I didn't used to be. As a 20-something young woman without a home to 'make,' no husband to 'do good and not evil' toward and no children to groom in hopes they'd 'rise up and call (me) blessed,' I was more than a little annoyed with her. She seemed just one more stifling example of biblical womanhood--one that required a home and a family in order to really be all God intended for me. And then one day I got a new perspective of her.
Now, I think she's included in scripture to let women know the many possibilities and opportunities our lives can hold; a life that encompasses caring and creativity and career and community.
I know there are a lot of other fans out there as well. Many of you have blogs inspired by her or write posts in acknowledgment of her. I poke around cyberspace the best I can to find what's out there, but I'm sure I'm missing a lot.
So, I'm launching Ruby Tuesdays ("her worth is far above Rubies..."). If you have a P31 blog, or make a P31-inspired post on a Tuesday, you're invited to add your link to Mr. Linky so others like me can find you too. Grab the code for the button and post it on your blog as well to invite your readers to check out the goings-on. (A P31 post can be anything related to something mentioned in Proverbs 31: cooking, crafting, gardening, working from home, serving (your family or the community), child-raising, husband-encouraging...just about anything most of you are already doing!)
Then come back every Tuesday to see what Proverbs 31 women around the blogosphere are up to.
And to get us off to a good start, I'll be giving away a copy of a great new book on the topic. (My very first giveaway!) Donna Partow's "Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be" is a 90-day devotional journey on the quest to find your inner gem. If you'd like to win, leave a comment here. You get a second entry if you mention Ruby Tuesdays on your blog and link back here. I'll leave it open for a week and announce the winner here next Tuesday.
I hope you're as excited as I am about seeing what other women are doing on the journey to being a 'real gem.'