The Virtuous Woman
The virtuous woman found in Proverbs 31 is the ultimate model of family and home organization! I mean this woman is perfect!
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.
Let me share her with you...
"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.
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." Proverbs 31:10-31 NIV
This year, it has really been on my heart to try to be more like this role model that was given to us in the Bible. Heck...I even planted my own garden! But although the good intention has been there, I fear I have failed miserably.
I think this is where the lesson can be learned, however. We may never be able to attain the level of perfection that is modeled by the virtuous woman. But we must always continue to improve ourselves and strive towards a higher standard in our household role.
So we do a little better each day than we did the day before. Maybe we get up a little earlier and cook breakfast instead of giving everyone cold cereal. Or we could bargain shop instead of buying the first thing we see. If we are stay-at-home moms with tight budgets, maybe we could find a way to work from home to bring in a little extra income.
There is so much to be learned from the virtuous woman that we can apply to our modern lives. I encourage you to read the passage about her again and really think about how you can use her example in your own life.
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