The Virteous woman of Proverbs 31 has both encouraged and intimated women throughout the years.
Women shudder at many sermons delivered, making us feel small and inadequate. But was Proverbs 31 wriiten to make women feel this way?
"...She perceives that her merchandise is good; her candle does not go out by night. She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretches out her hand to the poor; yes, she reaches forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She makes herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple..."
Now I am older and more secure in myself, this passage of scripture is not so intimidating. Looking at what is written, I see a woman secure in herself; she has her husband's trust and love; she isn t lazy; she is well drrssed and her family is cared for.
As a woman, I want the best for my husband and children; to encourage my friends and see them content is a blessing.
To wear nice clothes, be well presented and have enough to eat, pay bills without uneccessary stress are all things that matter in the physical world.
But most of all, to be secure in the knowledge that I am loved and saved; a daughter of the Lord; Jesus Christ my Saviour.
Whilst writing this, I am unwell and it's a struggle just to do the basic jobs around the house. But the weekly organisation; distribution of chores; and general daily habits have meant that the home continues to function even while the wife (me) is unable to be at full potential.
It's times of illness or crisis that show the payoff of an organised, virteous wife.
Live to make a difference!