Last week I spoke for the MOPS group at my home church. We talked about the Proverbs 31 woman, and our battle with perfection. (And we talked about the fact that Mrs. Proverbs 31 wasn't really "perfect" after all.) In the midst of my talk I shared the image I have conjured up in my mind of what Mrs. P31 would look like today. And there was such a positive response (read that: lots of laughter) from the ladies, I thought I'd share it with you, too. Soooooo, I present to you a window to my insecurities *wink* via my rendition of a modern-day Proverbs 31 woman. Enjoy!
She gets up while it is still dark and has her devotion and prayer time before she prepares a hot breakfast for her family. Every day. And she never complains of being tired. She home schools her children, and will do so through college. And if she doesn’t home school, she is a room mother for each of her children, she is president of the PTA, she is the den mother for her cub scout, and also leads her daughter’s after-school craft club. She runs a successful business from her home and loves every minute of her work. She knows how to manage her time perfectly so she is able to care for her family while also providing discretionary income so they can go out and have fun adventures together. And while they are on those fun adventures she takes lots of pictures which she diligently assembles into scrapbooks that would make any Creative Memories consultant jealous. In fact, she is so crafty, so creative, and so skilled, everything she does makes Pinterest look like child’s play. She has a hot and delicious meal on the table when her husband gets home from work. The house is always picked up, and she greets him at the door with a kiss - having just brushed her teeth and hair, and put on lipstick before he walked in. She supports her husband in all his ventures and is never too tired for, uh, intimacy. So he is a very happy man. She does not struggle with things like irritability, impatience, anxiety, or depression. Her faith is so strong, not even PMS can touch her joyful spirit. She always knows the right things to say, and has time to make meals for friends in need. She remembers birthdays and anniversaries. She regularly sends cards just to say she cares, and makes bouquets from the flowers in her garden to brighten her neighbor’s day. And in the midst of it all, she also finds time to work out every day. Her muscles are toned and her belly is firm. She is the delight of everyone who knows her.