• Shaunda Mathieu

Know Your Worth💰Then Add Tax

Updated: May 25, 2020

Last week we started an exploration into the three women who are highlighted and applauded as shero(s) in my latest book, Nameless Wonder. If you missed it go back and read "Nombre", which means name in Spanish. We talked about the woman with the issue of blood and what she represented. We discussed what we represent; outside of the name our parents have given us. Who are we, really? What do people think about when they hear our name, and ultimately what will we be remembered for once we depart this earth? Nombre... what is your name?!

Today, I want to introduce you to the second woman in Nameless Wonder who historically has been known as The Proverbs 31 woman or The Virtuous Woman. I open up the chapter in the book on a comical, but very true note.

"I like many of you have not liked this woman at one point or another in our Christian walk. This nameless woman has raised the bar pretty darn high for all of us who are wives. At times I have pondered who I loathe more, her or Sister Eve who was instrumental in jump starting this whole mess in the first place. But about the virtuous woman, you can't help but ask yourself, "Who does all of this? And all without losing her mind?"

She's a bad girl! She has some amazing characteristics which include being a great wife, a philanthropist to the community, a wealthy business woman, and a gardener just to name a few. There is much that you and I can glean from this nameless woman who left us in awe. Above all of that, the statement that I believe put her in the Real Housewives of the Bible Hall of Fame... is found in verse 30 of that chapter. "Charm is deceitful, and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised."

Physical beauty is something that many woman confuse with self identity. Your appearance has absolutely nothing to do with who you are at the core. I don't care if you are the most beautiful woman in the room- a brick house, one bad mamma jamma or 100% that chic, you will get older and all of that vanity will diminish. Though we work hard at health and fitness, rest assured that mother nature is going to win that fight. The next time you read or hear a sermon about this Proverbs 31 woman try to compare and contrast yourself with her. As a general rule of thumb I don’t compare myself to any other woman, however this lady is one to take notes from.

1. What can you do to improve yourself this week instead of scrolling aimlessly on social media or playing meaningless games ? As a matter of fact here’s a challenge: Set a timer to see how much time you spend daily on Facebook or Instagram. I guarantee that you could have completed an enrichment class, a webinar or something that enriches your life in some way.

2. How can you extend yourself outside of your own family (husband and children?) There are countless youth who are destined to fail and fall through the cracks if someone does not care enough to help them? It’s easy to love your own.

3. Continue to meet your goals, then make new ones. Celebrate small victories and never stop climbing higher. Always see to it that you are not the smartest person in your circle.

In conclusion, your virtue cannot be compared to any other woman on the planet. Once you know that you that become unstoppable: for yourself, for the Kingdom, and consequently for everybody around you. She knew her worth. Know yours; then add tax. Like her, your price is far above rubies.

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