Monday, November 21, 2011

Studying Proverbs 31 through related scriptures

Part I.

Proverbs 31:10. Who can find a virtuous wife? Her worth is far above rubies...
Below, I've listed some verses that supplement a study of each verse in Proverbs 31:20-31. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, and you may want to create a study list of your own. However, I hope that reading the ones I've listed will help us add depth and balance to a study of Proverbs 31.

Ruth 3:11 -- (whole book of Ruth)
Genesis 2:23-25
Proverbs 16:11
Proverbs 12:4
Acts 9:36ff -- account of Dorcas/Tabitha
Proverbs 14:1
Titus 2:28
Proverbs 20:6
Proverbs 18:22

Proverbs 31:11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her. So he will have no lack of gain.

I Timothy 3:10-11
Titus 2:3-5
Proverbs 11:13
Proverbs 25:13
Daniel 6:4
I Timothy 3:11
Proverbs 13:17
Luke 16:10

Proverbs 31:12 She does him good and not evil all the days of her life

Titus 3:8
Titus 3:14

Galatians 6:8-10
Isaiah 40:21:31
Matthew 5:15-16
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
I Timothy 5:9-10
John 5:16-30
Romans 2:7
Romans 2:10

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

30 days of work in the home...

Catching up!

Faithfulness...

A key characteristic of the worthy woman is her faithfulness to the work entrusted to her. We don't often think of faithfulness as being a very exciting quality. If someone we love is faithful in their relationships and faithful in their work, we might even take it for granted. But, if someone is not faithful -- if they break our trust in some way or neglect their work or destroy their potential with bad habits -- then, we notice and are deeply grieved.

In the home sphere, you might have moments when you feel that others take you for granted. The world doesn't often applaud paid bills, done laundry, full pantries, and dust bunnies swept away. The efficient and talented keeper of the home might not receive many day-to-day compliments. If this is true for you, you must not think that your work goes unnoticed, however. Most likely, your family members and others value your persistence in well-doing more than you realize.

At any rate, faithfulness to the tasks given you pleases the Lord. It is a quality of His own nature, and He is the perfect standard for faithfulness. Studying, knowing, and relying on God's faithfulness brings us joy and peace. Imitating God's faithfulness -- however imperfectly we might do so -- adds productivity and joy to our lives as well.

For the word of the LORD is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness. Psalm 33:4