her price is far above rubies
I thought I’d post tonight some sections from God’s Word from Proverbs that I enjoy in light of being a good steward of what you have, working around the house, being diligent, etc. They inspire me to grow in those areas.
“In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” Prov. 14:23 [I love that–in ALL labor there is profit. If you want to do something profitable, just get to work on something!]
“Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.” Prov. 27:23 [We don’t have any flocks or herds at this point in time, but I’d like to think the same principle could be applied to our little garden, and maybe if we get chickens some day :)]
And of course, Proverbs 31:10-31, about the virtuous woman:
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. [Who wouldn’t want to be that kind of woman?]
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. [I guess these days I do get up before the sunrise with the sunlight changing… does that count? :)]
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. [This is one cool kind of woman. She’s very enterprising.]
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. [She must think before she speaks :)]
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. [Quite the example of a stewardess!]
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth [reverences] the LORD, she shall be praised. [That’s the most important thing!]
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”