I have always been intrigued with the Proverbs 31 woman. Mainly because she seemed like a woman who really had her shit together. Perhaps this was due to how much I used to struggle with perfectionism. Another reason may have been the fact that I became an entrepreneur at age 3 selling potato chips from my front steps.
Before I go any further, let’s take a look at the daily life of this biblical role model. She led the lifestyle of a leader and led by example. A successful leader does what no one else is willing to do, toughing it out, risking opinion, making decisions when everyone is paralyzed by uncertainty. Sounds like a true entrepreneur to me. She possessed that elusive quality of self-discipline. The Proverbs 31 woman is referred to as a wife of noble character. Her husband has full confidence in her. She brings him good not harm all of his days. Her children arise and call her blessed and her husband praises her.
Here is a brief list of some more of her external characteristics…
-she considers a field and buys it, out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
-she makes linen garments and sells them to merchants.
-she sees that she is profitable.
Gives to the Poor
-she extends her hand to the needy.
-she speaks up for those who cannot speak for themselves .
-she defends the rights of the poor.
-she fights for all who are destitute.
-her arms are strong for her tasks.
-she sets about her work vigorously.
No Fear of the Future
-when it snows, she has no fear for her household.
-she is clothed with strength and dignity.
-she can laugh at the days to come
-she speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
-she watches over the affairs of her household.
This passage of scripture is all about the externals. What about the internal world of a woman, her psyche, her divinity.
“Connect with the divine in yourself.” ~Linda Vettrus-Nichols
“My human-ness is but a glove, my divinity is the real hand.”