Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Proverbs 31

Description of a Worthy Woman
10An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
11The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
12She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13She looks for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.
14She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
15She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.
16She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
18She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.
20She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
21She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24She makeslinen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen.
25Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
26She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
29"Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all."
30Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.

I have been noticing lately how quick I am to ask Micah to do some task that I don't enjoy doing. He is more than happy to do it for me (folding laundry, cleaning the toilet, loading/unloading the car). But, I am HIS help meet, not the other way around. There are also times that I give him tasks because, "I'm not capable of doing that!" But, look at the woman in these verses! She can do it all!! And, if I weren't so lazy and selfish I could definitely do the things I unload on Micah. The more I think about it, the more I realize that they're not hard tasks, they're just the tasks I don't enjoy. But, being his help meet is my God-given role. Even cleaning out the shower drain can be an enjoyable task when I am serving my hubby, and in turn, worshiping my Lord.


meesh said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Magen! Good things to think on!

Laurel said...

Off topic here, but I keep coming back hoping for pictures of your new house. I love the "Guess who's expecting" moving announcments. Y'all are a couple of stinkers! :-D