Thursday, September 25, 2008

Proverbs 31, still going....are you still with me?

We are getting to the last few verses in Proverbs and today we are focusing on verse 27. But because it has been a while since we looked at the whole chapter, I am putting it here again. This is a great look at a great woman!

Proverbs 31: 10-31
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 dark;she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
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 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

So lets look at verse 27 a little more closely. "She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness." Any one else feeling just a tad guilty? I know that there are times that I do a fair job at keeping track of things around the house, but lately, not so good. I think (out of necessity) when my kids were all at home, that I did a better job. But now, that it is just me and my hubby, I know that I have gotten slack in making sure things were taken care of. OK, I am getting it! I confess and will try to, I mean I WILL DO better in this area. Now the cause of this lack of keeping watch, well its found in the second part of this verse. The Virtuous Woman, does NOT eat the bread of idleness! Well that's one bakery I need to stay away from! You see, when I get lazy, that's when I neglect the things that God has intrusted to me. I don't know if its because I am getting older, but I was just telling a friend this morning, that "My get up and go, has got up and went!". Can any of you relate? I just don't want to go all the time like I used to! Well that's no excuse to become lazy. And we can be very active women, and still be "spiritually lazy". I think this scripture could be talking about both. For sure, the physical, but as women, mothers, wives, sisters etc. we are also not to be spiritually lazy in praying for our loved ones, being a role model for others. I desire so much to be a great witness for the Lord to those whom I love dearly. And for me, and maybe others, these are the hardest for me to seemingly reach. Maybe because they see me at my worst? Well that is an area that I want to work on, leaving a legacy to those I love.......Well, I need to get a move on until I blog again....Blessings and Grace, Teri

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