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Jun 1

Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for all the little encouragements you provide, from the weather and being out in it, to my sister’s words and acceptance (and purchase of a weed-whacker!), to the little breakthrough I had yesterday after a day of agonizing weepiness (hormones? missing my peeps??). Thank you for giving me projects to work on, and thank you for helping me to exercise off and on all day, every day — and to eat anti-inflammatory foods, so that my body feels as good as it can right now. Please continue to heal my knee, and teach me how to improve my health — mental and physical, lol.

 
Proverbs 31:10-31 ERV

How hard it is to find the perfect wife. She is worth far more than jewels. 
Her husband depends on her. He will never be poor. 
She does good for her husband all her life. She never causes him trouble. 
She is always gathering wool and flax and enjoys making things with her hands. 
She is like a ship from a faraway place. She brings home food from everywhere. 
She wakes up early in the morning, cooks food for her family, and gives the servants their share. 
She looks at land and buys it. She uses the money she has earned and plants a vineyard. 
She works very hard. She is strong and able to do all her work. 
She works late into the night to make sure her business earns a profit. 
She makes her own thread and weaves her own cloth. 
She always gives to the poor and helps those who need it. 
She does not worry about her family when it snows. She has given them all good, warm clothes. 
She makes sheets and spreads for the beds, and she wears clothes of fine linen. 
Her husband is a respected member of the city council, where he meets with the other leaders. 
She makes clothes and belts and sells them to the merchants. 
She is a strong person, and people respect her. She looks to the future with confidence. 
She speaks with wisdom and teaches others to be loving and kind. 
She oversees the care of her house. She is never lazy. 
Her children say good things about her. Her husband brags about her and says, 
“There are many good women, but you are the best.” 
Grace and beauty can fool you, but a woman who respects the LORD should be praised. 
Give her the reward she deserves. Praise her in public for what she has done. 

 
Lord, no one has ever called me lazy (to my knowledge), yet I have so much more wisdom to gain in order to be a “perfect wife” as painted in the word portrait above. I am not even physically present with my husband right now, yet I desire for you to use this time apart to help me grow in ways that make me a better wife for him and a more pleasing bride and servant for you. Teach me how to use all my resources wisely, and bless my efforts to bring in an income that can help my husband and I purchase a camper to live in, and anything else that YOU desire for us to purchase or maintain. Prune away the things in my life that are just useless distractions (even ones I might very much desire to keep!), and help me to find more joy in my work. Please also bless each of my beloved ones — including my Mate, my children, my dear friend in New York, my dear “big brother” here in Iowa, and my surgery-recovering sister-in-law in Michigan — to find work that THEY each love, something to occupy their time in ways that brings them peace and fulfilment. I ask this in Jesus’ awesome Name. Amen, thank you faithful Shepherd!! 😀

 

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