My Wife’s Birthday and Proverbs 31

[10]  An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.  [11] The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.  [12] She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.  [13] She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.  [14] She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar.  [15] She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.  [16] She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.  [17] She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.  [18] She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night.  [19] She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.  [20] She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.  [21] She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet.  [22] She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.  [23] Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.  [24] She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant.  [25] Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.  [26] She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.  [27] She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  [28] Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:  [29] “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”  [30] Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.  [31] Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates. (Proverbs 31:10-31 ESV)

I met my wife 20 years ago. We sat next to each other in church most of our lives. She would put a sticker in the back of my Bible every time we sat next to each other. I have two Bibles with little heart stickers all over the back covers. God has been so good to me to give me a godly wife, who embodies the above characteristics not perfectly, but well. She works hard to manage our home and lead our kids. Her due date for our third child is in 6 days and in the last three weeks we painted the great room, cleaned out the basement and moved furniture around the house to accommodate the new little man. She loves and supports me in my Christian walk, my ministry to others and my leadership in our home. She makes our home a place of refuge and rest that our family loves to run to. Years ago I just enjoyed sitting next to her in church. Today is her birthday, and I am thankful that God has allowed me to enjoy his precious jewel as I walk through this life.

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