Who she is

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She is strong and respected and not afraid of the future.  She gets up in the morning and gets things done.

She speaks with a gentle wisdom.  The word “valor” is used in the Hebrew Scriptures for “persons of ‘substance’” which is defined in terms of “strength and capacity, wealth and skill.” She engages in “loving instruction” or “kind teaching.”

She is always busy and looks after her family’s needs.  She esteems in her long-term, loyal friendships and family values.

Her children show their appreciation, and her husband praises her.  When a woman seeks appreciation she is more accurately wanting to be understood, to be validated.

He says, “Many women are good wives, but you are the best of them all.”  All she needs was our time.

Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honours the Lord should be praised.  She exudes His peace, she offers His hope, she knows His Word, she speaks His truth, she embraces His people, she glorifies His Name. 

Give her credit for all she does. She deserves the respect of everyone.  She will always be my true comrade.

 

 

 

Dolly Parton Says Her Upbringing Made Her Who She Is Today

 

She is worth far more

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How hard it is to find a capable wife! She is worth far more than jewels!  The woman of worth embodies the fruit that wisdom produces.

Her husband puts his confidence in her, and he will never be poor.  The reality is a man’s ego – self-confidence – sense of worth – is greatly tied to his wife. 

As long as she lives, she does him good and never harm. Virtuous women are beautiful, caring, reliable, trustworthy, loving, and they make do with what they have.

She keeps herself busy making wool and linen cloth.  She is rare—one-in-a-million. And she is highly valued—worth far more than material wealth.

She brings home food from out-of-the-way places, as merchant ships do.  “Your beauty should consist of your true inner self, the ageless beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of the greatest value in God‘s sight.” – 1 Peter 3:4

She gets up before daylight to prepare food for her family and to tell her servant women what to do.  Ask someone who has been divorced the kind of hell they endure financially and emotionally and you will discover that finding such a mate is a prize worth far above all the gold mines in the world.

She looks at land and buys it, and with money she has earned she plants a vineyard.  It represents the inner thought process one has as they seek God and even converse within themselves when making a very important decision. 

She is a hard worker, strong and industrious. Faithful instruction is on her tongue, as you can see, there is not set time frame, you know, all day, not just mornings and every Tuesday afternoon, without wisdom, she does not speak, without something worth saying, that will do her listener good not harm to hear, she doesn’t say anything, if it is not scriptural and correct, she does not mention it, she always has a word of encouragement, not one of discouragement. She knows the value of everything she makes, and works late into the night.

She spins her own thread and weaves her own cloth.  Note: this one can be met with some prejudice as you meet the conflict in this quote.  “De Pizan’s bringing together of contrasting ideas occurs often with respect to traditional female pursuits. For example, her own mother is often referred to as a force that is in the way of her complete educational freedom, and spinning is implicated in her troubles concerning this matter. The character of Rectitude explains to de Pizan herself, “Your father…did not believe women were worth less by knowing science: rather, as you know, he took great pleasure from seeing your inclination to learning. The feminine opinion of your mother, however, who wished to keep you busy with spinning and silly girlishness, following the common custom of women, was the major obstacle to your being more involved in the sciences”

She is generous to the poor and needy. “I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way we must help the weak, remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.’” – Acts 20:35

She doesn’t worry when it snows, because her family has warm clothing.  “We feel cold, but we don’t mind it, because we will not come to harm. And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn’t feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the Aurora, or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It’s worth being cold for that.” ~Philip Pullman, Northern Lights

She makes bedspreads and wears clothes of fine purple linen.  Wills and bequests often made particular mention of woolen clothing and specified the worth of the garment indicating what quality it might be.

Her husband is well-known, one of the leading citizens.  “We appeal to the young men and women of this nation, to those whose nostrils are not yet befouled by greed and snobbery and racial narrowness: Stand up for the right, prove yourselves worthy of your heritage and whether born north or south dare to treat men as men.” – Niagara Movement

She makes clothes and belts, and sells them to merchants.  She not only knows her worth, she knows her responsibilities to herself.

 

 

 

“Did You Know That You Are Worth More Than Rubies?”

 

Small and clever

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There are four animals in the world that are small, but very, very clever —

  • ants: they are weak, but they store up their food in the summer
  • rock badgers: they are not strong either, but they make their homes among the rocks
  • locusts: they have no king, but they move in formation
  • lizards: you can hold one in your hand, but you can find them in palaces

Look for God’s wisdom in all of His creation. Everything points to the greatness of He who created all life and form on earth.

Although we do not know all there is to know about God – and that we feel helpless; and have little wisdom, we are still loved by God.

Change your mindset about the foundations of life. We can learn from these small creatures that limitation is not something to hold you from moving on. Weaknesses and problems are not stumbling blocks but leaping stones. The key to life is to consider the great value of small things in life.

One doesn’t have to be a superhero or a big shot to thrive. Industry, plugging away at one’s work a bit at a time, will get the job done. Maybe we can’t add much to God’s kingdom, but all those little bits pile up when we faithfully keep at it.

 

 

 

 

 

Things too mysterious to understand

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There are four things that are too mysterious for me to understand:

  • an eagle flying in the sky – the Christian life is meant to be supernatural and amazing, and not a matter of strain and struggle
  • a snake moving on a rock – no more excuses for spiritual passivity! If the snake can move, you too can move on with your life!
  • a ship finding its way over the sea
  • man and a woman falling in love – French writer Blaise Pascal in his Pensées who said “Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point” – “the heart has its reasons of which the mind knows nothing.”

And add to that an unfaithful wife: she commits adultery, takes a bath, and says, “But I haven’t done anything wrong!”  An example of how we all fool ourselves when we know we have sinned.

 

 

Quotes About Mystery

“Things too Wonderful and Mysterious for Me”

 

Wisdom is calling

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Just look at the systems our world has put together.  My father-in-law and the privilege of creating many of the streets in Richmond Hill that people drive on today, including Yonge Street.  He could tell stories about what needs to go under the street and why and the intricacies of sewers, electricity, waterworks etc.  It’s all around us – some of it we see in our streets, our marketplaces, wherever people are gathered together.  Wisdom as a concept rooted in the reality that choices have consequences. Even refusing to choose is a choice. A part of wisdom is all about learning to make good choices. Good choices can be learned by observing of the outcomes of people’s choices.

As God speaks in the context of the city, He is even more clear in creation.  That is why it is always good to take a walk into the midst of nature – the voice of wisdom is much clearer there, you sense a presence that you have somehow missed in the city most likely because it is pure and simple.

I know I am not talking about animism where we believe natural things have spiritual elements, but I am talking about the reality of us making fun of a Creator, whom we mimic in so many ways and yet we never want to learn of His existence and presence even though it is all around us no matter where we go.

More importantly, God invites us to not only understand that He exists, more foolish to deny than except with the proof all around us, but to call on Him and ask Him for advice.  When we do, He promises to share His knowledge with us.  Quite possibly no other person has credited God with his accomplishments more than George Washington Carver —

Carver did not patent or profit from most of his products. He freely gave his discoveries to mankind. Most important was the fact that he changed the South from being a one-crop land of cotton, to being multi-crop farmlands, with farmers having hundreds of profitable uses for their new crops. “God gave them to me” he would say about his ideas, “How can I sell them to someone else?” In 1940, Carver donated his life savings to the establishment of the Carver Research Foundation at Tuskegee, for continuing research in agriculture.

In my walk with God, there is one more thing I do and it’s not fun going through it but the results are purifying.  I invite God to search my heart and see what kind of sin has found a home there that needs to be taken care of.  It is amazing how easy pride finds a nook. It is my worse enemy and it creeps in so easily.

Jesus is our voice of wisdom.  We can only pray that we are listening when He calls and we can only pray that if that call comes through suffering that we accept it as much as if it came through generosity.  They all connect us back to Him.

 

 

 

 

Will Todd: Call of Wisdom

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