It’s Day 8 of our Proverbs 31 Woman Bible Study!
Today, we’re going to dig into Proverbs 31:17-18:
She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
In yesterday’s lesson, we learned being a Proverbs 31 Woman is about being resourceful and putting your skills to work for the good of our family. You can get caught up with yesterday’s lesson here!
Today’s video lesson we will look at understanding the worth and value of your work. We’ll also understand how to strengthen ourselves from a Holy source of power.
I’d like to invite you to pray with us! Today’s lesson pairs perfectly with our Proverbs 31 Woman Prayer & Affirmation Challenge. Join us in touching the heart of God with our prayers!
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I invite you to take a look!
Let me ask you this. . .
Do you have a full understanding of your worth and value?
A key component to being a Proverbs 31 Woman is knowing you are invaluable to the kingdom of God, especially your family! What you have to offer is necessary for others around you to thrive.
Tune into today’s video lesson as we discover more about understanding the worth and value of your work!
Bible Study Notes
- You need to be held together by strength – the kind that comes from a holy source!
- There is a difference between spiritual strength and physical strength. Focus on becoming strong in your character, spirit-man, and soul!
- Know the value of your work and be confident in what you bring to the table for your family and the kingdom of God. You are priceless!
- I’m also sharing a few of my favorite Bible Study Resources!
- My favorite bible.
- Highlighters & Pens especially for Bible Studies (you’ll love these!)
- Strong’s Concordance (never study your bible without this!)
- Halley’s Bible Handbook
- You can take a look at the whole list here!
- Here is a video explaining how I use some of these resources and why they are my favorites!
Now Keep Reading!
One big idea that pops out in this passage of scripture is “strength.”
Often when we think of ‘girding” we think of girding our loins, as described in Ephesians 6 with putting on the full Armor of God.
Here is a very insightful article on what it means to gird your loins. It brought new meaning and insight to me! #nerdalert
We do know that girding means to prepare and to hold things together. So in this case, the Proverbs 31 Woman was prepared and held together by strength.
Strength that could only come from:
- Prayer time
- Studying Word
- Being a Godly woman
- Walking in righteousness
I am reminded of the scripture, which says, “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
The Proverbs 31 Woman’s strength came from a holy source of joy. In turn, she had supernatural strength to walk fully and confidently, as God designed her.
Interestingly, this scripture talks about how the Proverbs 31 Woman strengthens her arms.
When I think about that, I instantly flashback to my days, as a track athlete. We had to lift weights in order to strengthen our arms, legs, and entire body.
Those weights acted as resistance.
When lifted repetitiously, worked to make us stronger, so we would be well prepared for our races and field events.
I wonder what kinds of things the Proverbs 31 Woman did to ‘strengthen her arms.’ I imagine she:
- studied the Word
- served her family
- worked to make her community better
And much more!
If you notice the difference between what athletes do to get stronger and the Proverbs 31 Woman did, were quite different.
She did things that would strengthen her character, soul, and spirit. Which, at the end of the day matter more than anything else.
The Proverbs 31 Woman needed to be strong (spiritually, emotionally, and character-wise) to carry out her duties and calling on her life. And so do you!
Here’s why. . .
. . . your gifts will make room for you, but your character will keep you in the room.
Let’s focus on becoming strong in your character, spirit-man, and soul. This will have a lasting impact on your life in eternity!
We see the Proverbs 31 Woman perceived that her merchandise (what she had to offer) was GOOD!
If you don’t know your worth and value, then there’s no one who can convince you of it. . . and anyone can convince you out of it!
The Proverbs 31 Woman understood her worth and value. She believed her gifts and talents were valuable to her family, neighbors, and community.
She was confident in her skillset and her God-given gifts and talents. She knew the worth of her work!
Do you know your worth and the value you bring to the table? What about the worth of your work? People need you to show up with that, so their lives are enriched!
The Proverbs 31 Woman knew her work was good and valuable, as a result, she was so energized by this, she would stay up late to complete her assignments!
Knowing the worth and value and value of your work is energizing!
Think for a moment a special project you may be working on. It could be a crochet or knitting piece, artwork, song, website, remodeling a room, sewing project – anything!
Have you noticed how excited and energized you get by doing the project? You know how you’ll stay up all night working on it because it’s something that fulfills you and gives you joy?
This is the same thing the Proverbs 31 Woman did!
You will be automatically energized when you are doing things you’re good at and believe those things have value to others. It’s instinctive! You’ll work on it forever!
(I’m not saying you cannot sleep or should never rest. Contrary! God employs rest as a design to make us better at our work. He gets not glory when we don’t rest. We should all take regular personal sabbaths to decompress, relax, and rest.)
I pray you know your value and worth. That you’ll be energized by the value of the gifts and talents God has given you. You’ll not want your candle to go out at night because you have a full understanding of the impact you can make on others.
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I pray today’s lesson blessed you BIG! We have so much more to glean and learn in our Proverbs 31 Woman Bible Study together!
Be sure to check out the next lesson in The Proverbs 31 Woman Bible Study Series! We’re going to talk about creating a Legacy of Philanthropy.
Today, we learned about understanding the value of your work. What is your work worth? What value do you bring to your family, friends, and community? I’d love to hear your thoughts! You can chime in, by clicking here!
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