“She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.”
I’ve gone through a bit of a journey with this Proverb. The first time I studied it, I was a new wife, and took on the verses as if it was a job description. I wanted to be able to rise early, be clever and industrious all day, and make my family proud to call me theirs. But I soon discovered that living up to all the duties listed was impossible, which led to some self condemnation.
Thankfully God has helped me to gain some perspective. This poem is less a list to accomplish and more an overview of a life led by Godly wisdom – mature faith showing itself through productive and generous days. Understanding that has helped me let go of unrealistic expectations.
One of the qualities of the Proverbs 31 woman that I still aspire to, though, is the ability to “laugh at the days to come.” To be confident enough to face the future with a positive outlook, even if I don’t know what life has in store, sounds so sweet to me. And like all the other traits, the wisdom, grace and trust to live this way only comes through a close relationship with God. I’m glad He wants to meet us where we are and help us grow.
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