Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Proverb of the Day

Hello friends....

'Hope you are finding joy and purpose in the mundane and the extraordinary things that make up your days.  I have been busy getting back into teaching, so please excuse my delay in greeting you all here as usual!  I will fill you in more and more on my new tutoring job, and hope to hear from some of you soon, as well!

In the busyness of my move down to Florida, I have been trying to stay in the Word by reading a Proverb a day.  Today is the well-known Proverbs 31 woman.  She brings me both encouragement and challenge as I learn about being a wife to Paul.  Read below if you are unfamiliar with the passage...or if you simple want a refresher!  I've highlighted some of my favorite sections...

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character (from the NIV)
 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.

I have had the privilege of knowing quite a few 'Proverbs 31 ladies'....thankfully....and trust that whether you are the lady of your house, or you are encouraging your wife, sister, daughter, or friend to be this lady, you found some encouraging reminders here. 

I also wanted to include a link to a recent 3-day broadcast from Focus on the Family that I found to be very balanced and encouraging, concerning the Biblical role of women in a modern day world.  You can find the first day here...and the following days on their website. 

Have a delightful evening, doing whatever brings you joy!


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