“His Work” and Proverbs 31:11

Okay, I’m glad you here, but now I’m going to ask you to leave this screen open and take a 5 minute walk, whether around your house or around your neighborhood or whatever.  During your 5 minute walk, think and pray about your husband.

Did you go for a little walk and pray?  If so, KUDOS!  You did something that is good for your body and soul!

Doesn't he look like he's working hard?

Now, we can get back to our regularly scheduled program.  This week we read the chapter entitled “His Work”.  This one came at a fitting time in my life, as money is tight and work is slow.  What a great time to pray!

Things that touched me:

  1. Stormie says, “Neither extreme (referring to a workaholic or a lazy man) promotes happiness and fulfillment.  Only a perfect balance between the two, which God can help a man find, will ever bring that quality of life.”  I do think that balance is important.  I have friends whose husbands work constantly and are never home, and I have friends whose husbands are always home and never working.  Shouldn’t there be a happy medium?
  2. Stormie brings up that men need “periods of refreshing” so that they don’t get burnt out.  Just like we, as wives, appreciate time away from the day-to-day, our husbands can use a break too!  My hubby got to get away and play pool with his good friend this week.  He did seem to be refreshed!
  3. In the prayer for this week, Stormie adds the line “Show me what I can do to encourage him”.  We discussed the issue of nagging last week.  Remember that isn’t encouraging.  Maybe his needs some more rest or a shoulder rub.  Maybe he just needs to hear that he is loved, appreciated, and respected.

I couldn’t find anything that I respectfully disagreed with this week.

Proverbs 31:11  “The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.”

The NIV version says “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value”.

Why do you think that the heart of her husband trusts her?  The chapter definitely gives us some clues.  It says “so that he shall have no need of spoil” and also the next verse says “she shall do him good and not evil”.

Last week we discussed why a virtuous woman has so much value.  Again we see her value in this verse in how her husband “shall have no need of spoil” or “lacks nothing of value”.  She definitely is not a drain on her household or her husband whether financially or emotionally.  If she lived today, she wouldn’t be racking up the credit card with shopping sprees or sitting around doing unproductive things (like writing a blog)!

Do I fit this description of a wife?  Do you?  Have we given our husband reasons to trust us and have confidence in us?

Your assignment for week 4:  Read Chapter 3 of The Power of a Praying Wife “His Finances”.  It’s another short one!  What touched you?  Any disagreements?  Pray that the Lord will bless your husband’s endeavors and bless his finances.  Also, study and ruminate on Proverbs 31:12.

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