Once upon a time I had the privilege of living on a working cattle ranch in Montana. I loved the life and learned so much from it and the people who made up that small ranching community. It also provided much in the way of inspiration and application of God’s word. The following is a translation for the Proverbs 31 woman that we all know so well, but with a little more practical flare. And as Mother’s Day is just behind us, I wanted to take a moment to honor all women who choose daily and (importantly to note) over a life time to serve God by serving their families in all the various ways we can.
(Oh and if you are interested, you can read the origianl version straight out of the NIV HERE.)
The Virtuous Wife
10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than a thousand acres of grass land.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects Tags & vaccines
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar. (At least 50 miles)
15 She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for the ranch hands
16 She considers a section and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants an alfalfa field
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she hold the branding iron, and
the calf bander, and the tagging gun.
20 She opens her arms to her neighbors
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in Carhartts
22 She makes quilts for her bed;
she is clothed in Denim and wool or Polar fleece
23 Her husband is respected at the water board meeting
where he takes his seat among the Ranchers of the land.
24 She makes wild rags and mecate’s and sells them)
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of the ranch
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women are ‘good hands’
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Give her the reward she has earned,
let her works bring her praise in the branding corral.