Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Eternally Significant

"Who can find a virtuous wife? 
For her worth is far above rubies. 
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard,
She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms. 
She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night. 
She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. 
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet. 
She makes tapestry for herself,
Her clothing is fine linen and purple. 
Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land. 
She makes linen garments and sells them,
And suplies sashes for the merchants. 
Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come, 
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness. 
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all. 
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing.
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. 
Give her the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates."  Proverbs 31:10-31 NKJV

As I have read this passage so many times, I have yet to see it completely fullfilled in my own life.  I see parts here and there thriving, but some areas have not been brought to fruition yet.  I consider it a journey and a ministry for me to serve my family.  It not only helps me to learn about things I otherwise would not have experienced, but to grow in the Lord.  As my study Bible elaborates on this passage, "Confident in the God to whom she prays, the effective woman knows she has eternal significance"  It is a blessing for me to serve and provide for my family.  It is my first and foremost ministry in life.  I challenge you to take this journey with me and let's learn together to be the best women of significance that we can be. 
I am striving to provide inexpensive and natural alternatives to everyday necessities.  I will share my experiences in serving the Lord and my family, in hopes to encourage you to seek His kingdom first and received all of His abundant blessings that He has to offer us.
I enjoy making things homemade.  It gets under my skin to see something that I can make for a fraction of the price.  I am always looking for ideas for gift giving and personal use.  In future blogs, I will share my ideas and recipes along with successes and failures that I have collected over the years.  I like to make jewelry, soap, candles, crafts, simple sewing, cooking, and animals. 
I am a wife to a talented singer and mother to a special needs child with Down syndrome.  We are currently building a chicken coop in hopes of having some new producing tenants soon.  It has been a slow process, as we have used mostly recycled materials.  I will share some photos on following blogs.
God Bless and I look forward to sharing with you.

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