Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thursday Truth

It's been a good while since I've posted a Thursday Truth, and I really don't know why.  These posts are usually more reflective to what's going on in my spiritual life, but over the past months,
God has been dealing greatly.  I guess I just didn't know where even to begin. 

So how 'bout the basics, huh??

This excerpt from Proverbs 31 is by far one of my favorite passages in Scripture.  It was spoken by King Solomon, know to this day to be the wisest and wealthiest man who ever lived.  He was writing this to his sons (there were many) about qualities to look for in a potential wife, also knowns as the "Wife of Noble Character."  King Solomon had numerous wives and part of me wonders if these words of wisdom came from true life experience.  :) 

My favorite?  By far, verses 17 and 30 (highlighted below).  I pretty much fail daily on the rest of the qualities...workin' on it though!

"Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?  She is more precious than rubies.
Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.

She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

She finds wool and flax and busily spins it.

She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar.

She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

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.

She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night.

Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber.

She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.

She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes.

She makes her own bedspreads.  She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.

Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders.

She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants.

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.

She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.

Her children stand and bless her.  Her husband praises her:

"There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”

(30) Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

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