Are we women who can be praise by our husbands?
Are we women who in the community hold influence?
Are we women who influenced the lives of those in our care?
Are we women who make a difference?
Are we women whose 'clothing' is considered strength and honour?
Do we speak with kindness?
Do we have the respect of our children?
When we look at ourselves in the mirror do we see more than just skin beauty as others see us? Do they see more than just the make-up and clothes that we wear?
We fear the Lord? Not with a fear of trembling and being afraid of respect, of love and honour.
Women who are productive with our time, our finances, our compassion and wanting to share our faith and influence.
We share life by telling stories and sharing experiences. The difficulties we face with the toddler who won't get dressed, or the temper tantrums of a three year old; the young teen who seems lost and afraid. We as mothers long to reach out to them; these are the stories and the things that matter to women how we live life.
So as we have reflected upon Proverbs 31 about the virtuous wife; she might be the ideal that we strive for, perhaps she's the idea of what men strive for; but really striving is for nothing unless we have a faith in Jesus Christ who died and rose again to set us free. And we can only have Salvation if we accept what Jesus has done for us on the cross.
So we might try to be this woman; We might even be good at it; some of us struggle with some of what is being written here; perhaps part of our own life experience has made it difficult for us to understand about this woman.
But reflecting upon her example of not being lazy, of holding influence, of being secure in the love of her husband, respected by her children, and knowing the security of her faith
If we want to live life to make a difference then we're going to have to be people of influence. That influence might just be with our family, but I think it's more than that, is living a life of compassion, love and making a difference.