Proverbs 31:10-31 is the ideal woman. This woman is characterized as an “Excellent Wife.” The word used for wife is one that means “woman” whether married or not. We know the woman in Proverbs 31 is married, because it speaks of her husband and children. We must keep in mind, however, that the virtues discussed here are those for which all women should strive, and are qualities mothers should seek to instill in their daughters. All the characteristics here can be developed in a life with discipline and determination. This passage is to women what 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 are for men. It is a description of the Character a woman should strive to develop in her life. Having just celebrated Mother’s Day it is good to review these passages. No wife can live up to these standards unless she has a husband who understands the principles and works to help her develop those characteristics in their lives. As you ponder these characteristics, honor your mother, wife, sister, and friend by praying for them each day.