This past Sunday, I read Proverbs 31 in its entirety for the first time in many years. Although some of it would be considered "dated", it is a beautiful piece that reads like a song. Below are the words that inspire me the most.
"Who can find a virtuous and capable woman?
She is more precious than rubies.
She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.
She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night.
She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.
She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.
Her children stand and bless her.
There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise." Proverbs 31: Excepts from the New Living Translation.
This describes many of the women and mothers that I know. They are strong, hardworking and always ready to extend a helping hand to her family, a friend or a stranger. There is rarely any public reward; the reward is in a child's smile, a hug from a grateful stranger or the silent whisper of "well done" that God places in our hearts. You may not feel strong or wise or even kind every day. You may even want to flee from the term, virtuous but on your best day, you are all the above and so much more. Claim it for yourself and one day you may be surprised to receive a very sincere, "You are the best mom, ever!" compliment from the child who you think is not fully engaged.
Is there a bible verse, a poem or a song that inspires you as a woman or a mother? Please share it with us.