In the month of August, I committed to reading a proverb a day and It amazes me how consistent a message can be and how clear God speaks when we actively listen. There were times when I felt convicted and even times where I was confused. But one truth remained from the fist proverb to the last.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…~Proverbs 1:7
In the last chapter of the book of Proverbs we see a description of “the virtuous wife.” A woman of noble character. Her husband is mentioned a few times and I can’t help but to notice what it says; “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” ~Proverbs 31:11-12. This woman is clearly doing something right if her husband fully trusts in her. She brings value to him and does him good all the days of her life.
But another verse that stood out to me was a description of her husband. “Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the leaders of the land.” ~Prov. 31:23 Do you see what I see? Her husband is also a leader! What this tells me is that her husband is a man of integrity. I can picture this couple as strong individuals whom work well together and prosper in all that they do. How’s this for #RELATIONSHIPGOALS!
Someone I dated once told me that he always tells people that I was “the right girl at the wrong time,” and part of me was flattered, yet another part of me felt sad. It felt great to hear that I was a good girlfriend, but it also brought me memories of feeling unappreciated and unloved in my relationship. I’m not saying that my partner never measured up, but I do realize that I guess I didn’t have full clarity of what my role as a woman was, and what standards to have in dating relationships
Throughout High-School, I rarely had close relationships with female friends, yet it was always easier for me to connect with men I dated outside of school. Today as a single woman, is a bit of a different story as my close relationships are all women, yet my career as a barber involves speaking with men all day.
As a fairly new Christian, I realize that I desire to continue learning what my role as a kingdom woman truly means. I want to be this “virtuous woman” that Proverbs 31 talks about. And I certainly want to be the right woman at the right time for my future kingdom man.
Before we commit to becoming a kingdom wife though, we first must learn to become this kingdom woman for the Lord, by gaining wisdom/advice from the Word of God and fellow Christian woman.
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. ~Proverbs 31:30
Kingdom women fear the Lord. Kingdom women are clothed with strength and dignity, and laughs without fear of the future, as stated in Prov. 31:25. She’s fearless as she commits all that she does to the Lord, rather than fearing man.
In the next weeks/months, we will unpack what it means to be a kingdom woman and what it looks like to fear the Lord.
Trust God, and Do Good 🙂