Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10
What is a virtuous woman? How can I become one? Is it possible for me to be a Proverbs 31 woman if I’m single?
Welcome to A Ruby in the Rough where we talk about these questions and a whole lot more!! Not only do we discuss questions, but we also seek to encourage each other in our journeys as Christian ladies.
God gave us women the passage in Proverbs 31 as a pattern or imaginary role model to follow. As a single young lady, I found myself wondering how it applies to unmarried women. I wanted it to be an important part of this blog (I think the name is pretty important anyway), but did it fit?
My parents pointed out to me that this passage covers all of the different phases of a woman’s life all rolled into one. Every part does not apply to every woman. For example, not every woman starts a business or plants a vineyard. God calls some women to be single, either their whole lives or just for a time. This does not mean that the Proverbs 31 passage does not apply to us, although some parts may not be relevant in the same way.
I hope to explore this topic more in depth here on the blog in the future, but for now, let’s discuss the process of being and becoming a virtuous woman. I believe that it is a process as long as the number of days God gives you on earth. The Proverbs 31 woman is not an actual person. She is a pattern for us to strive toward in the Lord’s strength.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
We will not wake up one day, look at ourselves in the mirror, and suddenly find that we have arrived. Well, we just arrived at the mirror, but not at the status of Proverbs 31 woman. Now, I do know some women, including my wonderful mother, whom I consider to be Proverbs 31 women. But, they can’t just sit down with their hands in their laps and be finished. There is still room for growth, even for them. If there is room for growth in older women, how much more is there room in me!
This is where the name of the blog, A Ruby in the Rough, was born. It is my desire to continue growing in God’s grace as he polishes my rough corners and creates something more precious than rubies. I know that there are many other ladies on similar journeys, and I hope that this blog will be a place where we can come together and encourage each other in the Lord.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
What is your favorite verse in Proverbs 31? I would love to have you let me know in the comments below!