Now we look at Proverbs 31, the saga of the virtuous woman. When I was a child, my mother told my twin and me that our verse in the Bible was Prov. 31:29. She said that the 31st chapter was for girls (and Prov. 21 was for boys), and your birth date was your verse, so my verse is “many women have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.” Let me tell you, as a child I grew weary of hearing a verse recited that first of all applied to women and I was just a little girl, and secondly was about someone who sounded pretty much perfect, and perfect I was not.
Oh, but now how I love that verse and I love that chapter. The virtuous woman is not Martha Stewart on steroids, but instead, a model which, admittedly lofty, is absolutely attainable. I view the virtuous woman somewhat the way I view holiness. Virtue is a growth process. As we go through our lives, we may not always act with virtue, but just because we fail it does not mean we fall. When we stumble we reach out to steady ourselves by holding onto the tenets of our faith, we ask forgiveness, and we move forward. Thank you, Father, for this character trait to which we can all aspire.
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