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ruth and evy

Dear Mom,

What a year this has been! I have been thinking over the past couple weeks about what I could say on this the occasion of your birthday. I couldn’t really put it into words. And then I read Proverbs 31 in The Message and it seemed to be the perfect thing to say. There is not much in this “Hymn to a Good Wife” that does not fit you. You are such a gift to our family. You have lived out your deep faith in front of us and have taught us so much. Through your gentle encouraging words, but even more in the life you live every day. Living it always holds more value to me than easily spoken words. So thank you from the bottom of my heart. Happy birthday Mom. We want to festoon you with praise!

Hymn to a Good Wife {Proverbs 31:10-31, The Message}

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!

10 responses »

  1. What a lovely tribute to a beautiful godly woman. Thank you for giving Evy this honor due her on this special celebration of her birthday.

  2. Well said Ruthi, Your Mom is one outstanding precious lady that all who know her, love her. She has represented the Lord well in life among lots of people in different walks of life. You need to be proud of her because we who know her are as well….She is one Special Lady……The Lord blessed us all by giving her to us to love and learn from. I have been so impressed to see how she has adjusted since the Lord took Art home. It is amazing and I love what I see in her doing so wonderfully well. I know it has not been easy but she has been a great role model for other ladies who loose their husbands…..God is good!!

  3. Hi Ruthie, Love the picure of you and your Mom. the Proverbs message is perfect for your Mom. She has been a wonderful friend, co-worker, sister in Christ, and just being there with an encouraging word and help to Roy & I over all these years. (Your Dad also!!). He is missed but know he is rejoicing with his Saviour this day. Not sure I noticed before, but in the picture above, you look moreand more like your Dad!! You have that same wonderful smile! Give Evy a big hug from us. I did send an email card..but was late …as usual. 🙂 May God bless you and your family this new year, and that was the cutest picture ever of one of your grandchildren in his Santa clothes.
    love, A. Margaret & U. Roy

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