A Woman of Noble Character
Based on Proverbs 31: 10-30
By Nina Medrano –
Who can find a virtuous and capable woman? Such as our mothers, who are worth more than precious rubies. Mother’s husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.
Mother will not hinder him but help him all her life.
Mother finds wool and flax and busily spins it. She is like a merchant’s ship; she brings her food from afar. Mother gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plans the day’s work for her girls. Mother goes out to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plans a vineyard.
Mother is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She watches for bargains; her lights burn late into the nights. Mother’s hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber.
Mother extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. She has NO FEAR of winter for her household because all of them have warm clothes. She quilts her own bedspreads. Mother dresses like royalty in gowns of finest cloth.
Her husband is well known, for he sits in the council meeting with the other leaders.
Mother is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs with no fear of the future. When Mother speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions. She carefully watches all that goes on in her household and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness.
Mother’s children stand and bless her! Her husband praises her! There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but YOU, Mom, 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.