This is not my wisdom, but it was in my inbox this morning and I had to share! This is a mom devotional from Bible Gateway.
Additional Scripture Readings: Joshua 24:15; Proverbs 2:1–6
When we think of the wise, we might picture esteemed scholars padding through hallowed halls of learning. In their hushed offices and remote library stacks, they seem to have a monopoly on wisdom and understanding.
But where does wisdom really come from? How do moms like you and me wise up?
From living life well. Wisdom grows when moms and dads make careful choices about their priorities and the amount of time they spend with their children. It arises when arguments are settled with sane solutions and siblings are coaxed to peace. It develops when families work together to squeeze extras from meager incomes. It blossoms when celebrations mark special achievements. Most of all, wisdom comes from living all of life’s days with an attitude of desiring and working toward God’s best in our families.
Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come from hallowed halls of learning. Sure, learned folks are smart enough. But the truly wise are those who learn to live life well, day in and day out.
Yes, I am already married, no I do not need a wedding dress. 😉 I do, however, enjoy watching wedding shows while I torture myself on the elliptical in the wee hours of the morning.
I guess it makes me old, or maybe just old fashioned, but the latest wedding dress fad seems to be the see through bodice Now, there are extreme wedding dresses in terms of immodesty, with super low cuts back and front, but the see through thing is in a league of its own. I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I thought that weddings included grandparents and great aunts and uncles…and fathers! My goodness! If my grandparents saw me in a see through wedding dress, they might not be speaking to me anymore. And I think it would be safe to say my dad would not have walked me down the aisle.
It is a small wonder marriages don’t last today. If the bride is willing to show that much of herself…(and some of these go down to just about “there” ) to the whole world, when it should be sacred for her husband on her wedding day…wow, blows my mind.
I hear the arguments now. No I am not saying everyone who wears a see through gown will get divorced. I wish that on no one. And yes, I realize most of us show off that much at the beach or pool in our bathing suits. I guess the see through wedding dress just irks me.
What are your thoughts?
Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find? The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
Marriage used to be sacred, used to be taken seriously, used to be forever. It should be. It is called to be. It isn’t anymore.
I (sadly) often wonder how many brides and grooms go to the altar these days pledging to love and adore their spouse until death do they part, or someone better comes along. I wonder if brides and grooms these days expect forever. It is heartbreaking. I expect forever, my friends expect forever, but forever isn’t always what occurs.
So many of our friends now are experiencing the pain of affairs and divorce. It is horrendous to watch and be up close and personal with. There are so many pains in this world, but I cannot fathom facing one where you lose your best friend, the one who is supposed to carry you through the bad times or at least bear them with you. God of course is ever present. It is still so hard.
I blame the selfishness we as a people have acquired over the years. So many horrible decisions are made in the here and the now. “This feels good now, I should do it. My kids, wife, family, friend, etc all come in second to how I am feeling. It is all about me. I should be able to do anything I want and not deal with the consequences.” This way of thinking causes issues in marriages, in unplanned pregnancies, in drinking and driving, in drugs, in every sinful area of life. I despise this way of thinking. And I say that knowing I am not perfect and my thoughts are not perfect.
Whether or not you are a Bible believer (of course you know I am), the rules and laws of the Bible do prevent a lot of pain if they are followed. And they don’t prevent a lot of fun as many tend to believe.
I am thankful for my faithful husband. I am more thankful for my faithful God! And I pray all the time that my children may grow up caring for others over themselves and that they may spend eternity with their Holy God.
Proverbs 31:10 (NIV)
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
My hubby and I are celebrating anniversary #12 🙂
Taking a slight break from our verses on pride…here is something for all women to reflect on today…regardless if we are wives, mothers, widows or single…we can always strive to be better…to be of noble character.
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Not mine. My beautiful cousin’s. I am overjoyed for her! I have the honor of being in her wedding party, so get to see her say “I Do” up close. Of course it brings back memories to my wedding day.
11 years ago. I can remember so much, which I am glad. I tried to be diligent in remembering details of the day as I knew it would fly by. My husband and I were the most calm people in the church that day. It boggled my mind that anyone else would be nervous, for we certainly were not. For me, I think calmness came because I knew that no matter what happened that day, at the end of it, I would be married to my best friend. I know my parents had normal parent anxiety, but I now know why others were nervous.
Because I am nervous for my cousin. Not because of her groom choice…they are completely in sync and a great pair. But because I want everything to be perfect for her. And it will be…because at the end of the day, no matter what happens, she will be married to her best friend.
This week brought on some personal concerns for the wedding… not wanting to let the bride down. With training I have been eating more and building more muscle. All that is fine, except that my dress is a bit more snug than it was in the past. I have visions of it splitting open from being too tight. I also have visions of my children disturbing the ceremony. They are WAY excited to be spectators at the occasion and I am happy that they are allowed to come. They even helped in choosing their special clothes for the day (which will be recycled for Easter as well…and many times after). But…now they are all sick and coughing is the main culprit. In a few hours we will see if my dress and my children make it through without causing a scene.
Regardless of my family, today is the day…their day The day made for my cousin and her groom. The day 2 wonderful people become one. The day a new life for them starts. The day where first memories of their lives together as husband and wife begins. In a world where the sacrament of marriage has become less sacred, it makes me proud of them for standing together, promising forever and taking it seriously.
My prayer for them is the same as my prayer for marriages across the globe. I pray that they may build their lives on God’s Word, that they may turn to Him and each other when times are hard, that they may not give up on each other, that they may back each other and that they may have a marriage that is a cord of three…one that will be a witness to all they meet.
‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’