The Myths {of the Proverbs 31 Woman} - Chapter 1

Welcome to the first day of digging into Pursuit of Proverbs 31!! I am SO happy to see so many women who want to go deeper with God and serve their husbands in a fresh way! If you're new here or have NO idea what Pursuit of Proverbs 31 is, go here for a synopsis. We invite you to join us!

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Amy is going to share some thoughts here and then I'll add a few more thoughts of my own under the video...so without further ado...

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Over the years, I have read many books and blogs on being an excellent wife and mother. Many of them had the same running theme: sacrifice, service, selflessness. This is no surprise, as everyone who calls herself a disciple of Christ is expected to be these things.

But I began to recognize some slight twists in some of the teachings. One book even said that we should "worship" our husbands - and it was a Christian book! What's worse is I *almost* believed it. We must be so careful the material we take in. We must test it and try it against scripture. We know that God's word says to have no other gods before Him. Worshiping a husband is a direct violation of that. Yet the author justified it by saying, and I'm paraphrasing here, "As long as you don't put your husband 'above God', but keep him on the same level with God...". Um, no! No one should have the place in our lives that God has.

"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters--yes, even his own life--he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:26

The word "hate" here means, "to love less", according to Strong's Hebrew Dictionary. In other words, our love for God should be so great, that it makes love for anyone else pale in comparison. So what that author was teaching was clearly not supported by Scripture. We must test everything.

Amy makes an excellent point and caution that when we work and strive and pursue this Proverbs 31 woman so intensely, we have made her an idol in our lives. We have made this image something we spend all our time and energy chasing after, believing that if we can grab a hold of it, God will be pleased with us.

Wrong.

God is already pleased with you. Not because you're perfect, but because you're His. And He would much rather have you spend that kind of time seeking hard after Him.

Is it wrong to do good? No! But it is bondage when we set standards on ourselves we could never possibly reach.

Read over the myths in Amy's book again and pray that God would release any (or all!) of them that have been holding you in bondage.

Discussion: Which myth has griped you the most and why do you think that is?

 

The Series:

Week 2: Will the Real YOU Please Stand Up - Chapter 2

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