The Proverbs 31 Woman

By Mary Potter

First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,

  rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.

She senses the worth of her work,

   is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. The Message, Proverbs 31

“The Proverbs 31 Woman” is tossed around Christian circles quite frequently and frankly I think many women - even women of strong, grounding faith are turned off by this seemingly lofty, unattainable description of a woman. But, if you are following along on this blog series you know (or maybe already knew) many folks have this all wrong - these aren’t marching orders to be done all at once all at one time for any one woman. Thank goodness!

Instead, this personification of wisdom provides such clear reminders of how to live a spirit-led, faith-filled life that demonstrates God-given wisdom!

I work part time for the Barnabas Group Chicago, lead a Bible Study, have 3 small children and a great husband, and volunteer with Safe Families and at my church. In years past I’ve been a teacher, a student, a full time stay at home mom, an intern at an investment bank, a Teach for America corps member, and more. The roles I fill seem to change every few years and my days are SO different as these roles change. I’ve recently been so struck by the reality that God moves me and holds me in different seasons and if I am seeking him, living with hands open to Him and ears to the Spirit, I can trust I’m in the right place at the right time. For now.

During each and every one of these seasons of my life my wise choice has been and is to “sense the worth of my work” and be “eager to get started’. I am convinced more now than ever that my calling is really only to run after Jesus and “sense the worth of my work” today, and then do it with eyes on Him and eagerness in my heart to please Him and do my work well.  Roles change, outcomes are out of our hands more often than we would like. At work or at home things are mundane or equally as often chaotic and I am convinced that all God asks of me is to sense the worth of my work, for this day, in this season, and to get started. Eyes on God, hands ready to do the worthy work God has ordained for me today - whether that be diaper duty or board meetings. My work is worth because God has called me to it today. May it bring him Glory and change my heart to be more like Him.

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