A Woman To Be Praised
“She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously (well), but thou excellest them all. Favour (charm) is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Proverbs 31:26-31
October 31 is a day many look forward to and celebrate. I know some at work who will say it is their favorite holiday, although I really never considered it a holiday. When I was a kid, my household would hand out gospel tracts with the candy, and I would often be the one to pass out these things at the door. Many conservative Christians in my childhood did not celebrate this day, so Halloween was never a big deal to me.
This all changed in 1991, not because I was finally allowed to go trick or treating, but because of a person I met. October 31 became special to me because it is Rebekah’s birthday. I celebrated one birthday with her when she was in the eighth grade, and did not celebrate it with her again until 1998.
In the times when we were not together, I would think of her on October 31 and wonder where she was and what she was doing. I had her parent’s phone number and could have simply called and asked her, but I lacked the nerve. I was smitten by her beauty as a youngster, but I am grateful that her beauty far exceeded that which my eye could see. I am grateful for what I have come to know about Rebekah, and I am grateful to God for what He has given me in my wife. Proverbs 19:14b states, “A prudent wife is from the LORD.”
As I read this Proverb and the verses above, it is a reminder to me that I have been blessed with a godly, virtuous woman. I was at first simply attracted to her blonde hair and blue eyes, but I fell in love with her kindness, intelligence, and love for God. I know many of you have experienced Rebekah in this way, and can attest to what God is doing in her life. God always looks on the heart and is more pleased with those who do right than those who look right. I am reminded in God’s Word that we are to give honor to whom honor is due, and I felt this passage was an appropriate way to honor my wife. God lays out the qualities of a virtuous woman and it is the mark that should be sought after by all. I praise God for the virtuous women in my life that I call sister, mom, and wife. I commend you ladies who desire to be virtuous and seek after God, as He will lift you up in His time. May this passage encourage you to continue living for Him, and may you continue to seek after Him with all your heart.
Stay in the fight! Saso