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Let me introduce you to a Proverbs 31 woman. Do you know her?
She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar. She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her workers.
She goes to inspect a field and buys it. With her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.
She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night. Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes. She even makes her own bedspreads.
Her husband is well-known in the public square, where he debates with the other civic leaders.
She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns. She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants. She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.
She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.
Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. This woman I am writing about today has all three.
Let me introduce you to a Proverbs 31 woman. Do you know her? She is my wife, Marti Fischer.