Have you ever asked yourself this question? I have. Is it possible to be a Proverbs 31 woman in today’s fast-paced world? “Maybe if I was Amish, I could be a Proverbs 31 woman,” you may have told yourself a time or two. What exactly are the virtues that make a Proverbs 31 woman? (Original content by Melissa Ringstaff at A Virtuous Woman.)
1. Faith — A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs 31:26, Proverbs 31:29 – 31, Matthew 22:37, John 14:15, Psalm 119:15)
2. Marriage — A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a helpmeet. (Proverbs 31:11- 12, Proverbs 31:23, Proverbs 31:28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis 2:18)
3. Mothering — A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31:28, Proverbs 31:26, Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18:16)
4. Health — A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31:14 – 15, Proverbs 31:17, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Genesis 1:29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)
5. Service — A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31:12, Proverbs 31:15, Proverbs 31:20, 1 Corinthians 13:13)
6. Finances — A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31:14, Proverbs 31:16, Proverbs 31:18, 1 Timothy 6:10, Ephesians 5:23, Deuteronomy 14:22, Numbers 18:26)
7. Industry — A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31:13, Proverbs 31:16, Proverbs 31:24, Proverbs 31:31, Philippians 2:14)
8. Homemaking — A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31:15, Proverbs 31:20 – 22, Proverbs 31:27, Titus 2:5, 1 Peter 4:9, Hebrews 13:2)
9. Time — A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31:13, Proverbs 31:19, Proverbs 31:27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16:9, Philippians 4:8 )
10. Beauty — A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31:10, Proverbs 31:21 – 22, Proverbs 31:24 -25, Isaiah 61:10, 1 Timothy 2:9, 1 Peter 3:1 – 6)
“I feel like a Proverbs 31 woman,” I said to my children recently with a bit of satisfaction. I had just completed the task of wrapping several pounds of pork chops for the freezer. I bought them at Sam’s Club. You may be thinking, What does that have to do with being a Proverbs 31 woman? It’s not like you live on a farm and butchered the meat yourself.
True, we no longer live on a farm where butchering was a seasonal event we looked forward to that provided a year’s worth of meat for my family. But what I felt inside, as I was wrapping those store-bought pork chops, was a oneness with God, knowing that He would be pleased with my efforts. I was thinking ahead (time); I looked for the best deal before making my purchase (finances); and worked with my hands to complete my task (industry).
So while I live in town and shop for groceries at Sam’s Club, I’m still a Proverbs 31 woman in God’s eyes, because my attitude and actions line up with His Word. And I’ve given Him what he’s looking for most—my heart.
Here are a few of family’s favorite recipes of all time. I’ve likely made this meal hundreds of times since I stepped into my own kitchen as a young woman. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Hand-Breaded Pork Chops
6 thick pork chops
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
salt and pepper
1/2 – 1 whole onion, sliced
Heat cast iron skillet with 1 tablespoon butter and 1/4 cup oil. Dip pork chops one at a time in bowl of milk. Dredge in flour. Season chops with salt and pepper and place in heated skillet along with onion slices. Cook until browned on each side and meat is no longer pink. Add remaining butter and oil as needed until the last pork chop is cooked. Remove chops and onions and arrange on platter. Keep drippings to make Creamy country Gravy.
Creamy Country Gravy
1 1/3 cups milk, heated
3 tablespoons flour (more may be used)
salt and pepper
To the meat drippings in pan, add 3 tablespoons flour and slowly stir in milk. Now, take a little taste with a spoon. If it’s not quite perfect, add salt and pepper. That’s all the spices needed for this oh-so-good-can’t wait-to-have-it-again, pork chop dinner. The only thing that makes it better is to serve with homemade, creamy red-skinned mashed potatoes.
Red-Skinned Mashed Potatoes
8 medium-large size red potatoes
1 stick butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1-2 cups milk – depending on size of potatoes
salt and pepper to taste
Boil potatoes with skin on until soft. Melt butter in a saucepan with garlic. Lightly simmer until butter is melted and garlic is lightly browned. In a mixer (or by hand), mix potatoes with garlic butter adding the milk slowly until desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.