"Pursuit of Proverbs 31: A timeless, biblical study for the modern Christian woman" by Amy Bayliss. I guess if God hits you with a 2 x 4 enough times you finally get it.
This book is for you. Why? Because you are a woman. Sure you might be a wife, you might be a mom, but one thing is true. You are a woman.
There has been a lot swirling around about this section of scripture in my own little world lately. I was first introduced to "the perfect woman" a few years back. It was taught to me that she was an actual person. She truly was able to do all of these things and do it with class and with grace. She was a blessing to everyone and never needed anything. If she did need anything she just did it herself because asking her husband for help with anything would be too much of a burden. She was UNATTAINABLE in my eyes.
Then I kind of just let it go. Thinking God will understand that I just can't be this woman. Yet part of me still wanted to be this woman - I desired to be all those things. I wanted her calm. I wanted her joy. I wanted her abilities. I wanted how it seemed like her day had 72 hours where mine had 24.
A few weeks back my friend talked about the section where she is a blessing to her children at our moms group. Back to Proverbs 31 ... I could not escape, but I didn't really want to either. Just last week a friend of mine told me about the bible study she was doing about ... you guessed it Proverbs 31.
Amy gives you a simple guideline on how to use her book. The first thing she suggests is reading it cover to cover. This way you will know all that is there and then you can focus on where you would like to grow with the bible study.
Now I have done small group bible studies before and one thing I was never "taught" - how to do a bible study. Well Amy gives you guidelines on how to study the bible. How helpful!
I knew I was in the right place after I read the first few pages and I find the lyrics to a song that moved me in worship just a few days earlier.
The underlying theme is that Jesus and God need to be our central focus, not a list of guidelines about the ideal woman (she’s not a real person - I am that slow sometimes). Amy tells us, “The only way this scripture will be fulfilled is through Christ. Our job is to accept that and follow Him. If we are following Jesus we must always look to him first.”
Using personal experience and scripture she shares how we too can put Jesus first. Things like creating a mission statement for your family or ways to invest in your children. These are things that you can implement right away.
This was a great read and I am looking forward to diving deeper into the study.