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The Embodiment of Virtue.


King Solomon, one of the wisest men in Biblical history, dared not  close out the Book of ProverbsBook of Wisdom—without celebrating the  life of an admirable woman that King Lemuel christened “virtuous.

” This  passage is a literary masterpiece in its own right in many aspects, two  of which should be briefly probed.

Notice first, the narrator’s brilliant use of the word “find” in the  opening sentence—Who can find a virtuous woman? (Proverbs 31:10).

At  first glance, it appears as though the author is inferring to a search  or discovery in terms of locality. However, the very next sentence gives  a proclamation of this woman’s worth, comparing it to one of the rarest  jewels—rubies.

Worth mentioning is the fact that gemologists assert the  ruby is a hundred times rarer than a fine diamond. Now, that’s rare!

Taken together, it is a direct indication that the author is not at all  concerned about where this peculiar woman might be physically but is  concerned about whether she can be obtained as a result of her value!

Notice also that the writer does not tell us what this woman “looks”  like. Her physical semblance is not even mentioned. He doesn’t even  mention so much as the color of her eyes. And that’s because the radiant  qualities of a virtuous woman are the countenance upon which her beauty  is seen and not her physicality.

In other words, it is the inside that stands out. So, the size of her  breasts does not matter. The structure of her cheekbones is not taken  into consideration. The length of her hair is unimportant.

The texture  of her hair is inconsequential. The shape of her figure is immaterial.  The thickness of her lips is insignificant. Where’s she’s been and  what’s she’s done in the past is irrelevant. The child she bore out of  wedlock won’t exclude her from being a virtuous woman. Being a victim of  rape or incest cannot prevent her from being a virtuous woman.

The dissolution of a past marriage doesn’t preclude her from being a  virtuous woman. For it is the PRESENT character of this woman that is  being celebrated and praised. Integrity is planted in her heart and  great Wisdom flows from her lips. She is grounded in Faith and profound  in Knowledge and Understanding of who she is. She is Patient and Kind.  She is Gifted and Innovative. She is Creative.

She is a Visionary. She  is Organized and well Prepared. She is Strong and Diligent in her  endeavors. She is altogether Blessed. Interpretably, this woman “got it  going on!!

Taken together, the real question asked is a rhetorical one.

Translated, it would read: Who is worthy of a remarkable, extraordinary, and highly unique woman? In other words, what man  deserves you?

What child is favored to have you as a mother?.

What people  are richly blessed to have you as a friend? What employer is privileged  to have you as an employee?.

These are but a few questions that you  should meditate on, because for the woman described herein, she truly is  VIRTUOUS!!

Scripture of the Day: “Priceless and Rare: The declared value of a virtuous woman.”Proverbs 31.

By D’edra Y. Armstrong.

Imitating the (Real) Proverbs 31 Woman.


This is about the time of year when I usually consider writing the Proverbs 31 woman a nasty letter.

You know what I mean. It’s the time of year when all those thoughtful, prayerful goals you’ve set seem hopelessly unrealistic.

 (How many books were you planning to read in January?.

 What was that bit about organizing the kid’s closets?.

 And cutting back on caffeine… seemed like a good idea at the time.)

Or maybe that’s just me. I’ve finally gotten to the place (now that I have four kids, it’s about time) where I am enthusiastically embracing the joys and headaches of homemaking.

The art of butter cream frosting, the green of fresh parsley, the spicy kick of garlic: yes, please.

I’m slightly less enthusiastic about laundry, but we’ve made our peace.

These are my peeps. This is my calling, so let’s get to it. Let’s pursue excellence. I’ve got the whole wide world at my fingertips! Do I want to sew up twirly skirts for the girls? Make my own soap? There’s probably a tutorial online.

I’ve learned so far that I’m awful at organic gardening. I love chopping vegetables. The smell of baking bread makes me want to put on an apron and hug someone. I want to keep learning.

So I sit down at the beginning of the year, and I map out all the things I want to master, or at least try. All the things I want to do differently than last year. All the ways I want to be different. Grow.

Goals, goals, goals. LOTS of very good goals.

Sometime shortly after this moment of raw idealism, life happens. “Routine” is just a low-scoring word in Scrabble. I wake up before the sun; the kids wake up even earlier.

I start sorting through closets; everybody gets the flu. I really do want to attack those unfinished sewing projects, but have you seen the new drama on Masterpiece Theater?

Enter Proverbs 31 Woman with her strong arms and her well-clothed household.

Cue the despair.

The woman is amazing, and if I’ve been listening in Sunday school, I know she is my standard. She is generous, strong, kind, wise, trust-worthy, never lazy, and she most certainly does not yell at her husband when he comes home from the store without the Kalamata olives.

I pretend I’m annoyed at her brilliance, but really I’m not. I want to be like her. I want to be a safe haven for my family. I want the word of kindness on my tongue. I want to laugh at the future.

When I spend some time re-reading the Biblical portrait of the virtuous woman… I’m shocked. I could have sworn I read in there once “She has organized all her spices alphabetically.”

And, “She immediately picks up toys as her children put them down.” And this gem: “She is always caught up on her laundry.” None of these are in there!

In fact, most of the descriptions of the virtuous woman have to do with her faithful actions, not the state of her household. We learn how she spends her time. We learn what her priorities are.

What her character is like. She is faithful, even when life throws curveballs. She works hard, even though the work is never done.

She expands her interests, even when her world feels small. She demonstrates grace to her family, (I’m guessing here) because she knows what it is to receive grace.

Why is it so easy for me to trade in one wrong heart-attitude for another? I ask my Father to help me drop-kick idleness and discontentment, but I fail to guard my heart, and in creeps the idol of perfectionism.

I work manically to accomplish all I think Proverbs demands of me, but what if God’s plan for my day doesn’t look like that? Perfection tells me to get that cake baked and the kitchen cleaned up.

 Grace says to let the kids help even though it will take longer and some batter will get spilled down the side of the cabinet, because somewhere in the middle of measuring and pouring, they start to tell me what they’re thinking. They ask questions about life and friendships and God.

I imagine what the Virtuous Woman would have to say about being held up as the standard of womanly perfection. She’d probably be shocked, because like all of us, she would know her own shortcomings best.

 She’d remember all the battles she lost before she started to win a few. I think she’d tell me that a joyful home, a home where grace dwells, is better than an organized one.

 A clean heart is to be sought above a clean house. Yes, I do think she’d remind me to pick up my bones and get busy. Life is full of trying! Work! Give! Love! Laugh! Don’t quit!

“You will fail. But you will grab hold of grace, and you will get back up again,” she says to me. “This is the kind of thing your children will rise up and bless you for.”

Lori Chally is an aspiring fiction author and mother of four creative children who never fail to provide inspiration. In her spare time (yeah, right!) she enjoys modern quilting, trying out new recipes, and scoring vintage finds! Lori can be contacted at lorichally@gmail.com.

By Lori Chally.

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