May 31

Each month I read through the book of Proverbs in my devotion time.  I read the chapter associated with each day of the month.  Today I read Proverbs 31 again.  Every time I read this chapter, I pause to thank God for godly grandmothers, a godly mother, and a wife who lives out these principles every day in front of me and our children/grandchildren.  As I was read through it again today, my thoughts were focused on my precious wife.  I began to think of the things written there over 1,000 years ago in the things I see my wife doing today.  I want to share these humble thoughts with you today.  I am not trying to change Scripture at all, but simply trying to apply these truths to the day we live in.

Proverbs 31:11-30 … (31:11) My heart trusts my wife so that I do not need to fret about where she is, or what she is doing.  She calls me at every step of her day to tell me what she has done and where she is going.  I feel totally safe with her. (31:12) She is constantly looking for ways to make my life easier, even at the expense of her own comfort and relaxation. (31:13) She is not content if she is not doing something.  Her hands are never idle.  When she has “down time” she finds something to do. (31:14) She has always been very good at getting the food our family likes, even if it means going a distance to get it. (31:15) She has always sacrificed sleep to meet our needs, even if it means getting up early in the morning. (31:16) She is very frugal with our finances, and has kept us in good financial standing. (31:17) She gets up before everyone and runs, or walks to stay in good shape. (31:18) She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. (31:19) Even when sleeping she is making bread, washing the dishes, or preparing a meal (thanks to technology). (31:19) She is always Kohl’s store looking for good buys for our children and grandchildren (on the Clearance racks of course). (31:20) She has mercy for everyone, all the time. (31:21) She loves the snow, and bundles up herself and all who will allow her to so we can go out and shovel the neighborhood!

I have run out of space, but I want to tell you that there is nothing like being married to a virtuous woman!  I am blessed, our children and grandchildren are blessed, and even complete strangers are blessed.  The reason for this devotional today is that Proverbs 31 ends with this challenge: “Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates” (Proverbs 31:31).  I am simply doing what the Bible told me to do today.  Thank the virtuous women you know today.  It’s not an easy job!

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