The Proverbs 31 Woman
A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
– Proverbs 31:10-31 (NIV)
- “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Mark 10:6-9 (NIV)
- Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Colossians 3:18-19 (NIV)
- “More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse.” – Doug Larson
- “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” – Mignon McLaughlin
- “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” – Ruth Bell Graham
On parenting/mom and daughter relationship
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NIV)
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Psalm 127:3 (NIV)
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. Proverbs 13:24
Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death. Proverbs 19:18
“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.” – John Wolfgang van Goethe
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass
“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane D. Hull
“To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior Himself.” – James E. Faust
“The golden rule of parenting is: do unto your children what you wish your parents had done unto you.”
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death. Proverbs 13:14 (NIV)
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning. Proverbs 9:9 (NIV)
In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. Titus 2:7-8 (NIV)
“Teaching is not just a job. It is a human service and it must be thought of as a mission.” Dr. Ralph Tyler
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams
“Education is a painful, continual, and difficult work to be done in kindness, by watching, by warning, by praise, but above all, by example.” – John Ruskin
“We teach more by what we are than by what we teach.” – Will Durant
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew
“The quality of your life will be determined by the quality of your contribution. When you work to improve the lives of others, your life improves automatically.” – Kurek Ashley
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” ― Barack Obama
“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.” ― Abraham Lincoln
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi
“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” – Brian Tracy
“I am only one, but still I AM ONE. I cannot do everything, but still I CAN DO SOMETHING. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I CAN DO.” – Hellen Keller
“The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.” – Mother Teresa
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” – Anais Nin
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou
“If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.” – Lord Byron
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Frankiln
“Whether or not you write well, write bravely.” – Bill Stout
“Writing is the painting of the voice!” – Voltaire
“If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all.” – Anne Tyler
“A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.” – Franz Kafka
“No one can tell your story so tell it yourself. No one can write your story so write it yourself.”
“Write what should not be forgotten…” – Isabel Allende