In Pursuit of the Proverbs 31 Woman Giveaway with Amy Bayliss

Hey girls–You are in for a treat!

I’ve asked my cyber friend Amy Balyiss to guest post today while I work on my edits to my latest manuscript (and hang out with my youngest who has a snow day today)

See? Here is the view this morning from my back deck:

So, while I fix some coffee for me and some hot cocoa for the man-cub who will be packing to go on our church youth group’s ski trip this weekend, you can enjoy her post.

Don’t forget to leave a comment. You may be one of SEVEN winners of her new e-book!

Now, meet Amy:

Amy Bayliss is a small town Cajun girl living life in the big city. She and her husband Ryan have four children, all boys, ranging in age from toddler to teen!

Amy is a writer, blogger, and she has been “following” Jesus since before Twitter made it cool.  She is the author of Pursuit of Proverbs 31. You can visit her at her personal blog, Cajun Joie de Vivre.

From Amy’s Heart: I gave my life to Christ at the age of 21 but it took me several more years to grasp what that really meant.

I got caught in a vicious cycle of “doing” in hopes of pleasing Him. I thought the verses in Proverbs 31 were my ticket to holiness.

What I discovered was that it isn’t just about the words on the pages. It is about the heart behind them.

Our Father never intended for us to mimic this lady the way we have. He created each of us uniquely. Why would we confine ourselves to a template?

On my journey to discovering the Proverbs 31 woman I found Jesus. He loved me, taught me, and at times, corrected me.

I realized that as long as we pursue Him and have a “fear of the Lord” then the natural outcome is that the work of our hands is blessed. It doesn’t happen the other way around.

We each get different results because we are unique individuals with different gifts and callings but the common thread is that we make God our priority. We acknowledge Him above all else.

In this book I cover the traits that come as a result of putting God first. We are blessed with clarity to be the best wife to our husband, the best mother to our children, the best homemaker in our home, to top it off, we are resourceful, creative, and yes, even organized. Each result is uniquely yours.

I wrote Pursuit of Proverbs 31 in the hopes that other women would be freed from the bondage of good works and freely receive the love our Savior has for them and the abundant life He has promised.

It is my hope that you find yourself, the person God created, as you read through these pages.

I would like to give away 7 copies of Pursuit of Proverbs 31. In order to enter you need only comment here, on this post, and let us know what questions come to mind when you think of the woman of Proverbs 31.

Although that is the only requirement for entering, I’d be thrilled if you’d consider subscribing to our updates, “liking” our page on Facebook and “following” us on Twitter.

Thanks for having me, Karen!

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  • I would love to read your book. We all strive to find that balance in our lives and to find the direction that God has in mind for us. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • I strive daily to even resemble the woman/wife/mother that God wants me to be. It’s comforting to see that I am not alone on this quest. Thanks for the encouragement.

  • Your comment about how the woman in Proverbs 31 is more than a template to follow is interesting to me. I’ve been read about her often and strive, and fail, to be like her. How can I learn from her to be how God wants ME to be? Thank you for giving me a new viefrom.
    viewpoint to look at this verse from.
    Angie

  • Yes we are all unique – I have tried for years to emulate the Proverbs 31 woman but have come short. I am who I am, trying my best for my husband and children and especially our LORD.

  • P31 Woman….oh how I have dreamed about being her….so perfect…..getting it all done…and still being so loving. How in the world did she balance it all? My intentions are good, sometimes my follow-thru is not so good. But, as long as I strive to be more like her, with pure intentions, all will be a success.

  • i read what the proverbs woman was about and i made that my goal. but i don’t think i balanced it out and sure would love to read your book and balance myself. i also have 4 boys ages, 20, 18, 9 and 10. i admire you whereas you have a husband. i do this by myself with GOD’s help and people like you to encourage me, advise me and direct me but most of all, love me. Thanks.

  • How does one do it all without feeling guilty? I either keep up with the housework but feel guilty for not playing with my kids or I play with my boys and then feel bad that the house is a mess!

  • The P31 woman is soooooo intimidating. I wonder if I can ever live up to the example she has set as I look at the mountain of wash still to do and the sink of dirty dishes…Sigh.

  • I love the idea that since we are all created uniquely why would God ever want us to fill a template. The Proverbs 31 woman has always intimidated me until recently when I realized thru the grace of God that abiding with him daily thru bible reading , prayers, bible studies and Christian fellowship, he creates in me the desire to do His good works which he planned in advance for me to do. Blessings on your ministry.

  • When I think of the Proverbs 31 woman, the first word that comes to mind is balance. And that is something that I feel I am lacking!! How does she do it all? Working part time, keeping the house clean, cooking, and chasing after 2 toddlers has me WORE out!