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“She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.”Proverbs 31:12

The Proverbs 31 woman has always intimidated me. Each time I’m led to read these verses, I’m only reminded of how I fall short in being this kind of woman. This of course is due in part to my issues with insecurity and not feeling good or worthy enough.

As women, it’s difficult navigating through life without a reality check. It’s especially difficult when following the Lord and He convicts us of areas that need improvement. This morning’s reading is only a reminder to me that I will encounter difficult people in my life and have difficult relationships, it’s a part of life. But I want to learn to be helpful, not hurtful with my words and above all, my actions.

I want to be the kind of woman men brag about to their family and friends. I want to be the kind of woman who is gentle with the hearts of the ones God brings into my life. I want to be the kind of person people can look back and say I made a difference in some area of their life.  I want to be a wife my husband is proud to have at his side.  I want my husband to know he can count on me to lift him up not put him down. That he’s appreciated, loved, and no matter what, I’ll always do my best to protect his life and heart.

This is what Jesus does and it’s only right we do too.

I’m not perfect and those close to me know how often I struggle with being kind and patient. But the more time I spend with the Lord, He softens those hard places and reminds me of the kind of woman I need to be.

Women play a vital role in the lives of others, especially men. How we treat other people matters and it’s especially true in our relationships.  Ask God to help you honor them with your words, thoughts, and actions.  This pleases God and it will make a world of difference.

Ladies, is there someone in your life you need to treat better?  Start now.

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