Planting

He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
1 Corinthians 3:8-9

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.
She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar.
She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night.
She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.
She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant.
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.
Proverbs 31:10-31

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the lover

“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life… Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.” Proverbs 31:10-12

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the worker

“She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar… She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.” Proverbs 31:13-14,19

Our Purpose – God’s Way

At twenty, I knew my purpose in life. I was going to be an artist, maybe own an art supply store. I was going to get married soon out of college, have six kids, and sit on the wrap-around-porch of a big farmhouse out in the country watching those kids play on our land. I’m not sure how those two dreams fit together, but there you go. It was my Purpose…

the servant

“She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.” Proverbs 31:15

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the steward

“She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard… She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night.” Proverbs 31:16,18

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the fit

“She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.” Proverbs 31:17

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the giver

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:20

Your Colt for the King (Holy Week, Palm Sunday)

It’s Sunday. You’re home, preparing for the big holiday dinner coming later this week. There’s a lot of traffic outside, so you almost don’t hear the knock on the door. When you get to it, there’s a couple of weather-worn working guys, a little rough-looking, standing there. One of them is untying your donkey and her colt…

the homemaker

“She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet…. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31:21,27-29

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the crafter

“She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple… She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant.” Proverbs 31:10,12

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the teacher

“She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:26

Remember… and Live Abundantly

It’s finally spring here in Michigan! We’re  seeing buds on the trees and flowers blooming in our gardens. There are finally green shoots peeking up, promising new life. That’s what we love to celebrate in spring, isn’t it? New life! Spring is the year’s new beginning, everything starting again fresh and new. As believers we celebrate new and eternal life because of Easter…

Rules for God’s Daughters: Part 6

We’ve made it to the final six points of our list of “Rules for God’s Daughters”! You can read all about the inspiration for this list in “Rules for God’s Daughters: Part 1”. So to recap: This list really resonates with me as the mom of a young daughter. But it also set off some warning bells. The Bible says to “test everything”…

Rules for God’s Daughters: Part 5

Welcome to part 5 of “Rules for God’s Daughters”! If you’re just joining us, this a 6-post series based on a “copy and share” Facebook post I read recently. You can read all about that, and see the full list in “Rules for God’s Daughters: Part 1”. To recap: This list really resonates with me as the mom of a young daughter…

Rules for God’s Daughters: Part 4

Welcome to part 4 of “Rules for God’s Daughters”! If you’re just joining us, this a 6-post series based on a “copy and share” Facebook post I read recently. You can read all about that, and see the full list in “Rules for God’s Daughters: Part 1”. To recap: This list really resonates with me as the mom of a young daughter…

Rules for God’s Daughters: Part 3

Welcome to part 3 of “Rules for God’s Daughters”! If you’re just joining us, this a 6-post series based on a “copy and share” Facebook post I read recently. You can read all about that, and see the full list in “Rules for God’s Daughters: Part 1”. Today we’re checking out #11-15 of the list. To recap: This list really resonates with me as the mom…

Rules for God’s Daughters: Part 2

Today is part 2 of “Rules for God’s Daughters”, a 6-post series based on a “copy and share” Facebook post I read recently. You can read all about that, and see the full list in “Rules for God’s Daughters: Part 1”. Today I’m looking at #6-10 of the list (there are 31 items total!). To recap: This list really resonates with me as the mom of a young daughter…

Rules for God’s Daughters: Part 1

Today I read one of those “copy and share” posts on Facebook. This one is called “Rules for My Daughter”. It resonated with me – but it also set off some warning bells. One of the devil’s greatest weapons is subtle lies: things that look good or feel good but are just a little twisted from God’s truth. As I read this list…

the worshipper

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31: 30

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