“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30
When I was young, I used to dream about what kind of woman I wanted to be when I grew up. At the age of 8, it was Baby Spice from the Spice Girls. At 12, it was Hilary Duff (maybe because she has a REALLY great name…), and from the ages of 14-20, all I really wanted was to be Hermione Granger and marry Ron Weasley.
But here is what I have learned through the past few years: I am a great woman to be! And you are too. Why spend your time dreaming of being someone when you are incredible all on your own?!
Being a Godly woman is tough sometimes – there is no denying that! But Proverbs 31 lays the path for us, and these two verses are my absolute favorites. 25-26 says, “She is clothed with strength and dignity. She laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise.”
Talk about empowering! I love the idea of being “clothed” in strength and dignity. God reminds us over and over again that we are not only strong, but that the future isn’t something we should fear. Yes, trials definitely exist, but there is wonderful joy ahead. And we have the strength and dignity within us to persevere through any troubles.
Proverbs 31:30 has been one of my favorite verses for a long, long time. “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” It places the focus of being a woman not on beauty or wits, but on her love for God. It’s what really matters, and we easily lose sight of this when our entire world is focused on the latest make up and fashion trends. There is no doubt that being a Proverbs 31 woman is challenging and it takes effort every single day, but luckily there are devotionals and bible studies out there that can help us too!
I’m going to close with my all-time favorite quote from Zooey Deschanel, because you deserve to feel all the feels, girlfriends. Life is too short not to enjoy and appreciate every microscope gift God has given us. Just own it and do your womanly thing!
“As a woman, I feel constantly shhh’d. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy-washy. Too blah blah. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to be truly affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a raindrop, a teakettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love.”