a proverbs 31 woman

Give her the reward she has earned, 
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31:31

throughout all of Proverbs 31, we see this woman who works hard with her hands.  if we want to be a woman that honors God, we see over and over that we must work with our hands.  we must be willing to work with our hands doing those mundane things.  and do them with a joyful heart.  we need to use our hands to serve our husband, serve our littles and serve those outside of our home.  this reminds me of a quote by the Shakers "hands to work, hearts to God".  i'm going to tell ya'all, this week as i was cleaning the kitchen for the 1,284 time that day, i felt a little sass rising up in my heart.  and at that moment God reminded me of this.  

this lady has worked hard and now she gets rewarded for that.  and what is her reward?  praise!  who is praising her?  her children (vs. 28), her husband (vs. 28-29), the Lord (vs. 30) and the community (vs. 31).  she certainly isn't going around town singing her own praises with pride and arrogance.  this lady is humble.  in her heart, she worked hard for her family because she knew it honored God.  she didn't do it for praise.  

Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.
Proverbs 27:2

how is it possible that we are already at the end of our study on the Proverbs 31 woman? thank you so much for joining me weekly! i will absolutely admit, i'm a little sad. i've enjoyed every second of diving into His word and finding out as much info as i could about this noble woman. and i loved how it's impacted my life!  though we might have ended the series, i never want to stop striving to be this noble lady and follow in her footsteps.

out for now

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