We have been so busy these past few months with all the home improvement projects that weekends are cram packed that I look forward to work to rest, obviously, said “tongue in cheek”. Today, I was able to spend some quality time doing "catch up" around the house - which, by the way, I am not a great “house wife”, although I really love things in order, neat and clean; in the busyness, I tend to let the neatness part go a bit. But today, I have a top notch house (except for two rooms).
As I went through my day, slowly and methodically, stopping by the dry cleaners, grabbing a few groceries and doing things here, I think of the Proverbs 31 Woman and believe that by the time I am done with my life here that truth will for me, be fulfilled. “Her house is run”, which infers she has help – hmmm, now that is a thought – I have been there before, and yes, so much more is accomplished when one can focus on the things more enjoyed.
Father, whatever You have for me, my prayer is that I am of “noble character”, that Chris “has full confidence in me”, that one day, I will “get up when it is still night” and “my arms will be strong for the task” You have for me. Let me recognize the needy around me and have open arms for them. It is my hope that as I represent You, I am clothed with strength and dignity, I can laugh at the days to come that I always “speak with wisdom, and faithful instruction on my tongue.” Lord keep me “watching over the affairs of the household” and Your ministry and let me “not be idle” or unproductive in my life. Let it be that people know that “I fear the Lord”, and revered as a mighty woman of God before everything. Let it be Lord that when my work is done here for You, that I will have honored You and Your kingdom.
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 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. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. 15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 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. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.