For my recent devotions I looked at the book of Proverbs taking a chapter day, alongside a Psalm, and taking something away to think upon each day and pray through.
However out of all my reading there are words that I keep coming back to. The final 21 verses, and today whilst I am writing I’m using the Message to look through it. I like it mainly as it uses the word Festoon and at least half of my holiday has been dealing with festoon lighting.
So the final part of the final chapter of Proverbs could be classed as a hymn to a good wife – which is was the Message entitles it. Now, I am not married. I congratulate my friends that are, or will be, and I love your white dress chatter. I have spent the last week listening to more marriage talk than anything, todays sermon inclusive. However, I am not engaged or very close – it appears to me – to the whole marriage thing. For now I’m happy to wait on the Lord for that to happen. Yet this chapter still speaks to me.
This is the Godly women I want to be. I won’t lie, I would love the pretty wedding, to marry a knight in shining armour, but I want something more. More than that one day. I want to be part of a whole reliant on God. Until that time I want to try and live to this as and where I can because then when that man gets nudged by God in his eyes I will be worth far more than Diamonds.
And with no husband, I know I am worth that to an almighty King.
A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!
Psalm 31:10-31 The Message