Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Proverbs 31 Woman

A Wife of a Noble Character

"Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. She is like a merchant's ship, bringing her food from afar. She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day's work for her servant girls. She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night. Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. She extends a helping hand to the poor and open her arms to the needy. She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes. She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns. Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders. She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants. She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: 'There are many virtuous and capable women in the world but you surpass them all!' Charm is deceptive and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise." Proverbs 31:10-31

This woman sounds like she's got her stuff together! Making clothes and bedding... not exactly my cup of tea. It's her heart that captures me. A heart to make everyone in her house more comfortable than herself. She sacrifices her time and energy to make sure the ones she loves are safe and warm. She gives what she has, and what she can make. She knows that she and her family are protected by the Lord, and she lives her life each and every day to it's fullest potential. Her actions and words are known and she is blessed and praised because she is living out who the Lord created her to be.

Trust and Patience. Two areas in which I need to grow.

Trust: I need to be reliable, set boundaries, be trusting, be fair, and trust myself.
Patience: I need to slow down, live in each moment, and think before I speak.

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