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The Proverbs 31 Woman Was A Survivalist

holding bibleLadies, it’s easy to think that being a survivalist is more the purview of the male sex of our species. I’m here to tell you that is simply not true. While men may have relegated women to second-class status many times in the past (and still do in many countries nowadays) God has never thought of us as less than help-meets for our men and on equal footing with them. We were not created from Adam’s foot so that he could trod over us, nor were we created from his head so that we would rule over him. We were created from his side, to serve equally with him, and from under his heart to be cherished by him. We are partners with our men in this journey of life.

I won’t lie to you—the Proverbs 31 woman has intimidated me the whole of my Christian walk. There have been times I actually thought I hated her. I mean, how do you measure up to  a woman that needs no sleep, whose hair and makeup is perfect, who can cook, sew, run a business, tend a garden, do charitable works, is wise and funny, and doesn’t have PMS? (I bet she’s a svelte size 10 too, and runs in marathons….)

While I like to think that this depiction of a capable wife and godly woman were more the yearnings of a king who had thousands of wives and concubines (obviously he never found the perfect woman or he’d have quit accumulating them!) than an actual flesh and blood human being, I have decided that I can learn some lessons home from this “superwoman.”

The prepper/survivalist mindset is one we acquire through hard work, perseverance, and keeping a realistic eye on the things happening around us. It involves knowing when to react and when to lay back and bide our time. It involves understanding that the relationships we have with people, our families, and God are the most important aspects of our lives and we can’t let independence drive us to isolationism. Regardless of what goes on around us, we are still to be involved in the affairs of man.

However, for right now I’ve decided I’m still not happy with the Proverbs 31 woman. I haven’t seen a size 10 in years and my Day planner has not organized me one iota. My husband and I still argue and I doubt during those times he calls me blessed. The garden needs weeding and my sewing machine is on the fritz. While she may be an ideal I aspire to, I’ll just be thankful to get the peas shelled and put up before the holiday weekend.

And besides, where in the Good Book is the Proverbs 31 man?

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