Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Laughing at the time to come...

My good friend Amy and I have had many a musing and thoughtful conversations about the joys, challenges, and blessings of becoming the modern "Proverbial woman." Through my daily life, then and now, single and married, I dream of and sincerely strive to be such a God honoring woman. Needless to say, it's quite a feat, and I have a looongg way to go!

While there are many more shining examples and traits of biblical womanhood to be found in the bible, Proverbs 31 is one of my favorites. The ESV entitles this passage "The Woman Who Fears The Lord."

10 An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 "Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all."
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.

Wow, that's quite a woman! Thank God for the grace we need to aspire to such great heights.

*"Feminine Appeal" by Carolyn Mahaney is an encouraging read on this topic.*


Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday! As you continue to grow and mature, God will shape you into more of a Proverbs 31 woman. Have a great day!

Shannon said...

Rebecca....Happy Birthday!!! I hope that you have had a wonderful day. Thanks for the post on Proverbs 31.