I was always very self-confident and rather arrogant in my thinking while growing up...especially in the area of relationships, particularly with the opposite sex. I didn't need anybody or anything...I can open my own door, thank you very much! The idea that I had a 'role' to 'play' did not sit well with me. I felt I didn't need a man, I'm going to do what I am going to do, so look out, any man who gets in my way!
In the past, whenever I read from Proverbs 31, I could almost literally hear 1950's music playing in the back of my mind. Now, as I read these words, I am so convicted and desparate to be what they describe.
Nearly everyone knows verse 10, which says: "A wife of noble character, who can find? For she is worth far more than rubies." It is a beautiful verse commending the godly wife and her value in the eyes of her husband.
But what about the following two verses?
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.
These are the words that haunt and inspire.
Not that I must do all the things listed in this poem to somehow become a wife of noble character; rather, because I have God's call on my life and I want to serve God, these actions want to pour out of me and I desire to strive to be and do these things for my husband...to truly be his helpmate. To speak words of encouragement and blessing and love. To be a help and not a hindrance in his daily walk with God.
To bring him good all the days of my life.
maybe we'll just marinate on that one for a while.
we're reading some excellent marrige books that I highly recommend, for good marriages and rocky ones alike. Love and Respect and The Love Dare.