a modern day Proverbs 31 lady

Do you have any Godly Mentors in your life? I’m blessed to have several. Some for a season, others for longer periods of my life. For lots of girls, their mothers and grandmothers and aunts fit the bill. Other women come in at transitional times of life – like marriage, children, moving to a new city, health issues, etc..

I follow the blog of a woman who seems crazy to me. She’s taking the Proverbs 31 thing literally for the next year! You can read more about the experiment here, but below is what she says about it…

This means, among other things,  rising before dawn each day (Proverbs 31:15), submitting to my husband (Colossians 3:18), growing out my hair (1 Corinthians 11:15), making my own clothes, (Proverbs 31:22),  learning how to cook (Titus 2:3-5), covering my head when in prayer (1 Corinthians 11:5), calling Dan “master” (1 Peter 3:5-6), caring for the poor (Proverbs 31:25), nurturing a gentle and quiet spirit (1 Peter 3:4), and camping out in the backyard for the duration of my monthly period (Leviticus 15:19-33).

I say ‘Good Luck’ with that! In my opinion, Proverbs 31 is a model for us as women – that is to be adapted to our own culture. This women needed to know how to cook and sew and was married – that doesn’t fit all women in my culture. After all, they didn’t have shopping malls and drive-thru’s, right?

One of my favorite people is a great example to me of being a modern-day Proverbs 31 woman. She will object to this comparison – which makes it all the more appropriate. 🙂 Now, she’s not perfect – but she has consistently been a godly influence in my life for many years. I met her when I was in transition from high school to college – from small town to Birmingham, from knowing my role in life to a wide open world full of choices and opportunities. She was first my boss – and I can thank her for a second chance and for giving me a challenging project that saved my job. She and her family gave me a home-away-from-home on more than one occasion – I was their college kid ‘moocher’ before there was ever a program like that a Shades – I went to their home to do laundry, to play games, to eat, to laugh and relax, and to sleep when the dorm was closed! She drove me home when I was sick and let me wear her yellow sweater when I was cold. She shared her life with me – personal family issues, church blessings from Shades, health concerns, and a love that truly cared about ME! We’ve been Bible study partners and discussed some deep issues. I’ve always known that I could count on her love and wise counsel and especially her prayers! I’ve observed and experienced God’s love in and through her life for almost 30 years.

Happy Birthday to my mentor, my prayer warrior, and my friend! I’m not her biological child, but I will claim to be one of her ‘kids’ and I’ll rise up and call her ‘blessed’. I love you Olivia!!!