Proverbs 31:11 “The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her,
so that he shall have no need of spoil.”
What does it mean to have a heart “trust safely” in you? What does it mean to be a trustworthy woman? One of the questions addressed in the Parker Valley fictional series of books about three sisters who face enormous obstacles is how one becomes trustworthy like the woman described in Proverbs 31. In today’s world, is it possible to have a heart that is so in tune with Scripture that it is trustworthy in all situations?
One problem facing young women of today is that even the appearance of wrong doing can plant the seed of doubt and destroy your witness. It does no good to say, “Although my friends do this, I do not.” The fact is that when you associate with the violent, the crude and those who are lax in morality, it cannot help but rub off on you, whether you are an active participant or not.
Does this mean that you should not be friends with someone who does something wrong or that you should abandon your friends if their behavior is questionable? Of course not. What it does mean, however, is that you must be constantly vigilant and think about what you are associating yourself with in your personal relationships. Choose the high road, the high ground and the friends who walk there. When you do, they will help you maintain your integrity.
Just like the trustworthy woman in Proverbs 31, you must be worthy of trust. This means that you should live your life so that those you love can always count on you to do the right thing. Notice the description of this woman: she is worthy of her husband’s good opinion. He knew in his heart that it was not necessary for her husband to keep a jealous guard over her or to lock up his valuables. He knew that he could trust her because of her behavior in all circumstances and because she avoided even the appearance of poor behavior. Just like the Parker Valley girls learn to always give the appearance of trustworthiness, so must we!
Proverbs 31:10 “Who can find a virtuous woman?
for her price [is] far above rubies.”
Do you know a woman who satisfies the description “virtuous?” The chances are that you may have met one or two women who seem to epitomize the “virtuous woman” of Proverbs 31. However, for most of us, we may feel we fall short of this high and lofty goal. In the Parker Valley series of books, we explore the struggles that young women face in maintaining the high moral standards demanded by the “virtuous or excellent woman” of Proverbs 31.
A virtuous woman is one who is upright in all her ways. What does this really mean? Does it mean that the woman must be perfect? Certainly not, because the Bible teaches that none of us is perfect. Does it mean that she always makes the right decisions? No, because we all make mistakes. Being a virtuous woman is another way of saying that the woman always strives to uphold God’s will. Even falling short will not cause her to stop attempting to please God in all her actions. These women do exist, but are very hard to find: almost as rare as beautiful rubies!
The Parker Valley Series gives us a look at three sisters who are learning the hard way that it is not always easy to uphold the precepts of Proverbs 31. While Sondra, Jennifer and Claira all want to be “virtuous women,” life throws things in their paths that may lead to their downfall. Without the support of the teachings of the Scripture and each other, these young women could find that the situations that face them rob them of their ability to live virtuous lives. Each Parker Valley girl has to learn that only God’s love and forgiveness allow women to strive to epitomize the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31.
While the qualities of the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 may seem unattainable, the Parker Valley girls learn that through their faith in God, they are able to overcome temptation and tribulation and hold on to the high calling of Christ in their lives. These stories are a great way to introduce teen girls to the idea that living a godly life as a Christian woman is not always easy, but can be done!
Finding Your Inner Proverbs 31
The Parker Valley sisters are young women striving to live a life of noble character, purity, goodwill, and strength, much like a Proverbs 31 Woman: “A woman of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” Each of the books focus on a different aspect of the “woman of noble character” and how these young women grow to become “worth far more than rubies.” Using the Biblical precepts and teaching from this important chapter, the Parker Valley series offers a look at what it takes to be a Christian woman in today’s world of temptation, where the message of society often runs counter to what the Bible teaches about life and love. Over the next few months I will be shedding light on the Parker Valley stories and how these young woman’s paths cross over with the morals and intentions of a Proverbs 31 Woman. These posts will help show you some insight on a life of noble character and encourage you to read your favorite Parker Valley Sister’s story!
The Parker Valley book series takes on some of the crushing realities that face many young women; which do not shy away from the tough questions facing the young people of this generation, such as sex, drugs, pregnancy, abortion and the temptations of the secular world in terms of money and power. However, these subjects are treated with dignity and restraint that readers are drawn irresistibly into the story. These books talk about these problems in such a way that parents can encourage their daughters to read the books without reservation. Teen girls of any age will find themselves seeking true answers rather than those provided by modern culture.
Parker Valley Sondra, Parker Valley Jennifer and the soon-to-be-released Parker Valley Claira deal with a family of girls who face various issues and problems to which most modern young women can relate. The books discuss the issues of marriage, divorce, hard work and tribulations caused by poor decisions. However, the sisters support each other in all things, finding their way to real answers through God’s word and their love for family.
These books provide a way for parents to encourage their daughters to live a Christian lifestyle. Far from being a sermon full of boring advice, these novels take on the tough questions and scenarios of our day and offer real applications for modern life. For young women who want to learn what it really means to be a woman of noble character and uphold the values of Proverbs 31, the Parker Valley book series is a refreshing change from most modern fiction. With love, tears and laughter, the story of the Parker Valley girls and their adventures gives young women the opportunity to learn about true Christian womanhood. Learn more about these riveting novels here.
Check back in next week when we delve further into the parallels of becoming a Proverbs 31 woman!