Most days I take a few minutes to read the blogs of the people I have in my google reader. Sometimes, due to time restraints, I only have time to skim the posts. Other days I have to pick and choose who to read just because I am so limited on time. On those days I always choose Lesbian Dichotomy as one of my quick reads. The site has quotes and pictures that are encouraging and insightful. Today was no exception.
I smiled when I saw this quote. Much of my adult life I’ve struggled with Proverbs 31. I’ve attended women’s Bible studies dealing with the Proverbs 31 woman, heard sermons on her in church, and read books about her greatness. (If you’ve never heard of her, type Proverbs 31 woman into a search engine and it will give you a small clue how popular she is in Christian circles!) I was often frustrated with my failed attempts at emulating her. It was impossible. I honestly hadn’t thought much about her in the past few years. I reread the whole chapter tonight. I still think I would fail miserably at attempting to do all that she is said to have done. After all I no longer have a husband, can’t spin flax or wool, don’t have servant girls to boss around, have no money to even consider purchasing a field, don’t make all my own bed linens, or much else this woman is known for. But I can be the person described in verse 25. I can even try to be the person in verses 26 and 27.
She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
Thanks, Lesbian Dichotomy, for the reminder that while I might not be the person many people want me to be, I can stand with strength and dignity. I can be kind. I can make wise choices, and I can stand firm in my faith.