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The Proverbs 31 Woman

January 13, 2010

Have you ever heard of the Proverbs 31 Woman?

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10  A wife of noble character who can find?
       She is worth far more than rubies.

11 Her husband has full confidence in her
       and lacks nothing of value.

12 She brings him good, not harm,
       all the days of her life.

13 She selects wool and flax
       and works with eager hands.

14 She is like the merchant ships,
       bringing her food from afar.

15 She gets up while it is still dark;
       she provides food for her family
       and portions for her servant girls.

16 She considers a field and buys it;
       out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17 She sets about her work vigorously;
       her arms are strong for her tasks.

18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
       and her lamp does not go out at night.

19 In her hand she holds the distaff
       and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

20 She opens her arms to the poor
       and extends her hands to the needy.

21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
       for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

22 She makes coverings for her bed;
       she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
       where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
       and supplies the merchants with sashes.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
       she can laugh at the days to come.

26 She speaks with wisdom,
       and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

27 She watches over the affairs of her household
       and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
       her husband also, and he praises her:

29 “Many women do noble things,
       but you surpass them all.”

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
       but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

31 Give her the reward she has earned,
       and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

I strive to be the woman in Proverbs 31.   From sun up to sun down, I take care of my family – schooling, nurturing, gardening, canning, preserving, cooking, mending, gathering wood, warming the house, fixing the plumbing (just did that today!).  I try to offload from my husband who works so hard.  It’s only fair that he should come home to a clean house, a warm supper and happy family. 

I don’t always meet my goal of being the Proverbs 31 woman, but I try.  Some days the beds aren’t made, the dishes haven’t been done and the school books are scattered all over the couch … but I try.  The good Lord knows I try. 

Tell me how you strive to be the Proverbs 31 woman.  I’d love to hear from you.

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