I was carrying a tray of cups filled with pineapple punch last night, when I leaned over to offer a cup to a teenage guest. Three other full cups started to slide towards the tray rim near her head. I'm sure it was God's hand that reached down and steadied my tray and spared our young guest ... and my dignity! I was never meant to be a waitress ....
Do you ever have days or weekends or weeks that feel like balancing a tray of punch cups? I feel like I've been doing a bit of balancing this last week, and I'm ready to slow down a little, mop our floor, get some groceries, and order my thoughts. Strangely enough, this week at Scripture Dig, we're focusing on the Proverbs 31 Woman ... just as I'm feeling like she's an illusive character. And she is.
The wife of Proverbs 31:10-31 describes a precious woman in answer to the question, "An excellent wife who can find?" Who, indeed! Fortunately, the lady we read about in the final chapter of Proverbs isn't a real gal. She's a composite of excellent women, or ideal combination of qualities to strive for. Her description helps shape our efforts and our goals, but our grace-full God counts our worth in His cup of understanding. I'm so glad. I'm also happy to say that (technically...) the Proverbs 31 woman wasn't ever a waitress either! ;)
As we consider what God counts valuable for an excellent wife, I want to share some of what my Scripture Dig sisters are posting about this praise worthy gal-pal of ours. I write at the Dig with four other women around the country, and we're tackling this famous lady in September. Here's a snapshot of what's been shared and a glimpse of what's coming up:
The rest of this week:
- Tuesday ~ I'll help you see how creativity is a gift we give our husbands, even if you never finished "that quilt" or made a scrapbook! ALL of us can follow the Proverbial wife in this quality ... really!
- Wednesday ~ Don't be discouraged by the fact that she "rises while it's still night" ... I'll show you how endurance blesses our men, even if your alarm goes off after sunrise. ;)
- Thursday ~ Does it make a difference if we're productive?
- Friday ~ "Strength" isn't just a quality for husbands ... it's beautiful in a wife, too!
Next week: We'll look at how this surprisingly realistic lady is generous, prepared, gracious, blessed, and God-fearing.
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Isn't it good to know what you're striving for as a wife? And isn't it good to know we don't have to be "everything" in the ideal wife, in order to experience God's miraculous gift of two becoming one?
What quality in Mrs. P31 intimidates you most?