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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

drenched in the words of Proverbs 31...

completely unrelated but it made me giggle :)

I have just written a  10,000 word dissertation on Proverbs 31 but somehow in all the academics of it all I think I began to forget the beauty of the passage. 
I have always had an obsession interest in this passage- I think it is so intriguing, this account of a women's life. 
The passage was first brought to my attention when i was about 15/16 and I was at a camp in a girls seminar. The passage captured my heart. 

It is a beautiful account of one women's life and the way in which she leads it. The passage recounts all the duties and her hard work- talking about how she works completely for her family and their needs. She is a beautiful women with good standing in the community and she is adored by her husband and children. 
The passage begins with the phrase "she is worth more than rubies" and ends with "a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised"
This woman is so wonderful, she is a woman whose heart is sold out for God and who is living her life in a way which serves Him and shows Him to others. This woman is the a woman who has embraced her identity as a daughter of the most high, a woman who knows that fearing the Lord is a great way to live. 

Woman in the Bible fascinate me. They lived in a time when there were no woman's rights, a time when a woman was either the property of her father or her husband. Woman who were alone were either pitied or scorned. Yet somehow God used these brilliant woman like Esther and Ruth and Naomi and all the others to show a new side to the King. 
These woman show a strength and a femininity to God. They show that God can use anyone and that God has a softer side to Him. 

I was reading a book called 'Captivating' a few months ago and in that the author writes that both men and woman were created in the image of God. 
The characteristics of a woman are characteristics of God and the characteristics of men are also characteristics of God. 

The differences between male and female are beautiful because they are just different characteristics of God. 
God uses us to show the world Him. 
It is beautiful 


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