Welcome to Homemaking Mondays!
Proverbs 31: 28
"Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her."
This is such a wonderful testimony! Those that she serves in the home have been not only the recipients of her efforts, but they have been blessed by them.
They rise up... it's not an off hand comment they make, but a whole hearted proclamation.
Her husband also praiseth her. What a huge witness this is of what she has done.
It is not empty praise. It is the acknowledgement publicly that she has done well in serving the Lord in her home. This is what all of us homemakers should desire to strive for.
How do your children and husband feel about you when they reflect upon you?
"Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all."
Here the praise of this particular virtuous woman is a bit greater then that of just the average virtuous woman. It states many daughters... there are many that are virtuous. Then it adds the but. This particular woman is noted for being even more virtuous then the others.
Not that this particular virtue is a competition. Those women who seek after the Lord and what He would have them to do in the home will be duly noted.
"Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised."
One who seeks favour from others...as a source of motivation is misguided. For it is deceitful and one cannot hold ones value or standard through the favour of others.
Beauty...I am sure we can all agree, that beauty is vain, and fades. Whether our own, or a flower...it is a shallow way to value oneself or others. Favour, and beauty often draw attention...but what follows shows a much deeper more important way to be noticed. I love this but! A woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Our solid, honest and true value comes when we fear the Lord and are directed by His Word! When a woman's focus is on pleasing the Lord and doing His will, the result will be praiseworthy. No flattery here, but pure honest truth. When we order our steps aright, when we walk according to the will that the Lord has laid out for women, it will show forth a virtuous woman of great worth.
Honour and praise will be given not only to her, but ultimately to the Lord Jesus Christ!
"Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."
No need for self proclamation here...no need to advertise or promote ourselves. It will be a natural outcome of living a virtuous life before the Lord and others.
Others will respect and praise to her our of sincerity.
What is the testimony you are leaving? What do others see in you?
Something to ponder.
Love and Prayers,