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More Precious than Rubies

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Welcome to day two of the Proverbs 31 Prayer Challenge! Today we’re looking at and praying Proverbs 31:10. I want you to know that God loves you so much. His word says you are more precious than rubies!

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Proverbs 31 Prayer Challenge: Day 1

This 21 Day Proverbs 31 Prayer Challenge is based on my post: Praying through Proverbs 31.

Today’s prayer challenge: Proverbs 31:10

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You tell us in Your Word that a virtuous woman is hard to find. and that her worth is more precious than rubies. Lord, today I ask that you mold me into the woman you would have me to be. 

Let me find my worth in you and not the things of this world. Thank you for your everlasting love.

Amen.

More Precious than Rubies

I’m not sure why I felt unworthy. It began when I was a little girl, that feeling that I wasn’t quite good enough. It was probably a combination of things:

  • I was extremely shy (social anxiety)
  • I struggled to make friends
  • kids at school picked on me / bullied me

Later, as I entered the preteen years, I didn’t feel pretty. But it was more than that. I felt ugly. I hated myself. I looked in the mirror and I felt grotesque. I wanted so much to be accepted, liked… pretty.

To the point where, even to this day I struggle with feeling like I should apologize when people have to look at me.

It’s funny because lately, in the last year or two, I’ve begun to wonder if the way I saw myself, was distorted. As we sat looking at old photos from my childhood, my daughter brought to my attention: “Mom, I don’t see any photos of you with really bad skin.”

Now, to be fair, there aren’t a lot of photos of me when I was young because back in those days we didn’t have a good camera and film was expensive.

I had really bad skin. In fact, I’ve struggled my entire life with acne and boils on my face. It began about the time I turned 12. My mom took me to the dermatologist because my skin was so bad and I’m sure it was affecting my already fragile view of myself. But nothing helped. I still bad skin.

But was it as bad as I believed?

Probably not.

At the age of 44, I’m just now beginning to realize that I’ve believed so many lies about myself for most of my life.

To this day, I often feel embarrassed that people even have to look at me. And even deeper than that, I still struggle from time to time with feelings of unworthiness and shame.

The truth is I am worthy of love.

And so are you.

I don’t know what lies you’ve believed about yourself, or why. But I know the lies the enemy wants us to believe can destroy us.

You are more precious than rubies. God’s Word says so.

As you pray today, ask God to show you what lies you’ve believed and replace them with truth.

Replacing Lies with Truth

Here are some lies we believe and the truth from God’s Word.

  • Lie: God is good but not to me.
  • Truth: He is good to me.

“The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.” Psalm 145:9

  • Lie: I am not worthy of love.
  • Truth: I am worthy of love.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6,7

  • Lie: I feel like a failure.
  • Truth: I claim victory in Jesus.

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57

  • Lie: My sins are too bad to be forgiven.
  • Truth: God is faithful to forgive me.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

She is a Virtuous Woman.

What does it really mean to be a Proverbs 31 woman in our modern day?

A virtuous woman recognizes that her worth is found in Christ. She is virtuous not because of her own good works, but because of the work Jesus did on the cross.

Jesus came and lived the perfect life, free of sin, so that you, in your brokenness, could be made whole through Him.

God sees you. He loves you. He wants to have a relationship with you. You can trust His Word. So today, I want you to remember, you are more precious than rubies.

And you are very, very loved.

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5 Comments

  1. I think you are a very lovely person, beautiful and your blog shows you are beautiful on the inside also. God always does great work and you are a masterpiece of his work. Thank you for your blog and thankful I found it :)
  2. Dear Melissa, Thank you for this Proverbs 31 challange. I look forward to the journey. It's a funny thing about the "truths" we see in ourselves. The "old tapes" we have repeated over and over to ourselves, to others, about ourselves. Those "truths" grow and become reality. So, if this can happen with those "truths" that we have told ourselves over the years, and now we realize they may NOT have been true, then it stands tor reason that if we keep repeating our new truth, keep telling it to ourselves and others, then that too will become our new reality, our new story about ourselves. It will become who we are. I pray you have a new truth for yourself, one that does not say your are ugly, one that does not say you are worthless and a burden for others eyes. I think the truth is that you are beautiful, you bare your soul and your feelings, even if they are hard to bare. This paves the way for me and others, you lead by example. Thank you!
  3. I enjoy the blog, it was very encouraging. Thank you for reassuring me that I 'am loved by God. May God continue to bless you and yours.

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