Friday, April 18, 2008

P31 meets Titus2

As a young(ish) Christian woman, I have an image in my head of who I need to be as a woman, a wife, a mom. My friends call her Meg (she's my spiritual mom, and I do strive to be like her in many ways), but really, the root that I need to return to is that of the esteemed excellent wife also known as Proverbs 31. :) Are you a P31 woman? I'm not; well, not yet anyway. But I'm trying to be. Just for posterity's sake, I'm going to write out that passage for all you lovely readers:

10An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. 11The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain. 12She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. 13She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight. 14She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar. 15She rises also while it is still night And gives food to her household And portions to her maidens. 16She considers a field and buys it; From her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong. 18She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night. 19She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands grasp the spindle. 20She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy. 21She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. 23Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. 24She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies belts to the tradesmen. 25Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future. 26She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. 27She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. 28Her 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." 30Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. 31Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates.
I think it's kind of sad that I think I can align myself more for the loving of (ahem) wool and flax and some of the more physical aspects of P31 than the, say, loving and doing good for her husband and family. I got convicted in my need to be more like this woman, not in a legalistic sense, but just in a desire to do good for my family.
Ok, the Titus 2 (we'll call her T2) woman comes into play here:
3Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
I am a woman who is blessed to have had a T2 woman in my life (did I mention Meg?), and what a blessing she has been. I'm just so blessed and grateful that God saw fit to give me a woman to teach me how to be a good homemaker and emulate these women of the bible! Meg recently came to visit me, and I was just reminded how important it is to have someone like this in your life!! Just felt like sharing!