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In Love, Kytia L’amour is a writer, performer, and photographer spreading God’s love in all art forms.
Reaching out to young women and sharing her story is what keeps her heart beating for Christ.
It’s one thing to be excited about aspiring to be a woman of valor.
It’s a completely different matter to actually be one, and to attempt to raise one up.
However, I was unaware that this passage was being handed out during my high school and college years as a job description to my non-Catholic female peers and as a shopping list for my male counterparts.
I eventually figured out that the woman of Proverbs 31 was the source of spiritual frustration through conversations punctuated by heavy sighs and numerous eye rolls.
Someone had finally put into words the original emotional response that I felt when I first discovered the description of this woman – that this was an accolade, not some formula for being the perfect Christian woman.
I could openly embrace scripture that I previously felt obligated to wrestle with.
Everything else, every other piece of character or wisdom or strength flows forth from the way in which this woman relates to God.
And now my daughter is here, and my tattoo is complete, and I am still mulling over what it really means to be a woman of valor, and for my husband and me to raise up this child to be a woman who is one.
It’s a daunting task, and one that is puzzling at times.
The reality is that this passage is an acrostic poem tacked to the end of an entire book that instructs in the ways of wisdom.
When I sit with this piece of scripture and dwell on it, I find myself clinging to the second to last verse, “a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs begins with the assertion that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,” and here it ends with a similar declaration following the description of the eshet chayil.