Have you ever read Proverbs 31 and felt inspired? ….and then ready to quit at the “she rises while it is yet night” portion? Does the long list of things she does overwhelm you with reminders of what you don’t? I hear ya! And this is why I’m so excited about this Proverbs 31 devotional: Proverbs 31 is a beautiful depiction of what a godly, beautiful-on-the-inside woman does and is. It was written by King Lemuel’s mother to help identify a woman of character. It should not, however, serve as a list of rules we must adhere to in order to be the best we can be. Yet, as we read this chapter, it really is easy to feel defeated from the get-go. My list of accomplishments often looks like this:
She drags herself out of bed when she hears one of the trio waking.
She pours herself coffee and surveys the damage left in the kitchen the night before – dishes filling the sink.
She begins her day attempting “be” joyful when all that is before her is dishes, diapers, tantrums and sticky floors.
She attempts to keep in the grumpy, impatient mother and portray who she wants her to children to see.
She goes down “that road” when the hubby doesn’t respond to the third text: I hope he is enjoying his life full of adult conversations and lunches out and quiet drives to and fro.
She starts the dryer – again – so they don’t need to be folded.
She spends too much time on Facebook, then Pinterest, then Google+, getting discouraged by all that she is not.
You get my point, right? The reality of my life is lived far from perfect. And that’s ok. Christ isn’t looking for perfection! Only He is perfect, conveying His strength and righteousness to us. Christ is looking for our dependency on Him, for our humility in saying, “I can’t even get through a single day without your grace, mercy and love informing my thoughts, actions and motives.” A group of like-minded ladies and I got together and developed a 28-day devotional to help us walk through Proverbs 31 to see how Christ might be calling us to grow in different areas! I am really excited about this resource – each day a different author will share her thoughts on the verse for the day. Each devotional is short but has the potential to be long-term in focus: she’ll share ways the verse could be applied and how to practically move forward with what the Spirit is speaking to you! Some of the traits we discuss are: becoming trustworty, being a good steward, being diligent, modest, industrious, wise…and a host of others! Click to download a sample devotion: Set-Apart-eBook-SAMPLE-DEVOTION-verse-23.pdf
Who Could Benefit from this Proverbs 31 Devotional?
The short answer is: anyone! I think it will be a wonderful and easy addition to your quiet time. And I think it would be a great opportunity for a Titus 2 relationship to go through together. A small group of ladies, a teen group, a single group – this devotional is geared towards women with no particular status, other than “Christ-follower.”
Who are the Authors?
Our awesome contributors to this book:
- Kendra Stamy, A Proverbs 31 Wife
- Danielle Tate, More Than Four Walls
- Sarah Nichols, Simple Life, Abundant Life
- Jennifer Fountain, Growing Up Triplets
- Karli Von Herbulis, Feed Me Mama
- Anjanette Barr, Raising the Barrs
- Virginia George, Virginia George.Com
- Rachel Marie, Day to Day Joys
- Crystal Hatcher, Wisdom Seeking Mommy
- Whitney Cornelson, Beauty in the Mess
- Ashley Roe, Joyful Thrifty Home
Where to Purchase?
You can purchase this brand new Proverbs 31 devotional, Set Apart: Becoming A Woman Of Virtue In A Modern World, for only $3.99! Included with the devotional are three 8×10 printables, printable Scripture cards and a study guide. And please let us know what you think! We’d love to hear how it served you – or even ways we could improve!
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Other recommended resources:
- Joy – A Godly Woman’s Adornment by Lydia Brownback (and the rest in the series: Wisdom, Trust, Contentment)
- Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney
Do you feel overwhelmed or encouraged at the thought of using this Proverbs 31 devotional?