“An Uncommon Woman in Uncommon Times” – The Proverbs 31 Woman – Ladies Bible Study Day 20
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29. “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
I have read this verse many, many times and this is the first time that I ever noticed that this is a quote! The Proverbs 31 woman’s husband’s words! This man sees his wife, he recognizes who she is and knows that she is a blessing in his life. He is speaking of her character and is telling her how beautiful she is to him. She is everything to him. He is telling her that he loves her above all else on earth. Nothing can replace her in his life.
The words in the sentence are simple yet full of his heart. We need to put nothing more to it than that.
Have you ever noticed that, as women, we tend to read more into words than what are meant? As women, we know that other women can mean more than what they are saying, however, this is not usually the case with men. They usually mean exactly what they are saying.
If your husband tells you that he really doesn’t care for that blouse that you have on he means that he doesn’t care for that blouse that you have on……nothing more. In the meantime, we have a tendency to think (and possibly say): “What do you mean? What? Now you think I’m too ____________? So now you think that I’m not pretty enough for you? What????” Oh, I am so, so guilty of that! It’s the old “I” problem coming to the surface again. I think that I’ve sunk to a new low in my husband’s life and that I’m not worthy of whatever…..ugh. I need to learn to shut my brain up more often!
Don’t over analyze. Many times, this can lead to crying and manipulation. We need to learn how to accept his simple statements of preference along with his wonderful statements of praise. Add nothing more or less.
In the book of Ruth, she had made a name for herself among the people of Bethlehem. In chapter 3, verse 11 Boaz says to her; “And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character.” Her future husband’s words of assurance and praise.
Read Luke 1:28 and fill in the blanks: “The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, ________
who are ___________ ____________! The __________ is with you.’”
God sent Gabriel to give Mary high praises, blessing her with the ultimate of favors in making her the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. He knew her to be a young woman of noble character and that she had the strengths that would be needed to kiss the face of God. The Lord was truly with her.
Personal Question: How do I interpret my husband’s words knowing what he truly means, not adding additional meaning that creates frustration for both of us? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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