Sunday, May 15, 2011
How are you all doing this beautiful Monday morning? Today I have been thinking about Proverbs 31. While this is normally know as the passage about the perfect woman, I think it tells us a lot about our husbands too. Let's look at the passage together:
10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
This husband isn't afraid to let his wife work (16). He is confident in her abilities in the home and out of the home (11 & 12). He tells his wife how much he appreciates her (28), and he wants others to know of her hard work as well (31).
Is your husband a Proverbs 31 man? Mr. Amazing sure is. He encourages me to do what I want. When I expressed the desire to go to college next fall, he supported me 100%. He supports my writing and editing, and has an amazing confidence in my abilities. He has what I would call an unreasonable amount of confidence in me (I fall short of the Proverbs 31 woman quite often). He tells me almost every day how much he appreciates me, and he tells others all the time how wonderful I am. It is truly a blessing to be married to a Proverbs 31 man!