"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 night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. 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.
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. 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. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."
Ladies, we have work to do!!! I am so challenged by this verse and encouraged to change. I do not want to be an ineffective, unproductive wife who sits around eating potato chips and watching soaps when I could be changing our life. The verses that particularly stuck out to me this week were:
- "She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard."
- "She makes linen garments and sells them."
- "She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness."
This verse should be posted on everyone of our fridges. I believe that even a few small things everyday will help. Make lists and finish them! That has been very helpful for me. Here is a look at my sticky notes from earlier this week:
- Clean Fridge
- Sort Mail / Organize bills & paperwork into a file system
- Clean out purse
- Look at budget / rework
- Write out meal plan for next 2 weeks
- Post wedding dress on Craigslist
- Sell tires in garage??? Ask Patrick
- Fold Laundry / clean house
- Work out (yes, this is honoring your husband :)
- Organize laundry room closet
There is no greater feeling than when my husband walks through the door after a hard day at work and says." The house looks great, thank you so much for cleaning today." I love being praised by my husband after really working hard at something for the benefit of our marriage and life together. No, he won't always notice. But God does! And I usually point it out if he doesn't say something anyways. :) Get to work ladies!!!