As I read these words I think to myself, “I wish that was me…” My heart aches as I count the many times and areas in my life in which I have failed. At times, I feel clothed in fault and lowliness rather than strength and dignity. What is meant to be a verse of encouragement and persuasion, leaves me feeling discouraged and disheartened. I find that these feelings usually come at the times when I am struggling with self-worth and trusting other things/people to define my identity, rather the One who created me. I feel this is especially hard for mothers, as we tend to put our entire value in the little hands of our children as if it is their responsibility. If the household is at its best, then we must be at our best. Well, at least that’s how we feel. If I am having a frustrating day, the house will reflect my mood, as well as the children.
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She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.
Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her:
“There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”
The moment when I pause, take a dispassionate look at myself and pray these words over my life, I am reminded of God’s grace and that it is never too late…
It is never too late to value yourself.
It is never too late to self-start.
It is never too late to be patient.
It is never too late to set goals.
It is never too late to forgive yourself.
It is never too late to learn and to grow.
It is never too late to better yourself.
It is never too late to let God in and immerse you with His love, His truth, and His mercies.
So when I read this verse, this is how I will read it next time:
I will choose to be clothed in strength and dignity as I put on the armor of God every morning. I will choose joy, so I can laugh without fear of the future.
When I speak, I will only speak life giving words and seek wisdom. I will be kind in all I do.
I will bless my children, I will praise my husband, so that I will too, be blessed and praised.