Day 259: The Proverbs 31 Woman (Proverbs 30-31; 2 Corinthians 8)

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The Proverbs 31 woman is well-known. To some, she is the woman we strive to be. To others, she is a myth – unrealistic and unachievable. That’s why today’s devotional is more of an activity rather than a traditional devotional.

The question is, what kind of woman do you aspire to become? We all have some vision of who we aspire to be – maybe she’s a thinner version of you now, or she does yoga daily, has five well-behaved children or runs her own successful business.

If you haven’t already, start a Pinterest board for this vision you have. Or, if you’re more of a writer, put it in words. What does the best version of you do daily? What are her aspirations? How do others describe her? What characteristics, skills and traits has she developed?

Got it? Good.

Now, take out your Bible and a notebook. Summarize and list out who the Proverbs 31 woman is (this study is great if you want to go really in-depth). How does she spend her days? What characteristics does she exhibit? Make the study even more in-depth by referencing different versions of this passage and looking up synonyms and definitions for some of the traits you list out. Try to figure out how some of the things on your list look like in the modern day.

Now, put the two vision boards and/or lists side by side and compare. Is there anything from the Proverbs 31 list that can be moved to your vision board? Or maybe there is something you want to take off your vision board after studying the Proverbs 31 woman.

We’d love to hear your results! Email us or share your vision on Instagram using #TirzahintheWord!

 

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Day 257: A City Without Walls (Proverbs 25-27; 2 Corinthians 6)

“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.” -Proverbs 25:28

Back in 2 Chronicles 11, we read about how King Rehoboam prepared to defend his land long before any threat was made as he built up fortified walls and stored up weapons and food. In fact, if you’ve ever traveled internationally and explored castles, you probably have seen fortresses or at least ruins of where the city walls used to stand.

Spiritually, we are called to do the same things in the form of self-control. Disciplining ourselves spiritually, mentally and physically are our very own walls.

When a person doesn’t have self-control, she is like a city without walls, vulnerable and open to laziness, impurity, anger, bitterness, dishonesty, apathy and overindulgence. So, if you want to become the woman God wants you to be, its vital that you learn self-control.

How can you do that? Self-control is like a muscle – it gets stronger the more often you exercise it. Start small. Maybe say no to dessert several days in a row (if it is indeed something you indulge in daily). Make yourself get up at a certain time each day, especially if you’re likely to sleep in. Find one small area in your life that can use more self-control and practice in it daily. Slow and steady is the way to go and eventually you can move on to bigger and better things until those walls are fortified and strong against any attacks on your Spirit by the enemy.

Day 256: Hope (Proverbs 23-24; 2 Corinthians 5)

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“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; for surely there is a hereafter, and you hope will not be cut off.” -Proverbs 23:17-18

Many people don’t understand why we remain faithful and devoted to an invisible God, especially when hardships come into our lives. Many girls have asked – as have I – why…why should I have to live by some set of archaic rules while my classmates can live however they wish? Why do I have to go to church when my friends are out partying and having fun? Why do I have to wait to have sex until marriage and everyone else can do what they want when they want? Why do I have to dress modestly when yoga pants are so obviously in style and much more comfortable? The list goes on and on.

But then I got to know Jesus. And I learned about His great love for me and how He keeps welcoming me back even when I run away from Him to other idols and to this messy and corrupt world. I learned of His mercy, power and the heart He has to see His children spend eternity with Him in heaven. I felt Him cleansing my heart after I negligently sinned before Him. Yet, His gentle hands – the ones with bleeding wounds and holes from where the nails pierced His palms – continued to wipe my heart clean of all my transgressions. Once. Twice. A dozen times. A hundred. So many times, I can’t even count them. And all He ever wanted in return was my undivided heart.
You see, when you truly realize that…when you come to terms with the depths of hell that God rescued you from and how deep and unwavering His love and mercy to you are…you would do anything for Him. Not out of some sense of guilt or compensation, but because the love you have for Him runs through your veins and beats in your heart. It’s every breath you take. You are His. Nothing in this world holds value in comparison. Because we have the hope for something more – an eternity spent with our Creator in a kingdom that doesn’t age.

Day 255: Friends in Low Places (Proverbs 21-22; 2 Corinthians 4)

Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go, lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul. -Proverbs 22:24-25

There is a saying that goes, “Show me your five closest friends and I’ll tell you who you are.”  As humans, we tend to become like the people we surround ourselves with. Teens and teenagers are especially prone to peer pressure, constantly striving to blend in.

Look at your friends objectively today. Do they show characteristics that you want to emulate yourself? Does she truly follow Christ or is she one type of person in church and another kind of person outside of church? Do they apply themselves to their work and schooling or are they quick to skip out on responsibilities to have fun in the form of drinking or even drugs? Does she have your back or would she not hesitate to stab you in the back to make herself look good? Do they tend to blame you for everything, constantly putting you down and “teasing” you in a malicious way?

Notice most of these questions gravitate towards the negative – that’s because it’s difficult to spot the red flags, especially in relationships we’ve invested a lot of time in. But toxic friendships and friends with negative attitudes or bad habits will drag you down so quickly you won’t even recognize you’ve wandered off your God-chosen path before it’s too late. So, take stock of your friendships and make sure that the five people you most often surround yourself with will bring you up, not take you down.

Day 254: A Prudent Wife (Proverbs 19-20; 2 Corinthians 3)

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Houses and riches are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.  I don’t know about you, but I would love to be a prudent wife to a man someday – to be treated as a gift from the Lord. But, what does a prudent wife look like?

According to the dictionary, a prudent woman is one who is “wise or judicious in practical affairs; discreet or circumspect; sober; careful in providing for the future.” The Hebrew word used in this passage means to act circumspectly (to be watchful, discreet, cautious, and well-considered).

But what does this look like in real life? As I studied this verse, one area that stood out to me the most is finances. There seem to be two types of wives (and people in general!): the savers and the spenders.

There are wives who spend as quickly as their household income comes in (especially when the husband is the primary breadwinner). In today’s world, there is a pressure to “keep up” – expensive beauty rituals, Pottery Barn-worthy houses, and designer clothes for the whole family. Very few people today can actually truly afford such lavish lifestyles, and many families end up living outside their means on credit or barely surviving paycheck to paycheck.

Then there are women who are more frugal with their household finances – they know how to keep a budget, when to find something on sale and when to invest in quality, and how to live within their means.

Whether you’re single or married, take stock of how you manage your finances. Even if you’re in high school and only have an allowance, how do you spend your money? Do you have a budget or do you spend how much you want on whatever you want? Are you able to discern what is a want and a need? Can you spot quality or do you tend to hoard quantity just for the sake of having stuff? Do you help the poor with your finances even when you don’t have much? Do you know what the Bible says about money and personal finance?

The way you live financially today in your single or dating life, is the way you’ll live as a wife. If you find yourself being more of the spender who is trying to keep up with the World by constantly buying, take steps today to educate yourself on personal finance and to rehab your financial life.

 

Day 253: Sharing Secrets (Proverbs 17-18; 2 Corinthians 2)

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When someone hurts your feelings, the first reaction is often to vent in anger and pain. We want the person who hurt us to feel the same pain we do. Girls especially are prone to this kind of behavior.

But what if we started a new trend? What if when someone slights us, we react with grace? What if instead of telling someone about the wrong, we cover it with love and keep the the wrong to ourselves?

I recently watched a new Hallmark movie (as cheesy at they are, I love them!), Summer Love, where the main character has a project idea stolen by one of her fellow interns. The CFO of the community figures out that the idea was hers to start with, and gives her and the other intern the opportunity to come clean. But, knowing how much the other intern needed to succeed in this internship and the fact that she didn’t want to pursue the idea herself, she kept silent and let the other intern run with the project. Most people in her position would have gloated over the intern and the fact that their wrong was now made public. At the very least, they would vent to co-workers and friends about the no-good, thieving, self-seeking intern who stole my idea and is now heading up a project that will impress the CEO.

Now, there are situations when you need to stand up for yourself and take credit for your work. But there are also situations when you’re better off turning the other cheek and being the bigger person. Especially when you know that your words or the “dirt” you have one someone has the potential to destroy someone’s career, family, relationships, or life.

Be discerning and wise with whom you share information about others. Pray on it and if God leads you to disclose the information, share it with someone who won’t help further spread the rumor or someone in a position to correct the wrong (a family member, a pastor, etc..). Above all, don’t be the one to further a rumor when you hear something about someone else. If you don’t know it is the truth, don’t share it with someone else!

DAY 248: The Proverbs 7 Woman (Proverbs 7-8; 1 Corinthians 14:21-40)

We hear a lot about the Proverbs 31 woman, but if you’re not that kind of woman, then who are you? There is a spectrum of women, but on the opposite side of the Proverbs 31 woman is the Proverbs 7 woman. She is not talked about often, and when she is, it is usually in hushed tones… because, well, she is just not someone you want to be.  In fact, the Bible warns us that this woman’s actions lead to destruction and death.

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If you haven’t yet, delve deeper into studying the Proverbs 7 woman with our 5-day devotional. For TODAY only, we’ve discounted the study to just $0.99. Yes, as in one dollar. We’d love to study this passage in the Bible with you, so let us know what you think as you go through the study in our Facebook Bible study group.