As we began to see last week, some of the rewards of being a virtuous woman are shared with us towards the end of Proverbs 31. What wonderful praise is given to her in verse twenty-nine: “Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.”
The Virtuous Woman is an Example.
How desperately we need Godly women whom we can hold up before our daughters as heroines! While I cherish the stories of Susannah Wesley, Fanny Crosby and Amy Carmichael, and read their biographies aloud to my girls, I desire to be able to point to a real, live, in-the-flesh person and say, “There’s a Godly lady after whom you can pattern your behavior.”
I realize that we’re all human and have our faults. There’s no perfect example except for the Lord Jesus Himself. But a woman who has a strong relationship with Him and is seeking to walk in His paths can be a light for our young ladies to follow.
The world certainly has its share of females who want our daughters to follow them. I yearn to show my girls that a Christian lady who is filled with the Holy Spirit has so much more to offer than the temporary, shallow beauty of many actresses or pop stars.
This virtuous woman sets the bar extremely high; it may take years of prayer, Bible study and growing in faith before we can measure up to her in any way. Yet my prayer today is that I can be one whom my daughters and other girls could seek to emulate – not because of what I am, but because of who He is and what He can do in a life that is dedicated to Him. Further, may God point me to virtuous women whom are worthy examples for my children as well as myself.
Is there a Godly woman who’s had a special influence on you or who’s been an example in your life? How do you find ladies that can be the same for your children?