For those of you reading that are of Christian faith, you have most likely heard of the Proverbs woman. Growing up in a christian home and going to women’s bible studies, it has pretty much been embedded into my brain that she is Thee perfect wife.
We are taught to strive to be That woman. The homemaker. The farmer. The accountant. The entreprenuer. The philanthropist. The superwoman. I’m pretty sure somewhere in there it says she flies and fights crime.
No,no ,no it doesn’t say that.
But you get the idea.
If you have never read Proverbs 31, I highly recommend it, but for the sake of keeping this short and sweet I just want to take a closer look at verses 21-22.
21When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
they are clothed in scarlet.
she wants her family to look their absolute best. When it’s cold, she doesn’t just grab some grey wool shes got lying around. She doesn’t take her job of taking care of the house lightly. She knows that how her family looks when they go out is a reflection on her.
“…she is clothed in fine linen and purple”
I love this.
she takes care of herself.
Often times, we as women ( especially wives and mothers) spend so much time taking care of everyone else, we forget ourselves.
Everyone focuses on the things this Proverbs women does for everyone else, but try to remember, in the midst of all of that…
she takes care of herself.
It doesn’t say she walked around in rags while her family was dressed for success. She wore fine linen and purple, the color of elegance. In the same way she knew her family was a reflection of her, she realized She was a reflection of her family.
This does not mean:
- you need to go out and spend 100s of dollars on new outfits for you and your family.
- how you look on the outside is all that matters
- you need to look up the latest fashion trends to look your absolute best
what it does mean :
- take time on your children. they are God given. Cherish them. Help them look and feel their best!
- Dress in a way that you can feel just as good on the outside as you do on the inside.
- if you (hopefully) keep reading Proverbs 31, you will read
v.25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
v.30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Outward beauty will always fade. This woman had an inward beauty that she focused on just as much , if not more. But, I truly believe we ALL were created beautiful by our Creator, so why not take pride in that?
Taking time on yourself is never a bad investment.
Striving to be that Proverbs woman isn’t a bad goal! But while you’re working on your inner beauty and your daily tasks, don’t forget the woman in verse 22.