Ladies, it’s that time – our last week studying biblical beauty together. I hope you have had as much fun and have learned as much as I have over the past six weeks! It has been a blast and a blessing!
I know you are wondering about the logistics of ending the study and receiving your Beauty by the Book charm. Don’t worry – I’ll cover all of that at the end of this post. For now though, let’s not rush to the end too quickly. There’s a lot of wisdom in this week’s lesson, so let’s give it the attention it deserves!
Week Six Video: The Ideal Woman
I think Laurie saved the best for last, don’t you? I loved studying the Ideal Woman this week, and I walked away feeling encouraged instead of intimidated (which is how I used to feel when P31 was mentioned!) I’m almost sad to say it, but it’s time for us to watch our last video together! Let’s savor the moment and hear Laurie teach us our final lesson on becoming biblically beautiful women! (Click one of the images below for this week’s FREE online video lesson).
Beauty by the Book: Week Six (The Ideal Woman) – Listening Guide: Pg. 129
Beauty by the Book for Teens: Week Five (The Captivating Woman) – Listening Guide: Pg. 125
Confession time: There was a time when I was not fond of the P31 Woman. Not one little bit. Any time someone said, “Let’s turn to Proverbs, chapter 31,” I found myself doing the Christian-version of rolling my eyes: you know, the nostril flair. (Don’t look at me like you don’t know what I’m talking about. It’s that ever-so-subtle flair of the nostrils that sometimes occurs when you’re trying to be holy and righteous and not roll your eyes in church – and you know you’ve done it before too!)
It wasn’t until I stumbled across a book by Nancy Kennedy several years ago that my attitude began to change. The title of the book says it all: Help, I’m Being Intimidated by the Proverbs Thirty-One Woman: My Battles with a Role Model Who’s Larger than Life.
The good news is that this book is out of print, so you can probably find some copies for uber-cheap online or at used book stores. The great news is that Nancy has an updated version of this wonder-book available with a new cover and a new name: When Perfect Isn’t Enough: How I Conquered My Fear of the Proverbs 31 Woman. If you want an honest, and hilarious, look at “Mrs. P,” I highly recommend this book! Just check out this excerpt from the Introduction:
Dear Mrs. Proverbs Thirty-One Woman,
I must confess, I never really thought much about you until recently. To be honest, I’ve always tried to avoid you. Please don’t take this personally – I’m sure you’re a lovely woman. I mean, your husband praises you, and your children rise up and call you blessed, and all…
What I want to know is, how do you do it?…
Frankly, I find your list of daily activities rather intimidating. I wish I could do everything you do (with the exception of holding a distaff and grasping a spindle – mainly because I don’t know what they are), but I don’t see how I could possibly squeeze one more thing into my already busy schedule…
We should really get together someday. Perhaps on a day when you’re not out selecting wool and flax…
Maybe you could give me some tips…
But, while Nancy’s book helped me come to a point where I could finally read P31 without flaring my nostrils, this week’s lesson took my relationship with Mrs. P to a whole new level. Before now, it never sunk in that P31 is a panoramic view of one woman’s life – not a summary of her day! Praise God, there’s hope for me yet!
My goal is no longer to have the perfect Proverbs 31 day – a day in which I rise before dawn, run myself crazy with activity, and don’t let my head touch the pillow until I’ve had quality time with my husband, my kids and God. I am now repeating Laurie’s mantra over and over again in my head – I. Am. Becoming.
One day may look completely different from another. There will be times when I turn on the TV for the kids so I can get work done. But there will also be times when I blow off work for a day and take my kids to the zoo instead. There may be days when I’m doing good to spend five minutes with God. But there will be other times when I escape for a weekend retreat to renew and refresh my soul.
Everything the Proverbs 31 Woman is and does is important. But it doesn’t all have to be done each day. The goal is to have a P31 life! And that, with God’s help, we can do!
In the comments, answer one or more of the following discussion questions: (Remember, answer a “Let’s Chat” question every week and you’ll receive a beautiful Beauty by the Book charm at the end of our study!)
- Whether you’re a Messie or a Cleanie, how did God speak to you about the condition of your house through your study?
- If you still live with your parents, what are you doing today to help around your home? What homekeeping skills do you need to learn and practice in order to take care of your own home someday?
- If you run your own home now, what changes do you need to make to become a Successful Average Housekeeper?
- In this season of your life, who is God primarily calling you to reach and teach?
- What are some practical, everyday ways you can minister to those outside your family in word and deed?
How to receive your Beauty by the Book charm:
- Be sure you have answered at least one “Let’s Chat” question in the comments of each week’s post. (We’re working on the honor system here. You’ve just spent six weeks studying biblical beauty; I’m going to trust you on this one!)
- Click here to take our anonymous online survey so we can consider your feedback when planning future studies.
- When you have done the two steps above, email me (email@example.com) with the following:
- Subject of email: online study
- Your first name, last name and home address. (This is where we will mail your charm).
- (Optional) A two- or three-sentence endorsement about Beauty by the Book or Beauty by the Book for Teens that we could use in future promotional materials. (please specify which study).
Important: I must receive your information by March 31, 2012 in order for you to receive your charm. I know some of you are behind by a few weeks and that’s okay. But for logistical purposes, we have to have a deadline. (Please allow a few weeks to receive your charm.)
Thank you, thank you for joining me on this journey towards biblical beauty! I feel like all of us have learned so much and have grown much closer over the past few weeks! I know we’ll do another online study [sometime] in the future, but you ladies will always hold a special place in my heart as the members of our very first Glo Girl Blog online small group! I wish I could hug each of you in person!
But remember, just because this study is over doesn’t mean you need to be a stranger! We have some more exciting things coming up in March on the Glo Girl Blog including a five-week Front Porch Friday video series that Laurie is starting this Friday called, If I’d Known Then, and an original series I’ll be announcing on Thursday called, Going to the Mountains.
Don’t let your journey towards biblical beauty stop just because this study is over. We want to continue to encourage and equip you to give God glory and priority in your everyday life – right here on the Glo Girl Blog! Love you girls!