Thursday, October 17, 2013

All Her Household is Clothed With Scarlet

Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life. 
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar. 
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard. 
She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
Proverbs 31: 10-17, 21

The woman described in this passage has always fascinated me. I have never imagined woman of Bible times to be buying fields and planting vineyards or having anything at all to do with financial matters. But this woman is taking care of her family and household, working diligently, is strong, confident and excels with money.

I heard something that really stuck out to me on the radio the other day: what's another way that you can say I love you? My husband has less than zero interest in our financial affairs. I hope that this will change as time progresses but for now I am very alone in trying to keep our house in order. I've learned over the years that alot of women find themselves dealing with this situation. But I thought of this scripture when I heard that question. One way I can say I love you is by doing a really good job at dealing with our finances. Maybe my husband doesn't really care but me excelling at finances (or at least attempting to) is really a very good way of saying I love you.

Sometimes when a task becomes daunting you just have to think about things differently.


  1. "Sometimes when a task becomes daunting you just have to think about things differently." - definitely.

  2. This is greatly encouraging ;o)

  3. Family finances are the wife's domain in many cultures, and even when the husband is expected to be the sole breadwinner, it's her job to see that the money he brings in is spent wisely.