Single, Christian women should not aspire to be like the Proverbs 31 woman who the Bible portrays as someone who has and can do it all because she is just not realistic, says South Carolina-based blogger Lauren Oquist.
Oquist, who works as a copywriter for NewSpring Church, admits that she “cringes” each time she hears someone say they want to be just like the woman described in the Bible. But her frustration is based on the misunderstanding that a woman’s standards should be found in a person and not Jesus.
“This hypothetical woman in Proverbs 31 is skillful in everything. According to the chapter, she wakes up super early, has great biceps, buys property, wears a lot of purple, cares for her kids, cares for the poor, keeps her home warm at night and doesn’t eat carbs,” Oquist writes in Relevant Magazine. “Maybe you, like me, read this passage and think to yourself, ‘well sheesh is every woman supposed to try and fit this mold?'”
While Oquist establishes that she believes in the Bible and “actively” tries “to do what it says,” she wonders if women who hire nannies to care for their children or those who cannot cook, sew or do not even want to get married are living in sin because they are not living up to the Proverbs 31 woman.
Yes! Now ‘woman up’ and learn some traditional feminine skills!
And character traits, e.g. humility, not placing yourself above God’s Word, that kind of thing…