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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Proverbs 31 Women Have No Thorns

By Kathryn Lang

Becoming a Proverbs 31 woman means that I have to
find a way to get it better than Paul got it. Sure, he may have written
a large portion of the bible. Paul may have spread the news of Jesus
Christ all over the known world. But Paul couldn't handle something as
simple as a splinter the way the Proverbs 31 woman handled it.

Paul
talks about a thorn in his side and scholars have debated over what it
might be for years - probably even since he first wrote it. Tonight I
think I uncovered what it was. It was a thorn ;). It was an irritant
that if left alone would just fester, get infected and cause more
trouble than should be possible.

The Proverbs 31 woman had no
thorns or if she did she simply removed them and then cleansed the area
where the thorns were located. It seems rather obvious that Paul either
left the thorn alone and tried to ignore it or else he simply kept
getting back into the same sticker bush time and again.

I faced
my thorn tonight. It was just a minor irritant, but I can see how it
could get bigger if left to its own devices. The idea of it being a
thorn didn't even cross my mind until I was recounting the evening to a
good friend.

After I said the words "it's just a thorn" I began
to think about how my son's splinter got infected because he left it
alone and now he's having trouble bending his thumb. At the same time
his brother let us pull the thorn out of his hand that he had gotten
and then that brother just washed the spot and it's fine.

Ways the Proverbs 31 Woman Stays Thorn Free


Being a Proverbs 31 woman means rising before sunrise which give you
plenty of time to spend with God. Time with God means it is easier to
hear directions and avoid the thorns in the first place.

• The
Proverbs 31 woman was always busy doing something for God. Spending
time doing the things that are suppose to be done means there is no
time to do the things that shouldn't be done (which is where you will
find the thorns most of the time anyway).

• It takes wisdom and
understanding to know how to deal with thorns and the Proverbs 31 woman
has more than enough of that to go around.

Avoiding thorns is not
always possible, but the Proverbs 31 woman is proof that with the right
words and the right understanding it is possible to get rid of any
thorns that you do encounter and live thorn free.

Kathryn Lang is a freelance writer working for several companies around the globe. You can view some of her links at http://www.kathrynlang.com. She also has a website with tips, stories and suggestions for living a Proverbs 31 life at http://www.proverbs31life.com


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