Proverbs 31:16-18

"She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard.  She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.  She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night." I lumped 16-18 together because I thought it would be hard to talk about one without talking about the other.  The woman in these verses is wise when it comes to business and finances.  Right out of the gate, I find this refreshing.  I don't mean to say that she is the sole decision maker in her household regarding finances, but that…read more >

Proverbs 31:13-14 Reflection

"She finds wool and flax and busily spins it.  She is like a merchant's ship, bringing food from afar." The word that comes to mind is "resourceful".  I see a woman that works hard at finding the highest quality goods for as little as possible.  She gathers it up, puts her twist on it and brings it to her family in a way that serves them best. Find, spin, bring, and repeat.  And, it's all done out of love, not out of mundane obligation.  Take joy in the responsibilities in which God has blessed you. When I read this verse, I envision a…read more >

Spiritual Growth and Balance by Traci Morrow

When I say that I met some wonderful women of God this past week, Traci Morrow is a primary example.  Her words speak to me, and I hope that her message speaks to you, too.  As you know, I've been all about finding that balance between mind, body and soul.  I think this video blog hits the nail on the head. more >

Proverbs 31:13-14 and God’s Will

I love the language in these two verses for the picture they paint in my head.  Per Wikipedia, a merchant vessel is a ship that transports cargo or passengers.  Hmmmm.  When I read that, I pictured a mom with 5 kids and a Cheerio-infested minivan.  Maybe there's something to that.  Then there are the action words:  finds, busily spins, bring.  See a pattern there?  As for wool and flax, they are used to make clothing and other materials.  Flax is most commonly used these days as a superfood.  Flaxseed contains high levels of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, making it a…read more >

Verse 15 Reflection and Other Stuff

"She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day's work for her servant girls."  Proverbs 31:15 It's confession time.  I love to sleep.  Don't we all?  The inability to sleep late at least once a week was a huge adjustment for me when I became a mother.  I'm a night-owl, therefore I like to make up for any lack of sleep by sleeping in.  After my first son was born, the idea of making up for lost sleep went out the window.  Once my second son was born, I had moved into acceptance mode and we all…read more >

Verse 15

I know, I know, verses 13 and 14.  I'll come back to them.  It is so not my personality to skip around.  If you know me well, you know I am a chronological, linear, follow-the-rules type of person.  But, verse 15 jumped out at me this week, so I'm going to go against the flow here ... for once in my life. Here it is: "She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day's work for her servant girls."  Proverbs 31:15 Okay, so no one has a "servant girl" these days.  At least I…read more >

Verses 11-12 Reflection

Her husband can trust her  .... I think this phrase wraps a lot of meaning into five little words.  My immediate impression was of course my husband can trust me, what's not to trust?  I am completely loyal to him and him alone.  But, it's not just about loyalty.  Can he trust me to run our home efficiently and economically?  Can he trust me to spend money cautiously rather than recklessly?  When he's not here, can he trust that I am spending my time wisely?  Translation, it's probably not okay to watch soap operas and search the Internet all day.  I don't do either of…read more >

Proverbs 31, Verses 11-12

Here are the next two verses from Proverbs 31: "Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.  She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life."  Seems pretty straightforward, doesn't it? Out of curiousity, I looked up the King James Version of these verses and thought it was helpful in clarifying the intention of the passage.  "The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life." Definitions for clarification: Enrich:  to supply with riches, wealth, abundant or valuable possessions; to add greater value or significance to…read more >

Verse 10 Reflection

I apologize for not posting when I said I would ... because I know you are all on pins and needles wondering when the next blog entry is coming.  Joking.  But, I actually do have guilt over being late with this.  So, to avoid any further guilt, I'm going to retract any previous statements concerning a timeframe for posting.  I do promise to finish what I've started!  That reminds me of a song/scripture that we used to sing in church, "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it…read more >

Verse 10: The Virtuous Woman

I will admit that I after I hit "share" last week on my blog post, I wondered if I had gotten in over my head and I hoped that I would be able to keep up my end of the deal .... blogging each week is a big committment for me!  So, here it goes.  I am not an expert on The Bible, Proverbs or even this chapter.  I am highly unqualified to author a blog on this subject, but my intention is to keep it simple and call it like my heart sees it.  Disclaimers aside, the plan is to post the…read more >