The Modern Day Proverbs 31 Woman

By Rebecca Allen
Shield Staff

If you’ve spent any time in church, or read through the Old Testament (not the boring parts, of course!) then you’ve probably heard of the Proverbs 31 woman. For as long as I can remember, the Proverbs 31 woman has always been a model for what a good Christian woman should be like. Or at least aspire to be like. I, however, have always found her to be a little too perfect, an ideal that I could never live up to.

But lately, I’ve been looking at the Proverbs 31 woman differently. Instead of seeing her as someone I could never be like, I’ve started to try to see myself in her. This is where that thinking has led me: 

The Top 12 Ways the Modern Woman Can Be a Proverbs 31 Woman 

1. She's someone who makes the lives of those around her better just by being in them (v. 10-11)

2. She's artistic and creative (v. 13)

3. She loves shopping and has a gift for finding a good deal (v. 14)

4. She’s financially independent and responsible (v. 16)

5. She’s a hard worker who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty (v. 17)

6. She works hard, she knows what she’s good at, and she will stay up late just to finish an important project (v. 18)

7. She’s into crafts, interior design, and cooking. Or at least her Pinterest profile makes her look like she’s into all of those things! (v. 19)

8. She’s generous with her time, she’ll go out of her way to help someone in need, and she volunteers her time at church, the food kitchen, or at the homeless shelter (v. 20)

9. She has a great fashion sense, and she could totally have her own Etsy business if she wanted to (v. 22)

10. She’s confident enough in herself that she can face whatever the day brings with a smile (v. 25)

11. She only speaks when she has something worthwhile to say, and she always speaks with kindness and respect (v. 26)

12. Her relationship with God is her #1 priority, and her faith is something others greatly admire about her (v. 31)

When I read Proverbs 31 now, I don’t see an unrealistic, unattainable woman anymore. Instead, I see her as a kindred spirit.