Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Wife of Noble Character

Proverbs 31:10-31 (The Message)

Hymn to a Good Wife

A good woman is hard to find,and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises.

She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.

She senses the worth of her work,is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.

She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking.

She's quick to assist anyone in need,reaches out to help the poor.

She doesn't worry about her family when it snows;their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.

She makes her own clothing,and dresses in colorful linens and silks.

Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers.

She designs gowns and sells them,brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.

Her clothes are well-made and elegant,and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.

When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive.

Her children respect and bless her;her husband joins in with words of praise:

"Many women have done wonderful things,but you've outclassed them all!"
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades
The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.

Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises!


Hope a.k.a. Ernestine said...

Dear Bonnie,

You are so precious leaving me such a sweet comment about my name. You are truly my sister and I love you.

Wow! That Proverbs 31 woman is surely something; I am not sure I can ever get there. I can give me heart and day to God though, and trust Him to make something good out of it.

Love you, Bonnie!

Your sister, Hope :)

Hope a.k.a. Ernestine said...
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Hope a.k.a. Ernestine said...

Hello dear Bonnie,

I deleted my own double comment. Sometimes it is difficult to tell if a comment is saved; I have commented on friends blogs and the comment never appeared, and Naomi said the same thing.

Anyway, dear Bonnie, I pray that your day is blessed with God’s peace.

Love, Hope:)