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Throwback Thursday: The Virtuous Wife

 

THE VIRTUOUS WIFE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come.

Prov. 31:25 (NKJV)

 

What does the Proverbs 31 woman look like? Let’s find out! First, she is trusted by her husband to handle the finances, the house, and the children (v. 11-12). He doesn’t need to worry about frivolous spending, and she is deserving of his praise (v. 28).

 

This lady is willing to work with her hands (v.13). She goes to great lengths to prepare special dishes for her family (v. 14). She rises while it is still dark to provide her family food (v. 15). Her work continues into the night (v.18).

 

She is also enterprising with her own business and investments (v. 16). The Proverbs 31 woman conducts her business with much consideration and wisdom.

 

This godly lady “extends her hand” to the poor and needy (v. 20). Not only does she give from her profits, but you will find her serving in the soup kitchen.

 

The only mention of her outer beauty speaks of the fine clothes she makes for herself (v. 22). However, her character is one of wisdom and kindness (v. 26). She is a God-fearing woman (v. 30). Her wisdom and strength come from the Lord.

 

Our focal verse tells us that she is strong and honorable. She will rejoice in time to come, but when is this time? Surely a Proverbs 31 woman is always joyful. Is that time when her children grow up and praise her (v. 28)? Does she rejoice because she does not fear the winter snow since she has provided warm clothing for her family (v. 21)? When the cold winds of suffering howl, she will rejoice because her joy is in the Lord. One day, she will survey her life, and she will rejoice. She will have no regrets. This strong, wise, kind, hard-working lady will hear the words, “Well done, My good and faithful servant”, and she will rejoice.

 

Heavenly Father,

Create in each of us ladies what we need to be a Proverbs 31 woman. Thank You for the areas in which we may be strong, and work on us where we are weak. For Your glory, answer our cry! Amen.

 

DIG DEEPER

Read Prov. 31:10-31.

 

HIKING THE TRAIL

What is one thing that you can do this week to be more like the Proverbs 31 woman? Men, show your wives special appreciation this week and every week.

 

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

A Bundle to Love

 

A BUNDLE TO LOVE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no Children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die!”

Genesis 30:1 NKJV

At age twenty-three, that longing hit me. You know the one. The desire to have a child is strong by nature. Some women elect not to have families, but for the rest of us, a life without a child is empty. The yearning is so strong because it is God’s plan for us to be fruitful and multiply. When that overwhelming longing hits, nothing will satisfy it, but a little bundle of joy.

Discovering that becoming pregnant is difficult can create despair. I went from taking my temperature every morning and faithfully keeping the charts through all the infertility tests. Each month, I eagerly awaited the good news, and each month, the doctor started the process over again. Pills to jump-start my cycle, and fertility drugs followed. For six months, that was the routine.

Strolling through the baby department, gazing at the adorable outfits, the tiny sleepers, and all the baby gear was thrilling. So soft and so cute! Then my eyes sprang a leak, and I made a quick exit, leaving the store to cry.

I prayed nightly for a child. It could be a boy or a girl. It did not matter. I just wanted a bundle to love. I wasn’t attending church. Wasn’t reading my Bible. Wasn’t living for God. The truth was that I did not know Jesus Christ personally at that time. I prayed, unaware that my prayers never hit the ceiling. After I was genuinely born again, I learned that God does not hear the prayer of a sinner, except the genuine request for salvation. Once I was gloriously saved, I struggled to accept the fact that God did not hear those prayers because He answered them. Yes, I finally became pregnant, but it had nothing to do with my prayers. It was part of God’s amazing plan.

Scripture is filled with barren women whose wombs eventually carried babies. Sarah miraculously bore Isaac in her old age (Gen. 18:10-11). Rachael’s need for children was stronger than life itself (Gen. 30:1). Not only did Hannah weep for a child, she endured the biting words of Elkanah’s other wife, who became pregnant easily (1 sam. 1-20). God blessed all these women with newborns, but that may not always be the case.

Your answer to prayer may come in the form of adoption or a foster child. Some couples remain childless. We can’t wrap our minds around the fact that potentially good parents cannot conceive, but many unmarried women have multiple births. It is not for us to understand, just trust God.

That is much easier said than done. I wish I had the answers you long for, but Jesus is the answer. He is the source of life, the master of miracles, and the carpenter for the broken.

  • This is an excerpt from the chapter “When a Mom Hurts” in my memoir, “Believe: A Journey of Faith” which I am currently writing.

Heavenly Father, we lift up barren wombs to You today. Throughout Scripture, You brought life to many who were dead: Sarah, Rachel, and Elizabeth, just to name a few. Please open the doors to give mommas and daddies a bundle to love. Until then, or if it is not Your plan, shower them with amazing grace. We thank You and we trust You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Genesis 30:1-24.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Infertility is difficult year-round. Don’t allow a national holiday to overpower you with despair. Pray, guarding your heart through Mother’s Day and throughout the year. There is always hope with Jesus. The impossible becomes possible in prayer.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.