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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Proverbs 31:20–Day 1

Married or single, Proverbs 31:10-31 is for all of us.  Proverbs 31:10-31 describes what a good woman can be.  Remember, she had to have this character before “he found her”. 

My verse to develop over ten days is Proverbs 31:20 - 21, “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”.

Let’s break down the verse.  .“She opens her arms and extends her hands…”
First she has to be willing to be available. If her heart is so focused on herself and/or her family, she won’t be available.  

Then she has to be ready to be used. She needs to have the mindset to give even if it is out of her own need.  Being ready doesn’t always mean we have an abundance to give.  

Deuteronomy 15:7,8 says, “If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor. You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be.”

Sometimes out of our fear in not meeting our own needs, we do become tight-fisted with our money.  

Proverbs 11:24
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

Read the story in 1 Kings 17:7-24. This woman was obedient to the Lord and gave out of her need. Then the Lord supplied her need with abundance.  In Day 2, I'm going to share a real-life story about a journey of our own.

You cannot out-give God.              Pat
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Proverbs 31:20-21  The Message (MSG)
10-31 A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long.She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises.She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day.She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden. First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. She's quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor.She doesn't worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks.Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers.She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise:"Many women have done wonderful things, but you've outclassed them all!" Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises!

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