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A Proverbs 31 woman… (Time & Beauty)

on June 28, 2013

This is a continuation of the blog I started Monday, please read it here if you haven’t. I would just like you to know where this is all coming from!

9. Time – A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16: 9, Philippians 4:8 )

If any of these could cause me to throw my hands up and proclaim that I am NOT a Proverbs 31 woman this one would be it. I am just not naturally gifted at time management! I work diligently to complete my task – true – but I rarely get my whole list checked off! Just the other day I took TWO naps, but that is okay. I needed them, they were not just because I was bored… See, as long as I am trying, as long as when I catch myself starting to complain or waste time I bring it back to God, then I am doing this! Sometimes I may really need the kitchen cleaned, but I just can’t get focused. I pray and walk outside (I always feel so connected to God under the sky) and I just give thanks, often when I come back I just skip the kitchen and paint, or read my bible, or sit down to some other task… That’s not me failing to get things done, that is me giving up the control I tried to gain when I made my list. That is me recognizing that sometimes a list keeps me on track and sometimes it blocks my natural flow of living a God day to it’s fullest.

10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10Proverbs 31: 21 – 22, Proverbs 31: 24 -25, Isaiah 61: 10, 1 Timothy 2: 9, 1 Peter 3: 1 – 6)

I used to think that the whole inner beauty meant she was ugly, I know that that is awful. This one, though, I KNOW I got this one! I don’t consider myself specifically attractive, I know I am animated and that I am expressive. I find that within minutes I can change the mood of a group – up or down depending on what I am feeling. I am emotive. In that way I now try to always put positive out, because the last thing I want is to be bringing anyone down. I know that I color my hair and do my makeup because I am an artist and I enjoy decorating everything, bringing color and life! I know that when I dress myself I do so in my style, things that spark creativity and happiness within me, and then I check to make sure that I am not disrespecting myself (and therefore my wife and my marriage) in any way! I like shorter skirt lengths (’cause I am a shorty) but I also adore colorful tights! See, when people look at me I want them to see someone who glows with happiness. I hope they see a smile that is truthful. I would like them to see a rainbow of respect and love – because those things are what I feel. I don’t paint myself to better, to compete or compare, to hide who I am – and in that way I am just me. That is beautiful, that is using the artist He made me as a tool to live bright and full and hopefully inspire others to want what I have!!!

I want to stop here and again thank my beautiful friend, MK, for the amazing compliment that started this whole blog series. I want to say something way beyond thank you to my Pastor for her ability to hear and deliver God’s message of GRACE and LOVE. I also want to extend a great and wonderfully big thank you to my church for creating a loving, safe environment in which my wife and I are able to explore and learn about ourselves and our faith. I have to thank my wife for being the amazing woman she is, for being the God loving partner who not only inspires me to walk this walk but makes it as natural as breathing, for the fact that she recognizes that my contributions, while different and seemingly smaller in a world view, are equal and great in this union, for allowing me to love her before she was ready for that love, and for loving me when I was not really able to let someone love me.

Above ALL I have to thank God, who created me as I am and then blessed me by delivering to me my perfect partner and allowing me to glorify His name daily through simply living.

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