Proverbs 31 Mornings: 6 Ways to Start Your Morning as a Woman of God

If you grew up in church (or even if you didn’t), you’ve probably heard extensive exhortation on being a Proverbs 31 woman. Every Mother’s Day, that famous line, the one about her children arising and calling her blessed, makes it’s way to the front of Hallmark cards and sappy Facebook shoutouts. Proverbs 31 has become such a common passage that we regularly overlook it and try to find something less mainstream to reference. But it is mainstream for a reason. There are principles and wisdom that deserve examination and application to our daily lives.

Those of you who completed the 10 Day to Peace Challenge (Pssst, if you haven’t joined, there’s still time!) know that I am a big believer in starting your morning with intentionality. So here are 6 ways to start your morning with Proverbs 31 intentionality:

1. Rise Early (Before You Need To)

“She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household” – Proverbs 31:15, ESV

The Proverbs 31 woman gets a head start on her day. She rises early and starts getting things accomplish so that others can make the most of their day as well. To practice this in your life, get a head start on your day. Wake up before you’re required to and begin the morning well. Equip those around you to begin their mornings well. Make breakfast. Lay out your children’s clothes. Do whatever you can to ensure that the morning goes smoothly.

Rising early helps you start out with the upper hand, time. When you have time on your side, you are not racing from one demand to the next but are able to cultivate a day around your priorities.

2. Get to Work

“She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.” – Proverbs 31:13, ESV

Work with willing hands. We have been created to work. Even in the Garden of Eden, Mankind was given the task of caring for the land and animals. Stop treating your work as the enemy and start working with willing hands.

Set intentions for your day and start early. Seek out meaningful work to occupy your time. When we act like victims of our day, waking at the last possible minute, begrudgingly setting to work, we are setting ourselves up for failure. We are called to work and to work well. Get a head start and throw yourself completely into the tasks the Lord has given to you.

3. Be Willing to Search for the Best

“She considers a field and buys it; With the fruit of her hands she plans a vineyard.” – Proverbs 31:16

Piggy-backing off working hard, work hard with discernment. Don’t just throw yourself into any task, determine what is the best use of your time. Consider carefully the options before you and determine what will be the best option for your family. Then get to work and throw yourself into doing the hard labor of bringing your plan to fruition.

4. Remember the Poor

“She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out to the needy” – Proverbs 31:20, ESV

Right in the midst of a passage on what a virtuous woman looks like is this foundational statement. This woman, the Godly woman, is seeking out the needy and serving them with open hands. This isn’t an afterthought, it is a foundational part of her life.

Last year, a friend reminded me that when Jesus speaks of separating the sheep from the goats in Matthew 25, caring for others as unto the Lord Himself is foundational. Jesus doesn’t ask if their laundry was folded. He doesn’t ask how well the family room was decorated. He asks if they fed the hungry and clothed the naked. The Proverbs 31 woman does that. When you are starting out your day, intentionally think of ways you can reach out to those in need in your community.

Can you keep extra water bottles or bags of basic supplies in your car to hand out? What role does your church play in helping those in need and how can you join in? Is there an organization you can partner with to reach out to the people around you? Love INC is an amazing nationwide organization that I recommend looking into if you are unsure of where to start.

As a Christian, this is not an optional extra but needs to be a foundational part of your life. Taking a minute in the morning to pray for those in need and to ask the Lord to provide you with opportunities to serve is a great way to keep this priority a part of your life.

5. Know Where You Are Going

“She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet.” – Proverbs 31:21, ESV

Focus on the long-term needs of your family. Perceive what is to come and make a plan for how to care for it. Your daily works will often piece together this longterm plan. It takes conscious effort to draw your mind to the future and to prepare. Remember equally that, whatever comes, we are in the hands of a good God who will provide for our needs. We must steward the lives He has given us but, come what may, we can, “laugh at the time to come” (Proverbs 31:25, ESV).

6. Remember What Matters in Life

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.” – Proverbs 31:30-31, ESV

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge everyone’s favorite Proverbs 31 passage. But like I said earlier, it became these favorites are treasured for a reason. Few verses encapsulate the heart of the Christian woman more clearly.

The woman of God has her priorities in order. Above all else, she fears the Lord. This deep, abiding reverence for the Lord and His commands is the truest part of her life.

This is the center of being a Proverbs 31 woman, putting the Lord above all else and keeping our eyes fixed on His goodness. He is the anchor of our hope (Heb. 6:19) and the one who starts and brings to completion our faith (Heb. 12:2). So keep on, weary women. Keep pressing into the Savior. Keep savoring His goodness. And make this the very first and the most important part of your day. Before anything else, remember where you stand before God and seek after Him as a bride after her groom.

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  1. These are all so true and important. It’s definitely not always easy but it builds your strength even when you don’t realize it. Thanks for the reminders!

  2. I absolutely love your input on working with willing hands for the Lord. So often I look at work as a duty, instead of something the Lord has honored me with!

    Much love,
    Ashley | dearash.com

    • It is a hard perspective to keep because of the tainting of sin but it is so important to take captive our thoughts and remember what God intended. We are blessed.

  3. Fantastic read! I really enjoyed reading this! I do admit sometimes it’s really hard to accomplish all 6 steps, quite a struggle I’d say…but this post is a great reminder of God’s love and that He gives us strength! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Andrea, I’m right there with you! It is a struggle but He equips and guides us. So grateful for the strength He offers.

    • I am thinking I might need to make Proverbs 31 a first thing in the morning read for awhile! I need to soak in all the good reminders and realign my priorities.

  4. The waking up early out is going to be a struggle for me! Lol I really appreciate how you broke down this verse, I definitely have a better understanding now 🙂

    Nikki

  5. Thanks for this. #4 and #6 are the two I really appreciate being reminded of. We often take care of ourselves and our families but what about the poor? Thanks for sharing.

    • It was hard for me to write this because I was so convicted by that part of the chapter. How do I remember the poor? Really hoping I can incorporate this into my daily living more and more.

  6. You unpacked these verses so well, bailey! I really found this to be inspiring and help me see some of these verses in a new light. I’m sharing this to my personal FB for my girlfriends to read. Keep up the good work!

  7. I love that you said we don’t have to be victims to our day, but we can actually get up and take control of it. I’ve been easing my way into waking up early in the morning, it’s a struggle because I love sleep but it’s well worth the time spent with the Lord.

    • I’m glad to hear that resonated with you! It’s very important to me to focus on what God has given me to control. My time is one of those things but yet, I often act like a victim instead of the master of my day.

  8. I love these verses. I wake up and try to take the time to read my bible in the morning. It starts my day with peace of mind.

  9. These are all great standards to set for ourselves as women who follow Jesus. Thank you for sharing these verses and offering some encouragement and direction along with!

    • I would say it was my pleasure but this is one of the most convicting posts I’ve written. The Word of God speaks!

  10. Love all of these! This an awesome way to practically work towards being a P31 everyday. Waking up before my family for my quiet time with God and to get myself prepared for the day makes all the difference. And I absolutely loved when you said,”we act like victims of our day,” because this is so true and something that I have to actively fight against.

    • I am amazing by the difference rising early makes! It’s so dramatic. God’s truth is always good for us.

  11. This blog made me so happy! We do bible study at work, and we talked about Proverbs 31, and I love it so much! It gives me motivation and peace to get through the day, doing mundane things. Thank you for this, I’ll be rereading it often!

    • Jasmine, Your comments have been so encouraging to me! It’s amazing how God keeps nudging us with reminders.

  12. I loved your comment ” don’t act like a victim of your day.” Starting with an intention and GOds word before us will set us on the right path.

  13. Though not a Christian, I believe these principles are essential in all faiths, and to life in general. I make it a point to rise early and deal with the things that would otherwise drag me around all day. My children are involved in community service and we spend a lot of time discussing what is truly important in life. This is a fabulous post. Kudos.

  14. Love this! I remember growing up, my mom always used to keep care packets in the car. We had a large homeless population in our area and she would hand them out to people on the corner.

  15. I love this! I remember growing up my mom always had care packets in the car to hand out to people on the corner. It had like a water bottle, a tooth brush and a $5 gift card to McDonald’s.

    • Care packages in the car are such a great tool! They’re also a wonderful way to get kids involved in serving the less fortunate.

  16. I love this! I remember growing up my mom always had care packets in the car to hand out to people on the corner. It had like a water bottle, a tooth brush and a $5 gift card to McDonald’s.

  17. I must say that as someone who isn’t particularly religious, I loved this. It was a peaceful and meaningful read. In also reading it at 5:00am and I am motivated to get up and start my day (which I will once I have left this comment). I particularly like the part where you encouraged people to not be a victim of their day. Don’t think I could have put it better myself. Thank you ?

  18. Thankyou for taking the time to write ‘6 Habits of the Proverbs 31 Woman’
    am going to take heed.

  19. This was wonderful to read. It gave me quite a bit to reconsider in my own life. I will be sharing this with me church’s singles ministry. Good fd for thought.

  20. Number 4 really spoke to me! There have been times in my life when I needed a hand out, and my brothers & sisters in Christ were there to lift me up. I love the idea that you have to keep extra items in the car, so smart and what a way to love on someone at the right moment. My kids have even got in on it, giving up snacks from their school lunch for a lady they felt was in need. Thank you for this wonderful and needed reminder!

    • That is so wonderful. It’s amazing to hear the Body of Christ working together as it’s supposed it. Your children – what a precious display of childlike faith!

  21. Remember What Matters in Life
    “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Love, love, love!! One of my favorite books!

  22. Love #3 about working with discernment. I know that if I’m feeling burnt out, I haven’t accurately evaluated the purpose of my task – because even when a task is hard or takes a long time, I don’t often get burnt out if I’ve started and planned my task with appropriate discernment. Keeping an eye on the eternal perspective – point #5 – is a great tip!

  23. Wow this made my day. I immediately decided to change my group’s name to “Proverbs 31 Woman” we are meeting weekly and this made me think alot. We need to equip ourselves as woman of God according to the word and not according to our own standards. That is the reason we fail so much.May God continue to use you in this mega season.Keep on, moving forward do not stop with this.

    • This makes me so happy. We do indeed need to equip one another to walk in the ways of the Lord. Thank you so much for your encouragement.

    • I hope that, as school begins, you are able to set a consistent routine focused around the priorities given in Scripture.

  24. I agree, I think the Proverbs31 woman had become so mainstream that it’s easy to overlook what the Bible is actually saying about her. This is such an awesome breakdown and a great resource for a better understand of what God is trying to convey to us. Thank you so much for this explanation.

  25. Your last statement resonated with me the most, remember where you stand before God. Thank you for the reminder that spending time with our Heavenly Father should be our number one priority, not an afterthought.

    • Thank you for sharing, Laura. Too often, God is my afterthought but I strive daily to bring Him back to the center of my life.

    • While of course that is a wonderful morning, I ultimately chose to leave that out because that was not in this passage. I tried to incorporate a reminder to keep focused on the Lord as I do feel like that is a clear part of verses 30-31.

  26. The message is beautiful. It could only be improved upon by having an extra set of eyes to proof the grammar and punctuation. Thank you for sharing, breaking it down into six sections simplifies the process to becoming a 31 Proverbs woman.

    • Thank you, Kelly. I always have trouble editing my own work but do the best I can. Really appreciate your thoughts.

  27. Hi Bailey! Thank u for breaking the Proverbs 31 passage up & detailing it.. there is SO much in that passage. I have bin blessed with 4 wonderful children,ages 12,10,4&2.some days I feel more burnt out then blessed,but am always grateful for a New morning to start fresh.. I have a thyroid disease that leaves me very fatigued most days. So reading that encourages me & depresses me at the same time:( I have a desire to get things done,I will burst into my day & 2 hrs down I’m exhausted & unlike most ladies,I could rather prepare meals& care packets & love on the needy all day but orignizing & keep my House seems More of a duty then a blessing to be a part of my daily routine. Pray that I may have the energy & motivation to work with willing hands in my home instead of being a victim of my day( not to dread each task)but to get up with a joy & full of energy:)

  28. Thank you for these words to prompt us into action. Today is the first day of a new year, a new day to focus on Jesus first, then to serve others. Happy New Year, 2018!

  29. I love this because I never thought about Proverbs 31 in such a real life tangible way, where I can immediately take action on it. Thank you for sharing your perspective and these action steps!