Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mothers Day

"To my Proverbs 31 wife"...

That was how Brian started out the card he gave me today. So sweet. (And such a stretch too, I am no where near a Proverbs 31 wife anyway, but I do like to give it a go). He knows how to get on my good side:-)

It's such a strong passage, and something to ardently strive for. Such good encouragement! Here's the amplified version...someday I'd love to be able to say in clear conscience that this describes me (seriously doubting that day will ever come!:-). So to all the wives out there, whether you are a mother or not, this is for you today! Be encouraged to love the Lord, honour your husband, and seek to do well for your household, with wisdom. Wouldn't it be the ultimate joy to get to heaven and have Jesus say that "Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well, but you excel them all." Just reading this again gives me a new vigor for all the things I could better!

Proverbs 31:10-30
10A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman--who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls.
    11The heart of her husband trusts in her confidently and relies on and believes in her securely, so that he has no lack of [honest] gain or need of [dishonest] spoil.
    12She comforts, encourages, and does him only good as long as there is life within her.
    13She seeks out wool and flax and works with willing hands [to develop it].
    14She is like the merchant ships loaded with foodstuffs; she brings her household's food from a far [country].
    15She rises while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks.
    16She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard. 
    17She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm.
    18She tastes and sees that her gain from work [with and for God] is good; her lamp goes not out, but it burns on continually through the night [of trouble, privation, or sorrow, warning away fear, doubt, and distrust].
    19She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
    20She opens her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her filled hands to the needy [whether in body, mind, or spirit].
    21She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet.
    22She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is of linen, pure and fine, and of purple [such as that of which the clothing of the priests and the hallowed cloths of the temple were made].
    23Her husband is known in the [city's] gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
    24She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants girdles [or sashes that free one up for service].
    25Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]!
    26She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction].
    27She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat.
    28Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her, [saying],
    29Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all.
    30Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!

1 comment:

  1. Strive to be each and every word of that. It's great to raise the bar for ourselves. Great Reminder for us busy momma's.