Monday, March 2, 2009

The Role of a Wife

Random #18 - I want to be a great wife.

And there's a part of me that is scared that I won't be.  Exactly 52 days and approximately 0.5 hours from right now I am going to be Jamie's wife.  A role that I have never taken on before.  I've watched friends and families and mentors, and have taken notes.  I've talked with Jamie about his desires and expectations, and God and I have had many conversations about this topic.  But, the bottom line is that I know my selfish nature.  And it tends to rear its ugly head without me expecting it, usually resulting in my not-so-favorite version of Molly.

I'm not even sure what being a great wife will look like.  I'm sure a lot of it will be learned as we adjust to things like living together.  There is, however, one explanation of a great wife that I will gladly look to for guidance - 

 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 bring 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 dark;
  she provides food for her family 
  and portions for her servant girls.
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 not 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 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 the 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.
:Proverbs 31: 10-30:


K_Streams_Her_C said...

I don't think I've ever met "selfish Molly" but I KNOW you're going to be an amazing wife. In fact, I would think that some husbands are going to wish they had a wife more like you!