Thursday, January 20, 2011

Proverbs 31:29

Proverbs 31:28b-29  Her husband praises her: "There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!"

What is it about the Proverbs 31 women that causes her husband to think she surpasses all other virtuous and capable women?  Today's lesson had an exercise to scan each verse, and in a word or two pinpoint her traits that made her so excellent.  You might choose other descriptions, but here are the words that first came to my mind...

verse 10 - valuable
verse 11 - trustworthy
verse 12 - helpful
verse 13 - busy
verse 14 - provider
verse 15 - organized
verse 16 - profitable
verse 17 - hard-working
verse 18 - thrifty
verse 19 - crafty
verse 20 - helps needy
verse 21 - prepared
verse 22 - talented
verse 23 - known in community
verse 24 - resourceful
verse 25 - no fear
verse 26 - wise & kind
verse 27 - aware
verse 30 - Godly
verse 31 - praised

As you look over your own list of words, where do you need to improve?  This women in Proverbs 31 seems to be unattainable, but perhaps we can focus on improving one or two traits at a time.  Any improvement towards living a more Godly life is improvement in the right direction.

And during all of that, if this woman is being praised by her husband it is logical to think that she is also praising her husband.  Have you praised your husband today?  I need to go do that right now - to thank him for giving me the day at the computer to complete some work, to check FB (shhh!), and to do my Bible study.

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