Wednesday, April 25, 2012

what makes a woman?


i've had this topic in my head for quite a while, but it wasn't until just today that it made it's way to my heart.

mother's day may seem like quite a while away still, but it's really just two and a half weeks.

okay, so maybe that is still quite a while, but my plan right now is to spend the next couple of weeks talking about the proverbs 31 woman.

now, those of you who know me (or have read just about any of my posts on here) know that my plans are extremely likely to change... for the time being, though, that's the plan!

confession time: i just decided that this would be the topic for the next few posts, so i really don't have anything worth writing right now.

you know those books or movies that are incredibly annoying because they exist for no other reason than to set up whatever is coming next? well, this is essentially one of those...

so that it's not totally pointless, though, i'm posting the verses i'll be writing about (for the most part, anyways--i'm a bit like my pop and tend to jump around a lot) over the next couple of weeks.

proverbs 31:10-31, niv
a wife of noble character who can find? 
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 dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.
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.
give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

2 comments:

  1. This may seem cliche, but I'd love to see you write a post on your mom. She was an impactful influence in the years you all were at FBC GF. But I knew her as a fellow church member; I'd love to hear your take of her as the manager of her home. I'll never forget the time I came to visit you all in KS and she had a full dinner after church. That really impressed me! What hospitality! And it showed a commitment to family values in the simplest of things. I guess to sum up, I'd love a glimpse of the "mom." What things in her to do find yourself emulating? Aspiring to? Just some thoughts. :)

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    1. Definitely! I could never talk about Godly women without talking about the most amazing example of one that I know.

      Thanks for chiming in, Jill!

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