Friday, September 21, 2007

The Proverbs 31 Woman

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My devotional this morning encouraged me to read the passage from Proverbs 31:10-31 and reflect on how I am (or am not) like the Proverbs 31 woman. While this could turn into a 'bash myself over the head' situation, I started reading it and just's why (I'll start in vs 13).

  • She finds wool and flax and busily spins it...I find pieces of yarn, paper, and other unidentifiable craft objects on the rug and pick them up so the baby doesn't ingest them.
  • She is like a merchants ship; she brings her food from afar...yes, if Walmart is too busy, I will go the distance and travel to Kroger.
  • She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day's work for her servant girls...zzzzzzzzzzzz - oh, I'm up! and if I would have known they were my servant girls....well, don't they have a thing coming!!
  • She goes out to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard...I go outside to ensure that my children have picked up every remote toy so that the lawn can be mowed without another toy run-over incident.
  • She is energetic and strong, a hard worker...I do put on a good front, but collapse at the end of the day...or mid-day...or morning, depending on if I've had a cup of coffee.
  • She watches for bargains; her lights burn late into the night...YES!! score 1 for me!! of course the lights burning have nothing to do with working, unless fiddling with the html on your website counts...
  • Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber...I wander around the house, following the thread trail left by my son, slowly winding the thread back onto the spool.
  • She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy...I willingly welcome any other poor mother into my house so that our children can play and we can look at each other and know that other mothers do exist (i.e. big people).
  • She has no fear of winter for her household because all of them have warm clothes...which are strewn all over the house during the "changeover period" due to children's excitement over new clothes.
  • She quilts her own bedspreads...I do have a quilt started...ummm...well, the fabric is cut...has been cut for 7 years now.
  • She dresses like royalty in gowns of finest cloth...I do consider any shirt that doesn't have spit up, dried food or slobber on it or doesn't require ironing the "finest cloth."
  • Her husband is well known...for chasing around a toddler most Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays....
  • She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants...I have made an occasional tunic or two for a Christmas program.
  • She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she LAUGHS with no fear of the future... :)
  • Her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instruction...Yes, you can get permanent marker off your table top - just a little baking powder/water paste and a little elbow grease...that does sound wise, doesn't it? And if you need the full PBS schedule, surely that counts towards wisdom...
  • She carefully watches all that goes on in her household and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness...I do have to watch Zachary VERY carefully, because otherwise there are consequences...
  • Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her...My children do stand...on the table, the couch, any possible object...and my husband does praise me (and thanks the Lord that HE gets to work every day...I love you, honey!).

Should I go on???


  1. I don't know if I've ever commented on your site before... I found your blog from Christin's site. Hi :)

    This comparison was funny! I loved the part about knowing the PBS lineup :) funny stuff


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