|The Priceless Woman Study|
January 19, 2012 • By Pastor Wendy Williams
19She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. (KJV)
The virtuous woman spins yarn from wool, flax and other fibers so she can make garments and textiles. Not only did she spin the yarn, but she also held the distaff of yarn. Oftentimes, someone else would hold the distaff. But the virtuous was so skillful, she could work with both hands. She was a multi-tasker.
God's virtuous woman is indeed a rare find. Maybe you have recognized some of her qualities in the female figures in your life. My grandmother was a virtuous woman. She got up a 4:00 a.m. and had breakfast ready by 5:00 a.m. so the men would be ready to work in the fields. (She had to first build a fire in the wood buring stove.) After she cleared away the breakfast dishes, she immediately prepared dinner so it was ready before noon. Otherwise it would be too hot to cook. The men came home, ate, and went back into the fields. When they returned at the end of the day, they ate the leftovers for supper. She cooked and baked from scratch, made all of their clothing, knitted sweaters and made quilts for all of the beds. She hand washed clothes in an wrought iron kettle or with a bar of soap on a washboard. She hung them on the clothesline to dry. Then, she milked the cows, churned butter and fed to the chickens and other livestock. She planted a garden and canned food for the winter. She always had enough left over to give to the poor. She worked in the fields during the heavy planting season and at harvest time. She never missed a church service unless she was bedridden. And she did it all while raising nine children. My mother exhibited some of the same qualities as she raised me. God always gives us a Biblical role model and a contemporary role model. Who was/is the virtuous woman role model(s) in your life?
There is no perfect man, and there is no perfect woman. You may not be able to pursue all of the qualities of strength ("chayil" which defines both virtue and valor) all at once, but you can start where you are, and do what you can, with what you have. You may never arrive at perfection, but you must never stop pursuing the qualities of strength. You will become more and more strong. (Repeat the GEM FOR TODAY throughout the day)
GEM FOR TODAY: Father, You have created me as a multi-tasker. Help me to organize my life so that I am able to do several things at the same time. I am focused on the creative use of my gifts and talents as I pursue more and more the qualities of strength. (Men say) I AM A MAN OF VALOR AND I VALUE GOD'S PRICELESS WOMAN!!! (Women say) I AM GOD'S PRICELESS WOMAN!!! In Jesus' Name, Amen