FOCUS VERSES FOR THIS WEEK: PROVERBS 31:17, 25
Welcome to week 2 of the Rising Up Challenge where discovering the woman God created you to be is the biggest goal. If you have not read about or began week 1 of Rising Up, click here to read more details.
While focusing on Proverbs 31, there are several overwhelming concepts that can seem somewhat defeating as a woman of God. With week 2, there’s a simple step in boosting confidence in the woman God designed you to be.
Here’s a quick look at the chapter again from biblegateway.com with the focus verses for this week bolded for your reference:
[d] An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself[e] with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.[f]
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.
I know…it’s a LOT to take in. Fear not, sister! Simple steps like the ones presented in week 2 will not only help you develop as a woman of Christ, but having more confidence in yourself too.
Here’s the deal. I love yoga pants. I love leggings. I love my pajamas and wearing my husband’s t-shirts as often as I can. The thing is…I’m confident I look good in a sweet pair jeans. There’s something about a pair of pants with a button and pockets that helps kind of pull everything together. I’m not saying yoga pants don’t look good or make a girl feel confident, but when it’s 90% of your every day wardrobe it doesn’t do much. It becomes “normal.”
Now there’s nothing wrong with normal, but when I think of dressing myself with strength I automatically think of confidence. This verse, to me, simply means to have inward beauty with boldness, confidence, and strength on the inside and outside. Reflecting the light of Jesus means more than just serving others.
Here’s my challenge for week two. Being women of Christ means more than showing up to church and serving others. It means being confident, God fearing, brave women and it all starts with one thing: doing something appropriate that makes you feel and look good.
WEEK 2 CHALLENGE: PLAY DRESS UP
FOCUS VERSES: PROVERBS 31:17, 25
Here’s why I chose these verses:
- Both verses 17 and 25 explain having strength. Having this strength comes from having confidence in the Lord and helps show others where our strength comes from. It’s a good example of why we are different in the best ways because of Christ.
- It’s sort of like a reflection of Psalm 139:14 to me on being “fearfully and wonderfully made” in His image.
I feel like having confidence isn’t typically a “normal” quality for women to have today. With social media, photoshop, and the pressure of society all together, it’s kind of hard to believe you are strong and fearfully and wonderfully made when the person behind a screen you’re looking at has more “likes” on their picture than yours. It’s a natural response to just assume you aren’t as “good” as these other people when you’re not receiving the attention they are. Oh sister…if only you knew the attention God is giving you every second of every day. He’s not shouting from the roof tops how awesome you are or liking all of your photographs on Instagram, but He surely is your number one fan. You are one of His most perfect creations after all!
Dressing up a little helped me with the following:
- CONFIDENCE…I feel like I’ve said that word a ton, but goodness did it seriously improve!
- Helps you to feel mentally stronger and less lazy during the day
- Honors your body that the Lord blessed you with and shows you respect yourself
Now just like with my reasoning for week one, these are things that helped ME keep going. It could be a totally different scenario for you.
Choose ONE thing that helps you feel more confident. It doesn’t have to be dressing a little nicer. This is just want I chose for myself.
- Setting up your makeup right next to your toothbrush or curling iron/straightener to at least encourage a little bit of mascara in the morning if you’re normally not a makeup person.
- Getting up early continues
- Make sure you continue with Week 1’s challenge if it helped make a difference for you so you have enough time to do something that makes you feel confident first thing in the morning.
- Try to only wear your “comfy” or “lazy” clothes at the end of the day or when you workout.
- This was HARD for me because I practically live in workout clothes. If I’m not working out until the evening that day though, what’s the point? Look good, feel good.
- Have a fresh towel ready for washing your face or showering in the morning.
Obviously if you’re doing something besides dressing nicer for your confidence booster, a lot of these won’t work for you. Try to figure out what helps boost your confidence and go from there on how you can implement helpful tricks into your routine to get it done!
TIPS AND TRICKS
- write down a few things that make you feel good about yourself
- choose ONE thing that helps boost your confidence a little bit and come up with ways to make sure you get this confidence booster accomplished once a day
- HAVE GOALS (just like Week 1) and display them somewhere you can see them daily like your mirror in the bathroom, fridge, etc.
- I would also encourage you to post the weekly verse with your goals. You could even include Psalm 139:14!
- try styling your hair every other day (I try to curl it one day and do a cute up-do the next)
- choose clothes that make you FEEL good and LOOk good (don’t wear those jeans that you have to lay down to button…they won’t last all day)
- TAKE SELFIES AND PICTURES!
- I love pictures, but this is really something I truly encourage. Pick one that you think you look decent in and post it on social media if you’re feeling REALLY good. (Don’t forget to hashtag #risingupchallenge and explain why you’re posting this!)
Week 2 is a fun challenge to me and really helped me to see myself more the way that the Lord does. Have fun learning more about the woman God created you to be and boosting your confidence in yourself this week! Good luck this week and feel free to share in the comments how this week went, your own tips and tricks or goals, etc. Happy Week 2!