If you’ve been in church or another Christian environment for a while, you’ve likely heard of her – the Proverbs 31 woman. She’s essentially the Christian Barbie. And she starts off harmless enough as a role model for young girls. Who wouldn’t want to be like her?
She’s godly. She’s an accomplished homemaker and businesswoman. She’s super creative and would probably be ALL about Pinterest if she had the chance. Her family and community adore and respect her. If she were actual Barbie, she’d likely give Elsa and Anna a run for top shelf.
She’s deeply impressive and inspiring. But somewhere down the road, the Proverbs 31 woman isn’t inspiring anymore. Instead, the Bible passage just remind us of what we are not, yet should be.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have attended church and been enrolled in Christian school for most of my life. I’ll confess here on the internet an attitude that my friends and I have harbored towards this uplifted Bible heroine – we hated her.
She made all of us look bad because we were modern girls who liked to sleep in a little and don’t know anything about making quilts or any other type of bed coverings. That’s what Target is for.
Since those days of trying to reckon with yet another unattainable female ideal, I’ve learned new ways of reading this popular passage – all thanks to our patient and gracious God who invites his children into his presence to ask, seek, and knock – even with angsty questions. Now, I no longer idealize or ignore the Proverbs 31 woman.
Here’s 5 things to help you read Proverbs 31 without panicking or throwing your Bible against the wall anymore.
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