Proverbs 31 Bible Study

I have wanted to begin a Proverbs 31 bible study here on my blog for quite a while now. Several things have stopped me from moving forward. The main thing is that I want a better understanding of what women believe about these scriptures in Proverbs 31. It would be a tremendous asset to this study if I could get you to answer the questions below. If you do not want to leave your name then that is fine. You may submit it anonymously but please be real and address all concerns you may have even if there isn’t a question for it! I look forward to this journey with all of you!

  1. How do you spend time with God?
  2. What do you think of when you hear ‘Proverbs 31 woman?
  3. Do you aspire to be like the woman in Proverbs 31? Why?
  4. What are your strengths and how do you achieve them?
  5. What are your weaknesses and what are you doing to better them?
  6. What are some of the things that you love to do?
  7. Aside from the obvious, God, who inspires you?
  8. What woman of the bible do you think that you are most like and why?
  9. How would you define yourself as a person?
  10. How would you describe your relationship with God?Proverbs 31:10-31

A Wife of Noble Character Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?

She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar. She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night. Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes. She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple owns. Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders. She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants. She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and offers nothing from laziness. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

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  1. I read from a devotional, ask God to speak to me through His Word, study His Word, and journal my prayers every morning while still in bed having my first cup of coffe.
    Proverbs 31 woman is the ideal woman.
    I do aspire to that; I haven’t achieved it yet, but who doesn’t want to be a virtuous and capable wife? I want to be all those things to my husband, children, and community.
    I am a good listener and creative and organized. I work hard at hearing others rather than planning what I’m going to say, I do something creative daily, and I study organization tools to maximize my home space and productivity.
    I hate to get out of bed, I am very shy and I get my feelings hurt easily.
    I love to paint, to write, to bake, to eat good food, and to please others.
    I’m inspired by Amy Grant, Joni Eareckson, Cori ten Boom, and my husband.
    Martha. It’s hard for me not to feel driven to constantly “do” and serve, and to feel irritated when others aren’t “doing and serving.”
    I am a creative, introverted wife and stay at home mom, and a child of God.
    I am making up with God after years of holding a grudge, and I feel so grateful that He has been waiting for me all this time. I need Him in order to function.

  2. Might I email my comments to you? If that would work for you could you email me the questions and I’ll send them back. Or just leave a comment on my blog and I’ll get your email that way.

    Thank you.
    Elaine
    my blog: http://akhmmm.wordpress.com

  3. Oh wow…looking forward to this…Had in the back of my mind to study the P31 woman and just kept putting it off..:)

    How do you spend time with God?

    I spend time with God reading His Word, while I’m cleaning or just even getting ready, I either verbally or mentally say a prayer, reflect on scripture or a devotional that I’ve read.

    What do you think of when you hear ‘Proverbs 31 woman?

    For the longest time, I never had an example of a Proverbs 31 woman, Christian woman or just a woman pursuing God, so I actually had a negative viewpoint of what a Proverbs 31 was…I have seen her use as a mean to justify dominating a woman and that she is to completely submit (basically be a non-thinking slave who never questions and oddly, I’ve actually seen other women have tried to use this to justify their own personal agenda as far as using it to “bully” other women and not “support”), I’ve heard the feminist rhetoric and for a short time thought that the feminist mindset were right that a P31 was just another means to “keep” a woman down and barefoot in the kitchen.

    Now…As I walk with God and deepen my relationship with God, I realized that the Proverbs 31 is a free, strong and inspiring and caring woman who is there for her family, her children and in the process, isn’t ‘bound by chains’ but rather released from the chains of bondage. She is a woman with greater freedom, and greater sense of self respect and emotional fufillment.

    We can’t have personal happiness and fufillment unless we can have self-respect and I feel that the proverbs 31 shows us how to achieve that and how to be that rock and foundation at home that we, as women, were called to be by God, for our family and friends.

    How that isn’t liberating and strong is beyond me! LOL

    It’s great that God just lays it out how to achieve a happy and solid foundation since we are our children’t teachers, and mentors and our husbands support system and we have it right there in the bible, how to be strong for them and for us!

    Due to that,I feel that she is a woman that is blessed by God with both physical and emotional success and strength.

    Do you aspire to be like the woman in Proverbs 31? Why?
    LOL, I think I just answer my own question, but honestly, we were made for a reason by God and that can’t be denied or change…Ultimately, no matter what we do, away or in the home, we are the homes rock and foundation and our husbands and our children depend on us…we are the source of that lifeline and I feel it brings joy, ultimately, to God that we do what we can to be successful with what we are created to be…We are ultimately the frontlines for our children and the “support staff” for our spouses and who wouldn’t want to find out how to be that reliable person that our family know is there both good times and bad.

    What are your strengths and how do you achieve them?

    I’m not sure if I have any strengths…

    Just that I keep trying and realize, I’m human and I’m not perfect. I’m not anyone special really and I’m imperfect and I am weak.

    I’m thankful to our Heavenly Father, that He is there and He is there for all of us and promises us, that no matter what, He is our rock and our salvation and that I can turn to Him for strength and support, because I can’t do it without Him.

    What are your weaknesses and what are you doing to better them?

    I am imperfect and only through God can I be strong and I just keep turning to Him in good times and bad.

    WIthout him, I am not really much but a hamster running in a wheel…with Him, I can strive to be an eagle and soar with my wings outstretch, my head held up high and turned up to His glory and enjoy the feel of His love.

    What are some of the things that you love to do? I honestly love to clean…That’s my “worship” time because it makes me break from being distracted by the world and I can honestly use that time to focus on God, talk to Him about what is in my heart or going on that day, say a prayer, meditate on a scripture or think about a devotion that I have read. It’s a way to say “Stop”, and not have an excuse, to NOT be with God.

    I love cooking…and I love knowing that I’m taking care of my family…I enjoy reading and honestly, I love starting each morning at least reading if not a chapter, a verse or a paragraph from the Bible else, it’s hard to start the day without starting it with God first.

    Aside from the obvious, God, who inspires you? My husband first and foremost..He was in the service and I felt showed great strength and courage taking that path that he did and my children who reminds me that it’s not what matters in the world, but in the little things and that we are never too busy to laugh, to smile, to dance and to take time.

    What woman of the bible do you think that you are most like and why?

    I feel I am so not worthy to compare myself to any of them…Lol..they show more courage and strength, than I think I can or would.

    How would you define yourself as a person?

    Constantly trying and learning, and never giving up too soon, life can pass you by in an instant and always learning to accept that I am nothing without God.

    Life happens too fast and does it really matter if we don’t take the time to do the things that are invested later in the future, like spending that time with the kids versus getting caught up with the news on t.v.; I don’t like to fill up my day with “busy time” unless it has long worth value and is a benefit for God, for myself and my family…If it’s not going to matter, 10 years from now..is it that important for today to worry over?

    How would you describe your relationship with God? Thankfully always a work in progress and always learning and taking the time for Him since He takes the time for us….I’m thankful to our Heavenly Father that He is always there for us and never gives up. I’m so thankful for that.

  4. Hey Amy B, I left you a word and an award on my blog. Check it out
    here

    Blessings.

  5. Quick note about Proverbs 31. The first time I had ever read this was just a few short years ago! It has been such an encouragement and role model to me.

    I was the most fascinated when I studied Proverbs 31 with my Strong’s Concordance at my side. WOW. Talk about enlightening!

    Hope to answer your other questions later when I’m not so sleepy!

  6. I don’t have time to answer these questions now… I will try to come back later and do so. I think you would do a great job hosting a “Proverbs 31″ study. You have a lot of life experience, and I see you seeking God through it all. Blessings my new blogging friend…

  7. How do you spend time with God?
    attempted daily quiet time

    What do you think of when you hear ‘Proverbs 31 woman?
    There is NO WAY I can do that…

    Do you aspire to be like the woman in Proverbs 31? Why?
    In some ways…I attempt to be the woman God wants me to be, not necessarily doing it all, because there is no way I can do ALL of it.

    What are your strengths and how do you achieve them?
    My strengths are being merciful, and being a behind-the-scenes person, which are achieved by getting involved in ministries like church nursery, set-up and tear-down, and by working one-on-one with young moms.

    What are your weaknesses and what are you doing to better them?
    Ouch. Hard one. My weaknesses are laziness, and negativity. My husband is the best antidote for me for both of those. He challenges me daily to be more disciplined, and more positive. Talking to him about my struggles helps me to overcome them.

    What are some of the things that you love to do?
    I love being a mom, working with my children. I love ministering to other moms, one-on-one.

    Aside from the obvious, God, who inspires you?
    Other moms who have overcome hardships, and are grateful for what God has done in their lives.

    What woman of the bible do you think that you are most like and why?
    Hmmm…a morph between Naomi (the bitter, negative me) and Ruth (the me I am becomming).

    How would you define yourself as a person?
    I would describe myself as a hesitant person who probably has more abilities than I recognize in myself.

    How would you describe your relationship with God?
    Growing.

  8. How do I spend time with God? My goal is to do it daily in the morning by taking out my bible and reading it. Unfortunately with the schedule we have lately (husband traveling or getting in late, etc) it has been hard to do this daily. Currently, at the very least, I read my daily emailed devotionals ( I get three – proverbs 31, girlfriends in god, and alpha omega’s homeschooling one), and I pray throughout the day breathe prayers.

    Think of Proverbs 31 Woman?? At first I would think of conviction in not being the perfect woman and all my failings… now I think of a godly example that we should strive to be more like, but realize that if we ever get to where we want to be, it will take a lifetime.

    Aspire to be like her and why? Yes, I aspire but am trying to remind myself that it is a process. I want to do the best I can for my family and find her to be a good model. Right now I just take one aspect of the proverb and work on that one aspect for a year.

    Strengths and how I achieve them? Not sure if this means in relation to proverbs 31 or in general….The biggest strength I have in relation to the proverb is about the children rising and calling her blessed.. I did this study with Beth Moore and when we did the word study, we found that a better translation is really “her children rise and call her happy”. I think if there was one thing my girls know about me or think about me, it is that I like to have fun, that I am silly, laugh a lot and love them.

    Weaknesses– this is SO much easier to talk about, ha! As for the proverb, I never embraced the “feminine stuff” growing up: cooking, sewing, gardening, cleaning,etc. So to better them, I take one of these aspects and work on it for the year. Last year was cooking and while I will continue in this, I grew so much in my abilities last year by trying new methods and recipes and educating myself. This year will be simple sewing and possibly simple gardening in pots until I can go without killing something!

    Love to do? Read inspirational blogs and books about the christian journey and homeschooling, watch movies, play games, relax with family, play with my girls.

    Inspires me? Elizabeth Prentiss, Jessica from Trivium Academy, you, Robin from HOW, Ami from homeschoolshare.

    Woman most like from bible and why? My favorite character is Esther but right now, I am getting the actual story and the animated Veggie Tales version confused so instead of embarrassing myself with a wrong correlation, HA, I will state the obvious — MARTHA! Busy busy busy with all the wrong wrong things

    Defined as a person? Happy, striving to better myself and educate myself, hard on myself/own worse critic, people pleaser, love to encourage, enthusiastic, silly.

    Relationship with God? Growing. Changing and growing every year, learning more about myself and Him. Not where I want to be, can see many many areas for improvement, but can see the intense growth undergone the past two years.

    Blessings
    Rachel

  9. I am very interested in this. I actually posted about this very topic this week.

    How do you spend time with God? **Praying throughout the day. Reading His word. Attending Mass weekly. Attending a weekly Beth Moore Bible Study.**

    What do you think of when you hear ‘Proverbs 31 woman?
    **I think of a woman who has found a way to achieve alot. She is very inspiring. She cares for her family, manages her household staff, is respectful of her husband, manages her business, serves the poor and needy, is interested in fashion, etc.**

    Do you aspire to be like the woman in Proverbs 31? Why?
    **I do. The Proverbs 31 Woman has managed to “have it all”.**

    What are your strengths and how do you achieve them?
    **My main strenght is that I really care about people. I try to actively care, if that makes sense.**

    What are your weaknesses and what are you doing to better them?
    **Crabby. But that just requires me going to bed earlier.**

    What are some of the things that you love to do?
    **Love to read. Love to spend time relaxing with my family. Love to be active. Love to get together with friends.**

    Aside from the obvious, God, who inspires you?
    **Beth Moore is one. Women who seem to put God first, but are also able to have FUN.**

    What woman of the bible do you think that you are most like and why?**I have no answer for that**

    How would you define yourself as a person?**Christian. Catholic. Wife. Mother. Friend. Business Professional. Aspiring Writer with a desire to encourage Christian working moms.**

    How would you describe your relationship with God?
    **Very loving and trusting.**




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