By Becky Turner
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. Proverbs 31:25
As a new believer in Christ in 1992, I walked in lots of strength but not much dignity. I cringe now as I remember some of my “conversations” with skeptics or those that I thought were not passionate enough about Christianity. Well, I would call them conversations but in looking back, it was a lot more like an argument.
Through the years, I have been blessed to have to many Proverbs 31 type women influence my life. They modeled for me what it looks like to be an excellent wife, to consider a field before purchasing as well as taking care of her household. One woman in particular demonstrated to me how to be clothed in both strength and dignity.
There was no doubt by her stature and countenance that she was a woman of confidence and full assurance of who she is in Christ. However (and this was key for me), her dignity was most often expressed in her demur, quiet nature. She would often not speak about a topic or an issue until asked. Watching her through the years taught me much about taking the seat of less honor and being called forth versus taking the higher honored seat and be asked to move.
Now, 27 years down the road, not only do I cloth myself with strength and dignity but I can laugh at the days to come because I know in Whom my strength comes from and He is more than able. By the way, my dignity comes from Him as well as He is the One Who clothes me in robes of righteousness.