She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. Proverbs 31:13-20
I have read Proverbs 31 plenty of times, and honestly, I have balked at it and allowed the enemy to use this scripture to degrade me, and make me feel inadequate.The woman described at length in this passage of scripture sounds super human. It seems there is nothing she can’t do.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come. (v.25)
Seriously, who is this woman?!
I had the extreme pleasure of reading Amy Bayliss’s NEW ebook, Pursuit of Proverbs 31. Wow. Amy has done a masterful job of breaking apart the text and enlightening us with the true meaning behind this scripture. I promise you, if this scripture has ever been a hard one for you to swallow, you will be blessed by reading Amy’s book. She provides a wealth of scriptural insights and encouragement to her readers, women like you and me, who want to live this life, but feel overwhelmed from the first two lines of this description.
Christin, from Joyful Mothering is currently hosting an online bible study of this book and it’s not too late for you to jump in.
This book was pure gift to me, and I know you will be hugely encouraged by what you read. Don’t let that scripture trip you up anymore, the words in it are good and encouraging. Read Amy’s book and see for yourself, I know you’ll return to that scripture with a new appreciation for the words God breathed there.
*I received Amy’s book for free for the purpose of my review, these opinions are all mine and I stand behind them.
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