When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
this week we see a lady who isn't concerned when there is a change of seasons because she is prepared. she thinks and plans ahead. she doesn't wait until the snow flies to say "oh, we need winter coats and mittens". she makes sure her children never go anywhere improperly dressed. so really, when we go shopping to buy these items for our household, we are doing hard work and doing God's work. now that doesn't mean spend $400 on a new winter coat. remember, this noble woman is also frugal. but really, clothing is a basic need that we, as mothers, are to meet.
clothed in scarlet means she had quality clothing. that type of dye would have really been expensive. but remember, she just also extended her hand to the poor. so she isn't buying expensive clothing for her family at the expense of others. she obviously has money, she is not only frugal but has also planted a vineyard and sold her harvest.
she pays special attention to the place where her family sleeps and spends many hours a night. she makes special coverings for them. now, i'm not friends with the sewing machine. not a single bit. but i can still do my part. it's our job as mama's to make sure our family has clean sheets and a comfy special sweet spot to retreat to when the day is over.
we also see that after this lady tends to her families clothing, after she gives to the poor, after she tends to her household needs then she gets to herself. she is humble, sacrificing and puts herself last. but yet, she doesn't neglect herself either. she knows that how she dresses reflects on her husband. how you dress, as a wife, will either show honor and respect to your husband or disrespect. and she knows her husband doesn't want to come home to a frumpy wife every day. we have to remember to take care of ourselves as well. it's easy to get caught up in taking care of everyone else and neglecting ourselves.
Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.
1 Timothy 2:9-10
this coming week as you shop, as you wash sheets, as you be frugal and find sales and as you tend to your own appearance...do it to the glory of God.
out for now
Labels: bible study, marriage, proverbs 31