Fruitful and Flourishing
The Proverbs 31 Woman reminds me of a garden. Well taken care of, fruitful and flourishing. She seems to have a focus on what’s most important in life and has not become distracted by meaningless things. Proverbs 31:27 says this about her:
“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” (Proverbs 31:27 NIV)
There are 3 points I want to make about the Virtuous Woman that we can all learn from if we too want to be fruitful.
First, she is watchful. This woman is alert and aware of the needs of her home and family because she is present. She is not distracted or busy but maintains a level of stillness and wisdom to watch and listen. So often, our liThe Proverbs 31 Woman reminds me of a garden. She is well taken care of, fruitful and flourishing. Sves can be so rushed we find it hard to take even 10 minutes to be still and access the heartbeat of our homes. Does our husband need some encouragement because work has been stressful? Does our mom need more calls from us because social distancing has left her more alone than normal? Do our child need building up because they have encountered some mean kids at school? Does our friend need a girls night out as she heals from a recent heartbreak? Everything in our lives that needs attention will not always scream out to us. Many times we need to quiet our souls to hear the things not said, so we can serve and love accordingly.
Second, the Proverbs 31 Woman was attentive to her household. She’s exemplified the gift of focusing on taking care of our own house and not worrying about someone else’s. Yet how often are we scrolling and double tapping someone else’s life online while neglecting our own real life? All of this is a distraction that leads to comparison, the fear of missing out and discontentment. When we focus on our own homes and lives, we become grateful, and our hearts open to see just how blessed we already are.
Last, the Virtuous Woman does not eat the bread of idleness. The bread of idleness are the things we consume that lead to nothing. They are not fruitful. Whether it be the distraction of our phones, gossip, or simply checking out mentally we rob our families, friends and households the best of our presence when we are not intentional about doing God’s will. I love the Proverbs 31 woman because she does not do nothing, but she also doesn’t do everything. She does the right next thing.
May we too be women who walk in step with God’s will in this way. When we do, the blessing of a fruitful and flourishing relationship with God will fill our hearts and overflow into our homes.