A little girl told two of her friends of a young neighbor’s need for Christ.
One of the friends handmade a tract, using a plan of salvation she’d heard at school.
She prayed, accepting Jesus into her heart. When the exciting news was eagerly told to the first little girl’s mother, she talked with the young neighbor as well, saw that she understood, rejoiced with the angels.
More happy moments came as the story was given to the neighbor’s father, the grandparents, other neighbors.
Conversations were begun, opportunities to share faith were created, a nine-year-old life was forever changed….
….all because a little girl cared about her neighbor and wanted her to know Jesus.
Will we care today?
In verse 18 we read, “She perceiveth that her merchandise is good; her candle goeth not out by night.”
The Virtuous Woman is Thorough.
Whatever this lady determines to do, she does it to the best of her ability. She examines what she produces and is aware of its value. The quality of her work speaks to her inward character.
There are many areas of my life to which I could apply this truth. Certainly if you work outside of the home, the job you do in the office or behind the counter is part of your testimony as a Christian woman.
How about the tasks we do around the house? Do I give the best hours of my day, when I am the most energetic and creative, to those chores that benefit my family or do I waste them in other pursuits? Do I begin a chore and see it through to completion or leave it halfway done? Am I giving my foremost effort in all that I seek to accomplish?
How important it is to teach our children to be thorough in completing their assigned duties. By paying attention to details and persevering until the labor is done, they can feel a sense of accomplishment in the finished product.
This week, may I follow the example of the virtuous woman as I seek strength from the Lord to put a whole-hearted effort into every pursuit I undertake.
Read earlier posts in this series here.
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“She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.”
The Virtuous Woman is Discerning.
She is not impetuous, heedlessly making a purchase without researching and considering the options. Once the field is hers, she puts her skills to good use by making it productive.
Discernment is defined as having keen insight or good judgement. As I seek to emulate this woman, I see three questions she may have considered as she exercised discernment in her decisions.
- Is the field worth the price that is being asked? In the same manner, as I make decisions in life, I must decide if the cost I am being asked to pay (be it monetarily or time wise) is worth what I will receive in return.
- Will it be right for my purpose? Obviously she sought to plant a vineyard, so she had to determine if it was even possible to grow grapes in this location. As for me, I should ensure that the activities I pursue lead me to my ultimate purpose – to know and love God more.
- Can I use this to improve myself and my family? I also must seek to use any abilities God has given me to help me reach the goals I have set personally as well as for my family.
What tips do you have for practicing discernment?
Read previous posts in this series about the virtuous woman here.
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The grace of God.
I don’t deserve it, can’t buy it, could never earn it.
How grateful I am for His grace; it provided my salvation, carries me through each trial and is promised to me for all that lies ahead.
New Grace ~ Lyrics by Tom Hayes
All the way from earth to glory
Since by grace He lifted me from sin and woe
Living grace He has extended
As on Him my heart depended
And He’ll give new grace when it’s my time to go.
There’s been grace for every trial
There’s been grace for every mile
There’s been grace sufficient from His vast supply
Grace to make my heart more tender
Grace to love and pray for sinners
And He’ll give new grace when it’s my time to die.
Grace not yet discovered
Grace not yet uncovered
Grace from His bountiful store
Grace to cross the river
Grace to face forever
There’ll be new grace I’ve not needed before.
Verse 15 says, “She riseth also while it is yet night and giveth meat to her household and a portion to her maidens.”
The Virtuous Woman is Industrious.
You won’t call this lady’s house at 9:00 A.M. and find her still in bed! I would say that she has a plan for each day and knows that in order for her home to run smoothly, she needs to put that plan into action early.
She ensures that members of her household are prepared for the day. I find it interesting that both verses fourteen and fifteen mention meeting the physical needs of her family, particularly in the area of food. It speaks to me of the importance of providing nutritious meals for our families.
I am a morning person which means that this attribute comes a bit more naturally to me than most of the other traits we have studied! However, I want to improve in making the best use of my time, that I might be diligent in accomplishing what I need to for my family.
Do you have any tips for getting an early start to the day?
Read previous posts in this series on the virtuous woman here.
Thank you, Lord, that it didn’t rain. It was warm and humid, but not miserable.
Thank you for a husband who knows about outdoorsy things – like rowing a boat. If it was up to me, we’d still be paddling around in circles.
Thank you for the beauty of your creation – the swamp filled with cypress trees, the brightly-colored butterflies, the squawking parrot who entertained us all with his antics.
And because they remembered to say “thank you” for the outing, I wanted to make sure I did the same.
Find others giving thanks at Gratituesday hosted by Heavenly Homemakers.
Just as traders or storekeepers search high and low to bring their customers the best products they can find, so this Proverbs 31 woman seeks to provide the same for her household.