Thirty One is a Good Number

Before I turned twenty three, I thought how incredible it would be to have a theme for the year, an anthem, something specific to focus on, to memorize, to pray in my life, to allow God to saturate into my soul. And I thought, Psalm 23 would be perfect for my twenty-third year! And thus began the start of my yearly themes for my life. Some years it’s been whole chapters, some years it’s been verses or passages in the Bible that I felt God leading me to learn and to study more deeply.

I don’t know if I’m supposed to reveal my age at this point in my life, but about half way through last year I realized I was turning 31 this year and I knew exactly what I wanted to study –  Proverbs 31 – and I was so excited!

My birthday was January 11, and at that point it had been 22 days since Lenya went to heaven, and I remember feeling numb and shocked and just sad. And in the midst of the grief, Proverbs 31 has been one of the passages I’ve been studying and I just love the example we get in the Word of a godly, hard working woman who highly values her family and her responsibilities. For example, verse 25 says:

“Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come.”

I’ve heard that the Proverbs 31 woman wasn’t a real person or that she doesn’t really exist, that she was just an example to lead the way for us, but the older I get, the more I’ve seen women in my life with all of these qualities. Of course no woman, no person is perfect, but I love the inspiration of this woman. I also love the examples God places in our lives who lead the way, who inspire, who challenge, who lead by example how to be a woman. A few of these women in my life are Lenya Heitzig and Cathe Laurie.  These ladies are treasures and pure gold in my life.

So for me, this yearly anthem habit has been so rich and rewarding. Memorizing God’s Word is always important, and my sweet friend Crystal Lewis has an inspiring way to do this on her blog.  To be meditating on and growing in super specific ways, for me, has been so needed and so refreshing.

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

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    • Lenya Heitzig

      I love you dear, sweet Mrs. Lusko. You reflect the virtuous woman in abundance. Looking back to your dating days and engagement, god gave Levi a precious jewel. Love you!

  • Jennifer Lloyd Green

    I am pretty confident that the woman in Proverbs 31 was a real woman: she was a mom, she was a wife, she was a leader, she had stacks of laundry in her laundry room, and most likely offered apologies as friends dropped by to visit and the house wasn’t completely picked up. She is embarrassed a little in Heaven to hear us consider her “perfect”. It is not that she did everything right all the time, it is that she had a heart after God and a passion for love that filtered through her experiences with people that shows us a beautiful PERFECT example of a life well lived. It wasn’t neat or tidy, it was made perfect in God’s grace.

    Love your heart here, Jennie. This is my favorite verse this year too: “She is clothed in STRENGTH and DIGNITY, She can laugh at the days to come.”

  • Jessy Hanson

    I LOVE the idea of setting a theme for yourself every year!

  • Angela

    Thank you for the inspiration and encouragement to dig deeper into God’s Word.

  • Teri Dugan

    What a truly inspiring message. I love how you mention to grow in super specific ways…just as I think we should pray specifically too! I also find your suggestion of having an anthem or theme to focus on for the year such a wonderful idea! Our lives have such ebbs and flows and highs and lows….yet we journey on…closer and closer to that glorious day when we see Him face to face and having those themes to look back on would be so enriching!

  • Ashley Phillips

    Thank you for this – I really want to implement this in my own life.

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  • Nichol Naranjo

    What a wonderful idea, Jennie! I did an entire year study on Proverbs 31 just a couple of years ago as well. God really placed it on my heart to dissect that chapter as much as possible. It was powerful. Enjoy!

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