Thursday, February 17, 2011

P31W: All the Days of Her Life

Here is my favorite, but most challenging verse in Proverbs 31.

Proverbs 31:13 "She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life."

I hear the groans. I know, I know, I'm single too. So what's the application to this verse? No Mr. so I can't really do him good yet. Ah, I don't think that is true. We can either put the focus of the verse on the "doing him good and not evil" or on the "all the days of her life."

For me, in the manless-high-school-aged state that I am in the emphasis on this verse is the "all the days of her life." It doesn't say, "All the days of her life from the second she is kissed at the alter". Its simply "all".

Did you know that you are in a battle? Yes, that's right! A battle! An enemy is on every side and they want to steal the good things that God has given you. They want to take your innocence, your love, your integrity and your heart. And we are called to prepare ourselves to fight. Ephesians 6:13 says, "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." Being in Christ does not give us a right to passively float through life - we'll get into lots of trouble if we do that. If we want to be a P31W then we must be ready to fight for the things that God has given us as precious gifts to give to our husbands one day. I believe with all my heart that one of the number one things Satan wants to destroy is marriages because they are perfect pictures of what Christ has done for His people (which maybe I'll post about eventually).

So what does this battle have to do with "all the days of her life"? That spiritual battle we are in will benefit us for the rest of our lives. If you were to be captured in battle now, think of what it would do to the rest of your life. You'll have scars, wounds, memories and it will take you a very long time to heal, if you do. So this battle to keep those marriage gifts is doing our husbands good. First of all, we will be saving those things for them (and I'm talking about more than virginity people), and we will be preparing ourselves to be the woman that we need to be for them.

If we think that little things in our life don't affect the scheme of things, we're wrong. They do! Like in a car - going 60mph, the smallest jerk of the wheel can send a vehicle somersaulting.

This fight will benefit our husbands. If we persevere through this battle our husbands will be blessed and we do them good! Hey, that's cool to think about. Not only will we experience rewards in heaven - which will be greater than anything on earth - but we will see the fruit of our efforts here on earth.

So this thought raises a question: How is it possible to do good for a man we very likely haven't even met yet?

Let's start with a list and then the next few (or many) post can get into those a little deeper.

-Sexual Abstinence (Pretty basic.)
-Spiritual Devotion (Something that will affect and reward every area of our lives, but I can't see how anything will benefit our husbands more than us finding our own value and satisfaction in Christ. Talk about a P31W!)
-Emotional Health (Or purity, whatever - this is a biggy for me and all you P31Ws out there. This goes so much deeper than any of can imagine.)
-Mental Protection (Guarding our so impressionable minds from what the world has to offer.)

And yeah, those hit a LOT of areas, and I won't do them justice, but I'm hoping that I will be able to help you look at this time in our lives differently. I know my view has been changed, and I'm so glad. I'm glad that I'm a man-less chick because there are so many of these things that I still don't understand.

Okay, I'm getting so excited about the next posts. Stick with me here! I'm going to have to try and cut these short, because I don't want them to be too long!


Kirstin said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the P31W posts! They have definitely changed my ways of thinking about some subjects! I'm always looking forward to them! :D

Anna Rentfro said...

Hey Ashley!
A couple people have posted the link to your blog on facebook over the past few weeks, so i decided to check it out! You are a really gifted writer! these P31W post are really inspiring! It's really neat to see teenagers on fire for Jesus like the kids are at UCA! These posts are really truly amazing!!!

Ashley said...

@Kirstin: Yay! Thanks that is so encouraging!

@Anna: Wow! Really? That is way cool that the word is getting out about my blog! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading and commenting (I <3 comments!!)!! I checked out your blog! It's awesome! Keep it up!