A wife of noble character who can find?For years I compared myself to this woman or other “Godlier”, or greater women, greater wives, greater mothers then myself; maybe putting forth effort for a day here, or a day there, only to be shut down because it seems so unobtainable. Taking each day one. by. one. I will now commit to being that woman, that wife and that mother…knowing that the expectation is NOT perfection. It is a day by day process; and through tough days, it may even be a moment by moment process….I WILL fail, and that is why I have His grace. Beginning with my husband, my mate, the man that completes me…. I am starting with a very special prayer challenge for my spouse starting today. You may even consider joining me. How do you plan to be improve your marriage and your parenting? What characteristics to you hope to carry?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. Proverbs 31:10-31
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