A Worthy Woman

I recently read Proverbs 31 and it got me to thinking about the women in my life. In addition, we have been talking about sharing old family pictures of women in agriculture for our Women In Ag Conference. Today’s post is the result of how these two thoughts come together in my mind.

My Great Grandparents, John and Alice, at their first home in Wisconsin. They lived in a soddy and are cleaning a chicken.

My Great Grandparents, John and Alice, at their first home in Wisconsin. They lived in a soddy and are cleaning a chicken.

Description of a Worthy Woman

10 An excellent wife who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.
11  The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have not lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil, all the days of her life.
13 She looks for wool and flax and works with her hands in delight.
14 She is like merchant ships; she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises also while it is still night and gives food to her household and portions to her maidens.

Great Grandma Alice working in the garden.

Great Grandma Alice working in the garden.

16 She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength and makes her arms strong.
18 She senses that her gain is good; her lamp does not go out at night.

My Grandmother Easter (Mom's Mom) and her Boston Terrier.

My Grandmother Easter (Mom’s Mom) and her Boston Terrier.

 

19 She stretches out her hand to the distaff, and her hands grasps the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor, and she stretches her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet.

My Great Grandma Dobesh stands in the back row first lady from the left. My Great-Great Grandparents are seated in the middle of the front row and are surrounded by their children.

My Great Grandma Dobesh (Mother to Mom’s Dad) stands in the back row first lady from the left. My Great-Great Grandparents are seated in the middle of the front row and are surrounded by their children.

22 She makes coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies belts to the tradesmen.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.
26 She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue

This is my Grandpa's Sister, Alice (on the left), and Great Grandpa tending chickens.

This is my Grandpa’s Sister, Alice (on the left), and Great Grandpa tending chickens.

27 She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
29 “Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her the product of her hands, and let her works bring her praise in the gates.

Mom in the lambing barn.

Mom in the lambing barn.

I have many generations of working farm and ranch wives in my heritage. I think Proverbs 31 is a great foundation to knowing the focus of our lives should be caring for and serving our family. That we should be humble, but proud of the work that we do and the land and livestock we care for. We also need to be aware of our community and helpful to those in need.

My friend Kim at Kim’s County Line posted a similar idea on her blog last week. I encourage you to give her a visit.

 

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5 Responses to A Worthy Woman

  1. Kim says:

    I loved seeing the old photos. It certainly demonstrates the heritage of hard-working women and men in your family. Proverbs 31 was beautifully illustrated with your photos. We are very fortunate for that great history of faithfulness and perseverance.

    Thanks also for the shout-out on the blog post!

  2. Aunt Linda says:

    Thank you so much for reminding us of our roots and the amazing strength of the women before us.

  3. Alica says:

    I’ve always been a bit “mad” (not really) at the Proverbs 31 woman, because who can measure up?! What amazing attributes for us to strive for…and so many hard working, godly women in my past as well, lived up to a lot of this passage.

  4. Bonnie says:

    Thank you for reminding me to reflect and be thankful for the strong women in my life. Loved the family photos.

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