Strength, Endurance, Well-Rounded, Charitable...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Today’s pearls are found in Proverbs 17, 18, 19 and 20…Strength, Endurance, Well-Rounded and Charitable.

“She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.”

Strength…not only are our physical bodies cared for so that we can do the work that needs to be done, but our spirits are well-maintained as well. Our strength comes from the Lord, we spend time dwelling on His Word, building up our faith.

“She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.”

Endurance…the ability to exert ourselves for a long period of time. We’re willing to stay up late to finish the job. How many of us can testify to staying up late to mop the floors while everyone else is sleeping?

“She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.”

Well-Rounded…a distaff is the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning. Spinning wool takes concentration and hands guided with knowledge. We use wisdom and intelligence as a guide to ALL we do, even sewing buttons on a shirt or fixing a torn pocket or balancing our checkbooks at the end of the month.

“She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.”

Charitable…we know our Bible. We know that part of our job as Christians is to see to the poor in our neighborhoods and in our church community. We know if a need arises, we try to help out by preparing food for new mothers or grieving families. We know that if we give to the poor we are giving to the Lord and He will bless us.

Tomorrow’s pearls are Provider, Well-Dressed, Wife of a Good Husband and Good Business Woman…wow!


  1. I'm working hard on endurance. I am so exhausted by 7pm that some nights I can't keep my eyes open past 8:30!!! Thanks Lois - I truly enjoy reading your blog each morning :o)

  2. I have read this chapter of Proverbs many times, and heard it read many times, but over the last few days of your posts I am starting to realise how little I have actually heard it properly - and by that I mean concentrated on each individual part and thought about what that means for me, and my role as a Christian wife and mother. Finding your blog has been a real blessing to me - many thanks.


  3. Ah yes, mopping floors late into the night...or at 5:00 in the morning!

    The thing I've enjoyed most about your reflections this week is that I'm realizing I'm not as far from being like this woman as I thought I was. I certainly have areas that can use improvement, but I struggle with striving for PERFECTION instead of accepting that sometimes I'm trying to meet an impossible standard. The character traits of the P-31 woman are not given as impossible measures, and for each of us, the practical application will look a little different.

    Thank you for putting yourself "out there" and doing has been a HUGE blessing to me!

  4. More excellent writing, Lois. My most difficult area is following through when I'm over-tired or emotionally tired.
    May God bless you as you are pouring yourself out!

  5. Thanks for another day of encouragement. Lord knows we need all we can get. Lovely post!

  6. What nice encouragement you are offering! And isn't it a comfort that God continues to work in us until we are like Christ...not requiring that we be perfect, but a work in progress!


  7. Since this is one of my favorite passages in the Bible, I always welcome new and refreshing insights and you have done that for me.
    I was not able to visit yesterday,so I read both posts today. I always enjoy doing special things for my husband too.
    Thanks for helping me realize that there are areas in my life that need some immediate attention.

  8. Sometimes I think that as moms and wives we drop the ball here. We let our spiritual life go and take care of others. The past several months I have been very dedicated to my time with the Lord. This helps me to be a better wife.

  9. Our strength comes from the Lord, we spend time dwelling on His Word, building up our faith.

    I can’t say ENOUGH how important it is for God’s daughters to make a point of having a quiet time each AND EVERY day with Him. It is a MUST!!

    We’re willing to stay up late to finish the job
    I have been praying to God to help me in this department. I get up at 5 to 5:30 each morning, but I find my 8 or 9 p.m. I’m whipped and crawl into bed. It is NOT what the Lord desires from me. I won’t even accept the excuses my friends tell me, “oh Angie, your up so early, of course your tired by that time”. Ya, I may be tired, but I truly believe God CAN give me the strength to do a little bit more in the evenings than what I have been doing. So I keep praying and won’t stop. I’m not settling for a life that is only doing second best when God has given me His best.!!