She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future
– Proverbs 31:25 (NLT)
I’m sure many of you have heard this before, or have seen it on a poster or somewhere online. I was playing around with my Over app on my iPhone trying to do just that (create a cute image with one of my favorite verses – for Instagram, of course!), so I opened up my Bible and started reading Proverbs 31, “The Sayings of King Lemuel…which his Mother taught him”
Let me share the whole passage with you starting at 31:10:
A Wife of Noble Character
10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.
19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm clothes.
22 She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.
How beautiful is that?! Now you know where that famous verse comes from.
As a Wife and a Mother this passage is breathtaking — and it speaks to me even more as a Maker.. not that I’m sitting here spinning wool or anything, but it is truly inspiring. Not sure my husband sees me exactly this way but hey, I try. #wifegoals
I’ve put together a few new products in my Stickelberry Shop on Zazzle with Proverbs 31:25 on them to help inspire us. May we all raise our standard a bit higher and be as noble as we can today and everyday.