A busy woman running a household, rushing to work, making business decisions, juggling meal planning and shopping, as well as volunteering time for worthwhile causes, while also caring for her family was described nearly 3,000 years ago in the Bible.
Women have been struggling with priorities and time management for millennia. The advice in the 31st chapter of Proverbs, describes a ‘supermum’ of old, and is just as relevant today as it was back then, because the wisdom of the Bible is timeless.
Proverbs 31 tells us God, our Designer and Creator, should come first in our lives. Without His revelation we cannot even understand why we exist. Developing strength of character by living and obeying the word of God should be our first priority. In other words, know and do what is right, even when no one is looking. Put God first and ultimately all else will fall into place.
Strong marriages are based on God's principles of love, respect, cooperation and teamwork. Serving as an asset to your husband should not be demeaning. Proverbs 31:10-12 and also verse 28 depict a situation in which a solid marriage leads to success in and outside the home.
Proverbs 31:13 and 18 describe a woman who is motivated, industrious and confident in the face of challenges. She has business acumen (verses 14, 21) and uses her time wisely, rising early (verse 15). Volunteering to help others is also important and teaches the children the value of showing concern and helping those who are less fortunate (Proverbs 31:20).
God's wisdom gives us insight many other people do not have, and we can also learn from each other's example. We are known by the company we keep and advice from older Christian women can be invaluable.
Proverbs 31 gives an outline of real priorities for becoming an effective and successful woman. Home and family have always been the foundation of civilization. Solid, loving families build stable neighborhoods, towns and cities that in turn form strong nations. To find real help to be competent in home, community and business there is no better place to look than the Word of God.
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