There are many facets to the Proverbs 31 Woman, and she has many admirable traits. Ready for the next one in our Proverbs 31 For The Average Woman Series?
So here’s the admirable quality.
“She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.” Proverbs 31:13
Here’s the foreign Hebrew.
darash. . . tsemer. . . pishteh. . .asah. . .chephets. . .kaph
Here’s the English meaning for each of those words.
seeks. . . wool. . . materials. . .fashions/accomplishes. . .delightful/pleasure. . . hands/tools
So. . . basically the Proverbs 31 Woman takes the initiative to find materials to create things with her own hands, and takes pleasure in the process and the finished product.
We women were made to create. Not just because we are made in the image of our Creator Father, and want to imitate Him, but because we were created to pro-create. There is a beautiful joy that occurs when we are creating, and a satisfaction that is quite fulfilling when we step back to see the finished product.
Unfortunately we are often so busy with maintenance and sustenance that we neglect our need for magnificence. Don’t feel selfish because you need a project. It is as much a part of who you are as your husband’s need for activity or sports.
There are so many ways that you can be creative with music and words and food, but this particular verse speaks of handiwork for the home — taking a raw material, and turning it into something of value, beauty, comfort, and utility.
Have you ever watched a woman take raw wool, card it, spin it into yarn, and then knit it into a beautiful garment?
Why on earth would anyone take the time, energy and effort to do that. . . if there are machines that could do it for you?
Because there is an extreme sense of satisfaction in making something with your own hands.
I’m not even suggesting that you should buy some sheep and a spinning wheel — although some of you would really enjoy that! I know your type!!
But I am hoping to give you a helpful hint that might bring you immense satisfaction! Working to earn the money to pay someone else to do everything for you is not as satisfying as doing some things yourself!
If it is your habit to purchase designer fabrics and decor from the store, and you never get your hands elbow deep into a project, you might be feeling a little dissatisfied with life right now — and you don’t even know why.
Get a project! Get your hands dirty! Struggle through the process of learning something new, and learn the satisfaction of creating something useful or beautiful with your own hands!
If you don’t even know where to start, I’ll try to give you a few hints in the next few posts. Meanwhile — for some of our crafty readers, what projects have you completed recently that used fabric or fibers to beautify your home? I’d love to hear about them!
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