14 day plan

You are enough

Day 5 of 14


Proverbs 31:30-31

30Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;

but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

31Honor her for all that her hands have done,

and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Reflection:  Proverbs 31 is often put forward as an image of the ideal woman. The writer’s perfect lady who is unspeakably talented, capable, clever and admired. It’s more than a little intimidating! But when we look a little closer, we see that image has come from the writer’s mother –  she implores her son be a man of good character, to choose a wife carefully, to know her, and to notice and honour that woman.

Rather than holding ourselves against unattainable ideals, we can apply the underlying values at play here – of all the things we can be, being a God-fearer is by far the most important. And also, be thankful for the amazing people God has put in your life – notice their quality, admire them and appreciate God’s goodness to you through them.

Question:  Are you more likely to praise God for those around you, or complain about them?

Prayer:  Father, thank you that you have made us to be social creatures – relating to you and others around us. I give thanks for the beautiful members of my family and I pray that you would help me to appreciate them and your blessing to us through them. Amen.

Proverbs 31:1-31

Sayings of King Lemuel

1The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

2Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!

Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!

3Do not spend your strength on women,

your vigor on those who ruin kings.

4It is not for kings, Lemuel—

it is not for kings to drink wine,

not for rulers to crave beer,

5lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,

and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

6Let beer be for those who are perishing,

wine for those who are in anguish!

7Let them drink and forget their poverty

and remember their misery no more.

8Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,

for the rights of all who are destitute.

9Speak up and judge fairly;

defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 A wife of noble character who can find?

She is worth far more than rubies.

11Her husband has full confidence in her

and lacks nothing of value.

12She brings him good, not harm,

all the days of her life.

13She selects wool and flax

and works with eager hands.

14She is like the merchant ships,

bringing her food from afar.

15She gets up while it is still night;

she provides food for her family

and portions for her female servants.

16She considers a field and buys it;

out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17She sets about her work vigorously;

her arms are strong for her tasks.

18She sees that her trading is profitable,

and her lamp does not go out at night.

19In her hand she holds the distaff

and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

20She opens her arms to the poor

and extends her hands to the needy.

21When it snows, she has no fear for her household;

for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

22She makes coverings for her bed;

she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

23Her husband is respected at the city gate,

where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

24She makes linen garments and sells them,

and supplies the merchants with sashes.

25She is clothed with strength and dignity;

she can laugh at the days to come.

26She speaks with wisdom,

and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

27She watches over the affairs of her household

and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28Her children arise and call her blessed;

her husband also, and he praises her:

29“Many women do noble things,

but you surpass them all.”

30Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;

but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

31Honor her for all that her hands have done,

and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.