On Prairie Homemaker we are studying the P31 lady. I thought I would share those posts with my blog readers.
P31 speaks both to men and to women. It is a mother telling her son what to do to rule well and what to look for in a wife. I read a lot of studies on biblical womanhood. I have noticed an alarming trend in recent ones of “dumbing down” the P31 woman. saying things like she is just a composite of many women.
Personally, given the not to distant history of this very country, I do not buy the claim that no one woman could do all that. Pioneer women did. Women during the depression and WW2 did. What makes us so weak that we can not? Feminism telling us we shouldn’t have to.
The P31 is the woman we are to teach the younger wives to be in Titus 2:3-5.
So let us look intently and drink deeply from the Word and see just what this P31 woman did that made her so very special. What makes her the model we as wives and mothers should work to become? I will post it in total now and then post replies with each verse.
Pro 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
Pro 31:11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
Pro 31:12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
Pro 31:13 She seeks wool, and flax, and works willingly with her hands.
Pro 31:14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she brings her food from afar.
Pro 31:15 She rises also while it is yet night, and gives meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
Pro 31:16 She considers a field, and buys it: with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
Pro 31:17 She girds her loins with strength, and strengthens her arms.
Pro 31:18 She perceives that her merchandise is good: her candle goes not out by night.
Pro 31:19 She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
Pro 31:20 She stretches out her hand to the poor; yea, she reaches forth her hands to the needy.
Pro 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
Pro 31:22 She makes herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
Pro 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
Pro 31:24 She makes fine linen, and sells it; and delivers girdles unto the merchant.
Pro 31:25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
Pro 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
Pro 31:27 She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness.
Pro 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.
Pro 31:29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excels them all.
Pro 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Pro 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Everyday I will post a verse and what I am learning as I study them.
Chris, Courtney and I decided to attend an estate sale this weekend. As a rare treat my Beloved MJ came along. He actually took off work to join us!
I found a neat huge plush dog, a couple of small canisters, a RED crate and a dress. Beloved found a ton of computer stuff. We also snagged the “family” edition of Apples to Apples. One of our favorite games.
Then we dropped MJ off at work and the kids and I hit a few more sales. We didn’t find much worth buying but I did get MJ a Palm and its docking station (hand held pda).
Then the kids took me off to Smiling Moose deli for lunch. Since none of us wanted to head to our homes we decided to go down town and see what trouble we could find there.
First Courtney and I pulled Chris into Eggemeyers. This has got to be one of the most fascinating shops in town. Seriously. I found a lovely angel and hit upon an artist whose work I like enough to collect. Jim Shore.
I am over the moon for his nativity set
The one pictured here is the mini and is $100 less than the one I saw. Though the price makes me shudder!
Then we hit up Concho confetti where I got the best smelling bar of rose soap I have EVER smelled.
Plus of course a bag of handmade peppermint drops. These things are addictive!
Then we went to … a book store whose name escapes me, and another antique store that seems to be new and just getting underway. Then we went to lookie Lou at Aquatic Edge. A salt water aquarium store.
By then we were all beat and headed home.
Sunday all 3 kids came out to do laundry and we had a fun filled day of games. We played the new to us Apples to Apples and Star Trek Monopoly. Oldest son Drew won that one easily!
I hope your weekend was as bright and fun!
Tit 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becomes holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
Tit 2:4 that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
Tit 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
There is a lot to learn from this small span of scripture. Today let us learn what love truly is.
The very first thing we see is that love is a learned behavior. It is not a true emotion at all but something we can learn, like sewing or baking. So many marriages today fail because people just “don’t love “each other anymore. So?
A young woman decides to marry a guy because her heart thrills to him. This feeling is admiration mixed with desire. This alone will not sustain a marriage. Eventually the young woman will come to realize this guy is not perfect. Just as he will come to realize she is not. At this point the couple has a choice. They can suck it up and live in irritation at the faults of the other until such time as it causes them to separate. Their other option is to follow what Titus says. Seek out older wiser people and begin learning to love, building a stronger bond that satan can not break and only death can.
God uses love 311 times in the Bible. To me that denotes that love is something of importance to God. The first instance in which it is used is when Isaac wanted to bless his son. He asked for a savory dish such as he loved. Now on the lighter side, this is similar to advice we are given by older wives. The way to reach a man is through his stomach!
The next instance though we see a more enduring form of love. Jacob worked for 7 years to win Rachel’s hand in marriage. How many young people today would be willing to wait for 7 years? Now add to that at the end of the 7 years he was tricked and had to wait another 7 years! That ladies is love.
Over and over we see God practicing his love for his people. In the old testament it was the Jews. Now it is all who claim the name of his Son. Anyone who reads scripture can plainly see that God loves us even at our most unlovable. When we are in sin he lifts us out if we call on him and truly believe in him. That is love.
Christ says truer love has no man than this that he lays down his life for a brother. True, abiding love means we will risk ourselves to save the one we love. Just as Christ did for us.
Because of the importance of love it really irks me when people say they fall into or out of love. Love is not a creek that you can fall into nor is it a tree you can fall out of. Love is an action, a verb. It is something you do and you fight for it, you work at it, you study it. You most of all practice it even if you do not “feel” it.
So how can we as wives practice love for our husbands and children?
Keeping a welcoming home is one way. Making sure their clothes are properly cared for. Keeping nourishing food on the table and in the home. Not running our husbands down to our friends. Study the P31. All these things she has done. All these things God expects us to do.
What special thing can you do today to show your husband and children your love for them?