A virtuous woman is a woman of strength, priorities in order, activities are centered around her home, with honorable characteristics, and she is a blessed woman.
The Bible speaks of the “virtuous woman”.
But, who is she?
How does God in His Word describe her?
A VIRTUOUS WOMAN
HER PRIORITIES ARE IN ORDER
She is a woman with her priorities in order:
The needs of others
HER ACTIVITIES ARE CENTERED AROUND THE HOME
She is a woman who has home-centered activities:
Frugal-minded and keeping an eye on the family finances.
Willing to work alongside her husband and children.
She is up early and is productive.
She is prepared for the future and plans accordingly.
She accomodates and provides for her household and children.
HER CHARACTER IS GODLY AND HONORABLE
She is characterized by:
Confidence (in looking towards the future)
Wise word and instruction are on her lips with love
HER LIFE IS BLESSED
Her life is blessed and she is a blessing to others:
She is considered more precious than jewels.
Her children calls her blessed.
Her husband prizes, cherishes, and trusts her.
She is praised and deserves a reward for her labor.
Her husband is a respected man.
BUT I AM NOT EVEN CLOSE!
My goal in sharing this with you is not to burden you because you are not virtuous woman.
This list of virtuous characteristics should serve as an encouragement of an ideal woman.
We are not perfect. We will never be ideal.
We all fall short of the glory of God.
Yet, through the wisdom of Solomon in Proverbs 31 we have been given an example to aim for, pray about, and be encouraged to follow.
HOW DO I BECOME A VIRTUOUS WOMAN?
- Pray and ask for wisdom.
- Seek counsel of a Titus 2 woman.
- Remember your worth in God’s eyes.
- Remember your family.
- Remember virtuous woman characteristics.
- Seek forgiveness.
- Stop aiming for perfection.
- Aim for progress.
- Embrace God’s grace in this endeavor.
- Remember the ‘why’, which is your reward. “Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise.” (Proverbs 31:28, MSG)
“Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.” (Proverbs 31:31, NLT)
A virtuous woman will get “personal” recognition for the way she lives her life from her Creator.
WHO HAS THE FINAL SAY?
Society likes to praise and define us, but God doesn’t use the same dictionary.
It is easy to look around and see that we desperately need more women who are seeking to be the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 and not anybody elses perception of a “real woman.”
God’s woman, the virtuous woman, is one of real substance and lasting quality, and she offers important contributions to herself, her family, and society as a whole.
Stephanie, Training Keepers of the Home