“A wife of noble character who can find? … She sets about her work vigorously; her arms strong for her tasks…”- Proverbs 31:1, 17

When I was a kid my hero, other than Punky Brewster, was my grandmother. My mom’s parents lived beside us and looking back, it was such a blessing. Grandmamma never worked outside of the home except when she and Grandaddy ran the old store across the street and in a nearby town. But she was the busiest woman I ever did see. She was wise, patient, full of grace and beauty, and made a mean tuna sandwich. She would dance around her house swinging the dish towel hanging from one of her many dresses she made. As I played outside in my yard, she would be tending to the huge vegetable garden, taking care of her flowers, or feeding the chickens and rabbits. But she was never too busy to squeeze my cheeks when she could get a hold of them or sit on the swing and talk with me under the grapevine trellis they had built. We hear of the “Proverbs 31 Woman” and think that every one of these traits and attributes surely could not be fulfilled in one woman. But I can assure you that Grandmamma came pretty close. Our challenge as women, especially in today’s world, is more difficult than ever. We are expected to do things a certain way in a certain amount of time, look a certain way, act a certain way… And keep up with the thousand things on our to do list that are often written by someone else. While rest is vital, so is our work. But let’s ensure that as we “set about our work vigorously” that we are doing so as unto The Lord and not unto ourselves… Else we grow weary. A “wife” or woman of noble character is one whose whole life is centered around a reverent fear of God, compassion for the needy, and faithfulness and love toward her family. So as you tackle your long list today please seek to serve God, your family, and others as you do it. It may be as small as squeezing a child’s cheeks to make her feel special- but God is smiling when you do it.

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“Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.” – 1 Chronicles 16:11

Women today hold many roles that are often overwhelming. Actually, overwhelming is an understatement.  When combined, these roles often seem impossible! Too often, we find ourselves weary and worn before we even make it to the breakfast table. We wear all our hats while still trying to be the woman God wants us to be. When we depend on Christ as our strength, our peace, our rest, we are able to become more like that woman every day. God desires that we fulfill our purpose with joy and with peace. He never promised it would be easy, but He promises to walk with us. My prayer is that, through these writings,  you find encouragement that will help equip you with the power to endure this race to the end!