Just for Moms: Guilt Series, Conclusion
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I abandoned this series, many weeks ago, with this question:
Is not Proverbs 31 a Scriptural command for us women? Should we not strive to be that woman?
I think a lot of people completely forget that the virteous woman part of this chapter starts with verse 10, not one. The long description of the perfect wife is just another point in a mother's lecture to her son.
I mean, if you were telling your son what kind of woman to marry, wouldn't you also give a long list of good traits? It's not that you expect your son to find a woman who has no faults, but you would like him to marry a woman who was industrious, respectful, and loving. This is what King Lemuel's mother was saying.
"Lemuel, my son... marry a woman who will respect you, make you great, love your family, and care for you all the days of your life."
Yes, her list was a bit more specific, but I don't believe God ever meant for us to take that list and turn into a play by play demonstration of the perfect wife and mother.
We are not Lemuel's wife way back in the negative something hundred's. We are not Victorian women. We are not pioneers. We are not June Cleavers. We are not our friends or relatives or some other blogger.
We are exactly who we are in this decade, in this century, with our own families.
There's no need to set up some elusive super woman on a pedestal and strive to be her.
Respect. Build up. Support. Love. BE YOU!
That's all there is to it.
Be OK with that.