Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Proper Woman, By Megan H.

The Proper Woman

By Megan H.

What Is the Proper Woman? How should she act? How should she dress? What should her responsibility be in the house? I have thought a lot on these questions lately. When you are younger you simply go about doing as you are told, as the fifth commandment says:

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth."
Ephesians 5:24

Then when you become, lets say, 13-14 you are given more privileges. As time goes on and you get to the age 14-15 you feel stuck. Should I be acting older or not? Then once you reach the 15-16 you start wanting to act older, being more independent, looking more mature, which is where I am right now. So, I have been looking/searching the Bible for the Proper woman , and I wanted to share with you what I found. First lets look at what Solomon wrote in Proverbs. Proverbs is a very good book on wisdom, but it also talks about what a woman's responsibilities should be.

"Every wise woman buildeth her house: But the foolish plucketh it down with her hands."
Proverbs 14:1

"The heart of her husband doth safely trust her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a potion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates." Proverbs 31: 11-31

I do realize times have changed alot. There are things now that have supposedly made life easier. when all it has really done is, how do I put it, made people lazier.

"Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that traveleth, and thy want as an armed man." Proverbs 6: 10-11

Learn new things. Learn to weave rugs/blankets, sew, knit, crochet, etc. These things may save you money later on. You can also sell the things you have made.

"She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard."
Proverbs 31:16


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