Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Proverbs 31 Woman part nine

Proverbs 31,verses 21 &22; "She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed with scarlet. She makes tapestry for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple."   I find it interesting that in the 22 verses describing the Proverbs 31 woman, we only find one verse (coming up in verse 28) directly referring to her children; ( "her children rise up and call her blessed").  Otherwise, we find them indirectly referred to as "her household", to whom she provides food & clothing & watches over. (Verses 15,21,& 27) In the last verse, 31, she is summarized primarily by her works, (not as a mother) ; "Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates."    I think the main reason I find this so interesting is because through many years of raising children & homeschooling,  I've always felt some guilt for spending what I thought was too much time on housekeeping, sewing, etc. I would always be available & would stop to care for the children when necessary but I was usually multitasking. Maybe children should have more free play time (with mom close by), rather than highly structured & closely supervised activities, thus allowing mom to focus on providing some practical needs.    I recently spent some time reupholstering an old sofa, after counting the cost of replacing it. This took a lot of time, about three mornings, as I tore off all the old fabric & rebuilt one end to make more of a daybed for a son who is six & a half feet long. I used salvaged foam & recovered the whole sofa with a pretty fabric I found at Wal Mart for one dollar per yard. I am very pleased, even though it isn't professionally recovered, it is clean and comfortable.  The Proverbs  31 woman made sure her family was well clothed. Fine, purple linen suggests it was quality clothing; carefully, thoughtfully, & attractively constructed.     Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

1 comment:

  1. It is indeed an interesting observation. This reminds me of Sara Groves' most recent album, how she talked about the frenetic pace of life. We spend so much time in our culture trying to do everything - maybe there are things we should back away from. Children are so important, and practical needs are as well, but we certainly can't do everything. Thanks for sharing, friend!