Hello, all! I hope all of you mothers, grandmothers, and any woman who has ever loved on or help raise a child had a great and blessed day. Where would we be without women in our lives who loved, nurtured, and took care of us? Thanks, Mom, Cinda (mom-in-law)--for raising a great son, Memaw--who's gone to be with Jesus, and to my dad's mother. Although she passed away before I was born, she raised a great son--Dad! Anyway, now that I am a mom, I think about these things more often, and am definitely more appreciative.
I have to keep reading Proverbs 31 to keep reminding me to strive to be the wife/mother God wants me to be, but it's not an easy task, folks. I heard it put so beautifully by a mother whose children have already left the nest, but who is not yet a grandmother: "The days are long, but the years are short." Throughout my short tenure as a mother, I have sadly figured this out. Life is but a moment, and this beautiful--but stressful--time of raising children will soon pass.
I am one who always wants to hurry up and get to the next stage. I love the stages Weiss goes through, but I always want to think of what's next. But I think I need to just slow down and enjoy the present moment of being a mom.
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.