I apologize for not posting when I said I would … because I know you are all on pins and needles wondering when the next blog entry is coming. Joking. But, I actually do have guilt over being late with this. So, to avoid any further guilt, I’m going to retract any previous statements concerning a timeframe for posting. I do promise to finish what I’ve started! That reminds me of a song/scripture that we used to sing in church, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 1:6
Back to the virtuous woman ….
What does it mean to be morally excellent? I think it means putting God first and acknowledging Him in everything I do. I think it means being prayerful and diligent about growing my relationship with Him. I don’t think it means that I have to be perfect. He loves me (and you) just as we are! Life is a journey, and when we are on that journey with the Lord, we are free. Free of the pressure to be perfect all of the time. Free to be who He designed us to be. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17.
The capable woman …
Based on the definition alone, a capable woman is skillful and accomplished. I think the interpretation of this varies from woman to woman. For me, it means being an effective manager of our household. It means taking my job as wife and mom to heart and doing it to the best of my ability. I also think it goes beyond certain domestic responsibilities and applies to being the complete woman God designed you to be (I know I keep saying this). What are your strengths? What talents has God given you? They should be utilized! Even better, use them for His glory.
More precious than rubies …
In a nutshell, I think this just means that a virtuous, capable woman is a rare find. She is priceless! I find great comfort in knowing that I am precious to Him. I think this can also be said for a godly man. Godly people stand out from the crowd. Their actions speak loudly because of their fear of the Lord.
So does all of this mean I have to be Superwoman? No. It just means that I should strive to live up to His expectations for me.