With it being the 31st of May, I am reading through the book of Proverbs, chapter 31 and I've always strived to be the kind of woman that it's speaking about. A good a noble wife is spoken about all throughout this book, but this final chapter gives the qualities and characteristics in more detail.
With the Lord's blessing of being able to stay at home again, and sew to make extra income, these verses really speak out to me.
MEN - this is the kind of woman you should be searching for if you're single and can't seem to find a woman of character. Maybe you're looking in the wrong places; I would suggest church!
31:10 - 20:"A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her, and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good and not harm all the days of her life. She selects flax and wool and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. SHe gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy".
24 - 31:" She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and didnity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction in on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise 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. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate".
This is the woman I strive to be - a woman of character, compassion, and integrity.