In my effort to be a better wife, I started reading a new book last weekend. “The Proverbs 31 Woman: A Study Aid, by E.R. Reid.” I had been eying it for weeks on my bookshelf. “I’ll read it soon…” I decided and even went as far as to set it aside to read… eventually. I decided that I needed to submit to the Lord (yield to Him) then my husband. I need to focus on my responsibility to Him (the Lord), which will aid in my blessings to him (my dear husband).
I started reading the book and wondered: when was this written? Oh, 1993. Well, that wasn’t too long ago, I ponder. I was in middle school at the time. Okay. What, I was in middle school at the time- over twenty years ago! I fainted, briefly, (just kidding) and got back to reading the book. I was shocked at how the words the author wrote over twenty years ago still applied to my life today. Of course, they should! I realized her words were about the Bible, which is timeless, and can speak into any situation at any time whether twenty years ago or two hundred years ago. It can speak into our lives and hearts another ten, twenty, or two hundred years from now. (Although, let’s be honest, two hundred years from now will be my grandchild’s life, easily).
I know the poor Proverbs 31 woman gets a lot of push back sometimes. She really models a life that seems unattainable, right? Well, she’s led by the Holy Spirit, which makes her job a little easier. Maybe not easier but more focused? We should always be on the lookout for ways we can better ourselves, our lives, and our marriages. My poor book is
littered decorated with underlinings and tabs and notes-
- I am about halfway through and know there is so much I need to sow into my heart and life.
It just makes me smile thinking that this book can impact my heart despite it being written when my husband was in grade school. (That’s creepy, right?! Yep, I married a- slightly- younger man!)
The study aid shows that G-d is good. His word is timeless. It can bless you, your marriage, and family today, tomorrow, and years to come. It allows you to rethink the legacy you are leaving and start a better one to bless those you’ll some day leave behind.
Many blessings, Laura
May you be a spouse of noble character…
“A wife of noble character who can find? For her worth is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10