It’s my goal.. have I mentioned that before? maybe I just “thought” I had told you, I know I’ve told my husband and gazillion times.. she is my role model!
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 night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
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 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Ever since I began this walk with the Lord 12 months ago, and have been reading passages of the bible I’ve wanted to be this woman. I first met her with Jolene Engle and her “Wives of the Bible series” I loved that series it was the first “Christian Class” I took, the first of many. We were introduced to the Proverbs 31 woman and so I had her highlighted in my Bible and I book marked that page and I read it often.. so when Courtney Joseph said we were studying the Books of the Proverbs yay! I’ve been loving it. And then she announced THIS!!!
So this week we have been investigating the Proverbs 31 woman.. and when you read the above verses you wonder “How will I ever be that good?” well I know I did and then this morning I was reading Misty Leask‘s email and I realized I’m not the only one who feels “nervous” about being a “Proverbs 31 woman” she’s set a high standard for us to follow.
This first verse attracts me..
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
Well D’uh, what woman wouldn’t want to be worth more than rubies to their husband? and then this line…
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
Of course, I might be old-fashioned, but I want my husband to have full confidence in me.. and so I asked him.. after I read the whole lot out to him.. “Do you have confidence in me?” he said “Oh Sheila you know I do” and yeah he might have but until I did the study with Courtney, did I really understand what that meant? My husband is NOT a believer and so I’m sure he struggles with me asking his “Seemingly” stupid questions.. but I wanted the confirmation.. am I worth more than rubies to him? I want that so much!!
Courtney provided a copy of her Book “The Proverbs 31 woman- “One virtue at a time” which if you click on that “book” highlighted in Blue you too can have a copy! Thanks to Courtney.. and a reading schedule and then some questions for us to think about… boy did she get me thinking!!
Oh what a weight lifted off my shoulders… we don’t have to do ALL THAT in one day.. phew..because I’m pretty busy with a 20 month old terror as well as keeping up with the normal chores without having to spin my own thread and sew sashes for the family..and let’s not forget about the buying of a field and planting a vineyard.. seriously? I can’t keep plastic plants alive!! but still part of me says “One day when I grow up I’ll be the Proverbs 31 woman.” forget about the crown and the glass slippers I don’t want a prince I have one.. I want to be HER!!
Yesterday’s question was..
Ohh I so guilty of this..I pray on this every day, I want to use my words for good not bad and I want to be able to lift up my flock in encouragement and not use my words to hold them down or cause pain. I REALLY need to work on this one..
And then today’s final question is…
For me it’s the floors.. the sweeping, the mopping and the vacuuming, I HATE them, but I KNOW they need to be done and sometimes I barter with family members and say things like… “you sweep,I’ll mop” or vise versa. But that’s not being a good Proverbs 31 Wife and so from now on I will “attempt” I can’t say “I will do it” because I’m already setting myself up for failure, so I will “Attempt” to sweep, mop and vacuum the floors with my mouth firmly shut and with a happy heart, knowing I am one step closer to being a “Proverbs 31 wife” but out of this whole proverb which is long.. there is one line that I wish for most of all…
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also
Courtney taught us that “Arise” is another word for “Grown up” because let’s face it.. it takes us becoming an adult before we appreciate the things our parents tried to teach us. but that one line to me is the true meaning of Motherhood… that you have done such a good job that your children think you are blessed.. I am working on becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman and when/if that day ever comes when my children call me “Blessed” i will know I have arrived..
Courtney is doing this “reading through the Bible in a year” it’s free.. you don’t have to sign up for anything and you can start anytime.. it’s amazing how much I am learning..
This is our next adventure.. if you want to join us there is also a Facebook page and you can go to Courtney’s site and sign up for the emails which will remind you where you’re at..http://womenlivingwell.org/
Wanna join us?