Friday, June 01, 2012

Am I Raising a Proverbs 31 Woman?

I have no idea what I am going to do with my 4 year old. I really think that she might be smarter than me. And more compassionate too. Tonight she totally brought me to tears with this conversation that my husband shared on his Facebook page.
Charlotte was bothering Jennifer, asking for so many things so quickly. So, Jennifer said, "Just a minute Charlotte. I'm not Superwoman." Charlotte responded, "Yes you are, Mommy. You extend your hand to the poor." Charlotte actually quoted Proverbs 31 about her mother. We have such an awesome daughter.
"She extends her hand to the poor, 
And she stretches out her hands to the needy." (Pro 31:20, NASB)


Lord have mercy on me... I hope I can always live up to her image of me. And that, when I inevitably fail, she extends her compassion towards me. All I meant was that I couldn't do 5 different things at once, which is clearly how I would define a Superwoman. But that didn't matter to her. She defines Superwoman in her own awesome, 4 year old way - biblically. Talk about being schooled!


As her mother I obviously try to instill my values in her, that she might grow up to love Jesus with all of her life. But until tonight, it never really occurred to me raise her according to the description found in Proverbs 31. Reflecting upon my mothering, other than teaching her Bible stories and memorizing scripture with her, I don't think I have intentionally set out to instill these principles in the hearts of my daughters.

Now I feel motivated to work through Proverbs 31 to pull out the main attributes of this "wife of noble character" so I can become more intentional in the training of my children.

If you happen to know of any resources that already do this, feel free to pass them along. Otherwise, I know what I'll be working on this summer.

5 comments:

  1. But you have intentionally taught missional living. You actually gotten the girls involved in ministry to the poor and needy.

    Bruce

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  2. Ohhh that touched my heart. God bless her. She gets it! She is just a baby and she gets it:) YOU taught her that my friend:)

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    1. Actually, I have to give credit to my husband. A week or so ago he read a portion of Prov 31 to her because it is on a decorative plate in our bedroom. As Bruce and I sat here talking about her tonight, we realized, that was probably the only time she had heard Prov 31. I really think this girl is smarter than me given her ability to connect that plate to my thought about Superwoman.

      Currently, I feel slightly intimidated by raising someone who seems to get it so early in life. I think I'm going to have to increase my prayers to protect her from me! :)

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  3. Wow, that is so awesome, Jennifer! <3

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