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Become the Ideal Woman

Call me peculiar – you won’t be the first.  I think it is possible to be a good wife and the ideal woman without going insane.  The bible even takes the time to give me a blueprint for walking that line.  Proverbs 31 says that a virtuous woman is one who:

         does her husband good

         has a husband that trusts her

         works with her hands

         brings food

         rises in the morning (before the sun and the rest of the house)

         fixes meals

         plants a field

         is spiritually, mentally, and physically fit

         has an open home at all times

         helps others

         decorates her home

         dresses well

         makes and sells

         teaches other women

         is excited about the future

         speaks wisdom in kindness

         has an organized home

         is praised because of her own works

Every now and then, I sit down and make the list of accomplishments from Proverbs 31.  I usually refer to the Amplified translation quite a bit because it breaks down the words into more traditional speech.  Every time I do, something new or different pops out at me.  (For instance, “she makes fine linen garments and sells them” is just “she makes fine linen” in the King James Version.  For the longest time, I was trying to “make garments” to sell and it wasn’t working out.  When I redid the list and used the KJV, I realized that my articles are submitted on linen paper.  I was already fulfilling this aspect of the ideal woman).

This time, I noticed that the woman was dressed nice and had a nice home.  I don’t think this gives me license to go on a shopping spree (oh well) but I do think it reminds me that I have to make the best of what I have.  My home needs to be “guest ready” at all times so that when people come by they feel welcomed and want to come back.

I also think I found the key to being the ideal woman.  Proverbs 31:27b “the bread of idleness she does not eat.”  If I’m not wasting time then there is plenty of time to do all the things I need (and want) to do.

Think of being a good wife and the ideal woman as the job you are assigned.  Would you get a raise with the way you have been doing things?  What are some of the things you can do different to help you get a good job evaluation in the future?

Today, I got up and did my bible study in my sweats.  After that, I got dressed like I was going to the doctor’s office (or some other “important” public appearance).  I also made the bed.  Now my bedroom and I are prepared to face the day.  Are you prepared?

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