(paraphrase of Proverbs 31:10-31)
Who can find a Christian lady? Her price is far more than that of pearls and diamonds, fur and Mercedes.
Her husband has complete confidence in her. He is not afraid to trust her with his name, his children, and his paycheck.
She will be a blessing to him as long as she lives.
She provides the things needed for her family’s comfort. She is not afraid to get her hands dirty and does her work with a smile.
She is a thrifty shopper.
She rises early for private devotions and prepares herself for the day.
She considers new obligations carefully in the light of her present duties and sets her priorities wisely. Because she is conservative with her time, her family reaps many benefits: homemade cookies, family outings, special times of listening.
She is on twenty-four-hour call. “Mommy, I’m scared.” “Honey, would you run an errand for me?” “Mom, could you, please…?” She receives many rewards for her good works: a bear hug, a thank-you card, a new friendship.
She calmly performs the small, monotonous chores that fall her lot, sewing on buttons, pressing white shirts, cleaning ovens.
She shares her blessing with those who are less fortunate: an extra place at the table, a fresh loaf of homemade bread, vegetables from her garden. She reaches out and touches other lives, offering a compassionate shoulder, a helping hand, a listening ear.
She has no fear of hard times, for she has built her family on a strong foundation. With God’s help, they are prepared to cope with life’s frustrations and emergencies.
She chooses her wardrobe with good taste. She keeps her physical appearance clean and neat. A meek and quiet spirit is her crowning glory.
Her husband is respected on his job. He is able to fill his position well, unhampered by domestic problems and pressures.
She is competent in business affairs, balancing the checkbook, paying the bills on time, protecting the credit cards. She is capable of supplementing the family’s income, if necessary.
She has strength of character. She is reserved and manifests dignity in adverse circumstances. She has a positive attitude, expecting good things to happen and she knows how to enjoy life.
She gives wise counsel and instruction. Kindness rules her tongue.
She is not given to gossip, grumbling, and griping.
She organizes her household well and is not lazy.
Her children love and appreciate her. Her husband praises her, saying, “There are many lovely Christian ladies, but you are the fairest of all.”
Flattery and favor of men is deceiving; beauty is vain and temporary, but a lady who serves the Lord and loves her family will long be honored and respected.
The fruit of her life and works of her hands will testify for her.