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Proverbs 31:25

Proverbs 31:25 She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs at the days to come.

I chose the second half of this verse from Proverbs as the title for this blog for two reasons: 1) using the entire verse would make for an impractical title and 2) at this time in my life, I really need to be reminded to laugh at the days to come.

I love this verse because it speaks of a woman who embodies qualities that are lacking in today’s general society*: strength, dignity, modesty and trust.  I could go into specific detail regarding each of these, but I will try to keep things short and simple.

I am blessed to know men and women of strength, not physical but spiritual: people who have a backbone and are not afraid to stand up for the Truth in these days where relativism runs rampant.  But every day we see people fold under pressure to accommodate those whose beliefs contradict the Truth so as not to offend.  Where is the strength in that?

I learned at an early age to appreciate the dignity of all human life.  The challenge now is living my life with dignity.  Every where I turn I see attacks on the dignity of the human person, ranging from abortion to disrespectful speech.  For the last year or so, I have been scratching the surface of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.  I was thrilled to find my convictions were supported by what I was learning, though my convictions are only a small fraction of vast richness of the Theology of the Body.  The more I learn, the more I am invigorated to remind those around me of the dignity of all life.

Modesty is not an easy topic.  There are so many opinions and variables when it comes to what is modest and what is not.  This verse reminds us that modesty is more than physical clothing.  We are to be clothed in strength and dignity.  There is a lot to be said in how one carries oneself.  In the modesty debates, we should not only be concerned with the styles and fashions we put on, but also the virtues that clothe us.

And finally, trust.  This is the part that I struggle with the most.   I admit it: I am an over-analyzer.  I worry and fret about many decisions or situations, real or hypothetical, though not to a point that it hinders my everyday life (unless there is a tornado watch).  Learning to laugh at the days to come has stretched me beyond what I thought possible.  It requires a lot from me.  I have to give up control of the future and submit to God’s plan.  I have to surrender my dreams and wishes, trusting and hoping that God’s will for my life is more that I could ever imagine.  I have to live in the present moment clinging to the promises of God (Psalm 37).

Again, so much of this is contrary to what secular society teaches: living IN the moment not FOR the moment; trusting in God, not ourselves; having hope that is founded in Truth with a capital T, not hope in empty promises that some have the audacity to believe in; and that is what I love about this verse.  Being Catholic has taught me to embrace the paradox and mystery of our Faith.

Even though Proverbs 31:25 is only a small portion of the Christian life, it has been a major influence in my life.  I try to keep this in the forefront of my mind, but am in need of reminding now and again.  The name of this blog will no doubt serve as a reminder to me and hopefully you as well, reader, to live each day clothed in strength and dignity and laughing at days to come!

*Disclaimer: I am speaking of mainstream society.  I know there are many who are also striving to attain these basic Christian virtues, but society as a whole leans toward the immmoral.)

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Rach permalink
    January 15, 2012 11:44 pm

    Hi there!

    Love everything you put in here, especially this part: “But every day we see people fold under pressure to accommodate those whose beliefs contradict the Truth so as not to offend. Where is the strength in that?”

    I think it’s awesome that you’re also a dancer. I’m wondering if you have any YouTube videos or could recommend any that show your style of dance? I’ve always loved dance and wish we had some traditional dances here in Iowa (lol!). I have a lot of foreign exchange friends from Europe and Africa and they all have their own traditional dances. I’m a bit jealous :)

    Anyway, thanks and I love the purpose of the blog!
    -Rach

  2. April 13, 2012 4:56 pm

    We love JPIIs TOB. It’s the foundation and basis for our marriage. We also LOVE Proverbs 31. I strive everyday in my marriage as a wife and now Mom (our daughter is 3 months old) to be that Proverbs 31 wife. My DH used Proverbs 31 (and Proverbs 31:25 in particular) when he proposed. It is very special to us.

  3. Chris permalink
    March 4, 2013 1:15 pm

    This was my scripture for today and as I searched for more commentarty on this scripture…it brought me to this blog site! Not only did you speak to so much of my heart with above, but you are none the less catholic…thanks be to God…me too! I love scripture and it has helped for me to walk with purpose in my journey as a woman…even though I too struggle with much of what you mentioned above.

  4. melissa permalink
    January 27, 2015 5:22 pm

    I am Jewish and most definitely libereal but I LOVE your comments and find great strenth and Truth in Psalms. You may not know of a tradition on the eve of each Sabbath that a man says A Woman Of Valor to his wife? I think you would like it. I think with any illness like Lupus, we must learn to laugh at days to come. And as long as we are willing to think and confront and listen and study and appreciate and care for our bodies- we will be able to. Best of luck

  5. January 30, 2015 6:39 pm

    I love this positive statement! Encourages us to think in a new healthy way! God’s word has such Rhema as we meditate on its truth and application to our lives!

  6. Dixie Bagwell permalink
    February 10, 2015 12:53 pm

    Thank you for your blog. Tho our physical & life struggles are different, we must keep on striving for the prize at the end of our journey. Inspiration, and encouragement to those who have just started a sometimes painful climb.
    Each day brings it’s new challenges. As we look to God , he gives the strength & fortitude
    To. Smile & remember who’s in control. May God Richly Bless You !

  7. February 16, 2015 3:12 pm

    Well said

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