Have you ever needed to read a book, but didn’t know you did? Pursuit of Proverbs 31 by Amy Bayliss was just such a book for me. I thought I had grasped the gist of Proverbs 31 long ago. Be a good wife, run the house excellently, train the children…
But I was treating that as the goal. Not the goal of being like the Proverbs 31 woman for the purpose of bringing glory to God and for ministry. I was setting the bar so high that there was no way I could reach it and I was pursuing that path out of obligation and duty. Not out of devotion to God and to honor my husband.
I also had in my mind exactly what being the Proverbs 31 woman would look like for myself. The house would be spotless. Dinner would always be served at just the right time, and I would always make what my husband prefers to eat. My children would always be well behaved and in nice clothes.
Real life would then rudely awaken my idyllic dreams with dinner not getting cooked fast enough, the living room looking like it should be declared a disaster zone, the laundry forgotten in the wash and me making spaghetti even though HubbaHubba really doesn’t like it much. I felt like a failure.
Amy Bayliss has helped to relieve me of the guilt of never seeming to measure up. She took Proverbs 31 exegeted it very well. I was very impressed with the fact that she took the time to outline the different Bibles available, and how to do an inductive study before getting to the meat of her book. She then took the time in each chapter to discuss what principles and meanings behind each part of the verse. There is so much more to being a Proverbs 31 woman than just doing everything that it says she does. It is pursuing God totally with your whole heart, seeking to honor your husband, raising your children and being responsible for it, managing the finances and keeping your house. But more than that, it is doing so for the right reasons. First and foremost we are to seek to honor and please God, and doing everything else with the proper motivation and attitude.
The section about hanging on to things because we might need them really hit me hard. I grew up living without, I married into a family that has a tendency to keep things they may need in the future and my husband is currently laid off. Yet hanging on to things because we “might” need them again someday is very wasteful. I had been feeling convicted of this sort of thing after the tornado last year, but this really hit home. It was termed planning to be broke. We aren’t planning that. I mean, who does. There are plenty of others who could use the stuff we should rid ourselves of. So this coming week is the start of a massive decluttering so we can bless others. That is just one way this book has impacted me.
I can highly suggest you get a copy of Amy Bayliss’ Pursuit of Proverbs 31 for yourself or for a gift for a woman in your life. It is the best book I have ever read on the subject (which believe me, I’ve read plenty).
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