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[a]An excellent woman [one who is spiritual, capable, intelligent, and virtuous], who is he who can find her?
Her value is more precious than jewels and her worth is far above rubies or pearls.
The heart of her husband trusts in her [with secure confidence],
And he will have no lack of gain.
She comforts, encourages, and does him only good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She looks for wool and flax
And works with willing hands in delight.
She is like the merchant ships [abounding with treasure];
She brings her [household’s] food from far away.
She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And assigns tasks to her maids.
She considers a field before she buys or accepts it [expanding her business prudently];
With her profits she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.
She equips herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task]
And makes her arms strong.
She sees that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out, but it burns continually through the night [she is prepared for whatever lies ahead].
She stretches out her hands to the [b]distaff,
And her hands hold the spindle [as she spins wool into thread for clothing].
She opens and extends her hand to the poor,
And she reaches out her filled hands to the needy.
She does not fear the snow for her household,
For all in her household are clothed in [expensive] scarlet [wool].
She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry.
Her clothing is linen, pure and fine, and purple [wool].
Her husband is known in the [city’s] gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes [fine] linen garments and sells them;
And supplies sashes to the merchants.
Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure;
And she smiles at the future [knowing that she and her family are prepared].
She opens her mouth in [skillful and godly] wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue [giving counsel and instruction].
She looks well to how things go in her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired);
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying,
“Many daughters have done nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness],
But you excel them all.”
Charm and grace are deceptive, and [superficial] beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord [reverently worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect], she shall be praised.
Give her of the product of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city].
~Proverbs 31:10-31~ MSG
I know that I have failed to be this woman. Forgive me Father for my sins and failures. Help me, Father, to be this woman! How I long to be her! Show me areas of weakness so that I may improve and strengthen myself in those areas.
Father, I long to be a valuable asset to my family. I do not want to be a liability any longer. Help me, Father, to make use of my time wisely and to never be lazy or slothful. Strengthen me, Father, spiritually, and mentally, while I do all that I can to strengthen myself physically.
Father, I ask that You give me financial wisdom. Help me to learn how to do business and generate a solid income, so that I may help my husband and family, tithe, and give to the needy and poor.
Father, let my words be ruled by Your wisdom and grace. Let me never speak harshly or out of anger. Let me only speak in love words that are meant to edify and encourage.
Father, help me to be an honorable and trustworthy woman. Help me to be a woman whom my husband can trust and whom my children rise and call blessed!
Father, help me to be a woman who honors and glorifies You in all that I say and do each day. Thank You Holy Father for all of the many wonderful blessings that You have bestowed upon me, and all of the work that You are still doing in me.
In Jesus Holy name, I pray,