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Image from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Women%27s_Marathon_London_2012_006.jpg#filelinks 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… Read More

Throughout October we have examined the layers of truth describing the Proverbs 31 Woman. Now toward the end of this incredible passage we come to the words that pull on our heartstrings and stir a deep yearning to experience ourselves this joy, this long anticipated, greatly desired joy. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Proverbs 31:28 It’s not the praise we seek, but… Read More

If Jesus was a parent. I want to plant that picture in your mind. Jesus as a parent. Now with that picture in mind, read our verse for today. She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:27 Isn’t this just what Jesus does for us as His children? He continually watches over us for our benefit and growth. By His gift of… Read More

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26 Your children need wisdom if they’re to grow into the adults God is expecting. Foolishness takes up most of the real estate in their young hearts and minds. They are most open to receiving wisdom when it’s been candy-coated in kindness. And you, Mom, are at the very heart of God’s plan to deliver both… Read More

My husband and a ministry group climbing to a remote village in Ghana to visit pastors and churches. Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land. Proverbs 31:23 Are you an asset to your husband in his career? Does he benefit from your encouragement and complementary participation in his business endeavors? Have you ever considered the ways God might want to use the strength… Read More

She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. Proverbs 31:18 Etsy Workshops New York http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Etsy_Labs.jpg#filelinks Have you shopped on Etsy.com? If our Proverbs 31 Woman was around today she’d have her own shop on Etsy. She’s got an entrepreneurial spirit and the determination to make a success of her own ventures. She’s willing to do the work and invest her energies in an endeavor she… Read More

http://www.etsy.com/listing/164854623/the-proverbs-31-burlap-toms-shoes-with?ref=rss She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. Proverbs 31:17 Saturday can be a frenzy of kid’s games and shopping, of errands and housework, of literally playing catch-up. As women we often put everyone else’s needs before our own. May I suggest that today you do something to strengthen yourself? Maybe just a brisk walk, or a ‘slow quiet one’ if that would better suit your need. An hour… Read More

It doesn’t take much to sabotage your day long before the sun ever rises. There are all kinds of calamities and interruptions like kids that get sick in the night, or the smoke alarm that starts notifying you at 1:42 am that the battery needs to be changed. So a smart woman might avoid adding anything else to the mix that puts her at a disadvantage before she’s even had her coffee…. Read More

I meet a lot of women who feel overwhelmed by their lives. The daily responsibilities and challenges feed insecurity and doubt. They love their kids, but feel the pull of career and the craving for adult conversation. When I was a young mother I comforted myself with the thought that soon the little ones would be potty trained. Soon they’d be in school. Soon they’d be self-sufficient. But each new age brought… Read More