Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Clothed with Kindness

Making It Personal by Joan Horner (founder of Premier)
August 19

As we continue studying the Proverbs 31 woman, we
read that she rose “before dawn” (verse 15). This
woman had self-discipline and a servant’s heart, which
is one of the marks of a great leader. Not all of us are
morning people, but early morning can be a great time to
plan the day.

She was an executive in every sense. She made real
estate deals, found bargains, and worked hard. Proverbs
31:18 says, “her lights burn late into the night.” One Bible
commentary I read suggested this phrase meant that a
candle was left burning to show that their home was a
place for the needy. Interesting thought. Always ready to
help someone.

Along with everything else this lady had a firstclass
designer wardrobe. Her garments were regal and
elaborately embroidered. But more important was the
clothing of her heart. She was adorned inside with wisdom.
Those who knew her best praised her for her kindness.
Though this woman is a perfect ideal no one can
completely emulate, we can seek to clothe ourselves with
kindness—a wardrobe that never goes out of fashion.
She is clothed with strength and dignity. . . . When she speaks, her words
are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions.

Proverbs 31:25-26

Clothed with Kindness
How can I serve my family with kindness this week?


the Fosters said...

How I strive to be that woman you mentioned! It is so difficult at times though. I have found that early morning is a wonderful time to reflect on the Word with a cup of coffee or simply enjoy a minute of quiet. Thanks for the words of encouragement!

Jennifer said...

I like that interpretation about the lights at night. It always bothered me that this woman "rose before dawn" AND "her lights burn late into the night." So she got, like 2 hours of sleep a night? How did she have the energy to do all that stuff?! But that makes a lot more sense.

Samantha said...

I like that it talks about how she is clothed in fine linen (she looks cute!) but it also talks about how she is smart with her money. The Proverbs 31 Woman knows how to find good deals!