“Wordless Wednesday” is here already and I’m really going to need to change that traditional title to “Full of Words Wednesday”. Whoopsy!
Today’s focus is geared toward the female species and their behavior. A great place to look for wisdom on a being a Godly woman is Proverbs 31:10-31. It gives us 22 points about being an excellent wife. Lets take a look. Are you still with me?
Verse 10: Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. This verse lets us know she is rare. It is the rare, hard to find gems that are worth so much. Don’t settle as a cubic zirconium, be the virtuous woman outlined in the verses to come.
Verse 11: The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She is trustworthy. Sadly, many husbands do not trust their wives and many wives do not trust their husbands. To be able to fully trust your spouse is a necessity in a strong marriage. “He shall have no need of spoil” because his wife is prudent and trustworthy with the finances. She is not a financial liability nor puts her family in a financial hardship.
Verse 12: She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. This verse is self explanatory, but let’s put an emphasis on “all” the days of her life. She should be constant in her love. She is not up and down, nor hot and cold, but always consistent in a Godly manner. Not just good on Sunday mornings while at church, but all the days of her life.
Verse 13: She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She finds delight in her work. It is enjoyable, not tedious. She is industrious: sewing, crocheting, knitting etc.
Verse 14: She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. This woman most likely traded her goods she made willingly with her hands in exchange for food for her family. To top it off, it was even international food she traded for. Man, she’s good!
Verse 15: She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. This verse reminds me of the idiom “the early bird gets the worm”. She is a self-starter who has no room for slothfulness. There are many great benefits of rising early; a time to clear the mind and prepare for the day, a time alone to mediate or pray, and a time to cook breakfast before all those little footsteps come and find you.
Verse 16: She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. Oh, my dream and wish is to one day have a big enough field to be able to plant a garden and have every kind of fruit tree alongside. Apple, pear, peach, fig, orange, lemon, banana, and pecan would be my tree choices.
Verse 17: She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She is a hard worker, most likely tending to her garden.
Verse 18: She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. I envision this Godly woman tasting her fruit from her vineyard and saying, “Ah, this is good!”. Her candle goeth not out by night… I picture her staying up late cleaning and preserving her harvest for the soon to be colder months.
Verse 19: She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She always kept busy, even if it was monotonous.
Verse 20: She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth for her hands to the needy. She has compassion. How have you helped the less fortunate?
Verse 21: She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She was always prepared. She kept busy spinning all summer long, preparing coats for the winter to come. She even made them fancy, with scarlet.
Verse 22: She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Not only did she make fancy coats for her family, she also dressed fancy herself. Her outward beauty matched her inner beauty. She never had the “I just rolled out of bed” look.
Verse 23: Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. Her husband is a well-known leader and respected in the land. A wife plays a significant role in her husband’s career, either a good one or a bad one. As the old saying goes, “behind every good man is a good woman”.
Verse 24: She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. She is an entrepreneur, while still fulfilling her role as homemaker. I just love me some female entrepreneurs!
Verse 25: Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She stands firm and is not easily swayed. Are your beliefs grounded?
Verse 26: She openeth her mouth with wisdom: and in her tongue is the law of kindness. Holy guacamole, let’s park it here! Out of a kind heart comes kind words and out of an evil heart comes evil words. Which type of words are coming out of your mouth? I know Christian women who have been saved 30+ years who need this verse stamped on their forehead. I’ve heard these seasoned Christians completely dog a fellow sister in Christ, or even worse, a family member. Completely horrid and inexcusable. Let’s all speak loving words of wisdom.
Verse 27: She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. She watches over her home to make sure everything is operating smoothly. She accomplishes this by forbidding laziness in her diet.
Verse 28: Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Both husband and children should be blessed to have you, so much so, that they sing your praises to others. “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband, but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness to his bones” Proverbs 12:4. Are you a crown to your husband? Or do you make him ashamed by your actions, or lack thereof?
Verse 29: Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellent them all. She excels above them all because she’s not mediocre, average, or typical. She is rare, standing out and above all.
Verse 30: Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. She is a woman of God that knows inner beauty cometh only from the Lord.
Verse 31: Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. This verse parallels Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” II Corinthians 9:6 also tells us, ” But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”
Happy “Full of Words Wednesday”!