She is not worried about the cold or snow for her family, for she has clothed them all in warm, crimson coats.
She makes her own bed linens and clothes herself in purple and fine cloth.
Everyone recognizes her husband in the public square, and no one fails to respect him as he takes his place of leadership in the community.
She makes linen garments and sells them in the market, and she supplies belts for tradesmen to carry across the sea.
Clothed in strength and dignity, with nothing to fear, she smiles when she thinks about the future.
For a few weeks now we’ve been looking at the example God has set before us in the woman of Proverbs 31. To say she is a gifted woman who uses her gifts to glorify the One who gave them to her would more than adequately describe her.
I have to be careful to not compare her strengths to my weaknesses with this week’s verses, Proverbs 31:21-25. I fall short.
This woman can sew. I cannot.
My mother was a gifted seamstress. Even though I have Mom’s sewing machine, I did not inherit her skills. I can sew on buttons, and surprisingly enough, I’ve hemmed a few pants in my day. But that’s about it.
Because I can’t sew like the Proverbs 31 woman, am I a failure as a wife, a mother, a child of God? Looking beyond the surface, I believe there’s much more to the clothing in this passage.
She has clothed her family in warm, crimson coats. Why are the coats red? I can’t help but think the coats represent salvation through the blood shed by Jesus Christ on our behalf on the cross. She has made sure her family is secure in Jesus. No wonder she has nothing to fear!
Have you and I done everything we can to make sure our families are clothed in these coats? Are we modeling a life lived for Jesus? Do we pray for a saving faith for our husbands, for our children?
She clothes herself in purple and fine cloth. Purple is a color of royalty. I’d say she is a daughter of the King.
So are you, dear friend. You are clothed in royalty if you’re secure in Jesus. You are a daughter of the King!
This truth alone should make a difference in our days. Living life as daughters of the King should change our perspective on everything! What an incredible privilege!
Clothed in strength and dignity, with nothing to fear, she smiles when she thinks about the future. Because of who she and her family belongs to, she has every reason to smile. And so do we.
We may not know what the future will hold for us while journeying on earth, but we can be confident of our future after this life is over. We will be with Jesus. That alone, should make us walk around with a grin on our faces today!
(If you aren’t secure in that truth, message me or comment below and we’ll chat.)
So, if we aren’t gifted in sewing, we aren’t failures. What’s eternally important is living out our inheritance as daughters of the King, and making sure our families are secure in salvation through Jesus.
May God bless you today as you rest in this truth, His beautiful, talented daughter!
(It’s Woman to Woman Wednesday where we encourage each other on this journey of life. I’m taking time off this week, spending it with my family. I’ll be back linking up with other sites next week.)
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Yes! She’s clothed in dignity because she’s a daughter of the king! Beautiful insight here, Julie. I needed to be reminded of this today. Thank you for sharing. (and I can’t sew either. 😉 )
I needed the reminder too, Abby. Maybe we should start a “learn how to sew support group!” Hope you are having a great week!
Yep, still can’t sew here, either. Although a friend did invite me and my unused sewing machine over for lunch last week. She instructed me on sewing patches on my husbands jeans. I still have not. I digress. Your thoughts on being clothed in Jesus righteousness and salvation and royalty are BEAUTIFUL. That gives me hope, because I am not a seamstress, but I am a redeemed daughter of the King. And although my husband is not saved, I’m striving to live my life as the example of a wife loving her man as she has been shown love by her Redeemer and in turn praying that our children will see Jesus through me. It’s a hard, uphill battle a lot of days, but so worth it. Bless you for your words and for your heart! xoxo, Meredith PS- Hope you are enjoying the beach! Soak up some sun for me. 😉
Meredith, thank you for sharing. There was a time when my husband didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus, so I can relate a little to what you are experiencing. During that time the love of Jesus became even more real to me as I did what you are doing…loving my husband as Jesus had called me to. My prayers were answered when on his own he came to faith. Our children followed. I continue to lift you and your family in prayer. You are a beautiful daughter of the King! Keep doing what you’re doing. Hugs to you, sister! And yes, we are enjoying the beach. A full day of sun tomorrow! 😉
What a beautiful wardrobe is ours for the wearing as we choose to follow Jesus! Thanks, Julie.
Absolutely, Sabra! Thank you for stopping by. Hope you are having a blessed week!