Some times my vision of what life is supposed to look like as a wife and mother gets muddled with the the fifties and I find myself striving to be some kind of spiritualized Martha Stewart. The Proverbs 31 Woman is the ideal woman, right? So I begin imposing my view of what makes a perfect woman on her and start feeling like a failure when my cupcakes wouldn’t make the cover of a magazine. Silly, I know.

But here is the thing that shatters my misconception about who I am supposed to be a a wife and mother: The language used to describe the biblical idea woman in Proverbs 31 is language that describes a warriorHaving the mentality of a warrior changes everything. It’s no longer about trivial hobbies but fighting for what’s worth fighting for. It’s strategizing. It’s planning. It’s engaging.

I don’t know what vision of perfect you impose on the Proverbs 31 Woman. Too often we think she does everything and we aren’t so quick to notice what the Bible actually says about her.

Why did I write the first chapter of To Live Valiantly? Because the description of a godly woman is not about decorating cupcakes in your perfectly clean, well decorated kitchen. It is about being a warrior who fights first for the good of her husband then her home and larger community. And my eyes need lifted to that vision.

You can view chapter one of “To Live Valiantly” on Amazon’s search inside the book here.


One Response to Imposing my idea of perfect on the Proverbs 31 Woman

  1. Char Jacobson says:

    Wow, Melissa! I did not know you are an author! I am putting your book on my wish list!

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