I’m going to finish my modern day spin on this passage today. I can’t come up with an introduction for the same thing every week – I’m not that talented a writer. I just want you all to know that this is something to aspire to; all you have to do is try. With that said, let’s finish this:
Verse 20 – She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy
I think this is self-explanatory – she cares about those who are poor and needy and gets involved in helping them. She provides charity.
Verse 21 – When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She is prepared and so is her family for whatever is to come, whether its weather or life in general.
Verse 22 – She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
She provides the best for herself and her family, she’s always well dressed. This one I have to work on!
Verse 23: Her Husband is respected at the city gate; he takes his seat among the elders of the land
She chose a husband who is respected and noble in character.
Verse 24 – She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
Again, she makes and sells things, she’s industrious and supplies for the needs of her family and others.
Verse 25 – She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
This is also self-explanatory. And something I have an extremely difficult time doing, but it comes down to having faith in God to work out everything so you don’t have to worry about what tomorrow brings.
Verse 26 – She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She gives good advice; she is wise and uses that wisdom to help others.
Verse 27- She watches over the affairs of the household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
She isn’t idle; she works hard caring for her household, simple as that.
Verse 28 – 31 – Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
She is loved and praised by her family for all that she does. She serves the Lord all her days and she is respected for it.
As I’ve already said a few times, I do not live up to this description of what the ideal woman is. And I don’t think any woman does, I think it simply gives a woman something to aspire to, to do her best and in the process, receive blessings from God for what she does.
Blessings to you all,