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Lady Wisdom…

What does it take to become an exceptional woman – a truly wise woman? A woman of valor & courage? A strong woman?

And if you are a man, looking for a partner – who do you need to be to attract that understanding and amazing woman? If you are already married, how do you love and support an outstanding and wise woman?  **Just a note… in Jewish culture, Proverbs 31 is memorised by the men… not the women.**

How do you become wise, virtuous, exceptional, compassionate, creative, courageous, worthy, and blessed?

Who is the woman in Proverbs 31 of the Bible?

Some say she is simply Lady Wisdom.  Proverbs begin speaking about Lady Wisdom, and it would seem appropriate to end the book of Proverbs with an Ode to Lady Wisdom.

Proverbs 1:  The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to those who are simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—
let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.

Wisdom’s Rebuke

20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
    she raises her voice in the public square;
21 on top of the wall she cries out,
    at the city gate she makes her speech:

Proverbs 2 is dedicated to the virtues of Wisdom and the practical aspects of how to find her!

But this Ode at the very end of Proverbs … this poem of 22 lines… each line starting with a letter of the Hebrew Alphabet… holds much more than simply this.  It is also a celebration of the every day.  Admittedly, as written and befitting of kings, it is an ode to the everyday achievements of an upper-class Jewish wife.

And if we look at the modern-day woman… isn’t she already doing all of this, minus the servants? Perhaps she no longer is making her clothes and the clothes of her family with her hands, but if we consider that women have been found to spend between 85-90% of their income earned on their home and families, whereas men typically only spend 35-40% of their income earned on the family… she is still the primary care-taker of the home.  She is still the one making sure that her family is properly clothed and fed.  

An amazing woman who keeps her household functioning day and night by

  • buying,brave, courageous, courage, valor
  • trading,
  • investing,
  • planting,
  • sewing,
  • spindling,
  • managing servants,
  • extending charity,
  • providing food for the family,
  • and preparing for each season.

It deeply celebrates the often-overlooked glory of the everyday.

This is Wisdom in action!

If we consider lady wisdom, what does she value and hold to be important?

Lady Wisdom, industrious, energetic, watchful, leading by example

Her Values:

  • stewardship
  • connection & family
  • wisdom
  • abundance
  • spiritual

She is a woman of valor.  She is courageous!

And as a result of all this she is rare, precious & praiseworthy!

There are so many more that we could add, but I want to show you how these five values sum all all that she is!

She is a good steward:

  • She gets her food “from afar” – the choicest
  • She keeps on eye on everyone in her home… caring for the people and for the things (maintenance on time)
  • Her home is beautifully kept
  • She is provident –  preparing for winter ahead of time

She is caring & connected:

  • with her husband – because he can trust her with his heart, as well as with his well-being
  • She gets up early to make sure she is taken care of and then that the food is taken care of for the day
  • Her children called her “blessed”
  • She opens her arms to the poor
  • She reaches her hands to the needy

She is wise:

  • Her husband is respected because of her… she has his back
  • She is clothed in strength & dignity
  • She has prepared even for the bad days/years – she is not afraid for the future
  • She speaks wisdom
  • She instructs with understanding

She is prosperous & generous:

  • She works joyfully – working with eager hands
  • She invests her money in land and production – she reinvests her money for earnings
  • She is vigorous in her work
  • She trades for a profit – even when this means staying up late at night
  • She has her own business – creating income for herself

Inner beauty – spiritual:

  • She knows that charm is deceptive
  • She knows that physical beauty may be fleeting
  • But true inner beauty comes from her inner spiritual core – her “reverence of God”

How does Wisdom show up in your life?  

Are you a good steward of your time?

  • How much time do you think Lady Wisdom spends watching TV or Netflix?
  • Does Lady Wisdom get caught up on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or her social media account… losing track of the hours of the day and her intentions and plans for the day?

Are you being a good steward of your home?

  • What does it mean for you to be a good steward in your home?
  • How would you like your home to feel as you walk in?
    • What might you need to do or change so that it feels this way?
  • What does your home need in order to be inviting to your children and family?

Are you taking care of those people — family members — that have been gifted to you in this life to care for?

  • How is this reflected in the way you invest your time and talents?
  • What is the quality of your conversations?
  • How connected are you with others around you?
  • Are you invested in their growth?
  • How could you support them more effectively?

How would others describe you?

  • Are you described by those who know you well as being wise?
  • Do you transmit understanding?
  • Are the words that come from your mouth thoughtful and gracious?
  • Do you need to spend more time thinking before speaking?

Wherever you are at in your financial journey – are you grateful for the abundance that shows up in your life?

  • Are you working joyfully?
  • Would anyone that knows you from work say that you “work with eager hands”?
  • Are you inspired and proactive in what you are doing?
  • And that money that you earn – are you reinvesting it so that it can earn  more for you?
  • Are you vigorous and energetic in your work?
  • Are you creating your own income?
  • Are you trading for a profit?
  • And with all that abundance and income… are you generous to the poor?
    • Would anyone describe you as opening your arms to the poor?

And what about your inner beauty? Your spiritual life?

  • Does the reverence of God – the deep knowing and connection with the creative energy and life force – the inflowing and infilling of the Spirit – does that shine out of you each day?
  • Do you spend enough time in silence each day to get filled?
  • Does your strength and hope come from I AM?
  • Does your life radiate with love, joy, peace & patience?

What role does Lady Wisdom play in your life?

Proverbs 3 (v3, 5-6) says:

Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you
[instead let these qualities define you];

Trust in and rely confidently on I AM with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding
{trusting only in your five physical senses, your perceptions,
your understanding of limited proportions}
In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Spirit,
And I AM will make your paths straight and smooth
[removing obstacles that block your way].

Proverbs 3 (v3, 5-6) says:  Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you [instead let these qualities define you];  Trust in and rely confidently on I AM with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding {trusting only in your five physical senses, your perceptions, your understanding of limited proportions} In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Spirit, And I AM will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].

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