Monday, June 28, 2010

The Proverbs: The Blessing of a Godly Woman - June 28, 2010

Proverbs 31:10-31 (New Living Translation)
A Wife of Noble Character

10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.

19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm clothes.

22 She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.

28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

In these verses from Proverbs, we find the sayings of King Lemuel which his mother taught him. This portion of scripture describes the virtues of a godly wife. It can also be said of all godly and virtuous women, and they serve as a great example of godly character to pass on to our daughters. You can take the characteristics given and translate them to activities of everyday life, whether in a marriage or not.

They may seem a little old fashioned, but in times like these, I am sure that all parents would agree that a little character building is a good thing for our children. Let's show a different example for the next generation of women. Thay are a cherished blessing from the heart of God that need to be treated as such.

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