Thursday, January 17, 2008

Contest Results and New Bible Study

In case you didn't see the end of Angie's great post yesterday, we have a winner for the anniversry celebration gifts! Congrats to Shareta!! Shareta, if you haven't already, please email Mindy at the address she gave in yesterday's post to give her your mailing address. Enjoy!

Well, our ladies Bible study has started a new study book, and I'm really looking forward to it. It's called When Perfect Isn't Enough--How I conquered My Fear of the Proverbs 31 Woman. It's by Nancy Kennedy. I noticed she also has another book called
Lipstick Grace: Glimpses of Life, Love, and the Quest for the Perfect Lip Gloss . It sounds so fun! We'll have to try it next time around.

Here's an editorial review from on the Proverbs 31 book: It’s Time to Laugh Away the Myth of the “Perfect Woman.” Women juggle endless responsibilities these days, from bringing home the bacon and frying it up in the pan to making sure husband and kids have a good supply of pork rinds—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Whether we’re creating (burnt) offerings in the kitchen, balancing listing checkbooks, or keeping romance alive and well (or at least breathing), women can quickly become burned out, stressed out, and just plain worn out. In When Perfect Isn’t Enough, humor writer Nancy Kennedy approaches this misperception with her trademark wit, describing a hilarious quest to become the Proverbs 31 Woman that will bring relief to your heart and tears of laughter to your eyes. Like Nancy, you will be profoundly changed by a life-transforming truth: God loves you just as you are and has given you all the grace and gifts you need to be exactly who he has called you to be.

I'll have to let you know what I think of the book when we finish. So far (after one lesson), I'm really liking it.

Okay, before answering a question, pop over to read Proverbs 31:10-31, or else open your Bible and read it....

She was pretty amazing, wasn't she. Are you jealous yet? I know I am whenever I read it. Amazing woman who appears to have been Martha Stewart at home as well as a real estate investor and seamstress--and lots of other things (with wisdom on top of it all). As I read, I kept wondering what her husband did!

So now, my question: Does this scripture intimidate you? Do you read the passage and feel like you come up lacking in comparison? What can we take away from reading this passage?

Okay, so it wasn't one question. It was three. :)



  1. The Proberbs 31 woman doesn't intimidate me. I see her as an example of what we should be as wives. She is strong and independent. She is well respected, and her character speaks of and to her whole family. She is not idle or lazy, and puts others before herself. Now, I am never going to sew my families clothes, save for the occasional button, nor will I probably ever get up pre-dawn and cook for them, but it is my job to see that they are cared for.
    Actually, I'm glad you reminded me of this passage, Missy. I think I may have to print that one out. Thanks.

  2. Missy,
    I'm another reader who feels like this passage is here as an example. I think some women feel that because they do one thing they can shirk their responsibilities in another area. For example, if they work outside the home the inner workings of the home can be ignored.

    This passage reminds me that I am very much a woman and that my responsibility for my family (husband and children) is a treasure and a gift that is uniquely mine. Understanding this makes me seek to fulfill my responsibilities to the best of my ability, and reminds me to lean on the Lord's strength to do it! After all, He created me for this purpose!

    We serve an awesome God, and I am so thankful that he has blessed me with a Christian husband and two wonderful sons! I don't want to miss a minute of it!


  3. Kim and Mindy, I love your grateful and postitive attitudes! You've made a great point about using her as an example, not necessarily a measuring stick.

    Thanks for responding!