The Five P’s of a Proverbs 31 Woman

There are two characteristics of a Proverbs 31 woman that I tend to hear all the time: she is married and she has money.

While that may be true, there’s more to her that many people overlook.

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For example, she makes mindful decisions with her time and money. That’s something you can do right now whether you’re married or not.

Another thing is that she is a believer of the Most High, which is something you can do no matter what your marital or financial status may be.

But she does a few other things with her faith and wealth that you can do right now. So, let’s check out what they are...

1. Pray

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Because she is a woman of faith, you have to assume she does this quite often. And this is the most important step that should not just be done at the beginning when you need help. And it shouldn’t be done alone without no follow-up action. I’ve said this before but it’s worth repeating “Faith without works is dead.” We’ll go over the “works” part in the next steps.

In the meantime, ask the Lord to guide your steps throughout the process because it won’t be easy to change your mind from coming from a place of “I need it now” to “I have what I need.”  Your mind and faith have to be right in order for your money to be right.  One does not work without the other.

2. Prepare

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If you think that prayer alone is going to help you become the Proverbs 31 type of woman, think again.  Remember this: if you want to be successful at anything, it requires a plan.  

So, let’s do this exercise really quick.  If you needed to make $100 in one day, do you have a plan for it?  If not, now is the time to tap into your creative genius and use your gifts to help you come up with ways to make $100.

So, let’s say you’re gifted at baking. And you know you’re gifted at it because not only do you enjoy it, but people go crazy over your baked goods and request specific items from you. Now, it may require you to have startup costs (like milk, eggs, flour, etc.) but how many baked goods will you be able to make then sell with that small investment? Oftentimes, we look at the price of the initial investment without looking at the potential outcome. This is where having faith, especially in the preparation stage, is really important.  You have to pray and believe that your gifts matched with the investments you make to grow your gift will pay off.

3. Patience

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Let’s be honest. Most things don’t happen overnight and unless you’ve won the lottery, building up your money is one of those things. Now, think of a plant. You may want that plant to grow tall in three months, but if you don’t consistently do your part to help it grow - it dies.  You can pray for the plant to grow, but if you’re not watering it on a consistent basis, if you’re leaving it in a dark closet where it doesn’t see sunlight or get any air if you’re not caring for it at all, it simply won’t survive. But if you’re constantly pouring love, attention, and care into that plant, it can grow into the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen.

4. Practice (what you’ve prayed for)

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Becoming successful is not a one-time event. It’s the discipline of the consistent steps you take that help you become successful.  Let’s use the example of the plant again. You can’t just water it once then expect it to live for months without having to water it again. Building your finances require something from you each and every day and you have to be willing to give it the attention it deserves in order to be financially successful.

5. Persistence

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Keep making those deposits. I’m not just talking about money. I’m talking about those faith deposits.  It will carry you when the creativity and discipline aren't enough in that moment.  If you had your conversation with God and he helped you develop a solid plan for you to grow your finances from lack to living, it won’t always be an easy road. But once you get there, it will be worth it.