Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Proverbs 31: 21-22

"She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple."

It's so nice to read verses that back up the skills of womanhood. Not that there have not been/are not wonderful male tailors, but sewing for one's family is primarily a woman's task and it's one I greatly relish. It's great to be able to look at my girls while they are flouncing around in their skirts that *I* made, or watch a new baby wriggle under a blanket that was made by his own mama's hand.

I think that this verse has something else to say besides just "sew until your heart's content!", though. It speaks of preparation. This lady was not afraid of the cold because she knew she had prepared her family for it. She had made thick garments for her family, beautiful coverings for the beds, and even nice clothes for herself. She was sensible, but she also used the best quality she could afford. Clothes and coverlets had to be made, so they might as well have been made out of the good stuff because that would keep them warmer. And this preparation gave her peace, knowing she had done well by her family. Seems to me that these verses can be applied in any area where preparation is best: finances, food, clothing. Good verses to think on!

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