Proverbs 31:10-31"A wife of noble character, who can find? Noble...in today's society it is so difficult to find noble character...
She is worth far more than rubies. More than rubies! How precious!
Her husband has full confidence in her... Full confidence.
She is like merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. Like merchant ships; not afraid to venture out of a comfort zone!
She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family... I can remember a few times of staying up late to finish cooking; what a wife, if she gets up from sleeping to provide said food!
She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She is thrifty and resourceful. She isn't just a stay at home mom, she makes a profit and business deals too! She seems to be the perfect example of "a working mom."
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. Strong...oh how I long to be strong like this.
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.... Again with the business skills; she is not wasting a moment!
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy... Ministry and giving...
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. Strength and dignity. (For what man knows his future? So who can tell him what is to come?) I love her, she can laugh at the days to come. What ease and trust (in God!).
She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue. I value the wisdom in my married friends and my own mother.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. If only we could say we don't eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her... Blessed! Praised. Loved.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; Oh if only we could appreciate our youth, and be honest and real.
But a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Fear. Praise.
Honor her for all that her hands have done... Honor the hard work she has done.
And let her works bring her praise at the city gate." She isn't just known in her household, her works receive praise from the edge of her city!
What a woman to aspire to!
What does this passage say to you?
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