Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 31:15-19. As we study this Scripture, think about your mother and all the hard work she did while raising you. Also, if you are a wife or mother, think about the ways you serve your family and whether you do it from a heart of love or out of obligation.
If you are a husband, remember to thank your wife for all the hard work she does to serve your family. If you are a single woman think of all the ways you can serve your family, your community, and your church.
A wife and mother is always busy; she goes out and buys things for her home and her family such as: food, clothing, and household furnishings. A lot of women today work full time jobs or have businesses of their own and take care of a home and family.
It looks like the woman described in this Scripture also worked hard in buying and selling things to enhance her family’s life. She is a wise woman, she is kind, she is generous, she gives things to help the poor, she serves her family, and she serves God.
This Scripture talks about the woman buying a field and planting her vineyard. She isn’t considered to be weak, but she is strong. She is not only strong physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, because God is her strength. She makes sure that her merchandise is good. She works long hours, sometimes into the wee hours of the morning, trying to complete everything she has to do.
As women, we serve our family because we love them. If we do it out of a sense of obligation and not with love, we will resent the work we do for our family. Ask God to help you to serve with love. When you serve from a heart of love, things go so much better and are easier because you do it with a joyful spirit. Believe me, I have served my family both ways and it is much easier to do it out of love, otherwise it becomes a chore. Taking care of your family and serving them is a special gift of God.
Most women are planners. If they know an event is coming up, they will go out shopping and get all the necessary items to prepare. Whether it is an upcoming birthday, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, a special meal, or the everyday needs of her family, she prepares. She works hard and God blesses her for her labor of love.
Daily Bible Reading:
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
Things to think about:
- How do you serve your family?
- Do you serve them because you love them?
- How do you prepare for your family’s needs?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture where we see what it means to be a virtuous woman. Help us to be the women of God You would have us to be. Help us to serve our families with love and concern for them. Help us to serve You and do Your will. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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Proverbs 31: Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman is a Daily Bible Reading Study of Proverbs 31 by Deborah H. Bateman. Proverbs 31 is thought to be a letter from Bathsheba to King Solomon, who is called King Lemuel in this Scripture.
In Proverbs 31: Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman Bible Study we consider all the things women do and where they can find strength and wisdom for their lives. This is a six lesson Bible study that would be great for individual or for a small group Bible study.
In this Bible study you will learn what it means to be a virtuous woman and how we can honor God through our service to our families, our community, and to God.
For those of you interested in Bible journaling, may I suggest you pick your favorite Bible verse from each lesson and journal about it. This will be a great reminder of the lessons you learn as you read and study this book.
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For those of you interested in Bible journaling, may I suggest you pick your favorite Bible verse from each lesson and journal about it. This will be a great reminder of the lessons you learn as you read and study the Bible along with us.