How To Win Your Family’s Praise

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Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband too, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
Proverbs 31:28-29

What more could a woman want than to know that her husband and children think she’s the best?
Today’s post features a Checklist of Suggestions for Wives and Mothers from Proverbs 31.

A Checklist for Wives:
*Is my husband’s heart safe with me? Am I unfailingly loyal to him?
*Do I make a significant contribution to our life together?
*Am I a 100% wife, or do I keep score and make sure I don’t out-give my husband?
*Is his welfare, his daily blessing a vital concern that gets demonstrated in my actions and priorities, in where I invest my energy and how I spend my time?
*Do I cook things he likes and enjoys?
*Do I consider his emotional and physical wants and needs?
*Am I a burden to him, or do I exert myself to contribute significantly to our family’s financial success?
*Do I find creative ways to enhance his reputation publicly?

A Checklist for Moms:
*Am I organized and prepared to meet my children’s daily needs for food and clothing?
*Have I planned and made provision for their future needs?
*Am I a good example of self-control and disciplined behavior?
*Can I organize and delegate?
*Do I model the Christian virtues of love and generosity toward others?
*Do I maintain my own spiritual and physical health and strength?
*Do I act in kindness and speak with wisdom?
*Am I attentive to each individual child’s behavior, attitudes, and interactions?
*Do I make consistency in discipline and effectiveness in correction everyday priorities?

Our Proverbs 31 Woman has made ‘the fear of the LORD’ the foundation of her life.
Her beliefs, her attitudes, and all she does grow out of her fear of the LORD.

The book of Proverbs was written to give us practical wisdom for daily living.
And a life of reverence and humility before God will always result in wisdom and wisdom offers its own rewards.

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
and the one who gets understanding,
for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
and her profit better than gold.
She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
those who hold her fast are called blessed.
Proverbs 3:13-18

Single women or those that don’t have kids will also find wisdom in this wonderful final chapter.
Proverbs 31 gives us a picture of a woman capable of supporting herself and still helping others.
She’s energetic, industrious, and capable.

Any modern woman can find in her both inspiration and example.
Today I want to share with you a post from a blogger named Lauren DeMoss.
She has some keen observations on the lessons a young woman can find in Proverbs 31.

http://www.thefulltimegirl.com/2012/09/26/making-peace-with-proverbs-31/

You can find out more about Lauren on her About Page

I’m also providing a link to a wonderful summary of the book of Proverbs.
You’ll find information about the Nature of Proverbs, it’s Purpose and Teaching, and the Literary Structure of the book.
There is also a very useful Outline.
I’ve bookmarked this page on my computer and use it like a Table of Contents for the Book of Proverbs.

http://www.biblestudytools.com/esv/proverbs/

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