Saturday, May 8, 2010
The Wife of Noble Character – Happy Mother’s Day
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. (she is her husband crown, his pride)
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. (she brings him good)
13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. (she is an enterprising woman)
15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. (she is the opposite of a sluggard)
16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. (she shows good judgement)
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. (she works hard and expects nothing that she does not earn though her own labors)
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. (she shows wisdom, wisdom is of more value than money)
19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. ( she understands that there is “woman’s work”)
20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. (she is quick to help those in need with her labor and her earnings)
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. (she makes sure her family comes 1st and are prepared to be comfortable in hard times)
22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. (like that of a king as her own reward)
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. (she is his right hand, a part of him, an extension that makes him better, makes him complete.)
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. (the opposite would to be clothed with shame and disgrace, everyone knows someone like that also)
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. (she is a wise and loving counselor to her children)
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. (she does not expect others to take care of her family)
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: (Blessed = one who enjoys happy circumstances and from whom joy radiates to others)
29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." (the husbands reference to his wife’s “noble” deeds, celebrates her “noble” character…to assert that she surpasses all other women…she is worth far more than rubies)
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. (honor comes through “humility and the fear of the lord”)
There are women and mothers of this world that will never know nor deserve such praise as Proverbs 31:10 – 31:31
Jan, you are the hardest working, most loving/caring Mother I have ever know. You give of yourself without question and only ask for love and respect in return. You are all that is good in a mother and are a faultless example of what a mother can and should be.
Have a Great and Blessed Mothers Day!