So I decided to do an experiment! I promote our Proverbs 31 Scripture Pin, Proverbs 31 Scripture Emblem
, Proverbs 31 Scripture Plates, and Proverbs 31 Bookmarks all the time, so I figured that I would put it to the test for a day to see if I was living up to the standard of a Proverbs 31 Woman. I really didn’t plan this out; I just woke up and decided to give it a try. So I started by keeping a journal of all of my activities for the day and the times that I started and finished everything. That way I would have an accurate record of my day when I compared it to scripture. Here’s goes nothing! Let’s see how I did…
The Virtuous Wife
Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.
Well clearly my husband! Lol
Virtuous defined: conforming to moral and ethical principles, upright,
Proof: I was driving and some guys pulled up beside me smiling and waving attempting to flirt so I politely smiled while I was pointing to my wedding ring; they apologized and went on… So I’m faithful. Also I signed up for tickets to go see a live taping of “The Talk” in LA during our visit but by the time they called me back I realized that we would be flying out on that same day. So when she asked me would I be able to make it, I said no. Now some people would have said yes just in case, but I told the truth. Actually our flight was booked and we didn’t fly out until the next day, so I could have went… BUT I was trying to be “upright” so CHECK! Smh, oh well
So next I found the value of 2 rubies (didn’t want to press my luck 🙂 just kidding) and asked my husband which he’d rather have me or that price… He picked me so… CHECK, even if he didn’t value me as more than rubies “HE” does. That’s really all that counts!
Proverbs 31:11-12 The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good not evil all the days of her life.
Proof: Well I think I do pretty well with this one. This morning when I woke up, I woke my husband up so he could get ready for work. I then cooked him breakfast: bacon, cheese eggs, biscuits, and rice (couldn’t find the grits at first, which lets you know that I don’t do this all the time.. Lol). I picked his clothes out and ironed them ( I do this everyday though, thank God he only works 4 days a week though and every other Friday he does it himself.) Then, I cleaned up the kitchen and helped him finish getting ready for work. We prayed together; then he left for work. After that, I spent time with God in my prayer corner and prayed for him. He gained some good food, crisp clothes, and prayer! Oh and I helped him pack his clothes for our LA trip AND let him put his size 13’s in MY suitcase lol
Proverbs 31:13-15 She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands. She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maid servants.
Well first of all.. I did NOT rise while it was still dark; it was like 7 o’clock. So missed out on that one! Lol And I definitely didn’t bring food from afar. It was already in the fridge and I don’t have maidservants to feed, so didn’t do that. But, food was provided to my household; my husband and I ate breakfast, as well as our 2 dogs.
Proof of what I did accomplish: I will equate wool and flax to cello bags and glue dots, the materials I need to package our Scripture Emblems, Pins, and License Plates. I did package some items today and I filled some orders so I worked with my hands, and I was willing. Also merchant ships transport cargo, so I believe it counts that I took the packages of the orders I filled to the post office. Sooo…. CHECK
Proverbs 31: 16, 18-19 She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard. She perceives that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out by night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle.
Proof: Well I didn’t buy a field today 🙂 BUT I did have a great idea recently to start doing Scripture License Plate Frames and some colorful license plates. I used our profits from the Christian Emblems and Scripture Pins to buy some and try them out at a show we just did. We got a great response too, and I think they are CUTE!! (One girl bought a Pink Proverbs 31 Scripture License plate.) oh, and I did NOT even go to sleep that night, so my lamp definitely didn’t go out by night. I stayed up working on several things and packing for our 7am flight. Well a distaff and a spindle are tools used to make clothes, sooooo I can’t sew so I didn’t do that one BUT I did invent Scripture Pins that we can wear so maybe that counts… Anyway…… CHECK 🙂
Proverbs 31: 17 She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms.
Proof: I get strength through prayer, mediating, and reading the Word of God. This was done during my quiet time in my prayer corner as well. So … Check!!!
Proverbs 31:20 She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out to the needy.
Proof: I am partnered with @TheLuxeMode, April 4th for her “Heels to Heel” brunch/1 year anniversary of her Shoe Boutique, in which I gave away a FREE Luke 6:38 Scripture Pin to everyone that donated a pair of shoes that we will be giving away to a local women’s shelter. I also donated a whole box of shoes. Sooo… CHECK
Proverbs 31: 21-22, 24 She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet. She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies sashes for the merchants.
Well I’m not afraid of the snow because it’s springtime now… Just kidding, with this end times weather mixed with Alabama weather, you never know! Well we’ve established the fact that I can’t sew, sooo moving right along. We have efficient clothing though and some of it is purple:) My mom can sew though, but she didn’t teach me. I’m going to have to call her and let her know that her negligence is messing up my Proverbs 31 Score! Lol I guess I can equate the selling of our Scripture Pins to wholesalers to supplying sashes for the merchants since you can wear them. Anyway…. CHECK 🙂
Proverbs 31: 23 Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land.
Proof: The elders that’s mentioned here were the leaders responsible for legal rulings. In my husbands line of work, he deals with a lot of judges and lawyer; they like and respect him soooooo… CHECK!
Proverbs 31: 25-27 Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Proof: I think I’m very strong in the Lord and in life. I’m loved by God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit so that’s an honor in itself. I “receive” rejoicing in time to come, even though I’m rejoicing and happy now too! I do open my mouth and give wisdom. Most times I don’t even realize that’s what I’m doing until someone says, “that just blessed me” and I’m usually thinking “I’m just telling you what happened…” I try to be kind in what I say, speak the truth in love as the bible says. I’m a LOT better than my unsaved days, that’s for sure! I take care of my house, my husband, and my dogs so I guess I meet that attribute. I, without a shadow of a doubt, do NOT eat the bread of idleness. I’m always busy and get a LOT done during the day. Actually after looking at my activities today, I was like whew that was a lot. I guess it’s different when you actually see in black and white what all you’ve done. Also I think I’m better known for my character than my fashion sense as these verses are relaying. So……. CHECK!!!!
Proverbs 31:28 Her children rise up and her blessed;
I haven’t birthed any children yet, but this is something I confess in preparation for the future… CHECK
Continued… Her husband also, and he praises her: “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.”
Proof: My husband is very appreciative of me and tells me all the time. I think when a man marries you that’s him saying to you that “you excel them all” but just in case that doesn’t count, I just had him to read it out loud! Lol don’t want to lose points in being ethical 🙂 Soooooo… CHECK!!
Proverbs 31: 30-31 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.
I think the last two verses sum up what I learned the most about this whole experiment! Most women are well known for how they look and dress. Most Christian “Proverbs 31 Women” feel that they have to live up to a certain standard of accomplishments to be deserving of the title, but all in all a REAL proverbs 31 woman is a women that fears the Lord with all of her heart and because of this and this alone, she should be well known in the world and praised by all that come in contact with her. Don’t get me wrong, I think this is a great blue print of what we as women should all strive to be and seems to give advice that as Christian women we should use our gifts and talents given be God to succeed financially by using the works of our hands. It promotes owning businesses and providing for your family’s needs from your own hands and from the profit of good investments. All in all, I feel very confident in being deserving of calling myself a Proverbs 31 Woman!
Now that my experiment is over, I have a much greater, deeper respect for our Proverbs 31 product line, which includes our Proverbs 31 Scripture Pin
, Proverbs 31 Scripture Emblem, Proverbs 31 Scripture License Plates, and Proverbs 31 Bookmarks, which are all available at www.anointedbygrace.com
. Feel free in representing your fear and respect for Our Heavenly Father.