The Wife of Noble Character

I don’t normally blog on Sabbaths but I just wanted to share something I read earlier today in the Bible. I know that some of my readers may not be Christians and it is not my intention here to preach – but simply to share a lovely passage that inspired me today. I was reading random Proverbs to Jacob as he was falling asleep, and I came across the last chapter in the book which had a section called “The Wife of Noble Character”.

I’d like to share it because, really, I think it’s relevant to any wife and mum. And one day, I hope to be a wife of noble character too.

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 night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
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 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

On another note, our heat wave is over and a cool change has just come through. Dan and I spotted a red moon (and we really hope that doesn’t mean bushfires). We drove out to a vantage point on a hill and also got to see some phenomenal lightning across the horizon. The power and beauty of nature never fails to astound me. Good night all!

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