This past year the virtuous women of Proverbs 31 has been appearing everywhere in my life. I’ve unexpectedly encountered her in the middle of a conference, in books, sermons, devotionals and even through a card sent by a friend. God was clearly leading me to dig into what it means to be a lady of wisdom.
I’ve always looked at Proverbs 31 as a list of things of tasks that I need to add to my daily life. Get up earlier. Learn to sew. Start a business. Work harder. In getting to know her more, I’ve learned that it’s all about grace.
When we read Proverbs 31 through the lens of God’s grace, the striving ceases. It suddenly is not all about what we do but what God’s grace bestows upon us. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. ” Ephesians 2: 8 Let that soak in. Working hard, starting a business, getting up early can be good things, but God’s gift of grace is the real treasure.
In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing what God has been teaching me about Proverbs 31. We will chat about being created for a purpose, hospitality, finances, speaking life, and what it looks like to rely on God’s grace to become a lady of wisdom.
Throughout this journey, let’s remember to hold ourselves to a standard of grace not perfection.