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The Essentials

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14(NKJV)

My step daughter and I have not been very close over the years.  When Lee and I dated initially Natalie was in OK and we were in TX. She came a few times over the summer months but for the most part she was not able to be around 24/7.  She was a beautiful little girl then and has grown to be a gorgeous young woman.  She is now a mother of a beautiful 7 month old and understands parenthood from our perspective now.  Needless to say a lot has been forgiven 🙂

Fast forward 14 years later and Natalie has accepted our marriage moreso than any of Lee’s 3 children.  She is quite excited for it and her dad’s renewed life.  Most of all she is happy her little brother has his dad in his life.  It has taken me by surprise that the one child I was not close to in her younger years is the one I am now developing a closer relationship with in our later years.  The funny part is that it was with one single Facebook post that everything changed.  But what am I saying?  It is because of Facebook Lee and I are back together.  🙂

Natalie posted about her allergy issues a couple weeks ago and some essential oils she found to help Parker, her 7 month old and Chase, her husband.  I asked a simple question and next thing I knew I had 12 essentials sent to my front door.  it was a fabulous deal.  I have never been one for the “natural” way of life.  Any convenience I use it.  Any doctor med prescribed I take it.  So me on essential oils I’m sure is a hoot for some of my friends.  However, I will try anything once.  So, I took a risk and am loving the results not just the physical changes in our health but the emotional connections with my stepd-daughter.

Today, I talk to Natalie at least once a day, where before I spoke to her once a month.  We are growing closer over time and so her relationship with not just me but her father will be strengthened.  My allergies are in good condition with reduced allergy issues.  I have more energy than ever before in my life and Lee’s health issues are subsiding as well.  Eczema being his worst issue.  When I signed up for  Young Living, I thought I was just getting a product.  However, God had another plan.  He knew this was what we needed to bring our families closer.

Yesterday I made some creams to help my skincare, sleep deprivation and pain issues for Lee.  I’m sure you’ve seen them on pinterest.  If not, here is a link to my Pinterest board (click here)  with recipes.

To get started I ordered my starter kit here.  In it I received the following for just $150

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$300 retail value for $150

But for a limited time I also received an additional oil for FREE-lemongrass!  So all in all I ended up with 12 oils.  Little did I know the value of this until I put lemongrass on my thyroid and on day 2 had a ton of energy.  Then I found some cream recipes on pinterest and gave them a try.  AWESOME results.  I also feverishly cleaned our bathroom and kitchen with Thieves and Lemon oils.  Love the clean smell and the phenominal job these two oils can do for cleaning.  I also drink 5 drops of citrus fresh and peppermint oil in my water every morning.  Frankincense is great to inhale just before devotional time.  Finally, I diffuse the allergy trio below nightly and our allergies issues are subiding in our home.

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I am feeling fabulous!  But I  think the best part of this whole deal is getting closer to my step daughter and her family now.  Seeing our relationship blossom has been my favorite part of this whole experience.  I am reminded of what Titus says in Chapter 2

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.  

~Titus 2:3-5

I hope I can teach all our girls these things as they watch Lee and I over the next 50 years.  It has been a blessing to teach Natalie what I know about marketing and giving her ideas to help her grow her business so she can be at home with our beautiful granddaughter, Parker.  I don’t know what the future will bring but I do know Natalie and all our children are a huge  part of it.    I can’t imagine my life without our 6 children, 8 beautiful grand-babies, and most of all life without Lee.  Without him life would definitely be lonely and different.  For it is with him I find happiness, joy and the meaning of true love.

I am blessed!

Have a blessed night!

Myra

A Blessed Woman in TX

Christian Living · Christian Wife · crafting · decorating · prayer · Proverbs 31

Life Changes-Wedding Update and other stuff

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Luke 1:45

Wedding update:

We are down to the last 48 days.  WHEW!  The big stuff is complete, now it is just the little stuff.   And there is a lot of little stuff!!! Decorations, seating charts-if any, rsvp management, follow up with caterers, photographers, honeymoon planning, ceremony planning.  I should be stressed but I’m not!  I find great peace in crafting and creating.  This is my favorite part of it all.  Planning this wedding has been one of my greatest joys.  We have been together before however this time is different.  This time I have the husband God intended for me.

Now that I have Lee here with us 24/7 life is so much easier.  I can get things done quickly and easily with his help.  We make a great team.  As he gets his private counseling practice up and going, I can work and not worry about the home and kids.  He is having to be Mr. Mom as I do my job until 8 or 9 pm 2-3 days per week or travel at the last minute anywhere between Austin and DFW.  And he is very supportive in doing so.   He makes sure my car has gas, the tires are good, and the oil level is what is supposed to be.  This is why I love this man.  This is why I’m ready to marry him and be his wife.

Together we will build a ministry that God has intended us to lead.  Lee has some great fellowship meetings this week here in Temple and I have been invited to an exclusive Women’s Ministry group with a group of about 8 women from DFW to Austin.  This can only help us grow even more rapidly!

I think we have found our church home at Vista Community Church.  They have embraced Lee’s counseling services and willing to work with him on growing this ministry. God’s favor is with us as we search for a house, grow Lee’s ministry/counseling practice and get Marissa transitioned to adulthood.

As always, life has been a blessing here in the Medina-Hutcheson household.  It’s crazy busy as we clean up for our wedding but it’s a good busy and not a stress filled mess 🙂

God is good all the time; all the time God is good!

Have a blessed night!

Myra 🙂

AKA a very blessed woman

Christian Living · Christian Wife · prayer · Proverbs 31

The Blessings of Rain

For the last few weeks, our time has been limited.  From October to April Lee was here with us every other weekend come you know what and high water!  From April to now, we have had one weekend together and a few days in between where we could see eachother for a quick lunch or quick dinner before one of us was heading back to our respective towns.

Lee has been preparing for his graduation from his LCDC program to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern.  I have been dealing with my career which is in full swing, managing my son’s baseball schedule, and trying to spend as much time as possible with my Senior girl as she prepares for adulthood.  Oh and to top it off, I’ve been preparing for our wedding.

To say the least, life has been overwhelming for both of us!!!!

Lee and I started to get snippy, quippy and cranky with each other.  The stress got the best of all of us-me, Lee, and the kids.  So, I did this weird thing–I told Lee how I felt.  What?  Communication?  Yes, we should all try it!!!!  I won’t go into the details of our conversations but we both said hurtful things over the past few weeks and we were both about to explode.  SO, I had a conversation with God one day and this is what he told me :

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9

Okay, God I hear you!  We needed to come together as one again and face life together.  WOW!  What an awakening that was for me.  I realized my next conversation needed to be with Lee.  I mean really, my dog was coming between us?  Um, no that was not going to happen!  So, I took this big leap of faith and discussed nicely how I was feeling with Lee.  Something amazing happened.  He felt the same way and it had nothing to do with the dog!!!!   We found resolution to our problem before it became a big problem.

I was forced to look at myself in all this as well.  It is so easy to blame others.  It is so easy to say HE DID IT ALL WRONG.  This is something our society does well.  However, I know I am as much to blame as he was for all the things we both were feeling.  I owned it and fixed it; so did Lee.

I felt neglected because he was constantly serving the Ministry he serves and finishing his school work.  He felt neglected because I was constantly busy with work and kids.  Sound familiar?

He came to town last week and God gave us this blessing in our life-RAIN!  Baseball game cancelled.  Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing I love more than watching our son play baseball.  He is my favorite player.  However, lately it has been baseball 24/7.  Between Mac’s games and the TX Rangers constantly on my TV at home, I have to admit I was a little baseballed out.  The rain was just the break we needed.

That next day we spent the day together.  I worked from home and he did too.  We had lunch together, later ran errands together, and ended our night at my office helping one of my agents move some furniture into our office.  As simple as all that sounds, it was one of the best days we have had in a while.  We didn’t do anything “special” but my time with him was special because it was something we haven’t had in a while-togetherness.  Lee made me and our family the priority and so did I.  We discussed his business plans and I updated him on my office projects.  We discussed us, the wedding, the kids and just got back to the basics of all things Lee and Myra.

We are back on track.

Lee is my best friend and the first to know anything I know.  He treats me like a princess.  To the point where he spoon feeds me ice cream; it’s kinda the only way I will eat now when we are at home LOL The kids say we are disgusting because he takes very good care of me and my needs.  However, we both let the stress get to us and let it affect our relationship. We let it get bad.  Going forward we will do the following:

  • Put God first and foremost in our relationship
  • Pray; pray for ourselves, pray for each other, pray alone, pray together; pray for our goals as individuals, as a family and as business partners in ministry.
  • Communicate:  We have never been that couple that runs out of things to say. We just haven’t made time to really talk.  I call it “getting naked” because you have to go deep and not stay just on the surface. We talk about his plans, my plans and how they can unite.   We’ve always been that way.
  • Make Time:  We had become that couple who were two ships passing in the night; NEVER AGAIN! We will make time daily to talk and weekly to get away from everything.  And for Memorial Day Weekend we will be detached-no cell phones or laptops (this will however be a challenge for me so please pray).  We are taking a family vacation to San Antonio, however it is still time together as the kids drive with headphones in their ears we will talk for the 2 hour commute.

Although I am now tired of the rain we have seen here in Texas, I thank God for it.  Who knows where we would be if it hadn’t happened.  Once again, God blessed me and us with what we needed.

So tonight I leave with this verse I pray over Lee everyday.  I hope it resonates with you and your significant other/husband/wife

But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Ruth 1:16

Goodnight and God Bless,

A Blessed Woman

Christian Living · Christian Wife · motherhood · prayer · Proverbs 31

Lessons from an Overworked Mom of Teenagers

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:3-5

Being a single mom for many years, I prayed for the day my children would grow up.  I thought it meant I wouldn’t be needed anymore.  However, as I threw myself into my career over the last year and a half I look back and realize how much I missed just in the last 3 years with my daughter and all my children.

The other day we filled my middle child’s application to Texas A&M PATHS program.  Now, I have known since this child was born that this day would come.  However, since I have slowed down I realize how out of touch with my children I have become.  I have missed so many important moments in their lives.  She brought home her cap and gown order form.  This next weekend we do Sr. Pictures and I ask myself one question “Where did all our time go?”.

I look back and realize somewhere I was misinformed.  I thought once my children were old enough to care for themselves I wasn’t needed anymore.  Also, as the mother to a special needs child in the back of my mind I knew that raising a special needs child never stops. However, there comes a time I had to stop.  I had to stop because I was tired.  I was weary.  I could not do it by myself anymore.

Although I had relationships in the 14 years Lee and I were separated from one another, they were not fruitful relationships.  I still took care of me and mine all on my own.  However, as I look back now I realize where I didn’t take care of me.  Because I was alone I did everything for all three of my children 24/7.  I did not set boundaries.  I turned my back on God because of a disagreement and I was not fulfilled.  I thought things would fulfill me.  I thought this man who came into my life 3 years ago was the answer.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23

But honestly, if I had looked up to God instead of around me for things I would have found my solace.  As parents we struggle with balance.  As a special needs parent, that balance is even harder to maintain.  You run and run and run.  You worry and you run some more.  You go from Dr. appt to dr. appt to therapy appts.  You are up late at night cleaning up messes.  You are up early in the morning fixing special meals.  You are given this precious special gift that God created for you and as much as you love him or her you get tired.  However, I now know it is okay to be tired!    I now know God is my refuge.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  Psalms 46:1

“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.”  Psalm 18:32-36

For years, I felt guilty leaving my oldest and youngest however leaving my middle child was harder.  But because I did not take care of me I ran away.  I hid in my career for the last one and a half years.  It was my escape from dealing with life at home.  I ran away from the most important years in my daughter’s life and I am ashamed of what I did to her.  I abandoned all my children this last year. I am ashamed of what I had become running and hiding from my home and what I needed to deal with.

Two to three days a week I was in DFW.  Weekends I was in DFW.  Two to three days a week I was in Waco, Temple and/or Austin.  I left home at 5 or 6 am and got home anywhere from 2 -3 am or even 2-3 days.  I wore myself out to the point that over the last 3 weeks as I began to slow down I have been battling walking pneumonia.   All because I was too selfish to give it to God and let Him guide my ways.

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9

However, I have talked to many friends and we have all done this at some point.  We have to find the balance between being a parent, a child, a spouse, and being yourself.  It is not easy.  However, I am finding peace now as I transition to a more family friendly schedule.  I am finding this peace because of one simple fact–I give it all to God now.  He guides my ways not me or my children.

God has shown me that no matter how old my children are I am still mom.  I will never stop being mom no matter how old my children grow up to be in this life.  My 24 year old still needs me as much as my 13 year old needs me.  The needs are different, but I am still parenting.   I am sharing my faith more with them.  I am enjoying conversations with each child on their lives.  I actually talk to my middle daughter now about her day and it has made a significant much needed change in her life.

This weekend I did nothing.  I am tired.  I am weak. I am this way because I did it to myself.  I overbooked my schedule. I wore myself out!  I made my job my priority instead of God and family.  Learn from my mistakes.  God is first and your family is second and everything else follows.  This is why your quiet time is so important.  I know my best days start in the word with God.   If you are too busy for God and your family, you are too busy for anything else!

I am blessed with a family who forgives me for my mistakes.  I am blessed with a mom and dad who love me and help me and my children through anything we need.  I am blessed with three beautiful children and a very loving and supportive man.  And going forward, I will make sure they know how important they are to me.

“Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”  Psalm 16:5-8

Goodnight and God Bless,

A Blessed Woman

Christian Living · Christian Wife · motherhood · prayer · Proverbs 31 · Uncategorized · Writing

All Things Me!

“My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.”  Psalm 45:1

 

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I spent some time at Barnes and Noble today investing in me. It was great. I love journals. Leather, decorated, etc. However, I love these sketchbooks from BN because they can be easily dressed up and the pages inside are great for all kinds of artistic expressions from collages to oil pastels.

 

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The first thing I did was dress up my journal. I used embellishments from Hobby Lobby and made it mine.

Then I did something I do every time I start a new journal.  I must write down some key verses that help me define who I am.  Philippians 4:8; Jeremiah 29:11 and Proverbs 31:10-31.

Throughout the year I will put my prayers, thoughts, and create collages in this journal.  I break it down into sections-Romance, Family, Career, Home, and Garden.  I will print my own personal pictures or I will pull pics from magazines.  Whatever it is I do, it is mine.  There is no right or wrong.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.Psalm 32:8

There have been times I have decorated the whole cover from top to bottom other times I just wrote a word and today I kept it simple-a sticker and  cross sticker.  I’m not very artistic yet but as I spend more time working on this process the more in depth my journal becomes.  Also, the more I do my 30 minutes a day of writing/brain dumping the more I get in touch with my creative and spiritual side.

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This is how I start every journal-with scriptures that define ME

 

I love this time I get to spend with me.  I am finding the time to spend with me again.  At the very least, I need to spend 1-2 days a week with my journal and myself.    It’s also a time I can spend with the kids because we can work on our journals as a family.  My son is reaching an age where this isn’t cool anymore but he still enjoys the time we spend as a family.

However I work on my journal,  I just make sure it remains mine.  I stay in my lane and no one is allowed to enter my zone.  I also do not cross over into my childrens’ lanes.  I have to let them grow into who God intended them to be in this lifetime.Again, in a house full of Type A, control freaks, it can be fun seeing who gets out of their lane first.  But what is truly amazing is realizing the talent and skills my children have.  Their art work shows me how their brains work. It makes for a very fun family night.

 

It never ceases to amaze me what God reveals to me whether alone or with my family.  He is an amazing God who has restored our home to a Christ centered home.  He has brought me to a point where I experience joy and happiness on a daily basis.  I am blessed

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  Psalm 37:4

What scriptures define you?

Goodnight and God Bless

A Blessed Woman

Christian Living · Christian Wife · motherhood · prayer · Proverbs 31 · Writing

Creating My Prayer/Mom Space

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2

What is Prayer/Mom Space?

Prayer/Mom Space is that place you go to think and talk to God.  That place that brings you peace in the middle of a storm.  It can be your spiritual space in your heart or a physical space in your home.   I decided to make my space physical and devote it to the Lord because without Him I would have nothing.  I also needed a space away from my bedroom, away from the kids, away from life where I can just sit down and turn off the world.  That is the only way this blog can exist.

How do I create a space?

Simple.  First and foremost, pray.  Ask God to help you find a space you can go and meet with Him privately.  You will be amazed at what He says to you.  Second, research ideas..  What appeals to you?  What makes you sit down, close your eyes and say “ahhh”?   For me, my space has to be in a corner of the living room.  So, two things have to happen.  First, it must go with the rest of my living room decor and second, it must be able to take me away from one of the main areas of our home.  Fortunately, we have teenagers who have forgotten our living room exists anymore so distractions will not be a big issue for me.

What is my style?

I am not an interior decorator.  I like to create things but putting them together to create something beautiful in my home is a challenge.  However, if I have something that sparks an idea or a few ideas I can create some very beautiful spaces.

Here’s my first process:

  • Set a timer for 30 minutes
  • Gather magazines
  • Just cut out what appeals to me
  • No thinking; just cutting

Once you are finished gather your pictures and analyze what you cut out.  You will find some theme to them.  For me, I like french country, rustic country and all things country.

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This is the area of my home I will use to create that space. I rent my home for now so I am limited to what I can do.  However, in June/July/August we will begin looking for our forever home and that means no holds barred for this DIY-er.  Lee loves my home “piddling” as he calls it.

Excuse the dog, she was a little tired and needing of attention:)

My second process I will be do the following:

  • Pray: God help me find some spaces that appeal to me.  Reveal to me the style you wish for me to have to align Your will with my will. 
  • Set my timer for 30 minutes
  • Get on Pinterest
  • Create a Board for my space
  • Search for things of interest to me-mom spaces, prayer spaces, heart rooms, rustic offices, french country; whatever God places on my heart to find.
  • You can find my Mom Space Pinterest board when you click here

My girls will join me if they are around but for the most part I like to do stuff like this alone without distraction.  This is a very important space for ME!  This is key to making it successful for you.  It is YOUR space.  I have to tell myself that because many times I forget and let the kids take over spaces mentally, spiritually and physically.

I am not a selfish mom but I am learning to be one.  Not because I’m mean and selfish but because I have to do what makes ME happy.  I have to do for ME to do for others.  ME is not a word a lot mom’s use very often.  When I am with God that is my time.  It does not belong to anyone else. In a house full of strong-willed Type A personalities -it can quickly be forgotten. But remember, He is Your Father.  He is THE King of kings and Lord of lords.  So you can afford to be a selfish, princess or diva for a few moments of planning for Him.

Finally, I will go shopping.  I will search Craigslist, go to Canton (huge flea market in TX), hit the Goodwills and Salvation Army’s and as a last result go to the furniture store.  Remember there is not right or wrong to this process.  This is MY process that God put on my heart to share with you.  Tweak it, use it, don’t use it but remember whatever you do it will be right for you and just as You are fearfully and wonderfully made as told in Psalm 139:14 so will this space for you and God be made. God does not make mistakes!

How will your space be created?  What will it look like?  There is not a right or wrong answer.  This space is subjective.  It is yours!  Your opinion is the only one that counts.  But I would love to hear about or see your space so please comment below or link to this blog.  I will share mine as soon as it is created.

Whatever you do to create your space do it with this verse in mind and in heart.  Pray it over the space you will be using.  That’s what I have done.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.  Philippians 4:8

Goodnight and God Bless

A Blessed Woman

Christian Living · Christian Wife · Proverbs 31 · Uncategorized

Proverbs 31- A Different New Year’s Resolution

As 2014 comes to a close, I am very excited about what 2015 brings for our family. However, I must prepare for the road ahead of me. The only way I will survive what God has in store for me and my family is to live my life as Proverbs 31 directs in verses 10-31. That is not an easy feat! But my New Year’s resolution for 2015 is to be her………

We all feel as though we will never live up to God’s image for us as women, as wives, as mother’s and as the Christian women God asks us to be. The outline he gave us seems impossible. But we can! How? Because God tells us we can do anything through Him (Philippians 4:13).

A few months ago, I was struggling with this and voiced my concerns to some friends. It was then I received what I call the Proverbs 31 challenge. I was instructed to read this proverb daily from a wise woman in the community. As I read it, I am to pray for God’s guidance on what I need to work on that day (lately its been weekly). This has helped shape who I am as a Christian woman today.

The Proverbs 31 woman carries virtue, faithfulness, reverence, and goodness. She is a willing worker, good manager, and industrious. She has strength, endurance, and is well rounded. She is charitable, a provider and well dressed. She is the wife of a good husband, a good business woman as well as honorable, wise, and kind. She is a good mother who is busy, praiseworthy,and attains or excels in all she does or tries. But most of all she carries a fear of the Lord and is fruit bearing.

That’s a lot to live up to! I know I fall short most days. However, if I’m putting in the work to achieve these characteristics neither I nor God can be upset.  This is why it means the world to me when Lee tells me I’m being a good Proverbs 31 woman.  Sounds silly, but when you look at what it really entails, it’s the best compliment you can give a Christian woman.

I am blessed to have a man who loves me enough to not only hold me to those standards but to give me recognition when I live up to them.

Goodnight and God Bless!
A Blessed Woman

THE CHALLENGE: Read the passage below daily and find what you can work on to improve your journey of becoming more like a Proverbs 31 woman.

DIG DEEPER: Do a search on the traits listed above and find verses to help you pray through to help you become what God intended for you, your husband, your children, your family and your friends.

JOURNAL STARTER: God, I have burning desire to live as the woman You intended me to be. To do so I need to: _________________________

PRAYER: Father God, I ask that you guide us through this journey called life You have given to each of us. Tonight, I ask You bring your hand of grace and favor to all women. Place it upon our hearts to live for You as You have defined in our instruction manuals known as the Bible. Give us the burning desire to live as You have instructed for us. Guide us through this great challenge you have left with us to live as a Proverbs 31 woman. Help us find the 15 minutes we need to read the passage and meditate on Your word. It is in Your name and the name of Your son, Jesus Christ I pray. AMEN!

Please leave a comment. Feedback is always appreciated.

PROVERBS 31: 10-31
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 [a]A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.