““Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
Proverbs 31:29-31 NIV
When God gave me the idea to honor Godly Women through my Proverbs Women posts, I had no idea it would be such a God ordained thing. I literally would wait until morning to see who God had in mind to bless and by afternoon, the woman it was honoring would text me, saying things like “you have no idea, how this blessed me,” or “I’m in tears feeling so loved by God.” The truth is, I think God wanted to remind His girls how He feels about them.
The other amazing thing that came from the past few weeks studying Proverbs 31 is, I realized how amazingly blessed I am to be surrounded by such graceful and dignified women. I have sisters by blood and in the faith who are such a blessing to my life in so many ways. God has truly given me a shield of intercessors and warriors to march with.
Yes, this scripture says, “many women do noble things. As I close out this series I think of many more of the women who I am honored to know.
I think of my friend Dana who not only has the Spiritual gift to lead worship powerfully, she is a friend who has always spoken the truth to me, and encouraged me in my calling. I think of Lesa who I think was handed all of the gifts when God was handing them out. She pretty much can do anything needed for any Christian opportunity, at any time and she does it with excellence.
I think about my friend Jodi who has taught me to have reckless faith, perseverance in the gospel and I’ll never forget her saying to me, “Mo, always have your teaching be helpful.” I always tell Jodi that I’ve already asked Jesus for us to be neighbors in Heaven so be prepared for me to be borrowing sugar.
I think about my sister Kimmie and my niece Angel and my sisters Cheryl and Char, who have taught me how to overcome difficult circumstances that life brings and to always fix my eyes ahead, pressing forward, following Jesus, no matter what comes.
I think about my mother in law Annemarie, who pretty much taught me how to love my husband and kids unconditionally. She’s one of the most naturally loving women I’ve ever met.
I think about Robin Miller and Caroline Hitte who are so extremely different but both make being a Pastor’s wife look so easy, even though I know, it is one of the hardest positions in the ministry. I think about the lessons I’ve learned from them women in boundaries and I thank God for these lessons daily.
I think about my friends Amy and Pammy who homeschool and devote their total existence to schooling and disciplining their kids. Their selflessness is inspiring.
I think about my sister Tammy who is one of the most intelligent women I know. Her attention to details is one of the reasons The Vineyard is what it is today, as she ministered as a founding board member, by Skype all the way from Upstate NY.
I think about all of the retired women who Volunteer at our store each day, not because they have to, but because they love to. They could be golfing or shopping, but instead they are serving.
I think about my friends Kristy and Jean and Jill and Stells and Mar who have been friends with me since our girls were babies and now we are seeing our girls become Godly Women.
I think about Barbara Beck who I am blessed to serve with at the TV station. Her humility is so inspiring. She is the most loving, selfless person. Many people in the public eye can get so confused and puffed up, but not Barbara. She’s the epitome of grace and humility. It’s so beautiful.
I think about neighbors and friends and church family and friends from the past and I’m blown away in God’s attention to giftings, details and the writing of His story. He has penned the story of my life laced in grace and truth, displayed by many noble women I’ve known and loved. Those alive today and those of the past like my precious Grandmothers and Aunts.
The truth is many women do noble things. But altogether, unified as women of God we surpass them all. You know, that’s who the Proverbs 31 Woman actually is. She is a conglomeration all women who call Jesus Lord and follow Him closely as His disciples. I thank God for the Bride of Christ. She is altogether wonderful. Together we are a powerful force in growing Heaven.
Let her works bring her praise at the city gates.