Only with God

“She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family.” (Proverbs 31:15 NIV)

During the school year, this verse speaks to me almost every weekday morning as I rise before the sun. The middle school day in our district begins early, and one of my tasks is rousing my thirteen-year-old son.

I am not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination. While I stumble sleepily around the kitchen in search of caffeine, I hear Proverbs 31:15 in my head: She gets up while it is still night. This reminds me that I am striving to be a Proverbs 31 woman—a woman who works hard, caring for her husband and family.

The Proverbs 31 woman sounds great, doesn’t she? She is often cited as an example for Christian women. She has a noble character, her husband has full confidence in her, she works hard, she is up before the sun, she gives to the poor, she provides for her family, she is adored by her husband and children. She is who we want to be. Is this, however, an attainable goal for us mere modern-day women?

Yes.

But not on our own.

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