Skip to main content

Proverbs 31 Woman

A Wife of Noble Character

10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 
I have been blessed beyond words by my relationship with Katie, yet I will give it a try.
She is virtuous (vərCHo͞o noun "behavior showing high moral standards.") to the utmost degree. She is invaluable as a resource, way more than wealth or riches. She is the most trustworthy person I know--always following through on her word and keeping every promise she makes. She makes wise decisions and her gut response has navigated us through many troubled waters.

13            She finds wool and flax and busily spins it.
14            She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar.
15          She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

She cuts coupons but not corners. She creates crafts and prepares meals for guests. She makes our home an inviting place to welcome both friends and strangers. She is rarely idle at home, recognizing her important role in raising our family and keeping the home in order. She rarely if never gets up before dawn....but she does typically clean up from the mess I make with breakfast dishes!

16            She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. 
17          She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. 
18          She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night.


Katie is frugal and finds ways to stretch our income so that we can be more generous with what we have to others. She is a cautious buyer (unlike me) and makes sure to research before purchasing something whimsically. I always know it is a good buy by the time she recommends it to me. Katie is always quick to smile, quick to laugh out loud at a good (or bad) joke, and always ready to make someone feel good. She has birthed 3 children and is carrying our 4th--talk about strength! She is capable of carrying two children in her arms while carrying another in utero.

19            Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. 
20          She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. 
21          She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes.


Katie knows how to make a pair of jeans last beyond the abbreviated timeline I give them. She resows buttons, patches rips, and organizes the kids' clothing by size, season, and color! She carries bags of snacks for homeless people she meets on street corners. She has cared for an African child through Compassion International since she was a college student. She has a heart for helping those less fortunate than us and loves to buy "secret Santa" gifts for kids who would otherwise receive none.

22            She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns. 
23          Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders.
 
24          She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants.


Katie loves to make our bed every morning and keep the house picked up every night after the kids go to bed. She loves beauty and loves to make our kids and our home a beautiful place to live. Katie makes me a better person. She brings out sensitivities and empathy in me that I otherwise lack. She reminds me of who I am, Whose I am, and what I am called to do. She completes my family ensemble so that no one just hears of me but rather of we.

25          She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. 
26          When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.
27          She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.

Katie is worthy of honor and respect. She is a leader, a planner, and a diligent worker for God's Kingdom. She seeks God before relying on her own judgment, even in times where she doubts the future. Katie thinks before she speaks, so that when she speaks her words are like choice apples to a hungry appetite (thank you Proverbs 25:11). Katie holds her tongue from words of anger or bitterness and instead chooses ways to word things with kindness and truth and goodness. She is quick to listen to other people's wisdom and others are quick to hear her advice. Even while pregnant or nursing Katie is on her feet much of the day, taking care of the needs of the household--no chore or job is left undone under her supervision.

28          Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: 
29          “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”

Katie has brought beautiful children into this world--not just in looks, but in obedience, behavior, laughter, and compassion. You can see the fruit of her motherly duties by looking closely at our children. You can see Katie's heart by observing McKenna, Micaiah, or Isaiah. Call me biased or call me blind but I see Katie as the most capable woman in the world!

30          Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. 
31          Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

Katie, we are going to grow old together, fat together, and die together, but your heart and your legacy and your love for the Lord will live on well after we have faded from this earth. You are worthy of all the respect, all the love, all the praise I can offer. Thank you for being my wife and my best friend. 


Comments

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Protesting ChristMass

During a meeting with several other Cincinnati area worship ministers last week we got to talking shop about Christmas/Christmas Eve services; who was doing them, who was not, how many and what time. I was intrigued (neither positive nor adverse reaction) to find that roughly a third of the churches represented were not having any kind of Christmas Day services, even though Christmas morning is a Sunday this year. Yet there was one leader (Reggie) who said that their church has a Christmas morning worship service every year regardless of whether it falls on a Sunday.

Initially this shocked me. How could this be? Why would this be? Why have a church service every Christmas? Why not stay home and eat cinnamon rolls and open presents like the rest of America? Reggie said many of the people who expect this from his congregation are not native North Americans. Initially Reggie was against the idea, but once he realized how many people from his congregation wanted to have a Christmas mornin…

The Home School Game

Today is the Feast of St. Nicholas. Our family has started a tradition of celebrating this day by opening gifts from our stockings on this day and remembering the historical figure of Nicholas, who was a humble and generous person. It is a wonderful compromise for our family backgrounds to both celebrate Santa Claus and at the same time keep Christ-mas about Christ. It has become a tradition I look forward to every year.

This year, we decided to add an element of teaching our children to be generous by choosing toys they want to give away to other girls and boys who are less fortunate than our children. Katie lined up two dozen toys they had not been playing with for some time now and laid them all out on a table. One by one, our kids examined the toys on the table and were instructed to pick out onetoy they wanted to keep for themselves. After each kid had picked out a toy to keep, they were told to go back through the toys and pick another toy they wanted to give away. It was heart-…

Imitation: Diets, Houses, and Faith

There were 3 options for my preschoolers to choose from: Honey Bunches of Oats, Cocoa Pebbles, or Raisin Bran. I set all 3 on the table and asked each child which cereal they would like to eat for breakfast; all three chose 'Honey Boats.' After pouring their cereal and getting each kid situated, I poured myself a bowl of Raisin Bran and we all got to munching.

When Isaiah (my oldest) finished his cereal first he asked if he could have more. Sure thing, which one do you want? 
"That one" *pointing to the Raisin Bran*
Surprised I pour him a bowl of Raisin Bran, surprised that he ate the entire bowl.

As we were cleaning up our bowls from the table after breakfast I realized that the Cocoa Pebbles were not touched this morning, not even mentioned. Odd, I thought, typically the chocolately-sugary cereals don't last a week at our house. And yet this is the same [big] bag of Cocoa Pebbles that we opened over a month ago. Why the sudden lack of interest?

****************…