Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. Prov 31:10-31 (KJV)
The virtuous woman is a busy woman! She certainly is not idle! Nor does she ignore the work that needs to be done within her gate! I think that I was ignoring the work that needed done in my house (especially my kitchen) because I feared the work. But, with my husband as a guide and governor, I was able to work on the house and not be consumed by it. I am always trying to find balance between doing too little and doing too much!
I have almost finished the kitchen painting work. I am ready to plant my garden. I am planning to sew a few things in the coming months (more on this later). I am eating healthier. I am cooking healthier! But, these things do not replace my growing in grace - they are a product of that growth!
I trust that I can write updates about our dietary changes, my learning to cook health foods, my home improvements, etc - without you all thinking less of me. I still love talking about deep theological subjects, I will still write plenty of book reviews!, but I am broadening my blog to include my domestic home duties. I pray that this will be yet another way to encourage my readers. God is gracious, and He will grow us!