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She is Clothed with Strength and Dignity

She is Clothed with Strength and Dignity

“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.”

What do others see in you that they respect? What do others respect about your husband? Do you show honor and respect to your husband? 

Verses 20-26 give us a look at a woman who not only takes care of her household, but also cares for those in the community around her. Do you know women like this? Who comes to mind?

For me, I think of pastors’ wives, and other couples who enjoy serving others both separately and together. These are like Christian “power couples”. They are known and respected in their community, and they are always willing to lend a hand. They care for each other, their family, their home, and choose to see their cities and towns thrive. 

This woman does much for others, and yet she does not boast of her actions and tell of her service all over town. Her reputation precedes her, in an incredible way. 

We can also glean that she most likely had abundant financial means. We already know she works diligently and makes profitable investments, and now we learn that she is clothed in fine linen and purple. These items were reserved for the wealthy and the dignitaries. With her wealth, she chooses to bless others who do not have the resources she and her husband do. They are generous with their assets. Are you generous with your assets? If you are not financially abundant, are you generous with your time?

Being clothed in strength and dignity and laughing at the days to come shows us that she is confident in who she is, who her husband is, and most importantly, who her God is. The world can seem crazy at times, and uncertainty seems to lurk around every corner.  Knowing Whose you are and who you are can give you the confidence to face the days ahead with this same strength and dignity. While none of us knows for certain what tomorrow brings, we have no need to lose sleep over the what ifs.

She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue. We can all attain piles of information. We can get multiple degrees, participate in internships and job trainings, and look at the Bible in a scholarly manner, and yet still lack wisdom. There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. Wisdom comes from experience and over time. At this point in her life, this woman is most likely mentoring other women and is a source for advice and a listening ear to those who need it. Are you at this place in your life? Are you imparting your wisdom into other women? Are you in the season where you are looking to those who have gone before you for direction in your faith, marriage, and parenting? As you go through life, be sure to not miss the learning opportunities presented before you. These turn into nuggets of wisdom that can be passed down to younger generations and become valuable parts of the lives of future generations.

Women are created with a strength that differs from that of men. Sometimes we feel the need to be louder and bolder in order to show our worth and our value; we feel we have something to prove. If we are walking in the gifts God created in us, if we choose to live a life that reflects the inward changes Christ made in us, and if we choose to honor our God, our husband, our families, and our communities, we have nothing to prove. Our reputation will proceed us. We will be clothed with strength and dignity.

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