May there never be any question as to the woman I strive to become. I am so very thankful for a mother who was able to teach me in the ways in which I should go. My brother in law preached at our church this past Sunday morning and he referred to the Proverbs 31 passage. I had some extra time this afternoon and I decided to skim through these beautiful verses that describe a woman worthy of praise. I think of all the different women in my life that have inspired, taught and encouraged me over the years.
The truth is that I can be what I hope to be on most days, but I fail all the time too. I am so thankful that we get to start over as many times as we need to. I love that Jesus doesn’t have a running tally of all of my faults on display when I come to Him in prayer. This truth gives me the strength that I need to keep walking in the journey He calls me to.
The Woman Who Fears the Lord
10An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. 12 She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. 14 She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. 15 She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. 16 She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. 17 She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. 18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. 19 She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. 20 She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. 22 She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. 25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. 26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. 27 She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gate