"A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth more than rubies,
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands,
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
she gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
she sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple,
Her husband is respected in the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction was on her tongue.
She watched over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her;
"Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
- Proverbs 31:10-30
Today is my mom's birthday. I have used this verse before in tributes and cards and it never gets old. In my eyes, my mom was and still is all that Proverbs 31 represents. Her strength, her faith and her love are all characteristics that I pray everyday for. I want to be just like my mom when I grow up!
Growing up I saw her go without new things, so I could have my heart's desires. I watched her and my dad share and teach their faith, both in churches and on the mission field. She always made sure my sister and I had what we needed; we were always fed and dressed and she made our house a home. She is soft spoken, yet firm, compassionate, yet strong. She is a natural caregiver who loves her family and still takes care of all of us. I thank God everyday for her and the example she set in my life. I am blessed.
I love you!
Hope you have a beautiful birthday!
And I don't care how old you are, you can still celebrate. :)