13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
The Virtuous woman sounds like a superhero, who finds enough time in the day to get absolutely everything done! As most of the above tasks weren’t completed in just one day (or even one week), we see how much work is involved in wisely managing a home. Take comfort in knowing that God recognizes here just how long your “to do” list is.
I love the poetic language that is used in these verses. Back then wool & flax were daily essentials. A Virtuous Woman knows how to find the necessities for her home and her family. She willingly works with her hands in practical ways. She is not proud or haughty, thinking that certain tasks are beneath her. On the contrary, all her work is done with a cheerful heart. Her love and care extends beyond her immediate family but is showered on those around her. The Virtuous Woman is forward thinking in prayerfully preparing to better her family’s future. You’ll notice in this Proverb, not once does it talk about what she can gain or what benefits her, its always about others. I love the selfless example that the Virtuous Woman is, that no matter how tired or spent she might be, she is others minded in her actions. Just like our Savior.
If you don’t have a family or are still waiting on promises of the Lord, you can still aim to be a Virtuous Woman in your everyday life. You don’t have to be a wife or a mother to be a woman of excellence and strength. Daughters of the King should desire to be Virtuous Women as unto the Lord. Cheerfully serve the Lord with your life. Work and do your daily tasks as unto Him with all your heart. Love those around you, your family, and friends. And pray for those big dreams that you are still waiting on to come true!
I daily fail, my selfish desires creep in and my want for sleep often wins over rising early and getting a start on my daily tasks. I fail to have food on the table in time for dinner almost every night. If you can relate, don’t be discouraged. The Virtuous Woman wasn’t perfect and her house wasn’t what we all want and see on Pinterest. I think there were days where she left the dishes in the sink or made ramen noodles for dinner. But the most important thing was that her strength rested in the Lord. She lives her life fearing Him and following Him with all her heart, which is the key to living a virtuous life.