Proverbs Thirty-One. A Reality.

25 Nov

They are 44, 74, 84, and 90.

They have taught me so much.

They are my momma, my maternal grandmother, my paternal grandmother, and my maternal great-grandmother.

They have spent between 27 and 72 years loving and serving their husbands.

They’ve raised 19 children between the four of them.

Their hands have prepared thousands of meals.

And washed even more dishes without the aid of a dishwasher and with a smile on their faces.

They have vacuumed floors, ironed clothes, scrubbed bathtubs and shopped for groceries.

They have helped with school projects, packed lunches, and wiped tears.

They have bandaged scraped knees, baked birthday cakes, and cradled crying babies in the darkness.

They raised their children without the distractions of Facebook, Wi-Fi, texting and cell phones.

They live and breathe their roles as Christian, wife, mother and grandmother.

They are four women who bring Proverbs 31:10-31 to life for me.

Their examples are worth “far above rubies”!

As I watched each of them serve so unselfishly today, the Lord was painting a picture of what He desires for me some day soon.

 “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

A godly woman will love her husband. She will seek his highest good at all times. She will respond to his leadership without complaint. She will put his needs before her own. She will do what she promised to do at the altar.

 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.  

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

A godly woman is not lazy! She “worketh willingly” preparing meals, taking care of children, being the helpmeet her husband needs.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 

A godly woman is a woman of wisdom and discernment. She “considers” the outcome before she makes the choice.

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. 

A godly woman knows she’ll need strength to be all she desires to be and she knows where to find it. She’ll be in her Bible so she can shine His light brightly before her family and before the world.

 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

A godly woman has busy hands. She uses the time she’s been given wisely. With a family to tend to and much to accomplish she knows how to “redeem the time.”

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 

A godly woman doesn’t reserve her compassion and care for just her own family. Her heart is open and hospitable which means her home will be open as well. She’s quick to supply a meal to the hungry, to minister to the hurting with a card or a plate of cookies.

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. 

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

A godly woman puts her family first, but she knows she must take care of herself physically and spiritually in order to serve them to the best of her ability.

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

A godly woman is concerned with family finances. Not in a worrisome way, but in a way that is frugal. She appreciates her husband and how hard he works to provide. She shops the sale rack and makes only needful purchases. She does the best she can to stay within the budget!

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

A godly woman has godly speech. She thinks before she speaks and blesses those who are on the recieving end of her words.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”  (v.10-28)

A godly woman is loved and treasured by those she serves day in and day out.

How I long to be a godly woman who loves her Lord and her family as she should!

I am praising the Lord for the godly women who make this passage a reality in my life and praying that He’ll prepare me to be just that for my family in the (near!) future! 🙂

Take the time to thank the godly women in your life on this Thanksgiving evening!


2 Responses to “Proverbs Thirty-One. A Reality.”

  1. Alexis November 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    Love this, Sara! I love the way you apply Scripture in such an everyday way. God’s Word speaks to us in so many different avenues, and I love the way you’ve shared it here. Family is such an enormous blessing. Thank you for sharing a piece of yours with me today. Love to you, friend.

    • lovingmylord December 3, 2010 at 12:20 am #

      Thank you for commenting, Alexis! I am so thankful for our bloggy friendship and the bond we share in Christ!:)

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