It's also the place where I learned that many of you are much more MATURE than me, and I don't mean mature in years, either!
How did I find out you were much more mature than me? I took a peek at the poll results to see what you were saying so far. Your responses are a little more dignified than mine would have been not too long ago. Ahem.....
We've all gotta start somewhere, right?
Last time I included a long list of things about the Proverbs 31 woman, a list that seems completely impossible, right? I mean, a merchant ship? Really?
When I consider the list, it's almost hard to breathe.
To understand Proverbs 31, we have to understand a few other things. The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon, who is considered to be the wisest man who ever lived. The whole book is about wisdom and letting wisdom guide the choices we make in life. Keeping that in mind, it helps to know that Proverbs 31: 10-31, the portion describing the Proverbs 31 Woman, is written in an acrostic.
Remember what an acrostic is? Here's a few you would be familiar with:
That's not true, friend. That's a lie the enemy wants us to believe so that we remain discouraged and defeated, and to try keep us a little irritated with God.
She's not a person, she's an idea. In studying, it was pointed out that the intention of putting all of these qualities together was to show that a truly godly woman's character runs the full range of her being. She is who she is all the time.
Breathing comes a little easier now, doesn't it?
There is one more very important nugget of information about the Proverbs 31 woman. We have to back up to the very beginning of Proverbs 31 to find it.
The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him.
Breathing comes even a little easier now, doesn't it?
With those thoughts in mind, let's take another vote.
I think what we have learned today helps us see that maybe becoming a Proverbs 31 woman isn't so unattainable.
I leave you with a new acrostic I stumbled upon that seems fitting for where we are right now.