This is the Proverbs 31 woman:
10Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
31Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
And this is the Titus 2 wife:
3The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Honestly, the Titus 2 wife is a lot less overwhelming than the Proverbs 31 woman. Maybe because it is shorter or maybe because she doesn't seem quite as perfect. So here it is, our role as a wife and a mother in a nut shell- love them, teach them to be Godly people, and be faithful to your spouse with all your heart and soul. There you go. I summed it up right? Well actually no. We are supposed to be the keeper of our homes, honor our husbands, honor God, love our children, raise them as Godly people, be wise, be modest, be obedient, be discrete, not bring reproach on ourselves or our families, and we aren't supposed to gossip. Well there goes about 3 of those I am not off the top of my head. I am not wise, I try to be obedient but that one is really tough, and let's face it I love a good piece of gossip. And I truly think that they Proverbs 31 woman is a woman over her lifetime. I think it is supposed to be what we strive for in our lifetime not all at once whereas the Titus 2 wife is supposed to be all these things at once. Although the older woman is to teach the younger women how to do all of this. And in all of this we are supposed to be ourselves and true to God. I think this is why it is so hard. We have to learn to be Godly within ourselves without becoming cookie cutter versions of these women. I'm sorry but I would hate to be a Stepford Wife. That is just a scary prospect to me. I want to be the woman God wants me to be without be identical to someone else.
Do you struggle with being all of these things? What is the hardest thing that you struggle with?