians 5:1-2

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  Colossians 3:17

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”  Psalm 73:25-26

 

 


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