Posts Tagged ‘excellent wife’

verses 13-15: “She looks for wool and flax, And works with her hands in delight. She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar. She rises also while it is still night, And give food to her household, And portions to her maidens.”

My wife is a stay-at-home mom…though a lot of times, she doesn’t “stay at home”. She is busy with the grocery shopping, running errands, taking care of business whether it regards the household or the kids or me. She also is busy with our church and our high school band. She is industrious, thorough, and organized. I know that my lunch for the day’s work is already made the day before, for instance.

Yet there are factions in society that would have us believe that the Bible tells us that women should be kept at home, barefoot and in the kitchen. Really?

Take another look at those verses: she “works with her hands in delight” (she enjoys God-given work, as my wife just commented), “she rises also while it is still night”, and “is like merchant ships”. I had to do all the duties she attends to, while she was convalescing from back surgery, not too long ago. Let me tell you, men, our wives’ job is not easy! Also, there are some wives who do that job and hold down an outside-the-home occupation as well (my mother was one of those)!

Take a moment today, thank God for your excellent wife, and then thank your excellent wife for all she does.

Something to think about.

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verse 4: “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who shames him is as rottenness in his bones.”

I knew a couple once; I will not mention names. He was an upstanding member of the community; she seemed to be a good wife, and they had nice children. Her behavior, though, led to shame for him and his family. She betrayed him through an affair, and what’s worse, her behavior spiraled out of control, causing him much personal heartache. Their family became the subject of many whispered rumors and gossip. Even though he stood by her through the criminal proceedings she went through, he did later divorce her to move on with his and his children’s lives.

Solomon speaks here of an excellent wife being “the crown of her husband”. Proverbs 31 goes into great detail about the characteristics of an excellent wife. If husband and wives were true to each other and the roles and responsibilities that God has given us, there would be a lot more shining examples of marriage and family in the world today…and a lot less tarnished crowns.

Something to think about.

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