“A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden. First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. She’s quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers. She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: “Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!” Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of- God. Give her everything she deserves! Adorn her life with praises!”
Proverbs 31:10-31 MSG
Did you see up there where it says I enjoy knitting?
I thought at first that was a typo.
Holy Ghost stopped that crazy train and said that is absolutely me.
He didn’t make a mistake.
I was the one mistaken.
The perspective I have about the Proverbs 31 Woman has shifted.
What I use to see as a far cry from where I was or who I even wanted to be,
I now understand that I am her.
She is a portrait of The Body of Christ.
You, as His, are Her.
The Word of God is our picture.
Our mirror rather.
It shows us what we’re made of!
Just like my earthly life.
My husband has drawn so many wonderful things out of me that I would have never, and I do mean never, have done on my own initiative.
Take for instance the cold plunge I did a few days ago.
I thought he was out of his mind to even suggest it.
But then, He did it… and showed me, I could.
So I did and it was wonderful.
Isn’t that like Our Heavenly Husband, Jesus?
Overcoming was built in us.
Just like knitting.
My daughter is a girl boss, as she calls it and constantly sharpens me on these matters.
As I shared this revelation with her, she said,
“Yeah mom, but if you don’t like to knit, you don’t like to knit.”
Here’s the thing….
I see what train of thought she’s on.
She’s being liberated from comparing herself to others, and that’s great.
But that’s not what I’m seeing.
Maybe I don’t like to knit, physically, yet…
But I see My Body (others in the body of Christ) that do, and I celebrate.
They sharpen me and let me know that if I desire such a thing, because He has made everything in His Body good and able, that also makes me a candidate.
I see my love for knitting in a different light.
What I’m doing right now,
I’m weaving the Word into your life today.
Maybe I’m patching a hole in your thinking.
I pray that you see this today and discover the reality that The Word isn’t something to compare to, but to conform to!
He already sees You this way!
He saw Abraham as a Father of families before Abraham did!
He had to change Abe’s perspective.
So change your perspective with me.
When He says something about you, instead of it being a question of I do?
Make it an answer of I AM, because He said I am!