She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25
As I have thought and prayed about my verse this week, I have spent a lot of time examining myself as a Proverbs 31 woman. Through the grace of God, He has brought me a long way in the past few years. While I have always considered myself to be a strong woman of high character and integrity, I cannot say that I have always been a woman of spiritual strength, which is the kind of strength I believe Proverbs 31:25 describes. This kind of strength can be only be cultivated by God in a surrendered heart. It develops when we accept by faith that He is our only source of strength and that in our own flesh, we are weak….very weak.
I would be less than honest if I did not confess that in retrospect, I made a lot of poor choices that seemed right at the time, but were rooted in pride and un-forgiveness. I thought I was strong, but in reality, I was weak; too weak to let go and trust God. I would also be less than honest if I said that I did not still feel guilt and to some extent grief over these choices and the loss they caused. I now realize that my choices have forever affected those that I love. I cannot change the past or un-do the hurt, but I can accept God’s grace and forgiveness and allow Him to mold me into the woman He created me to be.
This present season of my life is truly such a gift and an answered prayer. God has given me three grand babies that fill my heart with such indescribable joy. As I watch these young families just starting out, my heart is so full for them! I know the beautiful gift and blessing that God intended marriage and family to be and I pray for them that they are able to receive all that God has planned for them.
As I watch my daughter in her role as wife and mother, I am honored to be her mother and so thankful that God is working in me so that I can better minister to my daughter; so that I can be a better example of a Godly wife and mother. My heart’s desire is to teach my daughter that spiritual strength equips you to realize the impact of your every day choices and to never sacrifice your future on the altar of the present. I wish that I could say that my daughter had the mother growing up that I try to be for her today, but I am thankful that as my daughter grows in her role as wife and mother, I am here for her now as the woman God is creating me to be.
God’s goodness is abundant and He has abundantly blessed me with a daughter-in-law and a bonus daughter who are also new mothers. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of their lives and I aspire to be for them a woman of strength and dignity; a woman who loves them and pours into them all the love, compassion, kindness and Godly wisdom that God has so generously poured into me. I pray these three beautiful and amazing young women discover the gift that God has reserved just for them…the honor and privilege of being a Proverbs 31 woman; a woman of strength and dignity.
God is so good! He redeems all that is lost when we repent and give our hearts to him. He makes all thing new. My family now looks different; it is a blended growing family. I thank God for teaching me that strength and honor in the present promises joy and peace in the future. I can laugh without fear of the future because I know my God has my future in His hands. ~ Tracey
I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God, for He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10
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Tracey McDonald is a wife, mother and Mia to three precious little grand baby blessings. She enjoys all things creative; writing, crafting, painting and journaling. She has a heart for prayer; particularly praying for women, children and families. She is a former nurse and practicing attorney; but her most worthy job is serving God by loving others. Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.