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, not harm,
all the days of her life.
- Proverbs 31:10-12
I could have just posted the remainder of Proverbs 31 and left that as my post, but there are some chinks in the armor. For example, we do not have the funds for her to buy a vineyard.
My wife and I recently celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary. At one point in our lives, she crocheted a baby blanket for each nephew and niece. She started doing it for their children, but she had to give it up. She still provides blankets, a cute blanket print with a crocheted fringe. So maybe, I should have included Proverbs 31:13.
Today, she went by herself to the mall to walk. It has been her second solo outing since her open-heart surgery in mid-August of last year, the other being right after being allowed to drive a few months ago. She has grown accustomed to riding in the backseat, making me her chauffer. The crazy traffic scares her, having stepped away from it too long. So, Proverbs 31:14 has been lacking as I drive her to the grocery store. Yet, she makes menus. As we skip meals for one reason or another, she does an inventory and rewrites her menu. In that way, she economizes our limited storage space and saves when going to the store – no impulse buying. If she used those skills to run the grocery store, they’d make a better profit.
She was supposed to complete her cardiac rehab last week, but the snowstorm turned to freezing rain last Wednesday caused her to cancel. Thus, tomorrow, at the time of posting, is her last day. When it comes to Proverbs 31:17, she has more arm and leg strength now than she did before the surgery.
When it comes to Proverbs 31:20, she has held out her hand to the needy her entire life, giving food to the poor before she started first grade (and getting in trouble for having done so). She wishes that we could win the lottery or the other give-aways. She sees the needs of our children and grandchildren. If she wished for something of her own, it would be a new, bigger car to take the grandchildren on adventures – always thinking of others.
She used to do a lot of sewing, but if you track the clothing store sales, you can buy for less than the cost of materials. So, Proverbs 31:24 might not fit anymore, but our boys had the coolest jam pants in the 80s.
To my wife, I can only think of one verse in Proverbs 31. To all my female friends and fellow bloggers, I hereby apologize in advance.
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
- Proverbs 31:29
But as for my female readers, the following verses give praise to each of you. As for the male readers, look for this when looking for a wife of noble character.
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.
- Proverbs 31:30-31
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.