Proverbs 31:30; “… but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

Those words from the wisdom of God … are one of the reasons that I decided to post on this “daily bread” site each day of October; because I wanted to honor – even praise – my mother (and father).

There is so much more that could be said about them – and should be said. It could have been – should have been – said in a better way; but I decided to do it this way to add to the ways I have tried over the years to honor and praise them.

But for now let me use the words of God to describe the best woman I have ever known.

“The heart of her husband has confidence in her …”

(Ask my dad, he will confirm it.)

“She brings him good and not evil all the days of her life.”

(They knew each other for over 75 years and were married for over 65.)

“… she is pleased to work with her hands.”

(Usually taking care of her boys and making cakes and pies.)

“She also gets up while it is still night and provides food for her household …”

(Breakfast, dinner, and supper with a few extra helpings for friends we brought home.)

“She begins her work vigorously …”

(Knew how to multi-task before the word had been invented.)

“She extends her hand to the poor and reaches her hand to the needy.”

(Taking meals to the hungry or visiting the sick or comforting the grieving.)

“She is clothed with strength and honor …”

(If you met her, you knew it was true. If you watched her age, you will never forget it.)

“… she can laugh at the time to come.”

(Even in her last days, she laughed and helped us do the same.)

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue.”

(She was my first and best teacher – even now.)

“She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.”

(When her joints ached … when her heart ached, she took care of hers.)

“Her children rise up and call her blessed, and her husband praises her …”

(We loved her – love her even now. Should have praised her more.)

“… a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.”

(I will praise her – praise God for her, and I will teach my children and grandchildren to do the same.)

Enough of that.

It makes sense … doesn’t it … that if you find a woman (a man) like that – you claim them – you keep them – you “praise” them?

So … today … as I read through Proverbs 31; seeking the wisdom of God for my life … I want to “praise” my mother (and father) … want to praise my wife … want to teach my children and grandchildren to be that kind of woman or man … find that kind of woman or man … praise that woman or man.

Wise saying #31 – “BE … FIND … PRAISE!”

P.S. Day Thirty-One … read Proverbs 31. Want some homework?

  1. Read the list – one more time – of the characteristics of the praiseworthy woman (or man). What do you need to do become that kind of woman (or man)? Begin to be …
  2. Read the list – one more time – of the characteristics of the praiseworthy woman (or man). Do y ou know one? Thank them for their example – and thank God for them.
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