In part 19 of this series, we look at verse 28 and 29. These two verses go together, so I included them in one post. I feel like it is easier to understand them together instead of separately. The verses say: Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Sounds like every woman’s dream to be praised by her husband and children.
These verses remind me of my grandmother so much. These verses were read at her funeral and I remember thinking that I hope my children feel like that about me one day.
I think it is important to note that these verses are referring to her grown children. Arise can also be referred to as grow-up. So her children grow up and call her blessed. This reminds me of Proverbs 22:6: Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. In the early years or the teenage years, it sometimes seems impossible for your children to actually realize all that you do for them. I know I didn’t realize how much my mama actually did for me until I had a child of my own. Now I wonder how in the world she did it all.
An important thing to note about these verses is who is praising her. Her children and her husband. The people inside her home. Her family. The good wife is praised by her children and her husband because she has poured her heart and soul into them. She has taken care of them, watched over them, and worked hard for them. She does things that will be favorable to her family. She does not look to the world to praise her, but rather her own family. Your family knows who you truly are. They see you at your worst and at your best. If all your praise and admiration is coming from outside the home, then most likely your priorities are not straight.
I know a lot of times we can get caught up in what other people think about us, and care more about their opinions of us then our own husband and children. I know this is something I have struggled with, but as I have gotten older I have realized that it really doesn’t matter what other people think. They are not contributing to your life in any way. They are not the ones paying your bills. They are not the ones who will be there to pick you up during the hard times. What other people think about you does not matter.
I also feel like this verse is full of hope for a weary mother. She puts all her time in effort into her family wondering if they even notice. You might not get immediate gratification from your hard work, but I promise that your husband and children appreciate it more than anything, even if they don’t realize it yet. So don’t lose hope mama!
Strength & Dignity Part 19 action item:
Have you been focused on doing things that make you look good to other people? Volunteering for events at church or school just to keep up appearances? Are these events taking you away from your family? If so, it may be time to reevaluate your schedule. Let go of the things that don’t serve you or your family. You have the power to say no, so that you can say yes to the things that matter.
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