What does it mean to be virtuous? This is something I have wondered since I was very young, about 12 years old. One of my favorite movies, The Legend of Johnny Lingo, mentioned it in a scene and since then I have wondered what it meant to be virtuous.
In the scene a king from a small island in the south Pacific travels to another island in search for his one true love. Upon arriving on the island all of the island women are gathered to be presented to him during a big feast. As each woman is brought to the king the queen and king of that island make commentary about the women.
The prettiest girl on the island was presented, and the commentary about her was “Although she may be pretty, virtuous she is not”. I thought, why wouldn’t he marry her? She is the most pretty girl there.
That’s where I lacked the understanding of the meaning virtuous, and the necessity for a woman to be virtuous.
I would say that our current society definitely lacks what I once did. The meaning of being virtuous, and understanding the necessity of virtuous women. I am by no means the perfect woman, and I also do not think that the two are even the same. Being virtuous is definitely obtainable though.
In my life search of figuring out how to be who I want to be, being a woman of faith, and being virtuous all together as one person I really began to think what I could read, practice, and pull examples from to really set a solid foundation for myself to build off of. So I thought of women in my life who have exemplified all of those things. I thought of the “proverbs 31 woman”. I also found books written by strong and faithful women to add to the list of books I need to read.
In the last week I have dedicated a lot of time to reading the book of Proverbs, especially Proverbs 31. The Proverbs 31 woman is the Holy grail of biblical femininity, our scripture superwoman, and a profound sketch of a Godly honorable and virtuous woman.
virtuousadjective vir·tu·ous \ˈvər-chə-wəs, ˈvərch-wəs\
: morally good : having or showing virtue
Here are the 10 virtues of the Proverbs 31 woman, and my take on each.
Faith – A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. She seeks to strengthen her relationship with God, and is unashamed of proclaiming his righteousness to those around her.
Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband and their marriage in all aspects. She has true, honest, and good intentions for her husband at all times. She is trustworthy, fulfilling, loving in all the good times and especially in the bad times.
Mothering – A Virtuous Woman loves and protects her children under all circumstances. She teaches her children the ways of The Lord. She is a nurturer always offering love, a disciplinary with care and wisdom, and a roll model who not only teaches the right ways of life but shows them in all ways.
Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for herself and her body always nourishing it. A virtuous woman also cares for her mental health equally.
Service – A Virtuous Woman serves those around her, her husband, family, friends, and neighbors with a good, loving, and willful spirit. It is always better to give than to receive. When those around you are cared for and happy serving them is at no cost. Nothing can compare.
Finances – A Virtuous Woman makes wise purchases.
Industry – A Virtuous Woman can complete all tasks. She gets all tasks done for the greater cause, not for selfish reasons.
Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates a living environment full of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to to share what she has with those she loves.
Time – A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She also dedicates time for family, faith, and fun.
Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of great beauty. She has the kind of inner beauty that makes the outside beauty second. She creates beauty in her own life and the lives of her loved ones and the people around her.
Proverbs 31: 25-28
Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
♡ B. Tehani LaRue