In Your Walk With God


For the week of May 9th, 2021

WHAT MOTHERS NEED

In Praise of a Good Wife
10 A truly good wife
is the most precious treasure
    a man can find!
11 Her husband depends on her,
    and she never
    lets him down.
12 She is good to him
    every day of her life,
13 and with her own hands
    she gladly makes clothes.
14 She is like a sailing ship
    that brings food
    from across the sea.
15 She gets up before daylight
to prepare food
    for her family
    and for her servants.[a]
16 She knows how to buy land
and how to plant a vineyard,
17 and she always works hard.
18 She knows when to buy or sell,
    and she stays busy
    until late at night.
19 She spins her own cloth,
20 and she helps the poor
    and the needy.
21 Her family has warm clothing,
    and so she doesn’t worry
    when it snows.
22 She does her own sewing,
    and everything she wears
    is beautiful.
23 Her husband is a well-known
and respected leader
    in the city.
24 She makes clothes to sell
    to the shop owners.
25 She is strong and graceful,[b]
    as well as cheerful
    about the future.
26 Her words are sensible,
    and her advice
    is thoughtful.
27 She takes good care
of her family
    and is never lazy.
28 Her children praise her,
    and with great pride
    her husband says,
29 “There are many good women,
    but you are the best!”
30 Charm can be deceiving,
    and beauty fades away,
but a woman
who honors the Lord
    deserves to be praised.
31 Show her respect—
    praise her in public
    for what she has done.
Like all of us, mothers need to be praised. A mother who knows she is valued can handle almost anything. She has the skill and energy to cook, sew, teach, do business, care for her family, help the needy, and deal with difficulties.
But if a woman is never praised, she will feel unloved, unskilled, and useless. A mother needs to be thanked, prized, and praised every day.
A God-fearing woman is to be praised by her children, her husband, and "in the city gate" by community leaders. These days many community leaders--politicians, media, educators, bosses--honor glamour more than godliness. That can be discouraging.
But a mother will still be encouraged if her children stand and say, "God bless you, Mom, for being such a blessing to us." She will smile to hear her husband say, "I love you. Other women might do good things, but you're the best!"
The highest praise any woman can receive is praise from God. What counts most is what God thinks: "The unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit ... is of great worth in God's sight" (1 Peter 3:4).
Mothers, rejoice in the praise that comes from God. Husbands and children, praise God for Mom, and praise Mom in a way that echoes God's own praise of her.
Prayer
We praise you, Lord, for godly wives and loving mothers. You have blessed us through them. Please also bless them through us and make them feel treasured by you. In Jesus, Amen.